Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


Physics (PHS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 40.0801 - Track 1 of 3

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The B.S. program is intended for students planning to pursue graduate studies in physics or a closely related field.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • CHM X045/X045L General Chemistry I (with lab) or CHM X040 & CHM X041 or CHM X045C
  • CHM X046/X046L General Chemistry II (with lab) or CHM X046C
  • MAC X311 Calculus I or MAC X281
  • MAC X312 Calculus II or MAC X282
  • MAC X313 Calculus III or MAC X283
  • PHY X048/X048L General Physics I or PHY X048C
  • PHY X049/X049L General Physics II or PHY X049C

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 20 Hours

The following courses are prerequisite and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

  • CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
  • CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
  • CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • MAC 2311 Calculus I or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I
  • MAC 2312 Calculus II or MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
  • MAC 2313 Calculus III or MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III

Total Major Hours: 47 Hours

Major Core Courses - 42 Hours

Physics Courses (42 hours):

Major Elective Courses - 5 Hours

Plus 5 credit hours of Physics electives subject to approval of undergraduate advisor.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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