Physics, B.S.
The Bachelor of Science in Physics provides strong preparation for those wishing to attend graduate school in physics or related disciplines and is recommended for those who intend to enter the scientific workforce upon completion of a bachelor's degree.
Undergraduate Contact Information:
Dr. James Napolitano, Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 406
2152041638
Dr. Bernd Surrow, Vice Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 420
2152041638
Dr. Zbigniew Dziembowski, Faculty Advisor (Last names AK)
Science Education and Research Center, Room 412
2152047639
zbig.dziembowski@temple.edu
Dr. Tan Yuen, Faculty Advisor (Last names LZ)
Science Education and Research Center, Room 409
2152045182
tan.yuen@temple.edu
Bachelor of Science
Summary of Requirements for the Degree
 University Requirements (123 total s.h.)

MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writingintensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writingintensive requirement: PHYS 2796 and PHYS 4796.
 Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
 See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
 Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
 Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.

 College Requirements

90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

 Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (7174 s.h.)
A least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 8 Physics courses must be completed at Temple.Course List Code Title Credit Hours Mathematics Select one of the following: 4 Calculus I with Lab ^{1} Calculus I Honors Calculus I MATH 1042 Calculus II 4 or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II MATH 2043 Calculus III 4 or MATH 2943 Honors Calculus III Select one of the following: 34 Differential Equations I Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (F) Differential Equations with Computer Lab (S) Two science or mathematics elective courses These two electives can be chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Earth & Environmental Science, Mathematics or Physics in consultation with the faculty advisor. 68 Physics Courses Select one of the following: 4 Elementary Classical Physics I Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) General Physics I Honors General Physics I (F) Select one of the following: 4 Elementary Classical Physics II Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S) General Physics II Honors General Physics II (S) PHYS 2101 Classical Mechanics (S) 3 PHYS 2501 Computing for Scientists (F) 3 PHYS 2502 Mathematical Physics (S) 4 PHYS 2796 Introduction to Modern Physics (S) 4 PHYS 3101 Analytical Mechanics (F) 3 PHYS 3301 Electricity and Magnetism (F) 4 PHYS 3302 Classical Electromagnetism (S) 3 PHYS 3701 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (S) 3 PHYS 4101 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory (F) 3 PHYS 4302 Optics (F) 3 PHYS 4796 Experimental Physics (S) 3 Select two of the following: 6 Electronics (S (odd years)) Introduction to Solid State Physics (S (even years)) Introduction of Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics (F) Total Credit Hours 7174 Note: PHYS 3091 is not available for major credit.
Course List Code Title Credit Hours (F)  Fall only course (S)  Spring only course ^{1} Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.
Distinction in Major
A student who wishes to graduate with distinction in the major must complete all courses required for the physics major with a GPA of 3.5 or better, and carry out an independent study or undergraduate thesis project. Consult the undergraduate physics advisor for more details.
Suggested Academic Plan
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Requirements for New Students starting in the 20162017 Academic Year
Year 1  

Fall  Credit Hours  
Select one of the following:  4  
Calculus I with Lab^{1}  
Calculus I  
Honors Calculus I  
Select one of the following:  4  
Elementary Classical Physics I  
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)  
General Physics I  
Honors General Physics I (F)  
General Education/Elective Credits  7  
Term Credit Hours  15  
Spring  
MATH 1042 or 1942  Calculus II  4 
Select one of the following:  4  
Elementary Classical Physics II  
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S)  
General Physics II  
Honors General Physics II (S)  
General Education/Elective Credits  8  
Term Credit Hours  16  
Year 2  
Fall  
MATH 2043 or 2943  Calculus III  4 
Select one of the following:  34  
Differential Equations I  
Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (F)  
Differential Equations with Computer Lab (S)  
PHYS 2501  Computing for Scientists (F)  3 
General Education/Elective Credits  65  
Term Credit Hours  16  
Spring  
PHYS 2101  Classical Mechanics (S)  3 
PHYS 2502  Mathematical Physics (S)  4 
PHYS 2796  Introduction to Modern Physics [WI] (S)  4 
General Education/Elective Credits  4  
Term Credit Hours  15  
Year 3  
Fall  
PHYS 3101  Analytical Mechanics (F)  3 
PHYS 3301  Electricity and Magnetism (F)  4 
Science Elective^{2}  34  
General Education/Elective Credits  54  
Term Credit Hours  15  
Spring  
PHYS 3302  Classical Electromagnetism (S)  3 
PHYS 3701  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (S)  3 
Science Elective^{2}  34  
General Education/Elective Credits  65  
Term Credit Hours  15  
Year 4  
Fall  
PHYS 4101  Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory (F)  3 
PHYS 4702  Introduction of Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics (F)^{3}  3 
PHYS 4302  Optics (F)  3 
General Education/Elective Credits  6  
Term Credit Hours  15  
Spring  
PHYS 4701 or 4301  Introduction to Solid State Physics (S)^{3,4}  3 
PHYS 4796  Experimental Physics [WI] (S)  3 
General Education/Elective Credits  10  
Term Credit Hours  16  
Total Credit Hours:  123 
Code  Title  Credit Hours 

(F)  Fall only course  
(S)  Spring only course 
^{1}  Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039. 
^{2}  The elective can be chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Earth & Environmental Science, Mathematics or Physics in consultation with the faculty advisor. 
^{3}  Complete two of the three courses listed: PHYS 4301, PHYS 4701, PHYS 4702. 
^{4}  PHYS 4701 is offered in evennumbered years. PHYS 4301 is offered in oddnumbered years. 