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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts

MAJOR: Physics

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students who would like to have a firm foundation in physics combined with study in another area and greater flexibility in choosing elective courses. The program requires a minor in a second field of study chosen by the student in consultation with an advisor.

Requirements

Nondepartmental Requirements

May not be taken S/U and must earn a grade of C- or better.

MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III

3 cr.

MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

3 cr.

Minor in a second field from another department (18 credits)

18 cr.

Department Requirements

May not be taken S/U and must earn a grade of C- or better.

PHYS 150Elementary Computational Physics

3 cr. (2+2P)

PHYS 213Mechanics

3 cr.

PHYS 213 LExperimental Mechanics

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 214Electricity and Magnetism

3 cr.

PHYS 214 LElectricity and Magnetism Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 217Heat, Light, and Sound

3 cr.

PHYS 217 LExperimental Heat, Light and Sound

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 315Modern Physics

3 cr.

PHYS 315 LExperimental Modern Physics

3 cr. (1+6P)

PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics

3 cr.

PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I

3 cr.

PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II

3 cr.

PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I

3 cr.

PHYS 462Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II

3 cr.

PHYS 480Thermodynamics

3 cr.

Electives

Sufficient to bring total number of credits to 128, including 48 upper-division.

Suggested Minors for the Bachelor of Arts Physics Major

Basic Science Minor— A minor in a related scientific field broadens the overall knowledge of the student majoring in physics. Some departments which offer such minors are astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology and mathematics.

Prehealth Minor— Students wishing to attend a medical or dental post-graduate school are strongly encouraged to obtain a minor in a life science field such as biochemistry, biology, human biology or microbiology.

Prelaw Minor— Students wishing to attend a post-graduate law school should obtain a minor in a law-related field, such as government, accounting, finance, international business or a Supplementary Major in Law and Society (24 credits).