B.S., Physics

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
General Education Requirements
Complete the general education requirements.
As part of the general education requirements, complete:
MATH F251XCalculus I4
B.S. Degree Requirements
Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete:
MATH F252XCalculus II4
PHYS F211XGeneral Physics I4
PHYS F212XGeneral Physics II4
Program Requirements
MATH F253XCalculus III4
PHYS F213XElementary Modern Physics4
PHYS F220Introduction to Computational Physics4
PHYS F301Introduction to Mathematical Physics4
PHYS F341Classical Physics I: Particle Mechanics4
PHYS F342Classical Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS F400Capstone Project 10
Concentrations
Complete one from the following concentrations:31-40
Physics
Applied Physics
Atmospheric Physics
Computational Physics
Technical Management
Total Credits71-80
1

Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement. The capstone project can be done either as individual undergraduate research with a faculty member (PHYS F488) or as an independent study with a faculty member within any F300 or F400-level physics course (PHYS F497) or as participation in the international University Physics Competition. Credits required to fulfill the capstone experience do not count towards credits required to complete the concentration.

Concentrations

Physics

Program Requirements
MATH electives at the F300 level or above 16
PHYS F351Thermal Physics2
PHYS F451Statistical Physics2
PHYS F343Classical Physics III: Vibration and Waves4
PHYS F381Physics Laboratory3
PHYS F421Quantum Mechanics4
PHYS F462Geometrical and Physical Optics4
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Advanced Topics in Physics I: Condensed Matter Physics I
Advanced Topics in Physics I: Condensed Matter Physics II
Advanced Topics in Physics I: Space and Auroral Physics
Advanced Topics in Physics I: Nonlinear Dynamics
Advanced Topics in Physics I: Biophysics
Advanced Topics in Physics I: Nuclear and Particle Physics
Advanced Topics in Physics I: General Relativity
Advanced Topics in Physics I: Astrophysics
Advanced Topics in Physics I: Topics in Modern Mathematical Physics
Advanced Topics in Physics I: Order of Magnitude Physics
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Planetary Atmospheres
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Fluid Dynamics
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Plasma Physics
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Hamiltonian Mechanics
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Physics of Glaciers
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Remote Sensing
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Solar Physics
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Advanced Laboratory
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Spectroscopy
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Cosmology
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Quantum Computation
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Covariant Kinematics/Dynamics
Advanced Topics in Physics II: Current Topics in Physics
Total Credits31
1

 Recommended courses include MATH F314, MATH F421 and MATH F422.

Applied Physics

Program Requirements
MATH electives at the F300 level or above 16
Physics credits at the F300 level or above9
Applied physics 217
Total Credits32
1

Recommended courses include MATH F314, MATH F421 and MATH F422.

2

The credits must be in a chosen subject area and approved before the beginning of the student’s final semester by the head of the physics department.

Atmospheric Physics

Program Requirements
MATH electives at the F300 level or above 16
Physics credits at the F300 level or above9
ATM F401Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences3
ATM F413Atmospheric Radiation3
ATM F445Atmospheric Dynamics3
Other relevant upper-division courses. 28
Total Credits32
1

 Recommended courses include MATH F314​, MATH F421 and MATH F422.

2

The credits must be in a chosen subject area and approved before the beginning of the student’s final semester by the head of the physics department.

Computational Physics

Program Requirements
MATH electives at the F300 level or above 16
Physics credits at the F300 level or above9
MATH F310Numerical Analysis3
CS F201Computer Science I3
CS F202Computer Science II3
Other relevant upper-division courses. 28
Total Credits32
1

 Recommended courses include MATH F314, MATH F421 and MATH F422.

2

The credits must be in a chosen subject area and approved before the beginning of the student’s final semester by the head of the physics department. 

Technical Management

Program Requirements
MATH electives at the F300 level or above 13
STAT F200XElementary Probability and Statistics3
Physics credits at the F300 level or above12
ACCT F261XPrinciples of Financial Accounting3
ACCT F262Principles of Managerial Accounting3
School of Management Courses 2
BA F325Financial Management 33
BA F330The Legal Environment of Business 34
BA F343Principles of Marketing 33
BA F360Operations Management 33
BA F390Organizational Theory and Behavior 33
Total Credits40
1

Recommended courses include MATH F314, MATH F421 and MATH F422.

2

Students must take ACCT F261X, MATH F253X and PHYS F220 before taking these courses; or have permission of the MBA director. The School of Management agrees that such students will be allowed to register for these courses.

3

Students can be required to earn a B grade or higher if applying for the MBA program. 

Note: Other courses suggested to fulfill minimum credit requirements: ES F201 and ES F307.

Note: Must exclude PHYS F103X and PHYS F104X from core curriculum natural science requirement.

Requirements for physics teachers (grades 7-12)

Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

Program Requirements
Complete all the requirements of the B.S. degree
All prospective physics teachers must complete the following:
CHEM F105X
and CHEM F106X
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
8
PHYS F211XGeneral Physics I4
PHYS F212XGeneral Physics II4
PHYS F213XElementary Modern Physics4
PHYS F220Introduction to Computational Physics4
PHYS F301Introduction to Mathematical Physics4
MATH electives3
Physics-approved electives16
All prospective science teachers must complete the following:
PHIL F481Philosophy of Science3

Note: We strongly recommend that prospective secondary science teachers seek advising from the UAF School of Education early in your undergraduate degree program, so that you can be appropriately advised of the State of Alaska requirements for teacher licensure. Apply for admission to the UAF School of Education’s postbaccalaureate teacher preparation program, a one-year intensive program, during your senior year.