Academic Calendar

Physical Sciences Major

Total credits required for major - 60 to 72 credits with a minimum 42 senior-level credits.

Three disciplines – chemistry, Earth and planetary sciences, physics.

Notes:

  1. Requirement to choose two of the three disciplines as primary disciplines.
  2. If any of chemistry, Earth and planetary sciences or physics disciplines are chosen as a minor, all senior-level credits in that discipline will only count toward the minor.
  3. MATH 114 is a prerequisite for most 200-level PHYS courses. Students are advised to take MATH 114 in the first year of their program.

A minimum of 12 credits at the 300- or 400-level in the primary disciplines.

A minimum of 3 credits at the 300- or 400-level required for each discipline.

Course ID Course Name Credits
Specific Major Requirements
Select 6 credits from each of the following disciplines: 18
Chemistry
Introductory University Chemistry I
Introductory University Chemistry II
Earth and Planetary Science
Introduction to Physical Science
Introduction to Environmental Earth Science
Historical Geology
Physics
Physics for Life Sciences I
and Physics for Life Sciences II
Mechanics
and Electromagnetism
General Major Requirements
Three Disciplines - Chemistry (CHEM), Earth and Planetary Sciences (EASC), and Physics (PHYS). PHSC can be used wherever CHEM, EASC, or PHYS is used.
Primary Discipline I
Select 18 to 24 credits chosen from senior-level courses from the first primary discipline18-24
Primary Discipline II
Select 18 to 24 credits chosen from senior- level courses from the second primary discipline18-24
General Requirements
Select 6-12 credits chosen from senior- level courses from the third discipline6-12
Total Credits60-78