Physics - Bachelor of Science
A Bachelor of Science degree in physics at NMSU prepares a student well for graduate study in physics, geophysics, or engineering or for a variety of careers in research and teaching. Specialization in one of the emphasis areas should increase employability at the BS level.
|Nondepartmental Requirements 1|
|MATH 191G||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I||4|
|MATH 192G||Calculus and Analytic Geometry II||4|
|MATH 291G||Calculus and Analytic Geometry III||3|
|MATH 392||Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations||3|
|Select one of the following:||8|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry II
|Principles of Chemistry I|
and Principles of Chemistry II (or higher-level courses)
|Department Requirements 1|
|PHYS 150||Elementary Computational Physics||3|
|PHYS 213 L||Experimental Mechanics||1|
|PHYS 214||Electricity and Magnetism||3|
|PHYS 214 L||Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory||1|
|PHYS 217||Heat, Light, and Sound||3|
|PHYS 217 L||Experimental Heat, Light and Sound||1|
|PHYS 315||Modern Physics||3|
|PHYS 315 L||Experimental Modern Physics||3|
|PHYS 395||Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics||3|
|PHYS 451||Intermediate Mechanics I||3|
|PHYS 454||Intermediate Modern Physics I||3|
|PHYS 455||Intermediate Modern Physics II||3|
|PHYS 461||Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I||3|
|PHYS 462||Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II||3|
|Select an additional 6 credits in physics or geophysics numbered 300 or above||6|
|Select at least 3 credits from the following (in any combination):||3|
|Modern Experimental Optics||3|
|Advanced Physics Laboratory||1-3|
|Experimental Nuclear Physics||3|
|Select sufficient electives to bring total number of credits to 128, including 48 upper-division.||55|
May not be taken S/U and must earn a grade of C- or better.
Students who plan to pursue graduate study in physics or geophysics are strongly advised to take one or more senior-level courses in optics, nuclear physics, space physics, condensed matter physics, geophysics, or computational physics.
Students who plan to seek employment at the B.S. level are advised to take one of the following concentration area curricula in addition to the general and departmental requirements. The program of study should be chosen by the student in consultation with an advisor. Some recommended courses are listed below.
Concentration: Applied Optics
|PHYS 473||Introduction to Optics||3|
|PHYS 478||Fundamentals of Photonics||4|
|PHYS 479||Lasers and Applications||4|
Concentration: Applied Physics
The program of study in applied physics is planned by the student and the physics advisor and includes classes in electrical and mechanical engineering along with classes in computer science.
Concentration: Computational Physics
|C S 157||Topics in Software Programming and Applications||3|
|or C S 150||C Programming|
|C S 171G||Introduction to Computer Science||4|
|MATH 279||Introduction to Higher Mathematics||3|
|PHYS 476||Computational Physics||3|
|GEOL 111G||Introductory to Geology||4|
|GPHY 340V||Planet Earth||3|
|GPHY 450||Selected Topics 2||3|
For the geophysics concentration, students must take at least three credits of GPHY 450 Selected Topics.
Concentration: Materials Science
|CHME 361||Engineering Materials||3|
|PHYS 475||Advanced Physics Laboratory 3||3|
|PHYS 488||Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics||3|
|PHYS 489||Introduction to Modern Materials||3|
For the materials science concentration, students must take three credits of PHYS 475 Advanced Physics Laboratory.
Geophysics courses are offered by the Department of Physics and are listed under "Geophysics" in the course description chapter of this catalog.
Dual Degree (BS/MS) Program
This program option is designed to provide a means for PHYS undergraduates to obtain both a BS and an MS degree with 146 credits (normally: BS=128 credits, MS=30 credits). Students electing this option will follow the regular undergraduate BS in physics curriculum, except that they take the advanced laboratory course at the 5XX level to meet their BS requirements. They also apply nine other credits of their undergraduate courses numbered 450 and higher towards their MS degree, requiring only an additional 18 credits for the MS. These 18 credits can be obtained in two semesters (and perhaps one summer term to write and defend an MS thesis). Students interested in this dual degree must be admitted to the MS in Physics graduate program and must fulfill all degree requirements for the MS in Physics.