Physics (Materials Science) - 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. Students who plan to seek employment at the B.S. level are advised to take the concentration area curricula as part of their electives in addition to the general and departmental requirements. The program of study should be chosen by the student in consultation with an advisor.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. The Bachelor of Science degree in physics is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET, Inc.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1, 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 1, 3
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
MATH 1521GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
or MATH 1521H Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Honors
Viewing A Wider World 46
Departmental Requirements 5
PHYS 1111Introductory Computational Physics3
PHYS 2110
and Experimental Mechanics
PHYS 2140
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity & Magnetism Laboratory
PHYS 2120
Heat, Light, and Sound
and Heat, Light, and Sound Laboratory
PHYS 315Modern Physics3
PHYS 325Intermediate Experimental Physics3
PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics3
PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I3
PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I3
PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II3
PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 462Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II3
PHYS 480Thermodynamics3
Select an additional 6 credits in physics or geophysics numbered 300 or above6
Advanced Laboratory
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Modern Experimental Optics3
Advanced Physics Laboratory3
Experimental Nuclear Physics3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW) 5
MATH 2530GCalculus III3
MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Select one of the following:8
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
and General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
and General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
Second Language Requirement: (required - see below)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 5,614-15
Total Credits120

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.

Prefix Title Credits
Required Concentration Courses
CHME 361Engineering Materials3
PHYS 475Advanced Physics Laboratory3
PHYS 488Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics3
PHYS 489Introduction to Modern Materials3
Total Credits12

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science in the Physics with a concentration in Computational Physics there is a one year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
French I
and French II
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
German I
and German II
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1220Spanish for Heritage Learners II3
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III
PORT 1110Portuguese I3
or PORT 1120 Portuguese II

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 1120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 1120Mandarin Chinese II4
or FREN 1120 French II
or GRMN 1120 German II
or JAPN 1120 Japanese II
or SPAN 1120 Spanish II
Challenge the 1110/1120/1220/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1110Portuguese I3
or PORT 1120 Portuguese II
or SPAN 1220 Spanish for Heritage Learners II
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.