Physics- Bachelor of Science

For information, contact the Department of Physics, 217 Kreger Hall, 513-529-5625.

Miami offers both a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in physics. The A.B. degree is for those students wishing to acquire a good background in physical science to complement work in other areas. The A.B. degree is especially well suited for persons desiring teacher licensure in physics and those preparing for careers in medicine, law, or business. The B.S. degree prepares students for graduate study or employment in physics or physics-related fields. The Engineering Physics and Biological Physics B.S. degrees are described elsewhere in the College of Arts and Science section.

Teacher Licensure

Students who wish to combine teacher licensure with an Arts and Science major must observe the rules, procedures, and restrictions pertaining to admission to a licensure cohort as outlined in the College of Education, Health and Society chapter. For information, contact the Office of Student Services in the College of Education, Health and Society, 202 McGuffey Hall, 513-529-6418.

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Science

(63-73 semester hours)

Select one of the following:5-9
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Calculus II
MTH 222Introduction to Linear Algebra3
Select the following
MTH 252Calculus III4
PHY 191
PHY 192
General Physics with Laboratory I
and General Physics with Laboratory II
PHY 281Contemporary Physics I: Foundations3
PHY 282Contemporary Physics II: Frontiers3
PHY 286Introduction to Computational Physics3
PHY 292Electronic Instrumentation2
PHY 293Contemporary Physics Laboratory2
PHY 401Physics Assessment Examination0
PHY 294Laboratory in Electronic Instrumentation2
PHY 437Intermediate Thermodynamics and Introduction to Statistical Physics4
PHY 451Classical Mechanics4
PHY 461Electromagnetic Theory4
PHY 483Mathematical Methods in Physics4
PHY 491Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I4
Select one advanced laboratory course from the following:3-4
Nano-scale Science and Technology
Optics and Laser Physics
Spectroscopy of Atoms and Molecules
Advanced Electronics
Select two of the following:6-8
Molecular and Cellular Biophysics
Physics for Medicine and Biology
Elementary Particle Physics
Gravitation and Spacetime
Advanced Computational Physics
Research Capstone in Physics
Research Capstone in Physics
Advanced laboratory courses not used to fulfill the advanced laboratory requirement
Total Credit Hours66-73

Advising tracks (recommended, not required)


PHY 437Intermediate Thermodynamics and Introduction to Statistical Physics4
MME 223Engineering Materials3
CHM 141College Chemistry3
CHM 142College Chemistry3
CHM 144College Chemistry Laboratory2
CHM 145College Chemistry Laboratory2

Mathematical Physics

MTH 347Differential Equations3
Two other advanced MTH courses


PHY 441Optics and Laser Physics4
PHY 442Spectroscopy of Atoms and Molecules4