The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics


Physics is the discovery of the inner fundamental unity of the natural world, from the whole universe to the insides of the smallest nucleus. It is the science that studies the basic laws of nature that produce the wealth of phenomena observed in everyday life.

Holders of a BS in physics can pursue a career in teaching or follow graduate studies. Other options include, among others, working in hospitals as medical physicists or in industry for running quality control labs or devising numerical simulations.

Admission Requirements
For admission requirements to the degree of BS in physics, refer to the section entitled “Undergraduate Admission” of this catalog.

Graduation Requirements
To receive the degree of BS in physics, a student must fulfill all requirements of the degree program, complete all required courses, accumulate a total of 95 credits with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0/4.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0 in both the core and major requirements, and clear all accounts with the university. Candidates for degrees are reminded that grades of “I” assigned during the last semester to courses required for graduation will result in delaying of graduation.

General Education Requirements (27 cr.)

Communication Skills in English and Arabic (9 cr.)
Communication Skills in English, Two courses from: ENL 213 & ENL 223 or ENL 230 (6 cr.)
Communication Skills in Arabic, One course from: ARB 211, ARB 212, ARB 224, ARB 231, ARB 317 (3 cr.)

Philosophy and Religion (6 cr.)
Religion, One course from: REG 212, REG 213, REG 313, REG 314 (3 cr.)
Philosophy & Ethics, One course from: ENS 205, PHL 211, PHL 311, POS 345 (3 cr.)

Cultural Studies & Social Sciences (6 cr.)
Cultural Studies, two courses from: ARP 215, COA 315, COA 359, FAP 215, HUT 305, HUT 306,
MUS 210
, NTR 215, PSL 201, SOL 201, SOL 301, BAD 201, ECN 200, ECN 211, ECN 212 (6 cr.)

Citizenship (6 cr.)
Two courses from: HIT 211, IAF 301,POS 201, POS 210, POS 240, POS 319, POS 337 (6 cr.)

Students majoring in Physics are not allowed to count PHS courses within the pool of required GER courses.

Core Requirements (29 cr.)

MAT 213, MAT 215, MAT 224, MAT 235, PHS 206, PHS 212, PHS 213, PHS 275, PHS 276, EEN 205, CSC 212.

Major Requirements (33 cr.)

Free Electives (6 cr.)

Suggested Program

Fall Semester I (16 Credits)
MAT 213 Calculus III 3 cr.
MAT 215 Linear Algebra I 3 cr.
PHS 206 Thermodynamics and Waves 3 cr.
PHS 275 Experimental Physics I 1 cr.
CSC 212 Program Design and Data Abstraction I 3 cr.
ENL 213 Sophomore English Rhetoric (GER) 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester I (16 Credits)
PHS 212 Electricity and Magnetism 3 cr.
PHS 213 Modern Physics 3 cr.
PHS 276 Experimental Physics II 1 cr.
MAT 224 Calculus IV 3 cr.
MAT 235 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 cr.
ENL 230 English in the Workplace (GER) 3 cr.
       
Fall Semester II (16 Credits)
PHS 303 Analytical Mechanics 3 cr.
PHS 373 Experimental Physics III 1 cr.
PHS 351 Mathematical Methods for Physics I (or MAT 335) 3 cr.
AST 210 Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester II (17 Credits)
EEN 205 Circuits 3 cr.
PHS 374 Experimental Physics IV 1 cr.
PHS 435 Quantum Mechanics 4 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
       
Fall Semester III (15 Credits)
PHS 301 Optics 3 cr.
PHS 415 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3 cr.
PHS ___ Physics Elective 3 cr.
____ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.
____ ___ GER 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester III (15 Credits)
PHS 417 Electromagnetic Theory 3 cr.
PHS 497 Senior Project 3 cr.
PHS ___ Physics Elective 3 cr.
____ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.
____ ___ GER 3 cr.