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Bachelor of Science in Physics

All aspects of the physical universe are of interest to the physicist, who seeks to understand not only the smallest forms of matter and the rich phenomena present in our everyday lives but also the universe itself. Physics has played a critical role in human technological and intellectual development during the twentieth century. The tools of the physicist—observation, imagination, model building, prediction, and deduction—will enable physics to continue this influence into the new century. The Bachelor of Science in Physics degree program is designed to provide the skills, understanding, and outlook required for participation in the discovery of new knowledge about nature.

The Bachelor of Science in Physics program is balanced and broad. It is designed to give the student a strong foundation for graduate study or work in physics and, with additional training, for work in a variety of other areas, such as astronomy, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, computer sciences, engineering, geophysics, mathematics, medicine, physics teaching, and space sciences. Students who end their formal training with the bachelor's degree may seek employment in industry, in national laboratories, or in teaching. These students should consider the options in computation, radiation physics, space sciences, and teaching, which augment the broad instruction provided by the basic Bachelor of Science in Physics. For those who plan to teach physics in secondary school, the teaching option provides the courses needed for certification.

Admission to option VI, physics honors, requires completion of the application process described in this chapter in the section "Dean's Scholars Honors Options.".

Prescribed Work Common to All Options

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  2. Options I–IV: One of the following foreign language/culture choices. Students in options V and VI are exempt from this requirement. [9]
    1. Second-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language.
    2. First-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language and a three-semester-hour course in the culture of the same language area.
    3. Two three-semester-hour foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the dean's office and the college advising centers.
  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
  4. Six semester hours of American history.
  5. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  6. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
  7. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
  8. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, must be completed in residence at the University.
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Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option

Option I: Physics

This option is designed to give the student a strong foundation for graduate study or work in physics and for further study or work in a variety of other areas.

  1. Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317.
  2. Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.
  3. Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.
  4. Mathematics 408C and 408D or the equivalent, 427K and 427L, and nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 340L, 361, and 362K. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.
  5. At least twenty-nine semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 362L, 369, 373, and 474, or their equivalents.
  6. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option II: Computation

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation and hands-on skill in computation for the student who plans a career or further study in computational physics or computer sciences. Students who complete this option may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Elements of Computing Program and may apply to the director of the program for a certificate of completion.

  1. Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317.
  2. Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.
  3. Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.
  4. Mathematics 408C and 408D or the equivalent, 427K and 427L, and six additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 340L, 361, and 362K. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.
  5. At least twenty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 329, 336K, 352K, 453, 369, 373, and 474, or their equivalents.
  6. Twelve semester hours in the elements of computing, consisting of Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, and six hours chosen from Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, and 327E.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option III: Radiation Physics

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation for the student who plans a career or further study in nuclear engineering, radiation engineering, or health physics.

  1. Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317.
  2. Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.
  3. Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.
  4. Mathematics 408C and 408D or the equivalent, 427K and 427L, and nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 340L, 361, and 362K. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.
  5. At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, including Physics 336K, 352K, 453, 362L, 369, and 373, or their equivalents.
  6. Thirteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in mechanical engineering: Mechanical Engineering 337C, 337D, 337E, 361F, and 177K.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option IV: Space Sciences

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundation for the student who plans a career or further study in space sciences.

  1. Chemistry 302, and 204 or 317.
  2. Three semester hours of biology and at least two additional hours in biology, geological sciences, or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it.
  3. Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.
  4. Mathematics 408C and 408D or the equivalent, 427K and 427L, and nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics. The following courses are recommended: Mathematics 340L, 361, and 362K. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.
  5. At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, consisting of Physics 329, 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 369, and 373, or their equivalents.
  6. Either fifteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in aerospace engineering or thirteen hours in aerospace engineering and three additional hours of upper-division coursework in physics.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option V: Teaching

This option is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification as a middle grades or secondary school science teacher in Texas; the student chooses composite science certification with physics as the primary teaching field, physical science certification, or mathematics/physical science certification. However, completion of the course requirements does not guarantee the student's certification. For information about additional requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

  1. Physics 301, 101L, 316, 116L, 315, and 115L.
  2. Mathematics 408C and 408D or the equivalent, 427K and 427L, and either 340L, 341, 361, or 362K.
  3. At least twenty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, consisting of Physics 329, 336K, 338K, and 453; either 333, 352K, or 373; a three-hour course approved by the undergraduate adviser, such as Physics 370C or an upper-division astronomy course; and Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods). With the consent of the program coordinator, an upper-division physics course that includes a substantial research component may be substituted for Physics 341.
  4. History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
  5. One of the following:
    1. For composite science certification: (1) Biology 311C and 311D; (2) Chemistry 301 and 302; (3) six hours of coursework in geological sciences; courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement; (4) enough additional approved coursework in biology, chemistry, or geological sciences to provide the required twelve hours in a second field.
    2. For physical science certification: (1) Chemistry 301, 302, 204 or 317, 353, 153K, 354L, 154K, and 455 or 456; (2) three additional hours of upper-division coursework in physics.
    3. For mathematics/physical science certification: (1) Chemistry 301 and 302; (2) Mathematics 315C, 325K, 326K or 360M, 333L, 358K, and 362K.
  6. Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: Curriculum and Instruction 650S, UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, 110, 350, 355, 360, 170.
  7. Students seeking middle grades certification must complete the following courses: Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), or Psychology 301 and 304; and Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 10: Secondary School Reading in the Content Subjects).
  8. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve hours of upper-division work in physics taken in residence at the University.
  9. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 120 semester hours.

Option VI: Physics Honors

  1. Breadth requirement: An honors mathematics course, Biology 315H, Chemistry 302H, Mathematics 427K or 427L, and Physics 315 and 316.
  2. Mathematics 340L and 361.
  3. Physics 115L, 116L, 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 362L, 369, 373, and 474.
  4. Natural Sciences 301C.
  5. A section of Rhetoric and Writing 309S that is restricted to Dean's Scholars.
  6. Physics 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  7. Twenty additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  8. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.
  9. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours.

Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in physics courses taken at the University and counted toward the prescribed work requirements for his or her option.

To graduate and be recommended for certification, students who follow the teaching option must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. They must earn a grade of at least C in each of the professional development courses listed in requirement 14 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review; those seeking middle grades certification must also earn a grade of at least C in each of the courses listed in requirement 15. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

To graduate under option VI, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement 14 above and must present their research in an approved public forum, such as the annual College of Natural Sciences Poster Session. Students must also have a grade point average at graduation of at least 3.50 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Students who fail to maintain an in-residence grade point average of at least 3.25 will usually be academically dismissed from option VI; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.

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Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel

Students who would like to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel must first be admitted to the degree program. Information about admission is given earlier in this chapter. Information is also given there about admission to the field experience programs that are part of the degree.

Option I: Apparel Design and Conservation

This option incorporates principles from arts, sciences, and humanities. The apparel design specialization provides instruction in constructing, designing, and coordinating fashions and making patterns and samples as preparation for a career in the apparel industry. The conservation specialization emphasizes the chemical properties of textiles and the preservation, conservation, and exhibition of textiles and apparel in museums and other collections.

Prescribed Work

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306, English 316K, and three additional semester hours in either English or rhetoric and writing. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  2. Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency.
  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government; six hours of American history; six hours of lower-division coursework in anthropology, economics, psychology, or sociology; and six hours of upper-division coursework in either (a) for the apparel design specialization, American studies, anthropology, cultural studies, psychology, or sociology, or (b) for the conservation specialization, anthropology.
  4. Mathematics 408C or 408K; and Mathematics 316, Statistics 309, or Educational Psychology 371.
  5. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204; and either Biology 311C (for the apparel design specialization) or Chemistry 310M (for the conservation specialization).
  6. Accounting 310F, Management 320F, and Marketing 320F.
  7. Either (a) for the apparel design specialization, three semester hours of studio art, or (b) for the conservation specialization, Art History 303; and nine semester hours of upper-division coursework in art history or studio art.
  8. Textiles and Apparel 205, 105L, 319, 325L, 325M, 352D, 260L, and 260M; Human Development and Family Sciences 322; and one of the following sequences:
    1. Apparel design specialization: Textiles and Apparel 212K, 212L, 316L, 126, 226L, 355C, 164K (Topics 1: Flat Pattern, 2: Draping, and 3: Advanced Apparel Design), 264L (Topics 1: Flat Pattern, 2: Draping, and 3: Advanced Apparel Design), and three semester hours chosen from Textiles and Apparel 327, 328, 355D, 355N, and 376.
    2. Conservation specialization: Textiles and Apparel 355D; three semester hours chosen from Textiles and Apparel 327, 328, 355N, and 376; twelve semester hours chosen from Textiles and Apparel 315K, 126 and 226L, 355C, and topics of 164K and 264L; and six or seven semester hours chosen from Textiles and Apparel 212K, 212L, 316L, and 316Q.
  9. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework, of which at least eighteen must be within and at least twelve must be outside the Department of Human Ecology.
  10. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in each course completed at the University and counted toward the prescribed work for the degree. At least eighteen hours of the coursework used to fulfill requirement 8 of the prescribed work must be completed in residence at the University. Courses designed for nonscience majors may not be counted.

Order and Choice of Work

The student should consult the faculty adviser each semester about order and choice of work and balancing the laboratory load. Students should also check prerequisite requirements carefully.

Option II: Retail Merchandising

This option incorporates principles from arts, sciences, and humanities and provides specialized instruction for professional careers in merchandising.

Prescribed Work

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306, English 316K, and three additional semester hours in either English or rhetoric and writing. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  2. Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency.
  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government; six semester hours of American history; six semester hours of economics; and three semester hours of psychology, sociology, or anthropology.
  4. Mathematics 408C or 408K; and Educational Psychology 371, Mathematics 316, or Statistics 309.
  5. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204; and Biology 311C and 311D.
  6. Art History 301.
  7. Communication Studies 306M, Accounting 310F, Marketing 320F, and Advertising 318J; and six semester hours chosen from Management 320F, Management Information Systems 311F, and Legal Environment of Business 320F.
  8. Forty-seven semester hours in the Department of Human Ecology, including the following coursework:
    1. Textiles and Apparel 205, 105L, 212K, 212L, 315K, 316Q, 319, 352M, 355P, 260L, 260M, and 376; and nine hours chosen from Textiles and Apparel 325L, 325M, 327, 328, 355D, 355K, 355N, and 164K and 264L.
    2. Human Development and Family Sciences 322; Human Ecology 361; and three additional hours in human development and family sciences or nutrition.
  9. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework, of which at least eighteen must be within and at least twelve must be outside the Department of Human Ecology.
  10. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in each course completed at the University and counted toward the prescribed work for the degree. At least eighteen of the forty-seven hours in the Department of Human Ecology used to fulfill requirement 8 of the prescribed work must be completed in residence at the University. Courses designed for nonscience majors may not be counted.

Order and Choice of Work

The student should confer with the faculty adviser each semester regarding order and choice of work and balancing the laboratory load. Students should also check prerequisite requirements carefully.

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