2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Physics BS - Program Requirements

Physics

North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
716-645-2017
716-645-2507
arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/physics.html
John Cerne
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 19.02 PHYSICS-GEN-NO BIOPHYSCS, CIP: 40.0801 Physics, General)

Completing the Physics BS Program

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in MTH 141-MTH 142, PHY 107-PHY 108

Transfer Credit Policy

  1. Transfer students from accredited institutions are granted acceptance to the Department of Physics majors if they satisfy the following requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0:
    1. one-year calculus-based physics course similar to PHY 107-PHY 108/PHY 158
    2. one-year calculus course similar to MTH 141-MTH 142
  2. Academic transfer credit is granted for physics and mathematics courses completed with a grade of C or better that are suitable to the department’s degree programs.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Prerequisite Courses

MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I (preferred)
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II (preferred)
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses

CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 417 Survey of Multivariable Calculus
MTH 418 Survey of Partial Differential Equations
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I
PHY 302 Intermediate Mechanics II
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
PHY 401 Quantum Mechanics I - fundamentals
PHY 402 Quantum Mechanics II - applications
PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY 404 Electricity and Magnetism II
PHY 405 Thermal and Statistical Physics I
PHY 407 Advanced Laboratory or PHY 408 Advanced Laboratory
Two PHY electives (from: PHY 406 Thermal and Statistical Physics II, PHY 425 Intermediate Optics, PHY 410 Computational Physics I, PHY 412 Nuclear and Particle Physics, PHY 413 Electronics, PHY 431 Intro. to Math Physics I, or PHY 434 Solid State Physics )
One additional 3-credit technical elective course in physics, another science, engineering, or mathematics at or above the 300-level, as approved by the Physics Undergraduate Director.

Departmental Honors Requirements

Honors 3.25
High honors 3.50
Highest honors 3.75

Completion of senior thesis

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major86
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 2
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Physics

North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
716-645-2017
716-645-2507
arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/physics.html
John Cerne
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 19.02 PHYSICS-GEN-NO BIOPHYSCS, CIP: 40.0801 Physics, General)
Published: August 16, 2018 09:19:54 AM