Bachelor of Science in Physics

About

In the Bachelor of Science in Physics program, you’ll get a strong foundation in general physics, advanced physics, and quantum physics. In addition, you’ll study general chemistry and calculus. You’ll also get hands-on experience in labs that focus on mechanics, heat and optics, and electronics.

For assistance contact one of the following program advisors:

Andres Aragoneses, PhD: aargoneses@ewu.edu
Brian Houser, PhD: bhouser@ewu.edu
David Syphers, PhD: dsyphers@ewu.edu

Course Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Physics Major, Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Bachelor of Science program is designed primarily for students preparing for graduate studies in physics and for students planning for a professional career in physics. 

A Senior Capstone/Senior Thesis class is a university requirement for graduation. Please see your Physics advisor or Department Chair for course options.

Required Mathematics Courses
MATH/HONS 161CALCULUS I5
MATH 162CALCULUS II5
MATH 163CALCULUS III5
MATH 231LINEAR ALGEBRA5
MATH 241CALCULUS IV5
MATH 347INTRODUCTORY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS4
Required Physics Courses
PHYS 151GENERAL PHYSICS I4
PHYS 152GENERAL PHYSICS II4
PHYS 153GENERAL PHYSICS III4
PHYS 221GENERAL PHYSICS IV4
PHYS 361CLASSICAL MECHANICS I4
PHYS 362CLASSICAL MECHANICS II4
PHYS 371QUANTUM PHYSICS I: INTRODUCTION4
PHYS 372QUANTUM PHYSICS II: ATOMIC4
PHYS 401ELECTROMAGNETISM I4
PHYS 402ELECTROMAGNETISM II4
PHYS 403ELECTROMAGNETISM III4
PHYS 411CLASSICAL THERMODYNAMICS4
Required Physics Laboratory Courses
PHYS 161MECHANICS LABORATORY1
PHYS 162HEAT AND OPTICS LABORATORY1
PHYS 163ELECTRONICS LABORATORY I1
PHYS 263ELECTRONICS LABORATORY II 1
PHYS 321ADVANCED PHYSICS LABORATORY I3
PHYS 322ADVANCED PHYSICS LABORATORY II3
Required Electives–choose from the following14
Note: any 300- or 400-level PHYS course—except PHYS 390 or PHYS 497—may be chosen as electives.
Note: a maximum of 7 credits can count from courses outside PHYS.
Note: some of these courses may require completion of additional prerequisites.
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
ENERGY SYSTEMS
POWER SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
TOPICS IN APPLIED ANALYSIS II
COMPLEX ANALYSIS
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICAL INFERENCE I
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICAL INFERENCE II
APPLIED GROUP THEORY
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
HEAT TRANSFER
ADVANCED FLUID DYNAMICS
Total Credits101

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BS in Physics from EWU should be able to do the following:​​​

  • demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of physics (such as mechanics, thermodynamics and electricity and magnetism);
  • make and interpret laboratory measurements in physics;
  • write effectively using the language of physics.