Major Requirements Physics Furman University

Bachelor of Science in physics

Our core physics degree requires you to take 10 physics courses, along with three math classes that serve as pre- or co-requisites. To obtain your degree, you’ll need to maintain a 2.0 grade point average in your physics courses and take a comprehensive physics exam during your junior or senior year. Your score will not determine whether or not you receive a degree. Instead, the exam is designed to assess our program.

The major consists of the following courses:

  • MTH-151, and 160
  • PHY-111, and 112
  • PHY-241, 311, 312, 321, 322, 331, 441, and
  • at least one of the following: PHY-421, 432, 442, 451, or 452.

If you are intending to pursue a B.S. degree in physics you are strongly encouraged to complete PHY-111, 112, 241, and 331 along with MTH-150, 151 and 160 by the end of your sophomore year. MTH-151 and 160 serve as pre- or co-requisites to all upper-level physics courses.

Majors intending to pursue graduate study in physics should also strongly consider enrolling in additional courses, including PHY-442, 451, 452, 502 or 504, plus courses in related fields, such as CSC-121, MTH-250, and 255.

Teaching Track

To teach physics in secondary schools, you'll need to complete BIO-101, 102, or 111; PHY- 105; EDU-111, 120, 221, 350, 454, 460, 433, 434, 472, and EDEP-670 in addition to the prescribed courses in the major (excluding PHY-441 and the final elective in physics). MTH-250 and 255 are also highly recommended. The requirements for certification (teaching internship) will be completed on a post-baccalaureate, graduate credit basis, with the student becoming eligible for certification at the end of fall term following graduation. Refer to the Education section of the catalog for specific requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program and other pertinent information.

Dual-degree engineering program

Our dual-degree engineering program consists of three years at Furman and two to three years at one of our affiliated schools. The Furman degree is awarded with a major in physics or pre-engineering.

Dual degree in pre-engineering

The requirements for the dual-degree major in pre-engineering:

  • CHM-110 and 115,
  • MTH-151, 160, 250, and 255,
  • PHY-111, 112, 311, 321, and 331
  • additional courses as specified by the destination engineering program

Dual degree in physics

The requirements for the dual-degree major in physics:

  • the Pre-Engineering requirements above, and
  • PHY-312, 322
  • at least one of the following: PHY-241, 441, 421, 432, 452, 442, or 451

The bachelor’s degree at Furman is awarded after successful completion of an appropriate portion of the engineering curriculum at the other school. The engineering degree is awarded upon completion of the entire program.

A minimum grade point average of 2.60 is required to declare a major in the dual-degree program.

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