Degree Requirements

Minor in Physics

Students in other fields may find that some upper division courses in Physics are valuable, and a Minor in Physics is offered to recognize their efforts. See the Physics Minor Checksheet for details. Beyond the introductory Physics sequence, the Introduction to Modern Physics (4 credit) course and 8 further credits in Physics courses are required.

Major Requirements

The Colorado State University Physics major is designed to give each student a good basic background in physics, but allow flexibility in course selection so students can prepare for diverse careers. The Physics major is offered in two “concentrations”, Physics and Applied Physics, which have most requirements in common and which lead to the same degree (B.S. in Physics). See the Physics Checksheets ¬†for details.

Traditionally, most physics students have followed the Physics concentration. Recently, however, there has been increased demand for people with an educational background that transcends traditional areas of specialization. More and more people study one field as an undergraduate and another as a graduate student, or have two areas of undergraduate concentration. They should consider the Applied Physics concentration.

All physics majors are required to take a core set of courses in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Communications. To round out your curriculum, you select courses that fit your personal interests and long-term goals. There are also University breadth requirements (the All-University Core Curriculm) that give your education greater diversity. The Physics Checksheet specifies all these requirements in a convenient form. Substitutions for departmentally required courses can be made upon written approval of the Key Advisor. Waivers of departmental requirements can be authorized only by the Department Chair.

For students transferring into Physics from other majors, the following substitutions are generally acceptable if grades of C- or higher were obtained: M155 for M160; EE 202 for PH 245; EE 341 and EE 342 for PH 351. Other substitutions are considered on a case-by-case basis.