College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Physics
(907) 4747339
www.uaf.edu/physics/
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 130 credits
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The science of physics is concerned with the nature of matter and energy for all physical systems, from elementary particles to the structure and origin of the universe. Physics, together with mathematics and chemistry, provides the foundation for work in all fields of the physical sciences and engineering, and contributes greatly to other fields such as the biosciences and medicine.
The field of applied physics encompasses those areas that have developed practical applications from fundamental research in physics in the last century, including space physics, plasma physics, condensed matter physics, device physics, surface physics, biophysics, laser physics and reactor physics.
The undergraduate curriculum provides a solid foundation in general physics. Students may study in areas of applied physics such as atmospheric physics, computational physics and engineering physics.
Major—B.S. Degree
Concentrations: Atmospheric Physics, Computational Physics
 Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X.)
 Complete the B.S. degree requirements (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X, PHYS 211X* and PHYS 212X*.)
 Complete the following program (major) requirements:
a. Complete the following:
MATH 202X—Calculus 4 credits
MATH 302—Differential Equations 3 credits
PHYS 213X—Elementary Modern Physics* 4 credits
PHYS 311—Mechanics* 4 credits
PHYS 331—Electricity and Magnetism* 3 credits
b. Complete mathematics credits at the 200level or above 9 credits
c. Complete physics credits at the 300level or above* 12 credits
d. Complete credits in applied physics* (see note)
20 credits
 Minimum credits required 130
Atmospheric Physics
 Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X.)
 Complete the B.S. degree requirements (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X, PHYS 211X* and PHYS 212X*.)
 Complete the following program (major) requirements:
a. Complete the following:
MATH 202X—Calculus 4 credits
MATH 302—Differential Equations 3 credits
PHYS 213X—Elementary Modern Physics* 4 credits
PHYS 311—Mechanics* 4 credits
PHYS 331—Electricity and Magnetism* 3 credits
b. Complete mathematics credits at the 200level or above 9 credits
c. Complete physics credits at the 300level or above* 12 credits
d. Complete the following:*
ATM 401—Introduction to Atmospheric Science 3 credits
ATM 409—Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3 credits
ATM 413—Atmospheric Radiation 3 credits
ATM 445—Atmospheric Dynamics 3 credits
e. Complete credits in other relevant upperdivision courses* see note) 8 credits
 Minimum credits required 130
Computational Physics
 Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X.)
 Complete the B.S. degree requirements (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X, PHYS 211X* and PHYS 212X*.)
 Complete the following program (major) requirements:
a. Complete the following:
MATH 202X—Calculus 4 credits
MATH 302—Differential Equations 3 credits
PHYS 213X—Elementary Modern Physics* 4 credits
PHYS 311—Mechanics* 4 credits
PHYS 331—Electricity and Magnetism* 3 credits
b. Complete mathematics credits at the 200level or above 9 credits
c. Complete physics credits at the 300level or above* 12 credits
d. Complete the following:*
PHYS 220—Introduction to Computational Physics 4 credits
MATH 310—Numerical Analysis 3 credits
CS 201—Computer Science I 3 credits
CS 202—Computer Science II 3 credits
Complete credits in other relevant upperdivision courses* (see note) 4 credits
 Minimum credits required 130
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
Note: These credits must be in a chosen subject area and approved before
the beginning of the student’s final semester by the head of the physics
department.
Note: Must exclude PHYS 103X and 104 from core curriculum Natural Science
requirement.
See General Science.
