College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Department of Physics
(907) 4747339
www.uaf.edu/physics/
Minimum Requirements for Degrees: 130 credits
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The science of physics is concerned with the nature of matter and energy in 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 disciplines such as the biosciences and medicine.
The undergraduate curriculum provides a solid foundation in classical and modern physics, with emphasis on both its experimental and theoretical aspects. A student completing this curriculum can be well prepared for advanced study in physics and related sciences, and for other careers that also require refined abilities in problem solving.
The physics department is also responsible for the baccalaureate degree programs in general science and applied physics. These programs are also described in this catalog.
MajorB.A. Degree
 Complete the general
university requirements.
 Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
 Complete the following program (major) requirements:
 Complete the following:*
PHYS 113Concepts of Physics 1 credit
PHYS 211XGeneral Physics 4 credits
PHYS 212XGeneral Physics 4 credits
PHYS 213XElementary Modern Physics 4 credits
PHYS approved electives 20
 Complete the following:
MATH 200XCalculus** 4 credits
MATH 201XCalculus** 4 credits
MATH 202XCalculus 4 credits
MATH electives at the 300level or above 6 credits
 Minimum credits required 130
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Satisfies core curriculum or B.A. degree requirements, but not both.
MajorB.S. Degree
 Complete the general
university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, these courses are suggested: CHEM 105X and CHEM 106X; GEOS 101X; BIOL 105X.)
 Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
 Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
PHYS 113Concepts of Physics 1 credit
PHYS 211XGeneral Physics 4 credits
PHYS 212XGeneral Physics 4 credits
PHYS 213XElementary Modern Physics 4 credits
PHYS 311Mechanics 4 credits
PHYS 312Mechanics 4 credits
PHYS 313Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics 4 credits
PHYS 331Electricity and Magnetism 3 credits
PHYS 332Electricity and Magnetism 3 credits
PHYS 381W,OPhysics Laboratory 3 credits
PHYS 382WPhysics Laboratory 3 credits
PHYS 411Modern Physics 4 credits
PHYS 412Modern Physics 4 credits
PHYS 445Solid State Physics and Physical Electronics 4 credits
PHYS 462Geometrical and Physical Optics 4 credits
 Complete the following program (major) requirements:
MATH 200XCalculus** 4 credits
MATH 201XCalculus** 4 credits
MATH 202XCalculus 4 credits
MATH 302Differential Equations 3 credits
MATH electives at the 300level or above*** 9
 Minimum credits required 130
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Satisfies core curriculum or B.S. degree requirements, but not both.
*** Suggested electives: MATH 314, 421 and 422.
Note: Other courses suggested to fulfill minimum credit requirements: ES 201, 307 and 308.
Requirements for physics teachers (grades 7  12)
 Complete all the requirements of the physics B.A. or B.S. degree.
 All prospective physics teachers must complete the following:
CHEM 105X and CHEM 106XGeneral Chemistry 8
MATH 302Differential Equations 3 credits
PHYS 311 and PHYS 3112Mechanics 8
PHYS 313Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics 4 credits
PHYS 331 and PHYS 332Electricity and Magnetism 6 credits
PHYS 381W,O and PHYS 382WPhysics Laboratory 6 credits
PHYS 411 and PHYS 412Modern Physics 8
PHYS 445Solid State Physics and Physical Electronics 4 credits
PHYS 462Geometrical and Physical Optics 4 credits
 All prospective science teachers must complete one of the following:
PHIL 380Conceptual Foundations of Science (3)
or PHIL 382Science & Technological Limits (3)
or PHIL 481Philosophy of Science (3) 3 credits
Note: We strongly recommend that prospective secondary science teachers seek advising from the UAF School of Education early in your undergraduate degree program, so that you can be appropriately advised of the state of Alaska requirements for teacher licensure. You will apply for admission to the UAF School of Education's postbaccalaureate teacher preparation program, a oneyear intensive program, during your senior year.
Minor
 Complete the following:
PHYS 103X104XCollege Physics (8)
or PHYS 211X212XGeneral Physics (8) 8
 Complete the following:
PHYS 213XElementary Modern Physics 4 credits
Electives at the 300400level 8
 Minimum credits required 20
