Purdue University Calumet | College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Bachelor of Science – Physics

Specific Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Physics*

Physics Core (39 credits)
Course Credit Hours Title
PHYS 15200 4 Mechanics
PHYS 19400 1 Freshman Experience
PHYS 25100 5 Heat, Electricity, and Optics
PHYS 29400 1 Sophomore Seminar
PHYS 31000 3 Intermediate Mechanics
PHYS 31100 3 Quantum Physics 1
PHYS 32200 3 Intermediate Optics
PHYS 33000 3 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 34200 3 Modern Physics
PHYS 34300 1 Modern Physics Lab
PHYS 38000 3 Advanced Physics Lab
PHYS 40200 2 Senior Research 1
PHYS 40300 3 Senior Research 2
PHYS 49400 1 Junior/Senior Seminar
PHYS 51500 3 Thermodynamics

Physics Electives (9 credits)

Any Physics course 20000 or higher

Additional Requirements

Chemistry (8 credits)
Course Credit Hours Title
CHM 11500 4 Gen Chemistry (1)
CHM 11600 4 Gen Chemistry (2)
Mathematics (20 credits)
Course Credit Hours Title
MA 16300 5 Calculus 1
MA16400 5 Calculus 2
MA26100 4 Multivariate Calculus
MA26400 3 Differential Equations
MA 26500 3 Linear Algebra
Computer Science (6 credits)
Course Credit Hours Title
CS 12300 3 Programming 1: Java
CS 12400 3 Programming 2: C++

EMS Electives (9 Credits)

Choose from the following:

Free Electives or General Education* requirements (29 Credits)

*All students must also meet the general education requirements of Purdue Calumet, some of which are met with the courses required by the major. The degree requires 120 credit hours.
Students may obtain a BS in Physics with a specialization (concentration) by taking specific courses related to a theme. These courses count toward electives in the degree plan. Concentrations in Physics include:

Students may get their Physics degree along with a secondary education license to teach middle school or high school physics. Most of the courses required for a secondary education license will fulfill elective requirements in the Physics degree. Students interested in this secondary education license option should follow this link.