Physics

Degree Requirements

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A total of 180-quarter credits are required to complete the Physics degree. The BA and BS degrees provide significant rigor in Physics and allow sufficient flexibility to accommodate university requirements and courses in other fields. For both the BS and BA degrees, the following requirements apply:

  • Minimum Course GPA: All major requirements and prerequisite courses must be completed with a 2.0 minimum grade.
  • Cross-Campus Enrollment: After earning 15 credits at UW Bothell, you are eligible to take up to 15 credits per year at another UW campus.
  • Residency: Regardless of the number of Physics courses taken at another institution, at least 45 of the last 60 credits must be taken in residence at UW Bothell.

Requirements are subject to change. Students should consult an academic adviser about their academic plan. If you are a Physics student who plans to continue on to medicine or another health profession, please visit Pre-Health Advising for additional information.

Incoming freshmen enroll in the year-long Discovery Core sequence, which will satisfy some university Area of Knowledge and general education requirements. Transfer students would normally have all required lower division courses. The First Year and Pre-Major Program provides information on UWB Areas of Knowledge and the Discovery Core.

BS in Physics course requirements

BA in Physics course requirements

 


BS in Physics course requirements

Courses Credits
Prerequisites:
  • STMATH 124: Calculus I
  • STMATH 125: Calculus II
  • B PHYS 121: Mechanics
  • B PHYS 122: Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion
  • B PHYS 123: Waves
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Areas of Knowledge and general education requirements:
  • Visual, literary, and performing arts (VLPA)—15 credits
  • Individuals & societies (I&S)—15 credits total (B PHYS 484: Communications, Society, and Industry counts for 5 credits.)
  • Natural world (NW): This requirement will be met by required courses in the major.
  • Composition/writing (C/W)—15 credits total. Composition (5 credits); B PHYS 484: Communications, Society, and Industry (5 credits); and 1 additional 5-credit writing course. Scientific, technical, or research writing is highly recommended (e.g., B BIO/B CHEM 225: Scientific Writing, B WRIT 135: Research Writing).
  • Quantitative & symbolic reasoning (QSR): This requirement will be met by required courses in the major.
  • Diversity (DIV)—3 credits. This requirement will be met if taking B PHYS 484.
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Additional Mathematics:
  • STMATH 126: Calculus III—5 credits
  • STMATH 307: Differential Equations—5 credits
  • STMATH 308: Matrix Algebra (Linear Algebra)—5 credits
  • STMATH 324: Multivariable Calculus—5 credits
20
Physics core:
  • B PHYS 221: Classical Mechanics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 222: Modern Physics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 224: Thermal Physics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 231: Introduction to Experimental Physics—3 credits
  • B PHYS 317: Mathematical Physics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 321: Electricity and Magnetism I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 322: Electricity and Magnetism II—5 credits
  • B PHYS 324: Quantum Mechanics I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 431: Experimental Physics Lab I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 433: Senior Project—5 credits
  • B PHYS 484: Communications, Society, and Industry OR B BIO/B CHEM 225: Scientific Writing—5 credits
  • B PHYS 494: Seminar (C/NC)—1 credit
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Physics electives (any 4 classes):

Astrophysics concentration (20 credits):

  • B PHYS 305: The Cosmos—5 credits
  • B PHYS 311: Astrophysics I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 312: Astrophysics II—5 credits
  • B PHYS 314: Introduction to Cosmology—5 credits

Biophysics concentration (10 credits):

  • B PHYS 229: Biophysics I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 429: Biophysics II—5 credits

Condensed matter concentration (10 credits):

  • B PHYS 441: Condensed Matter Physics I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 443: Condensed Matter Physics II—5 credits

Other electives:

  • B PHYS 323: Electricity and Magnetism III—5 credits
  • B PHYS 325: Quantum Mechanics II—5 credits
  • B PHYS 328: Statistical Physics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 432: Experimental Physics Lab II—5 credits
  • B PHYS 450: Computational Physics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 455: Theoretical Modeling—5 credits
  • B PHYS 498: Independent Study—5 credits
  • B PHYS 499: Research—5 credits
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General elective courses (as needed to attain 180 total credits)
 
 

Course Descriptions for Physics
Physics BS Course Checklist
Physics BS Course Flowchart

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BA in Physics course requirements

Courses Credits
Prerequisites:
  • STMATH 124: Calculus I
  • STMATH 125: Calculus II
  • B PHYS 121: Mechanics
  • B PHYS 122: Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion
  • B PHYS 123: Waves
25
Areas of Knowledge and general education requirements:
  • Visual, literary, and performing arts (VLPA)—15 credits
  • Individuals & societies (I&S)—15 credits total (B PHYS 484: Communications, Society, and Industry counts for 5 credits.)
  • Natural world (NW): This requirement will be met by required courses in the major.
  • Composition/writing (C/W)—15 credits total. Composition (5 credits); B PHYS 484: Communications, Society, and Industry (5 credits); and 1 additional 5-credit writing course. Scientific, technical, or research writing is highly recommended (e.g., B BIO/B CHEM 225: Scientific Writing, B WRIT 135: Research Writing).
  • Quantitative & symbolic reasoning (QSR): This requirement will be met by required courses in the major.
  • Diversity (DIV)—3 credits. This requirement will be met if taking B PHYS 484.
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Additional Mathematics:
  • STMATH 126: Calculus III—5 credits
  • STMATH 307: Differential Equations—5 credits
  • STMATH 308: Matrix Algebra (Linear Algebra)—5 credits
  • STMATH 324: Multivariable Calculus—5 credits
20
Physics core:
  • B PHYS 221: Classical Mechanics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 222: Modern Physics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 224: Thermal Physics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 231: Introduction to Experimental Physics—3 credits
  • B PHYS 317: Mathematical Physics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 321: Electricity and Magnetism I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 324: Quantum Mechanics I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 433: Senior Project—5 credits
  • B PHYS 484: Communications, Society, and Industry OR B BIO/B CHEM 225: Scientific Writing—5 credits
  • B PHYS 494: Seminar (C/NC)—1 credit
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Physics electives (any 4 classes):

  • B PHYS 229: Biophysics I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 305: The Cosmos—5 credits
  • B PHYS 311: Astrophysics I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 312: Astrophysics II—5 credits
  • B PHYS 314: Introduction to Cosmology—5 credits
  • B PHYS 322: Electricity and Magnetism II—5 credits
  • B PHYS 323: Electricity and Magnetism III—5 credits
  • B PHYS 325: Quantum Mechanics II—5 credits
  • B PHYS 328: Statistical Physics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 429: Biophysics II—5 credits
  • B PHYS 431: Experimental Physics Lab I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 432: Experimental Physics Lab II—5 credits
  • B PHYS 441: Condensed Matter Physics I—5 credits
  • B PHYS 443: Condensed Matter Physics II—5 credits
  • B PHYS 450: Computational Physics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 455: Theoretical Modeling—5 credits
  • B PHYS 498: Independent Study—5 credits
  • B PHYS 499: Research—5 credits
20
General elective courses (as needed to attain 180 total credits)  

Course Descriptions for Physics
Physics BA Course Checklist

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