Joint BS Degree with a Physics Major


The Joint BS Physics degree is a Bachelor of Science degree with a Physics major, provided through the joint efforts of physics faculty both here at TAMUCC and at other schools in the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC).  Interested students are encouraged to visit the TPC website at  Upper-level physics courses can originate at any of the TPC schools, and students at any of the other TPC schools can take them via distance education.

Physics courses are also offered in support of other major study areas in the sciences, mathematics, computer science, engineering and technology, and 8-12 level physical science teaching certification.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students obtaining the Joint BS in Physics will:

  • possess a broad understanding of physics.
  • understand scientific methods and be able use them to develop and conduct studies of physical systems.
  • communicate physical information effectively at the undergraduate level, whether the communication is in oral or written form, with or without the use of technology.

Course of Study

General Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)
  2. Core Curriculum Program
  3. Supporting Courses
  4. Physics Major
  5. Electives
  120 (122)

I. First Year Seminars (2 sem. hrs., Optional)

All full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

  • UCCP 1101 - First-Year Seminar I. 1 sem. hrs.
  • UCCP 1102 - First-Year Seminar II. 1 sem. hrs.

II. Core Curriculum Program (42 sem. hrs.)

Students majoring in physics must take the following courses to fulfill the corresponding requirements of the University Core Curriculum. See catalog section on University Core Curriculum Programs.

  • MATH 2413 - Calculus I 4sem. hrs. *
  • PHYS 2425 - University Physics I 4sem. hrs. *
  • PHYS 2426 - University Physics II 4sem. hrs. *
  • Other courses to finish the Core Curriculum program

* Only 3 sem. hrs. of each of these courses count toward the Core Curriculum, so these courses are also listed below.

III. Supporting Courses (16 sem. hrs.)

These courses from outside the Physics program are required as part of the Joint BS in Physics degree.

  • MATH 2413 - Calculus I 4 sem. hrs. *
  • MATH 2414 - Calculus II 4 sem. hrs.
  • MATH 3470 - Calculus III 4 sem. hrs.
  • MATH 3315 - Differential Equations 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 1435 - Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers I 4 sem. hrs.
  • * Three sem. hrs. of MATH 2413 were included in the University Core Curriculum tally above, and these are not included in the total in this section.

IV. Physics Courses (28 sem. hrs.)

  • PHYS 2425 - University Physics I 4 sem. hrs. *
  • PHYS 2426 - University Physics II 4 sem. hrs. *
  • PHYS 3331 - Mechanics I 3 sem. hrs.
  • PHYS 3334 - Modern Physics I 3 sem. hrs.
  • PHYS 3332 - Electromagnetism 3 sem. hrs.
  • PHYS 3333 - Thermodynamics 3 sem. hrs.
  • PHYS 4330 - Mathematical Methods for Physicists 3 sem. hrs.
  • PHYS 4335 - Quantum Physics 3 sem. hrs.
  • PHYS 4337 - Nuclear Physics 3 sem. hrs.
  • PHYS 4340 - Physics Advanced Lab 3 sem. hrs.
  • PHYS 4161 - Physics Research Project 1 sem. hrs.
  • PHYS 4162 - Physics Research Seminar 1 sem. hrs.

* Six sem. hrs. of University Physics were used to fulfill the University Core Curriculum natural sciences requirement.  These are not included in the total.

V. Electives (35 sem. hrs.)

  • PHYS 3490 - Selected Topics: Advanced Physics Electives 6 sem. hrs.
  • Support Field Electives 18 sem. hrs.
  • General Electives 10 sem. hrs.

The Advanced Physics Electives consist of two courses in upper-level physics selected by the student from a small number of available courses in the Texas Physics Consortium.  See the TPC web page for the schedule of which courses are being offered in the current and future semesters.  The course  will be used for these offerings.

The Support Field enables students the flexibility to tailor their degree to meet various academic and career goals, including teaching certification and interdisciplinary studies.  The courses must be chosen in consultation with their physics faculty advisor.  For students transferring into the Physics Major, these courses may be selected from those already taken from the student's former major.

The General Electives can include additional science, mathematics, or engineering courses, chosen with approval of the student's faculty mentor.

The Support Field Electives should be chosen from the following courses:

  • COSC 1436 - Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers II sem. hrs.
  • ENGR 3315 - Fluid Mechanics sem. hrs.
  • ESCI 3351 - Oceanography sem. hrs.
  • ESCI 4335 - Climate and Climate Variability sem. hrs.
  • ESCI 4360 - Physical Oceanography sem. hrs.
  • MATH 3311 - Linear Algebra sem. hrs.
  • MEEN 3345 - Heat Transfer sem. hrs.

A different set of Support Field Electives can be chosen with approval.