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Physics,
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a fundamental and quantitative science, involves the study of
matter and energy, and interactions between them. The subject
is generally divided into mechanics, electricity and magnetism,
statistical and thermal physics, and quantum physics. These form
the foundation for present-day research areas, which include astrophysics,
atomic, molecular and optical physics, condensed matter physics,
nuclear physics, and the physics of particles and fields. In addition
to a knowledge of physics, students gain a rigorous training in
logical thinking and quantitative problem solving. An education
in physics can also provide an entry into many other fields such
as biophysics, geophysics, medical physics, and engineering, as
well as into less technical fields such as secondary education,
technical sales, and science writing. Many students have also
found that physics is an excellent preparation for the study of
medicine, dentistry, or law.
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The preferred introductory sequence for a major in physics, common
to all physics degree programs, consists of PHYS 140Q, 141Q, and
142Q. There are two options for the Bachelor of Science degree
in physics: (1) the general option for students seeking to further
their physics studies in graduate school and/or a career in research,
and (2) the applied option, for students seeking graduate study
in another field, medicine or dentistry, or a technical career
in industry. The Bachelor of Arts degree in physics is ideal for
pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-veterinary students, students
seeking double majors, or students seeking a high school teaching
career.
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Bachelor of Science General Option:
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A total of 48 credits
from 200-level courses in physics, other sciences, mathematics,
or engineering are required. Among these, 36 credits must be physics
courses. The 36 credits of physics must include PHYS 230Q, 242Q,
255Q, 257Q, 258Z, 261Q, and 271Q, and at least three credits of
an advanced laboratory (PHYS 256Q, 259Z, or 285Z). It is strongly
recommended that students going on to graduate school in physics
take PHYS 262Q. All students are strongly encouraged to participate
in an undergraduate research project. An experimental research
project (PHYS 299) may count towards the advanced laboratory requirement.
No more than two credits from PHYS 291, and no more than six credits
from PHYS 299 may be counted towards this degree option. The general
option for the Bachelor of Science degree requires a minimum of
12 credits from 200-level related courses in mathematics, other
sciences, or engineering. Besides the second-year calculus courses,
which are prerequisites for most physics courses, mathematics
courses such as differential equations for applications, applied
linear algebra, and complex variables are recommended for the
related group. A mathematics minor can be readily obtained with
this option.

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Bachelor of Science, Applied Option:
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A total of 48 credits from 200-level courses in physics, other sciences,
mathematics, or engineering are required. Among these, 30 credits
must be physics courses. The 30 credits must include PHYS 209Q,
210Q, 230Q, 258Z, and 271Q, plus a minimum of nine credits from
the following eight courses: PHYS 256Q, 259Z, 273Q, 274Q, 275Q,
281Q, 285Z, and 325, with at least three of the nine credits being
from an advanced laboratory (PHYS 256Q, 259Z, or 285Z). These
eight courses involve the application of knowledge from multiple
basic subjects, i.e., from mechanics, electricity and magnetism,
statistical and thermal physics, and quantum mechanics. (PHYS
242Q and 255Q together may replace PHYS 209Q.) All students are
strongly encouraged to participate in an undergraduate research
project. An experimental research project (PHYS 299) may count
towards the advanced laboratory requirement. The applied option
for the Bachelor of Science degree requires a minimum of 12 credits
from 200-level related courses in mathematics, other sciences,
or engineering. To complete the 48 total required credits for
the applied option, the remaining six credits may come from 200-level
courses in physics, other sciences, mathematics, or engineering.
No more than two credits from PHYS 291, and no more than six credits
from PHYS 299, may be counted towards this degree option. A minor
in mathematics, other sciences, or engineering can be readily
obtained with this option.

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Bachelor of Arts:
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A total
of 36 credits from 200-level courses in physics, other sciences,
mathematics, or engineering are required. Among these, 24 credits
must be physics courses. These 24 credits must include PHYS 209Q,
210Q, 230Q, and 258Z, along with 12 credits of elective physics
courses. (PHYS 242Q and 255Q together may replace PHYS 209Q.)
No more than two credits from PHYS 291, and no more than six credits
from PHYS 299, may be counted towards this degree. The Bachelor
of Arts degree requires a minimum of 12 credits from 200-level
related courses in mathematics, other sciences, or engineering.
Prospective physics majors should discuss their degree options
with a faculty advisor as early as possible, preferably before
scheduling their first semester courses. Additional information
can be obtained from the department office, (860) 486-3701, or
e-mail at undaff@phys.uconn.edu.

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