# Physics (BS)

## 2024-2025

## Bachelor of Science

## 70

## 120

## Mankato

## Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

## Program Requirements

### Required General Education

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Prerequisites:
Satisfy Placement Table in this section, MATH 115 or both MATH 112 and MATH 113 with "C" (2.0) or better. *

*Goal Areas: GE-04*

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Prerequisites:
none
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*Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-03*

### Major Common Core

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Prerequisites:
MATH 112 or MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MATH 121 *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 121 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122 with "C" (2.0) or better, or consent *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent *

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Prerequisites:
none
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Prerequisites:
MATH 121 with a "C" or better; PHYS 221 with a "C" or better. *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 121 with a "C" or better; and PHYS 221 with a "C" or better *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 221 with a "C" or better; and PHYS 222 or concurrent. *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 221 with a "C" or better; and PHYS 223 or concurrent. *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122; (PHYS 222 and concurrently with PHYS 223) or PHYS 212. *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 335 *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 222 or PHYS 223; and MATH 321 or consent. *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 223 and MATH 321 and PHYS 222 *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 223 and PHYS 447 *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122 and PHYS 223 *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 335, PHYS 441, MATH 247, MATH 321 *

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Prerequisites:
CIS 121, MATH 122. Select one PHYS 222 or PHYS 223 *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 321 and PHYS 223 *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 336 or consent *

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Prerequisites:
Completed at least two upper division physics courses. *

### Major Restricted Electives

Choose either CIS 122 (4 credits) or both EE 230 (3 credits) and EE 240 (1 credit)

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Prerequisites:
CIS 121. Select One Course: MATH 112, MATH 113, MATH 115, MATH 121, or MATH 130 *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 222 or concurrent, MATH 321 or concurrent *

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Prerequisites:
Must be taken concurrently with EE 230. *

### Major Unrestricted Electives

**Required Electives** - Choose 4 Credit(s).

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Prerequisites:
AST 201 and AST 215, Consent *

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Prerequisites:
AST 215 *

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Prerequisites:
AST 201 and AST 215 *

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Prerequisites:
AST 225 *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 222, and MATH 321 *

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Prerequisites:
none
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Prerequisites:
MATH 122 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 223 and MATH 290 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 223 and MATH 321 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122, MATH 247 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 121, PHYS 212 or PHYS 222 *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 335 *

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Prerequisites:
Consent *

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Prerequisites:
Consent *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122 with C or better or consent *

## 4-Year Plan

The **4-Year Plan** is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual 4-Year plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.

* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

### First Year

**Fall** - 15 Credits

*Goal Areas: GE-04*

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Prerequisites:
none
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**Spring** - 15 Credits

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Prerequisites:
MATH 121 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent *

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Prerequisites:
none
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*Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-03*

### Second Year

**Fall** - 14 Credits

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Prerequisites:
MATH 121 with a "C" or better; PHYS 221 with a "C" or better. *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122 with "C" (2.0) or better, or consent *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 221 with a "C" or better; and PHYS 222 or concurrent. *

**Spring** - 14 Credits

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Prerequisites:
MATH 121 with a "C" or better; and PHYS 221 with a "C" or better *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 221 with a "C" or better; and PHYS 223 or concurrent. *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122; (PHYS 222 and concurrently with PHYS 223) or PHYS 212. *

### Third Year

**Fall** - 16 Credits

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 335 *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 222 or PHYS 223; and MATH 321 or consent. *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 223 and MATH 321 and PHYS 222 *

**Spring** - 16 Credits

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 223 and PHYS 447 *

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Prerequisites:
MATH 122 and PHYS 223 *

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 336 or consent *

### Fourth Year

**Fall** - 15 Credits

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Prerequisites:
PHYS 335, PHYS 441, MATH 247, MATH 321 *

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Prerequisites:
CIS 121, MATH 122. Select one PHYS 222 or PHYS 223 *

**Spring** - 12 Credits

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Prerequisites:
MATH 321 and PHYS 223 *

*
Prerequisites:
Completed at least two upper division physics courses. *

## Policies

**Admission to the major** is granted by the department. To be admitted to the major, a student must have a minimum of 30 earned credit hours and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 ("C"). Contact the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Advising Center for application procedures.

**GPA policy**. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in physics courses is required for graduation.

**P/N grading policy**. All physics courses except PHYS 105 and PHYS 480 are open to P/N grading. However, a student majoring or minoring in physics must elect the grade option for all of the required courses except where P/N grading is mandatory.

**Residency**: A minimum of 25 percent of the required credits in physics must be taken at Minnesota State University, Mankato for both the major and the minor. Testing for credit by examination is available on a case-by-case basis as determined by the chairperson of the Physics and Astronomy department.

**BS degree, double major.** Students majoring in physics often find a second major in mathematics to be an attractive option. If the BS degree in physics is combined with a BS degree in mathematics, then the following math courses are recommended: MATH 345, MATH 422, MATH 425, and MATH 447.