Oct 22, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, BS


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 http://www.tarleton.edu/tpc/.  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.



General Requirements

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


  120 (122)


I. First Year Seminars

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

II. Core Curriculum Program

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 .


Total: 42

III. Required Non-TPC Courses

These TAMUCC courses are required as part of the Joint BS in Physics degree.  They are local courses, not TPC courses.  These courses may not be taken on a pass/no pass (P/NP) basis.

Total: 15

IV. Required TPC Courses

These courses are offered from one of the members of the Texas Physics Consortium (possibly from TAMUCC).  Any substitutions for these courses, including transfer credits, must be approved by the Administrative Council of the Texas Physics Consortium.

Total: 32

V. Electives

Electives fall into two categories:

  • Support Field Electives 18 sem. hrs. (at least 6 sem. hrs. of advanced courses)

The Support Field enables students the flexibility to tailor their degree to meet various academic and career goals, including teaching certification and interdiciplinary 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.

  • General Electives 13 sem. hrs.

The General Electives can include any additional credits that the student earns.

Courses that could be used as Support Field Electives could include (but are not limited to) the following:

Total: 31