Jan 20, 2021  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 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 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. Core Curriculum Program
  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. Supporting Courses

These courses from outside the Physics program are required as part of the Joint BS in Physics degree.  These courses may not be taken on a pass/no pass (P/NP) basis.

Total: 16

IV. Physics Major

Total: 28

V. Electives

  •  : 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 (www.tarleton.edu/tpc/) 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 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.

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

Total: 34