Oct 01, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 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.
I. First-Year Seminars (where applicable, count as electives)  
II. University Core Curriculum Program   42
III. Required non-TPC Courses 12
IV. Required TPC Courses 32
V. Electives 34


Students must complete 45 semester hours of upper division courses (3000 level or above).

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 requirements of the University Core Curriculum. See catalog section on University Core Curriculum Programs .

Note that several required courses are starred (*) below to signify that they count at least partly toward the University Core Curriculum Program.  Any other Core Curriculum Program courses taken in those categories will count as electives.


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: 12

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.

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 16 sem. hrs.

The General Electives can include any additional credits not categorized above.  (The first-year seminar courses listed above count as general electives.)

Students must choose their electives to make sure that they have 45 sem. hrs. of upper-division courses (3000-level and above), as required by the College of Science & Engineering.

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

Total: 34