BS in Physics with specialization in Standard Physics

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Physics. This degree provides coursework and training necessary for students interested in pursuing graduate study in physics.  To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 125 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning, Major Requirement)4MATH 1264
PHSX 150 (Major Requirement)0.5PHSX 213 or 211 and 216 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, Major Requirement)5
CHEM 130, 150, 170, or 190 and 191 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement)5Goal 2.1 Written Communication (2 of 2)3
Goal 2.1 Written Communication (1 of 2)3Goal 3 Arts and Humanities3
Goal 2.2 Communication3 
 15.5 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
PHSX 214 or 212 and 236 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement)4MATH 320 (Major Requirement)3
MATH 290 (Major Requirement)2PHSX 503 or 501 (Major Requirement)1
MATH 127 (Major Requirement)4PHSX 313 (Major Requirement)3
EECS 138 or 168 (Major Requirement)3PHSX 316 (Major Requirement)1
Goal 3 Social Science3PHSX 3153
 Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
 16 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
PHSX 521 (Major Requirement)3PHSX 611 (Major Requirement)3
PHSX 5364PHSX 6164
Math Elective (Major Requirement)3PHSX 621 (Major Requirement)3
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours21
 16 14
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
PHSX 711 (Major Requirement)3PHSX 631 (Major Requirement)3
PHSX 531 (Major Requirement)3PHSX Elective (Major Requirement)3
PHSX 671 (Major Requirement)3Goal 6 Integration & Creativity (PHSX 503 or PHSX 501 is recommended)13
Goal 5 Social Responsibility and Ethics3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
 15 15
Total Hours 120.5

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.