Apr 20, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics - Pure and Applied Physics Option BS

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Please click here  to see Physics department information.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Physics advisor, meet physics faculty engaged in Pure & Applied Physics research, attend departmental seminars, and explore ways that Physics relates to research undertaken by faculty in other disciplines.

For more information, contact:                                                                                                            Clyde Zaidins (Physics advisor)                                                                                                                Clyde.zaidins@ucdenver.edu                                                                                                                    Office:North Classroom 3123B

These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Major

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General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a total of 63 credits, including a minimum of 47 PHYS credit hours and 16 credit hours in ancillary coursework
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 16 upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours in the major.
  3. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all courses applied to major requirements. 
  4. Students must complete all major courses taken at CU Denver with a minimum grade of C (2.0) and all ancillary and transfer courses applying to major requirements with a minimum grade of C- (1.7). Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 12 PHYS credit hours with CU Denver faculty.

Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations

  1. Students must declare their intention to major in Physics by the time they have completed 60 semester hours
  2. The introductory labs, PHYS 2351 and PHYS 2361, are required for all physics majors. If the department is unable to offer one or both of these labs then PHYS 2321 may be substituted for PHYS 2351 and PHYS 2341 may be substituted for PHYS 2361, upon prior advisor approval.
  3. Students earning a Physics major cannot earn a Physics minor. A senior thesis is required for all students wishing to graduate with departmental honors. For all other students, the faculty encourages a senior thesis or project.
  4. Students who must retake PHYS 4331 may fulfill this requirement by obtaining a C or better in:

   5. The department will accept the following combination of math courses in place of MATH 3195:

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