B.S. in Physics

College of the Sciences and Mathematics
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements 9
Major Requirements
PHY 170Physics I4
PHY 180Physics II4
PHY 240Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHY 300Mechanics 13
PHY 310Intermediate Physics Lab I 13
PHY 320Intermediate Physics Lab II 13
PHY 330Electronics I 13
PHY 350Heat and Thermodynamics 13
PHY 370Mathematical Physics 13
PHY 420Quantum Mechanics I 13
PHY 430Electricity and Magnetism I 13
Select an additional 6 credits in physics from available electives at or above the 250 level6
Related/Cognate Requirements 2
CSC 141Computer Science I3
MAT 161Calculus I4
MAT 162Calculus II4
MAT 261Calculus III4
MAT 343Differential Equations3
CHE 103General Chemistry I3
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
CRL 104Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)1
Free Electives
Select 17 semester hours17
Total Minimum Credits Required120

Physics courses at the 300-level or higher must be completed with a grade of C or better. 


Some of these courses may also fulfill general education requirements.

Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater in their physics courses. Transfer students must take 15 or more physics credits at West Chester at the 300 level and above for graduation.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 1 3
MAT 161 Calculus I 1 4
Behavioral & Social Sci Elective 1 3
Gen. Ed. Free Elective 1 3
CSC 141 Computer Science I 1 3
Semester Two
WRT 2XX Effective Writing II 1 3
MAT 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 170 Physics I 4
Humanities Gen. Ed. Electives 1 6
Year Two
Semester Three
CHE 103 General Chemistry I 1 3
CRL 103 Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB) 1
MAT 261 Calculus III 4
PHY 180 Physics II 4
Free Elective 5
Semester Four
CHE 104 General Chemistry II 3
CRL 104 Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB) 1
MAT 343 Differential Equations 3
PHY 240 Introduction to Modern Physics 3
Interdisciplinary Elective 1,2 3
Free Elective 3
Year Three
Semester Five
PHY 300 Mechanics 3
PHY 310 Intermediate Physics Lab I 3
PHY 330 Electronics I 3
Behavioral & Social Sci. Elective 1 3
Free Electives 6
Semester Six
PHY 370 Mathematical Physics 3
PHY 320 Intermediate Physics Lab II 3
PHY 430 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PHY Physics Elective 3
SPK Communicat. Gen. Ed. Elective 1 3
Elective 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
PHY 350 Heat and Thermodynamics 3
PHY Physics Elective 3
Arts Gen. Ed. Elective 1 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Elective 1 3
Gen. Ed. Free Elective 1 3
Semester Eight
PHY 420 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Diverse Comm. Elective 1 3
Gen. Ed. Free Elective 1 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Credits132

Course fulfills the University's General Education requirement. For a list of approved courses, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.


SCB 210 recommended, but not required.

  1. Majors shall not be permitted more than one repeat of a Physics course.
  2. Upper level courses (numbered 300 or above) must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  3. All Physics electives must be at the 300 level or above