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
1

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

2

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.

Year One
Semester OneCredits
WRT 1201Effective Writing I3
MAT 1611Calculus I4
Behavioral & Social Sci Elective13
Gen. Ed. Free Elective13
CSC 1411Computer Science I3
 Credits16
Semester Two
WRT 2XX Effective Writing II13
MAT 162Calculus II4
PHY 170Physics I4
Humanities Gen. Ed. Electives16
 Credits17
Year Two
Semester Three
CHE 1031General Chemistry I3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
MAT 261Calculus III4
PHY 180Physics II4
Free Elective5
 Credits17
Semester Four
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 104Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)1
MAT 343Differential Equations3
PHY 240Introduction to Modern Physics3
Interdisciplinary Elective1,23
Free Elective3
 Credits16
Year Three
Semester Five
PHY 300Mechanics3
PHY 310Intermediate Physics Lab I3
PHY 330Electronics I3
Behavioral & Social Sci. Elective13
Free Electives6
 Credits18
Semester Six
PHY 370Mathematical Physics3
PHY 320Intermediate Physics Lab II3
PHY 430Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHY Physics Elective3
SPK Communicat. Gen. Ed. Elective13
Elective3
 Credits18
Year Four
Semester Seven
PHY 350Heat and Thermodynamics3
PHY Physics Elective3
Arts Gen. Ed. Elective13
Humanities Gen. Ed. Elective13
Gen. Ed. Free Elective13
 Credits15
Semester Eight
PHY 420Quantum Mechanics I3
Diverse Comm. Elective13
Gen. Ed. Free Elective13
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
 Credits15
1

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

2

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