Physics Programs at SLU

Saint Louis University’s Department of Physics offers three undergraduate degree programs —  a B. A. in physics through the College of Arts and Sciences, and a B.S. in physics and B.S. in engineering physics through Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.

Each program allows for a variety of options designed to meet different career goals in physics, engineering, computer science and beyond. 

Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Offered through the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences, our B.A. in physics combines a firm grounding in physics with a broad liberal education.

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Bachelor of Science in Physics

Offered through the Parks College of Aviation, Engineering and Technology, our B.S. in physics stresses physics and its applications in areas such as engineering, computers and the sciences, and also includes opportunities to participate in faculty research.

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
Select a concentration in aerospace, biomedical, computer, electrical or mechanical engineering, or choose the interdisciplinary option.

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Curriculum Plans 

B.S. Degree in Physics

Bachelor of Science Curriculum - 122 credit hours

Prerequisites

  • CHEM 1110/1115: General Chemistry I/Lab
  • CSCI 1060: Introduction to Computer Science : Scientific Programming
  • PHYS 1110: Introduction to Physics
  • PHYS 1610: Engineering Physics I
  • PHYS 1620: Engineering Physics I Lab
  • PHYS 1630: Engineering Physics II
  • PHYS 1640: Engineering Physics II Lab

Knowledge of Differential and Integral Calculus

  • MATH 1510: Calculus I
  • MATH 1520: Calculus II
  • MATH 2530: Calculus III

Required Courses

  • MATH 3550: Differential Equations I
  • MATH 3270: Advanced Mathematics for Engineers
  • MATH 4880: Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 3240: Numerical Analysis
  • PHYS 2610: Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 2620: Modern Physics Lab
  • PHYS 3110: Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 3310: Optics
  • PHYS 3320: Optics Laboratory
  • PHYS 3410:  Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics
  • PHYS 3510: Analog and Digital Electronics/Lab
  • PHYS 3610: Modern Physics II
  • PHYS 4210: Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHYS 4610: Quantum Mechanics

Two additional courses selected from:

  • PHYS 3120: Advanced Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 4220: Electricity and Magnetism II
  • PHYS 4620: Application of Quantum Mechanics

Allied Electives
You will select seven courses (21 credit hours) in consultation with your mentor.

Research Experience

  • PHYS 3860 Physics Research I
  • PHYS 4870 Physics Research II
  • PHYS 4880 Physics Research III

College Core

  • CMM 2220: Small Group Presentation
  • ENGL1900 or 1920
  • PHIL 2050: Ethics
  • THEO 1000: Theological Foundations
  • Social/Behavioral Science Elective
  • Humanities Elective
  • General Elective (Social/Behavioral or Humanities)
  • Cultural Diversity Elective

Open Elective:
One course

Sample Flow Sheet and Four-Year Plan (PDF) 

 B.A. Degree in Physics

Bachelor of Arts Curriculum - 122-125 credit hours

Requirements of the B. A. Degree:

  • CHEM 1110/1115: General Chemistry/Lab
  • MATH 1510: Calculus I
  • MATH 1520: Calculus II
  • MATH 2530: Calculus III
  • MATH 2660: Principles of Mathematics
  • MATH 3120: Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MATH 3550: Differential Equations I
  • MATH 4310: Introduction to Complex Variables
  • PHYS 1110: Introduction to Physics
  • PHYS 1610: Engineering Physics I
  • PHYS 1620: Engineering Physics I Lab
  • PHYS 1630: Engineering Physics II
  • PHYS 1640: Engineering Physics II Lab
  • PHYS 2610: Modern Physics
  • PHYS 2620: Modern Physics Lab
  • PHYS 3110: Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 4210: Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHYS 4610: Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 4880: Senior Inquiry

Two additional courses selected from the following list:

  • PHYS 3120: Advanced Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 3310: Optics/Lab
  • PHYS 3410: Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics
  • PHYS 3510: Analog and Digital Electronics/Lab
  • PHYS 3610: Modern Physics II
  • PHYS 4220: Electricity & Magnetism II
  • PHYS 4620: Application of Quantum Mechanics

Recommended

  • CSCI 1060:  Introduction to Computer Science: Scientific Programming

Core Curriculum Requirements

  • Foundations of Discourse (ENGL1900 or 1940) 
  • Foreign Language (two courses)
  • Cultural Diversity (two courses - U.S. Diversity and Global Citizenship)
  • Fine and Performing Arts (one course)
  • Literature (two courses)
  • History (two courses; HIST 1110 and HIST 1120)
  • Philosophy (three courses; PHIL 1050, PHIL 2050 and a 3000-level course)
  • Theology (three courses; THEO 1000, Level 2000 and a 3000-level course)
  • Social Science (two courses)

Open Electives

  • Three courses

Sample Flow Sheet and Four-Year Plan (PDF) 

B.S. Degree in Physics - Preprofessional Health Studies Option

Please note: Students in the medical scholar program will follow a slightly altered schedule. Please consult the department chair, William Thacker, Ph.D., for more information. 

Prerequisites

  • CHEM 1110/1115: General Chemistry I/Lab
  • CSCI 1060: Introduction to Computer Science: Scientific Programming
  • PHYS 1110: Introduction to Physics
  • PHYS 1610/1620: Engineering Physics I/Lab
  • PHYS 1630/1640: Engineering Physics II/Lab

Knowledge of Differential and Integral Calculus

  • MATH 1510: Calculus I 
  • MATH 1520: Calculus II
  • MATH 2530:Calculus III 

Required Courses

  • MATH 3550: Differential Equations I
  • MATH 3270: Advanced Mathematics for Engineers
  • MATH 3240: Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 3850: Foundations of Statistics
  • PHYS 2610/2620: Modern Physics/Lab
  • PHYS 3110: Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 3310/3320: Optics/Lab
  • PHYS 3410: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • PHYS 3510: Analog and  Digital Electronics/Lab
  • PHYS 3610 Modern Physics II
  • PHYS 4210 Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHYS 4610 Quantum Mechanics

Two additional courses selected from:

  • PHYS 3120: Advanced Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 4220: Electricity and Magnetism II
  • PHYS 4620: Application of Quantum Mechanics

Additional Requirements for Preprofessional Health Studies

  • BIOL 1240/1245: Principles of Biology/Lab
  • BIOL 1260/1265: Principles of Biology II/Lab
  • BIOL 3020: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 3040/3060: Cell Structure and Function/Lab
  • CHEM 1120/1125: General Chemistry II/Lab
  • CHEM 2410/2415: Principles of Organic Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHEM 2420/2425: Principles of Organic Chemistry II/Lab

Research Experience 

  • PHYS 3860: Physics Research I
  • PHYS 4870: Physics Research II 
  • PHYS 4880: Physics Research III

College Core

  • CMM 2200: Small Group Presentation
  • ENGL1900 or 1920
  • ENGL Upper Level Course (Writing intensive)
  • PHIL 2050: Ethics
  • PSY 1010: General Psychology
  • SOC 1100:  Introduction to Sociology
  • THEO 1000: Theological Foundations
  • Cultural Diversity Elective (One course)

Open Elective

  • One course

Sample Flow Sheet and Four-Year Plan (PDF) 

B.A. Degree in Physics - Preprofessional Health Studies Option

Requirements of the B. A. degree

  • CHEM 1110/1115: General Chemistry I w/Lab
  • CSCI 1060:  Scientific Programming
  • MATH 1510: Calculus I
  • MATH 1520: Calculus II
  • MATH 2530: Calculus III
  • MATH 3550: Differential Equations
  • MATH 2660:  Principles of Mathematics
  • MATH 3120: Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MATH 4310: Introduction to Complex Variables
  • PHYS 1110: Introduction to Physics
  • PHYS 1610: Engineering Physics I
  • PHYS 1620: Engineering Physics I Lab
  • PHYS 1630: Engineering Physics II
  • PHYS 1640: Engineering Physics II Lab
  • PHYS 2610: Modern Physics
  • PHYS 2620: Modern Physics Lab
  • PHYS 3110: Classical Mechanics I
  • PHYS 4210: Electricity & Magnetism
  • PHYS 4610: Quantum Mechanics
  • Senior Inquiry (0-3 credit hours) 

Choose one of the following:

  • PHYS 4840: Thesis
  • PHYS 4880: Research Project
  • PHYS 4890: Comprehensive Examination

Choose two additional courses selected from the following list:

  • PHYS 3310: Optics/Lab
  • PHYS 3410: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • PHYS 3510: Analog and Digital Electronics/Lab
  • PHYS 3120: Classical Mechanics II
  • PHYS 3610: Modern Physics II
  • PHYS 4220: Electricity and Magnetism II
  • PHYS 4620: Applications of Quantum Mechanics

Additional Requirements for Preprofessional Health Studies

  • BIOL 1240/1245: Principles of Biology I/Lab
  • BIOL 1260/1265: Principles of Biology II/Lab
  • BIOL 3020: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 3040: Cell Structure and Function
  • CHEM 1120/1125: General Chemistry II/Lab
  • CHEM 2410/2415: Principles of Organic Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHEM 2420/2425: Principles of Organic Chemistry II/Lab

Core Curriculum Requirements

  • Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric (ENGL 1900 or ENGL 1920)
  • Foreign Language (2 courses)
  • Cultural Diversity (2 course - U.S. Diversity & Global Citizenship)
  • Fine and Performing Arts (1 course)
  • Literature (2 courses)
  • History (HIST 1110 and  HIST 1120)
  • Philosophy (3 courses; PHIL 1050, PHIL 2050, Level 3000)
  • Theology (3 courses: THEO 1000, Level 2000, Level 3000)
  • Social Science (2 courses)

Sample Flow Sheet and Four-Year Plan (PDF)