Physics
Undergraduate physics majors are strongly encouraged to participate in research activities. A majority of majors go on to pursue advanced degrees upon graduation from Southern Methodist University.
This degree program is designed for students who are planning careers in physics in industry, laboratories, or academia. A candidate for the B.S. degree must complete a minimum of 38 semester hours in physics and 15 semester hours in mathematics. Students planning to pursue graduate studies are encouraged to complete more than the minimum hours required.
Physics Courses Required  
PHYS 1105  General Physics Laboratory I 
PHYS 1106  General Physics Laboratory II 
PHYS 1303 (or 1307)  Introductory Mechanics (or General Physics I) 
PHYS 1304 (or 1308)  Introductory Electricity and Magnetism (or General Physics II) 
PHYS 3305  Introduction to Modern Physics 
PHYS 3340  Computational Physics 
PHYS 3344  Classical Mechanics 
PHYS 3374  Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 
PHYS 4211  Laboratory Physics I 
PHYS 4112**  Laboratory Physics II 
PHYS 4321  Theoretical Methods 
PHYS 4392  Introduction to Electromagnetic Theory 
PHYS 5382  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 
PHYS 5383  Advanced Quantum Mechanics 
Six credits of electives are also required. Additional courses may be chosen from a variety of physics electives or in related fields with departmental permission.  
**Strongly recommended.  
Math Courses Required  
MATH 1337  Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 
MATH 1338 or 1340  Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 
MATH 2339 or 3302  Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 
MATH 2343 or 3313  Elementary Differential Equations 
MATH 3000+  1 advanced math course required 
This degree program is designed for students who are planning careers in biophysics in industry, laboratories, or academia, or who are looking for an intense and diverse program to distinguish themselves for medical school. A candidate for the B.S. in Biophysical Sciences degree must complete a minimum of 89 semester hours in from courses offered in the biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics departments.
Requirement  Courses  TCH 
Mathematics Requirements  MATH 1337, 1338 or 1340, 2339 or 3302, 2343 or 3313, 3353 or 3304  15 
Biology Requirements  BIOL 1401, 1402, 3304, 3350, 5310, 5311  20 
Chemistry Requirements  CHEM 1113, 1114, 1303, 1304, 3117, 3118, 3371, 3372, 5344, 5383, 5384  25 
Physics Requirements  PHYS 1105, 1106, 1303 or 1307, 1304 or 1308, 3305, 3344, 3374, 4392, 5382  23 
Electives (choose 6 credits) 
APSM 3322, 3422 CHEM 5306, 5317, 5308 PHYS 4112, 4211, 4390, 5383 
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This degree program is appropriate for students who wish to combine a physics curriculum with a broad liberal arts program with the aim of pursuing careers in medicine, teaching, business, and government. A candidate for the B.A. degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in physics and 15 semester hours in mathematics.
Physics Courses Required 

PHYS 1105  General Physics Laboratory I 
PHYS 1106  General Physics Laboratory II 
PHYS 1303 (or 1307)  Introductory Mechanics (or General Physics I) 
PHYS 1304 (or 1308)  Introductory Electricity and Magnetism (or General Physics II) 
PHYS 3305  Introduction to Modern Physics 
PHYS 3344  Classical Mechanics 
PHYS 4211  Laboratory Physics I 
PHYS 4392  Introduction to Electromagnetic Theory 
PHYS 5382  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 
Eight credits of electives are also required. Additional courses may be chosen from a variety of physics electives or in related fields with departmental permission.  
Math Courses Required  
MATH 1337  Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 
MATH 1338 or 1340  Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 
MATH 2339 or 3302  Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 
MATH 2343 or 3313  Elementary Differential Dquations 
MATH 3000+  1 advanced math course required 
A minor in physics is particularly appropriate for majors in the natural sciences, including premed, mathematics, and engineering. The departmental requirement for a minor in physics is 17 semester hours in physics, including the following:
Physics Courses Required  
PHYS 1105  General Physics Laboratory I 
PHYS 1106  General Physics Laboratory II 
PHYS 1303 (or 1307)  Introductory Mechanics (or General Physics I) 
PHYS 1304 (or 1308)  Introductory Electricity and Magnetism (or General Physics II) 
PHYS 3000+  Nine additional hours of advanced coursework 
A physics major achieving a B.S. degree may graduate "with departmental distinction" by successfully completing a special program of study in addition to the requirements stated above, while maintaining a minimum G.P.A. of 3.50. The special program consists of independent reading, research, and senior thesis under the direction of the departmental faculty. The student must apply to the department for this designation during his or her junior year. The student will enroll in either PHYS 4375 or PHYS 4390 during the project, and a senior thesis is to be written and presented to the faculty.
The Electrical Engineering Department and the Physics Department offer an integrated curriculum that enables a student to obtain both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in Physics.
The term credit hours (TCH) within this curriculum are distributed as follows:
Requirement  Courses  TCH 
College Requirements  ENGL 1301, 1302, Perspectives including ECO 1311, Cultural Formations, and Wellness  23 
Mathematics  MATH 1337, 1338 or 1340, 2339 or 3302, 2343 or 3313, and a threehour elective course at the 3000 level or above  15 
Science  CHEM 1303 or 1305; PHYS 1105, 1303, 1304, 3305, 3344, 4211, 4321, 5337, 5382 and 5383; and PHYS 3374 or ME 3341  33 
Computer Science  CSE 1341  3 
Engineering Leadership  Two of EMIS 3308, ENCE 3302, EMIS 3309 or CSE 4360  6 
Core Electrical Engineering  EE 1382, 2122, 2170, 2181, 2322, 2350, 2370, 2381 and 3360  21 
Junior Electrical  EE 3122, 3181, 3322, 3381, either 3330 or PHYS 4392; and two of EE 3311, 3315 or 3372  17 
Advanced Electrical Engineering Electives  12  
Senior Design Sequence  EE 4311 and 4312  6 
  
Minimum total hours required  136 
The Mechanical Engineering Department and the Physics Department offer a curriculum that enables a student to obtain both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree and a Bachelor of Science in Physics.
The minimum requirements for these dual degrees are as follows:
Requirement  Courses  TCH 
General Education  English 1301, 1302, Perspectives and Cultural Formations courses  21 
Mathematics  Math 1337, 1338 or 1340, 2339 or 3302, 2343 or 3313, Statistics 4340  15 
Sciences  Physics 1303, 1304, 3305, 3344, 3374, 4211, 4321, 4392, 5382, 5383 and two advanced physics electives; Chemistry 1303  38 
Mechanical Engineering  ME 1202, 1102, 1305, 2310, 2331, 2131, 2340, 2140, 2342, 2142, 3332, 3132, 3340, 3370, 4338, 4360, 4160, 4370, 4380, 4381 and 5322  50 
Leadership Elective  Select one from EMIS 3308, EMIS 3309, ENCE 3302 or CSE 4360  3 
Wellness I and II  2  
  
Minimum total hours required  129 