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Physics, B.S.

About the Program

The physics B.S. program gives a broad background in the fundamental concepts and applications of physics. This background is appropriate for further study in graduate school, or for scientific employment in physics or physics-related fields.

Students in this program may pursue a four-year physics degree or they may choose the “three-two” option.

Transfer students must take a minimum of 8 credit hours of upper-division courses, including PHY 410, in the Buffalo State Physics Department.

“Three-Two” Physics-Engineering Option
This program offers an ideal combination of basic and applied science. Students in the Cooperative (three-two) Physics-Engineering Program attend the college for three years pursuing a liberal arts curriculum in physics. After three years, students transfer to the engineering school of their choice and complete the requirements for an engineering degree in two more years. Cooperating engineering schools include Binghamton University and the University at Buffalo (both SUNY universities), and Clarkson University.

About the Physics Department

162 Science and Math Complex
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6726
Fax: (716) 878-4421

Admission Requirements

Mathematics preparation through Algebra II/Trigonometry (or precalculus) is required.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33-39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Physics 44 cr

A. Required Core Courses (22 cr)
PHY 111 University Physics I (5)
PHY 112 University Physics II (5)
PHY 213 University Physics III
PHY 305 Modern Physics I
PHY 310 Computational Physics Laboratory (2)
PHY 320 Introduction to Theoretical Physics (4)

B. Additional Required Courses for the “Three-Two” Option (22 cr)
PHY 306 Modern Physics II
PHY 323 Statics
PHY 324 Electric Circuits
PHY 440 Electricity and Magnetism I
Plus 10 credit hours of engineering courses, transferred from engineering school.

C. Additional Required Courses for Four-Year Physics B.S.-Only Degree (22 cr)
PHY 306 Modern Physics II
PHY 324 Electric Circuits
PHY 410 Advanced Physics Laboratory
PHY 425 Classical Mechanics (4)
PHY 435 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
PHY 440 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY 441 Electricity and Magnetism II

Total Required Credit Hours Outside the Major 15 cr
MAT 161 Calculus I
MAT 162 Calculus II
MAT 163 Using Technology to Explore Calculus I (1)
MAT 164 Using Technology to Explore Calculus II (1)
MAT 263 Calculus III
MAT 264 Using Technology to Explore Calculus III (1)
MAT 315 Differential Equations

All College Electives 22-28 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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