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General Degree Requirements

Students should check the College of Science website, at www.science.purdue.edu, and speak with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information and requirements on the College of Science.

Physics Requirements 37-57 credits

Students must complete the requirements for one of the following options:
1. Physics (49-50 credit hours in physics)
2. Physics Honors (62-63 credit hours in physics)
3. Applied Physics (67 credit hours in physics)
4. Applied Physics Honors (70 credit hours in physics)
5. Physics Teaching (46-47 credit hours in physics)

Note: Option 5 (Physics Teaching) can be selected simultaneously with
one of the other four options culminating in a double major that includes
both programs.

Science Requirements (All Options) 8-10 credits
CHM 11500 (General Chemistry) (4 cr.); CHM 12300 (General Chemistry for Engineers I) (4 cr.); or CHM 12500 (Introduction to Chemistry I) (5 cr.) 4-5 cr.
CHM 11600 (General Chemistry) (4 cr.); CHM 12400 (General Chemistry for Engineers II) (4 cr.); or CHM 12600 (Introduction to Chemistry II) (5 cr.) 4-5 cr.
Mathematics Requirements (All Options) 12-15 credits
MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (4 cr.) or MA 16100 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (5 cr.) 4-5 cr.
MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (4 cr.); MA 16200 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (5 cr.); MA 17300 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry II) (5 cr.); or MA 18100 (Honors Calculus II) (5 cr.).
4-5 cr.
MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (4 cr.); MA 17400 (Multivariate Calculus) (4 cr.); MA 18200 (Honors Calculus II) (5 cr.); or MA 27100 (Several Variable Calculus) (5 cr.) 4-5 cr.
There are additional requirements of mathematical methods of physics for all physics programs. Information follows.
Additional Requirements 33-45 credits
Students must also satisfy all additional requirements as stipulated by the College of Science. This includes: Statistics: STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3 cr.); STAT 35000 (Introduction to Statistics) (3 cr.); STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology) (3 cr.); STAT 51100 (Statistical Methods) (3 cr.); or equivalent. 3 cr.
Computing: CS 15800 (C Programming) (3 cr.); CS 17700 (Programming with Multimedia Objects) (4 cr.); CS 18000 (Programming I) (4 cr.); or equivalent. 3-4 cr.
Composition, Technical Writing and Presentation 6-7 cr.
Teambuilding and Collaboration 0-3 cr.
Multidisciplinary Requirement 0-4 cr.
Language and Culture 9-12 cr.
General Education 9 cr.
Great Issues 3 cr.
There are many different ways to satisfy these requirements that may
change over time. Therefore, there is no way to describe them fully here.
Please refer to the College of Science website, www.science.purdue.edu,
for more details. Also, some of the physics (and other) courses that
satisfy physics requirements may simultaneously satisfy some of
these college requirements as well. Please consult an academic advisor
for more details.
Free Electives: (All Options) 0-22 credits

Free electives can be selected from any department within the University.
Students are encouraged to use free electives to broaden their knowledge.
However, free-elective credit is not allowed for courses that significantly
overlap courses taken to fulfill departmental degree requirements.
Students must take at least as many free electives as are needed to
bring the credit hour total to the minimum set by the College of Science
(currently 124).

A student can also use free electives to acquire a minor in a related field
or in other departments at Purdue University.
Grade Requirement
Students majoring in physics or applied physics programs must have a
grade-point average of 2.0 or above in all physics courses. For students
majoring in Physics Honors or Applied Physics Honors programs, grades of
"B-" or above must be maintained in all physics courses as well as a grade-
point average of 3.0 or above in all physics courses. In addition, these honors
students must maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or above in all
courses, and they cannot have a grade of "D" or below in any course. For
students in the Physics Teaching Program, the minimum grade-point average
requirement is 2.5 in content areas and 3.0 in professional education courses.