May 23, 2022
120 hours (minimum)
Any student earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 60 hours in natural, physical, mathematical, and computer science. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree , including a specific listing of courses applicable to the 60-hour requirement.
I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity
II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities
III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences
IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
V. Composition and Communication I
VI. Composition and Communication II
VII. Quantitative Foundations
VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning
IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA
Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)
Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3
I. Foreign Language: 0-14
(placement exam recommended)
II. Disciplinary Requirements
a. Natural Science
(completed by Premajor Requirements)
III. Laboratory or Field Work
(completed by Premajor Requirement)
College Requirement hours: 12-26
*Course used towards completion of a UK Core Requirement.
plus two different courses from the following:
Other Course Work Required for the Major
From Outside the Major Department
- Choose 6 hours outside Physics at the 200+ level. Courses are generally chosen from biology, chemistry, computer science, education, engineering, mathematics, philosophy, or statistics. 200+ level courses used to satisfy College requirements can also be counted here Credit(s): 6
Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120
Suggested Curriculum for B.S. in Physics
(NOTE: Students who have completed calculus or chemistry should visit our website at: https://pa.as.uky.edu/majorand-minor-requirements for suggested curriculum.) As you plan your physics studies, please note that upper division physics courses, PHY 3XX and all higher numbered courses, are offered once per year in the semester indicated on the suggested curricula. For example, PHY 306 and PHY 361 are offered in the spring semester only. This suggested curriculum minimally meets the requirements for the B.S. in Physics.
*A total of 14 credit hours in math, computer science, chemistry, engineering or other areas related to physics but outside the department must be completed to satisfy the college requirement. One-hundred-level freshman courses may not be counted for the Major Requirements except for CS 115 which may be counted.