The Department of Chemistry and Physics offers a curriculum leading to a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in physics. Candidates for either degree must successfully complete the University requirement of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit, including Foundational Studies course work, as well as the requirements for the departmental major. Candidates for the bachelor of arts must also complete two years, or the equivalent, of a foreign language. The Department also offers a physics minor.
Physics Major (62-66 semester hours)
Core Curriculum (43 semester hours)
Physics: 115, 115L, 116, 116L, 215, 215L, 216, 216L, 310, 321, 341, 405
Mathematics: 131, 132
Chemistry: 105, 105L, 106, 106L
At Indiana State University you can focus your career preparation on one of several interdisciplinary areas. The three concentrations of study offered are described below, along with the additional course requirements for each concentration. For more information, see the following sections of the ISU undergraduate catalog:
This emphasis is built around the physics core curriculum to
supply the background and experience needed to enter graduate studies or become
a research physicist.
Physics: 311, 315, 316, 322, 342, 420, 497
Mathematics: 231, 333
Chemical physics focuses on areas where the techniques of
chemistry and physics are brought together for the study of atoms and
molecules; their interactions in gases, liquids, and solids; and the detailed
structure and dynamics of material changes. Chemical physicists are employed by
a wide range of businesses, particularly the pharmaceutical, photographic and microelectronic
Physics: 315, 316, 322, 497
Chemistry: 321, 461, 461L, 462, 462L
The engineering physics concentration focuses on applying the principles of physics to
developing new technologies and solving interdisciplinary engineering problems. Graduates
may pursue an advanced degree in applied physics or engineering, or function as productive
Physics: 309, 315, 316
Computer Science: 256
Mechanical Engineering Technology: 103, 130, 203, 404
A minor in physics is often a good choice for students majoring in related fields,
such as mathematics, computer science, chemistry, geology, biology, or technology.
For more information, see the ISU undergraduate catalog:
Requirements for the physics minor
The minor requires 29 semester hours of credit in the following courses:
Physics: 115, 115L, 116, 116L, 215, 215L, 216, 216L, one elective course
Mathematics: 131, 132
Students in the Dual Degree Program complete some of their degree requirements at ISU and some at the University of Evansville, and receive a B.S. in physics from ISU and a B.S. in engineering from the University of Evansville College of Engineering. For more information about this program, see the Pre-Engineering link.
For more information about the physics programs or engineering dual degree option, or to arrange
a visit to the department, contact the appropriate academic advisor.