Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

Physics (BS)

General Education Requirements 42-45 credits 
Major Requirements  80-83*
Total Credits Required  120
*18-21 credits required for the Major also satisfy general education requirements.

A math placement test is recommended for all students who have demonstrated CUNY proficiency and wish to take MTH 123 or higher. The test is offered at scheduled times in the College Testing Office.  See https://www.csi.cuny.edu/students/testing-placement.

One-year of HS Chemistry is required prior to entry into CHM 141. CHM 100 and 101 may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Students interested in pursuing a focus in Astrophysics should take AST 105, AST 120, and AST 160, in consultation with an advisor.


General Education Requirements

This program has a waiver to specify particular courses students must take in the areas of the General Education Requirements (Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning, Life and Physical Sciences, Scientific World and College Option). If students take different courses in these areas, they will be certified as having completed the requirements, but it may not be possible for them to finish their degree program within the regular number of credits.

ENG 111Introduction to College Writing(EC)

3

ENG 151College Writing(EC)

3

 

MTH 230Calculus I with Pre-Calculus(MQ)(STEM)

6

OR

MTH 231Analytic Geometry and Calculus I(MQ)(STEM)

3

OR

MTH 232Calculus II(MQ)(STEM)

3

OR

MTH 233Calculus III(MQ)

3

 

PHY 120General Physics I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

 

World Cultures and Global Issues Course(WG)

3

US Experience in its Diversity Course(US)

3

Individual and Society Course(IS)

3

Creative Expression Course(CE)

3

PHY 160General Physics II(SW)(STEM)

3

PHY 240Waves and Modern Physics(SW)(STEM)

3

 

Social Science or TALA course at or above 200-level

4

PHY 121General Physics I Laboratory(CO)

1

PHY 161General Physics II Laboratory(CO)

1

 

CHM 141General Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

MTH 232Calculus II(MQ)(STEM)

3

Total Credit Hours:42-45

Major Requirements

CHM 100Introduction to Chemistry(RLA)

3

CHM 101Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory(RLA)

1

CHM 141General Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

CHM 121General Chemistry I Laboratory(CO)

1

CHM 142General Chemistry II(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

CHM 127General Chemistry II Laboratory(CO)

1

 

MTH 123College Algebra and Trigonometry(MQ)(STEM)

4

MTH 130Pre-Calculus Mathematics(MQ)(STEM)

3

 

MTH 229Calculus Computer Laboratory(RLA)

1

MTH 230Calculus I with Pre-Calculus(MQ)(STEM)

6

MTH 232Calculus II(MQ)(STEM)

3

MTH 233Calculus III(MQ)

3

OR

MTH 229Calculus Computer Laboratory(RLA)

1

MTH 231Analytic Geometry and Calculus I(MQ)(STEM)

3

MTH 232Calculus II(MQ)(STEM)

3

MTH 233Calculus III(MQ)

3

CSC 270Introduction to Scientific Computing(SW)(STEM)

4

MTH 330Applied Mathematical Analysis I(RLA)

4

 

MTH 311Probability Theory and an Introduction to Mathematical Statistics(RLA)

4

OR

MTH 331Applied Mathematical Analysis II(RLA)

4

 

PHY 120General Physics I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

PHY 121General Physics I Laboratory(CO)

1

PHY 160General Physics II(SW)(STEM)

3

PHY 161General Physics II Laboratory(CO)

1

PHY 240Waves and Modern Physics(SW)(STEM)

3

PHY 310Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics(RNL)

4

PHY 315Advanced Physics Laboratory(RLA)

2

PHY 316Dynamics(RLA)

4

PHY 356Theory of Electromagnetic Radiation(RLA)

4

PHY 442Quantum Mechanics(RLA)

4

PHY 485Properties of Materials(RNL)

4

Technical Electives*

8

Two advanced physics courses at or above the 300-level

8

Total Credit Hours: 80-83

Total Credit Hours: 120

*Any 300-level or above CSC, ENS, MTH or PHY course may be used to satisfy this requirement. 

One but not both PHY 318 and PHY 381 may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

Students interested in pursuing a focus in Astrophysics should take AST 396 and PHY 425, in consultation with an advisor, as part of their major requirements.

Honors in Physics:

To graduate with Honors in Physics a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Fulfillment of all the requirements for the Physics degree;
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.5 and a grade point average of 3.5 in the major;
  3. A senior paper supervised by a mentor, and approved by the mentor and the Department Chair.