Physics : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA and BS in Physics, BA in the Teaching of Science, BS in Mathematical Physics, Minor in Physics
Graduate: MS, PhD

Acceptance Information

It is necessary to apply for acceptance into any of the above programs. The acceptance criteria for students who have completed the relevant coursework at UB are given with the summaries for each degree program. Students who receive a 4 or 5 on the Physics C Mechanics AP exam, and the Physics C Electricity and Magnetism AP exam, can get credit for PHY 107 General Physics 1 and PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics 2/General Physics 2 Lab, respectively. In general, it is possible to apply for any of the programs in the sophomore year. The undergraduate director, Professor Weinstein, should be contacted at phyugadv@buffalo.edu for acceptance into any of the degree programs except for the BS in engineering physics, which is administered by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Transfer Policy

1. Transfer students from accredited institutions are granted acceptance to the Department of Physics majors if they satisfy the following requirements with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0:
a. one-year calculus-based physics course similar to PHY 107-PHY 108/PHY 158
b. one-year calculus course similar to MTH 141-MTH 142
2. For transfer students with more than the minimum coursework listed in (1) above, admission is granted if the student has a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all physics and mathematics courses previously attempted.
3. Academic transfer credit is granted for physics and mathematics courses completed with a grade of C or better that are suitable to the department's degree programs.

Physics - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I (preferred)
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II (preferred)
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses

CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 417 Survey of Multivariable Calculus
MTH 418 Survey of Partial Differential Equations
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I
PHY 302 Intermediate Mechanics II
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
PHY 401 Modern Physics I
PHY 402 Modern Physics II
PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY 404 Electricity and Magnetism II
PHY 405 Thermal and Statistical Physics I
PHY 406 Thermal and Statistical Physics II
PHY 407 Advanced Laboratory or PHY 408 Advanced Laboratory
One PHY elective (one of the following: PHY 425 Intermediate Optics, PHY 410 Computational Physics I, PHY 412 Nuclear and Particle Physics, PHY 413 Electronics, or PHY 431 Introduction to Mathematical Physics I)
One additional 3-credit elective course in physics, another science, engineering, or mathematics at or above the 300-level, as approved by the physics undergraduate director.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 85

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall CHE 101, MTH 141, PHY 117 (or PHY 107)
Spring CHE 102, MTH 142, PHY 118 (or PHY 108), PHY 158

SECOND YEAR
Fall MTH 241, MTH 306, PHY 208
Spring PHY 207 (or PHY 217); PHY 257, MTH 418

THIRD YEAR
Fall PHY 301, PHY 401, MTH 417
Spring PHY 302, PHY 307, PHY 402

FOURTH YEAR
Fall PHY 403, PHY 405, PHY 407 (if PHY 408 is not taken)
Spring PHY 404, PHY 406, PHY 408 (if PHY 407 is not taken)
Fall or Spring One PHY elective, plus one 3-credit science-math-eng elective (at or above 300 level) approved by the physics undergraduate director.

Physics - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I (preferred)
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II (preferred)
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses

CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
PHY 401 Modern Physics I
PHY 402 Modern Physics II
PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY 405 Thermal and Statistical Physics I
PHY 407 Advanced Laboratory or PHY 408 Advanced Laboratory
Two PHY electives (choose from PHY 302 Intermediate Mechanics II, PHY 425 Intermediate Optics, PHY 404 Electricity and Magnetism II, PHY 410 Computational Physics I, PHY 413 Electronics, or PHY 431 Introduction to Mathematical Physics I)
One additional 300/400-level PHY course (excluding PHY 499)

Summary
Total required credit hours for this major: 72

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall CHE 101, MTH 141, PHY 107 or PHY 117
Spring CHE 102, MTH 142, PHY 108 or PHY 118, PHY 158

SECOND YEAR
Fall MTH 241, MTH 306, PHY 208
Spring PHY 207 or PHY 217; PHY 257

THIRD YEAR
Fall PHY 301, PHY 401
Spring PHY 307, PHY 402, one 300/400-level PHY course (excluding PHY 499)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall PHY 403, PHY 405, PHY 407 (if PHY 408 is not taken)
Spring PHY 408 (if PHY 407 is not taken); two PHY electives

Mathematical Physics - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

Students should consult with the undergraduate director in the physics and mathematics department regarding approved electives.

This is a joint program. A student who follows this program but does not complete it will have difficulty completing a math major without substantial additional coursework.

Prerequisite Courses

MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I (preferred)
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II (preferred)
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses

MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra
MTH 417 Survey of Multivariable Calculus
MTH 418 Survey of Partial Differential Equations
MTH 419 Introduction to Abstract Algebra or MTH 420 Advanced Linear Algebra
MTH 425 Introduction to Complex Variables I
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
PHY 401 Modern Physics I
PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY 405 Thermal and Statistical Physics I
PHY 407 Advanced Laboratory or PHY 408 Advanced Laboratory
PHY 431 Introduction to Mathematical Physics I (or MTH 424, if offered)
One 300/400-level MTH elective
One PHY elective (one of the following: PHY 302 Intermediate Mechanics II, PHY 402 Modern Physics II, PHY 404 Electricity and Magnetism II, or PHY 406 Thermal and Statistical Physics II)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 78

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall MTH 141, PHY 107 or PHY 117
Spring MTH 142, PHY 108 or PHY 118, PHY 158

SECOND YEAR
Fall MTH 241, MTH 306, PHY 208
Spring MTH 309; PHY 207 or PHY 217; PHY 257

THIRD YEAR
Fall MTH 417, PHY 301, PHY 401
Spring MTH 418, PHY 307, one PHY elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall MTH 419 or MTH 420; PHY 431, PHY 403, PHY 405
Spring MTH 425; PHY 408; one 300/400 level MTH elective

Physics-Teaching Of Science Concentration - B.A.

About the Programs

Students pursuing this concentration must also pursue the Undergraduate Minor in Education, which is administered by the Teacher Education Institute (TEI). Applications to the minor must be filed with the TEI office in 375 Baldy Hall. Applications must include a UB AAR report and/or official transcripts from all other institutions attended other than UB.

This concentration is designed for the student whose career goal is to attain a master's degree for professional certification in science education. Students interested in this concentration should obtain advisement from the director of undergraduate studies in physics and, for questions related to the education courses, from the TEI office.

Completion of the major concentration (including the required education courses) provides advanced status toward Initial New York State Teacher Certification, accomplished through one year of subsequent coursework at the graduate level through the Graduate School of Education. It is then possible to complete, within the state-mandated three years, the master's degree required for a professional teaching certificate, provided all New York State requirements have been successfully completed.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the prerequisite courses. TEI requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall for admission.

Teaching of Science - Physics

Prerequisite Courses
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
Four 300/400-level PHY electives (excluding PHY 499)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 57

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall CHE 101, MTH 141, PHY 107 or PHY 117
Spring CHE 102, MTH 142, PHY 108 or PHY 118, PHY 158

SECOND YEAR
Fall MTH 241, MTH 306, PHY 208
Spring PHY 207 or PHY 217; PHY 257

THIRD YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PHY elective (excluding PHY 499)
Spring PHY 307; one 300/400-level PHY elective (excluding PHY 499)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PHY elective (excluding PHY 499)
Spring One 300/400-level PHY elective (excluding PHY 499)

Teaching of Science - Physics and Chemistry

Prerequisite Courses
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
CHE 214 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
Two 300/400-level PHY electives (excluding PHY 499)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 61

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall CHE 101, MTH 141, PHY 107 or PHY 117
Spring CHE 102, MTH 142, PHY 108 or PHY 118, PHY 158

SECOND YEAR
Fall MTH 241, MTH 306, PHY 208
Spring PHY 207 or PHY 217, PHY 257

THIRD YEAR
Fall CHE 201, CHE 214
Spring CHE 202, PHY 307

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PHY elective (excluding PHY 499)
Spring One 300/400-level PHY elective (excluding PHY 499)

Computational Physics - B.S./M.S.

About the Program

This interdisciplinary program is offered jointly by the Departments of Physics (PHY) and Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). For further information, see the Computational Physics entry.

Engineering Physics - B.S.

About the Program

This interdisciplinary program is offered jointly by the Departments of Physics (PHY) and Electrical Engineering (EE). For further information, see the Engineering Physics entry.

Physics - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses

PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III (lab is not required)
PHY 208 General Physics IV (lab is not required)
PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I
PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I
One 300/400-level PHY elective course (excluding PHY 499; PHY 401 Modern Physics I is strongly recommended)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor: 33

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:01 EST