Concentration in Physics

Advisory board:

Dr. Yaouen Fily


The Honors College curriculum in Physics offers students a number of options for study, depending on their interests. The core requirements for the concentration are kept low enough to encourage interdisciplinary study. The advisory board for the concentration reflects this goal, but it should not be considered an exhaustive list of faculty who may guide students in an interdisciplinary physics curriculum. Students interested in a more linear, advanced physics track (leading, for example, to graduate study in physics or engineering) will also find the opportunity to take more advanced courses in physics.

Available Options: Concentration in Physics (minimal requirements); Graduate School Track and Pre-professional track;
Minor Concentration in Physics.

Concentration in Physics (minimal requirements)

These minimal requirements are not generally considered sufficient preparation for admission into graduate study in physics. Rather, they are intended for students who are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary tracks in physics. Examples include emphasis on applied mathematics, philosophy of science, science and culture, and scientific writing. Specific paths should be determined in consultation with advisors from physics and appropriate disciplines. The senior thesis may reflect such interdisciplinary study, but must include significant concepts or techniques from the field of physics. Students who pursue interdisciplinary tracks in physics should arrange for a thesis advisory committee that represents these interests. In addition to the requirements for a minor in physics, students will earn a major concentration in physics by completing 6-9 credit hours of research toward and writing of a senior thesis in physics. Students are reminded they need 45 upper-level (3000- or 4000-level) credits to graduate.

Course # Course Name Credits
PHY 2048, 2048L Honors General Physics I with Lab 5
PHY 2049, 2049L Honors General Physics II with Lab 5
  Physics Electives 15
  Mathematics Electives 3
PHY 4915 Honors Directed Independent Thesis Research 3
PHY 4970 Honors Thesis in Physics 3
  Total minimal concentration 34

Graduate school track: The minimal concentration listed above is not sufficient for admission to graduate study in physics. Students who wish to go to graduate school should take additional credits in physics and mathematics, including specific courses to be determined in consultation with an advisor. All students are encouraged to take advanced physics courses from the main campus in Boca Raton.

Pre-professional track: A specific example of an interdisciplinary physics concentration, the pre-professional physics track is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine or possibly science education. Because of the nature of requirements for admission to medical school, there is very little room for non-science elective courses in this track. Students who wish to pursue a career in science education will most likely need additional education courses taken elsewhere. Students should consult with their thesis advisors for guidance in completing a track that meets their needs. In addition to the prerequisites, students must earn a grade of "C" or better in the following courses:

Additional Courses in the Pre-Professional Track

Course # Course Name Credits
BSC 1010, 1010L Honors Biological Principles with Lab 4
BSC 1011, 1011L Honors Biodiversity with Lab 4
CHM 2045, 2045L Honors General Chemistry I wtih Lab 4
CHM 2046, 2046L Honors General Chemistry II wtih Lab 4
CHM 2210, 2210L Honors Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4
CHM 2211, 2211L Honors Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4
BCH 3033 Honors Biochemistry 4
  Total Credits (including minimal concentration) 62


Physics Electives

Course # Course Name Credits
CHM 3400* Honors Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
CHM 4473** Honors Quantum Chemistry 3
PHY 3101 Honors Introduction to Modern Physics 3
PHY 3221 Honors Intermediate Mechanics 4
PHY 3513* Honors Thermal Physics 3
PHY 4320 Honors Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHY 4523 Honors Statistical Physics 3
PHY 4602** Honors Introductory Quantum Physics 3
PHY 4905 Honors Directed
Independent Study in Physics
PHY 4936 Honors Special Topics in Physics
(may be repeated)
PHZ 3601 Honors Relativity 3
* Either CHM 3400 or PHY 3513 can be used to fulfill the physics elective,
but not both.
** Either CHM 4473 or PHY 4602 can be used to fulfill the physics elective,
but not both.


Mathematics Electives

Course # Course Name Credits
ISC 4930 Honors Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
MAC 2313 Honors Calculus
with Analytic Geometry III
MAP 2302 Honors Differential Equations 3
MAS 2103 Honors Matrix Theory 3
MAT 4930 Honors Special Topics in Mathematics
(in consultation with advisor,
may be repeated)
COP 2000 Honors Foundations of Programming 3
COP 2220 Honors Introduction to Programming in C 3
COP 2930 Honors Topics in Computer Programming 3
COP 3012 Honors Advanced Programming 3
COP 3229 Honors Self-paced C++ Programming 1
COP 3254 Honors Self-paced Java Programming 1
COT 4930 Honors Topics in Computer Science 3


Minor Concentration in Physics

The minor concentration in physics is intended for students who will take a number of advanced courses in physics, but nevertheless concentrate and write their senior thesis in another discipline. Students may earn a minor by satisfying the prerequisites for the physics concentration and by having a minimum 2.0 grade point average in courses taken for the minor concentration.

Course # Course Name Credits
PHY 2048, 2048L Honors General Physics I with Lab 5
PHY 2049, 2049L Honors General Physics II with Lab 5
  Physics Electives 9
  Mathematics Electives 3
  Total requirements for minor 22