Chemistry & Physics Degree Requirements

Physics is the study of the Universe, from particles to galaxies and beyond. Its language is mathematics, its domain is the Universe itself, and its applications are as diverse as science itself. A primary goal of physics is to discover the underlying laws that govern matter and its interactions.

The Physics program at High Point University is founded on the principle that the first day of your first year at HPU is the beginning of your career as a scientist. Your principal objective as a scientist is to seek answers to interesting questions. Your principal objective as a student is to learn the tools required for inquiry—problem solving, fundamental physics, experimental methods, computational modeling and computer programming, mathematics, and communication. When you graduate from High Point University with a degree in physics, you will have the skills, passion, and confidence of a scientist who is prepared for a career in a technical field or graduate study in any related scientific, engineering, or professional discipline.

Your classes, laboratory experiences, and independent undergraduate research projects will help you develop a scientific skill set with expertise in:

  • Experimental design and data analysis
  • Problem solving and analytical reasoning
  • Electronics and instrumentation
  • Computational modeling
  • Computer programming in a variety of languages including Python, LabView, Java, and MATLAB
  • Undergraduate research with faculty mentors
  • Preparation of scientific articles, proposals, and posters in LaTeX
  • Oral presentations of research results
  • Fundamental theoretical physics in Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Statistical Mechanics / Thermodynamics

Requirements for a B.S. in Physics (62 credits):

  • PHY 2001 Research and Scientific Writing in Physics I
  • PHY 2002 Research and Scientific Writing in Physics II
  • PHY 2010 Fundamentals of Physics I
  • PHY 2020 Fundamentals of Physics II
  • PHY 2030 Fundamentals of Physics III
  • PHY 2100 Electronics
  • PHY 3110 Classical Mechanics
  • PHY 3210 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHY 3310 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHY 3400 Statistical Mechanics and Thermal Physics
  • PHY 4000 Undergraduate Research in Physics (4 credits required)
  • MTH 1410 Calculus I
  • MTH 1420 Calculus II
  • MTH 2410 Calculus III
  • MTH 2310 Linear Algebra
  • MTH 3410 Differential Equations
  • CSC 1710 Introduction to Programming

Students will be advised in electing additional courses that will complement their career goals.