Students must declare their intention to major in Physics by the time they have completed 60 semester hours and must complete between 46 and 50 credit hours in physics to receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics. No grade below a “C” can be used to meet the requirements for the major. At least 12 credit hours of the requirement for the major must be completed at CU Denver.

A senior thesis is required for all students wishing to graduate with departmental honors. For all other students, the faculty encourages a senior thesis or project.

Required Physics Courses for Major in Physics:

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2311 General Physics I: Calculus – Based 4
PHYS 2331 General Physics II: Calculus—Based 4
PHYS 2351 Applied Physics Laboratory I 1
PHYS 2361 Applied Physics Laboratory II 1
PHYS 2711 Vibrations and Waves 3
PHYS 2811 Modern Physics 4
PHYS 3120 Methods of Mathematical Physics 3
PHYS 3211 Analytical Mechanics 4
PHYS 3411 Thermal Physics 3
PHYS 3711 Junior Lab I 2
PHYS 3721 Junior Lab II 2
PHYS 3811 Quantum Mechanics 4
PHYS 4331 Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 4711 Senior Lab I 2
Physics related electives at 3000 level or above approved by advisor (may include up to 3 credits of independent study) 6

Required Ancillary Courses for Major in Physics:

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1404 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I 4
MATH 2411 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II 4
MATH 2421 Analytical Geometry and Calculus III 4
MATH 3195 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4

Note: the department will accept the following combination of math courses in place of MATH 3195:

MATH 3191 Applied Linear Algebra (3 credits)

MATH 3200 Elementary Differential Equations (3 credits)

Total Credit Hours for Major:

Required physics courses: 47

Required ancillary courses: 16


Note: Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Physics advisor, meet physics faculty engaged in Pure & Applied Physics research, attend departmental seminars, and explore ways that Physics relates to research undertaken by faculty in other disciplines.


For more information, contact:

Clyde Zaidins (Physics advisor)

Office: North Classroom 3123B