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  Sep 24, 2017
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Physics, B.S.

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The program in physics is designed to familiarize students with the techniques of mathematical and experimental physics that would be useful to them in an industrial research or engineering position; in physics teaching; as a general preparation for more advanced graduate work in any of the varied fields of physics; or in such disciplines as astronomy, space science, biophysics, computer science, engineering, geophysics, medicine, law, and oceanography.

Requirements for the Physics Major

Core Curriculum Requirements:

The general core curriculum requirements are 48-63 Credit Hours dependent on courses taken.

However, Natural Science Elective, Scientific Perspectives, Mathematical Perspectives, Oral Communication Flag, and Quantitative Reasoning Flag are satisfied by major courses, thereby leaving 39 - 48 Credit Hours outside of the major.

Mathematical Perspectives:

Scientific Perspectives, Natural Science Elective, Quantitative Reasoning and Oral Communication:

  • Included within the major.

Major Requirements:

68 - 69 credit hours in physics, as follows

3 hours of physics electives (capstone course), from:

Additional Major Requirements:

21-22 credit hours, as follows

17 hours of mathematics and computer science from:


  • Specific requirements are modifiable for the needs and interests of each individual student.
  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained within the major, as listed in Degree Works.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours

B.S. Physics

This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Total (15-16)

Second Semester

Total (16)

Senior Year

First Semester

Total (16)

Second Semester

Total (16)


*Students wishing to minor in Applied Mathematics should take MATH 222 as their math elective.  Student wishing to major or minor in Mathematics should take MATH 225 as their math elective.  One additional course above MATH 225 is then required for the Mathematics Minor. 

**Not required, but strongly recommended for students interested in attending a graduate program.

Scheduling Notes:

  • Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum ” requirements of the Catalog.
  • The E/RS Focus Elective, Diversity Curriculum Elective, and Writing Intensive Elective requirements may be used to satisfy another element of the core or the major.

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