Program Requirements

Roanoke College offers a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Art degree in Physics as well as a minor in Physics.  The program requirements below are current as of fall 2019 (for previous versions, please see the appropriate academic catalog).

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in physics, requires the student to complete a minimum of 13 1/2 course units in Physics and related fields. These must include:

  • Physics  190, 201202203270310330350370, 390490.
  • Three additional units chosen within the following guidelines:
    1)  One cross-disciplinary course from CPSC 120 or 150; or CHEM 112 or 118; or BIOL 210; or PHYS 191;
    2)  One PHYS 400-level topics course ( 410, 430, 450, 470);
    3)  MATH 332 or any additional 400-level physics course.
    NOTE: Mathematics 121 and Mathematics 122 are prerequisites for Physics 201 and 202, respectively.

Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in physics requires the student to complete a minimum of 9 1/2 course units in physics and related fields. These must include:

  • PHYS 190, 201202203270310, 490.
  • Four additional units chosen with the following guidelines:
    1)  At least one other PHYS 300-level core course ( 330, 350, 370, 390);
    2)  At least one additional unit of PHYS courses at 200-level or above;
    3)  At least one cross-disciplinary course chosen from PHYS 191; CPSC 120, 150, 170; CHEM 111 or 117, CHEM 112 or 118; BIOL 190, 210; NEUR 330, 406; or any MATH 200-level or above;
    NOTE: Mathematics 121 and Mathematics 122 are prerequisites for Physics 201 and 202, respectively.

Minor in Physics

The minor in Physics requires the student to complete 6 1/2 units of Physics including: PHYS  190, 201202203270310, plus one additional PHYS one-unit course at the 200-level or above.  Note: Mathematics 121 and Mathematics 122 are prerequisites for Physics 201 and 202, respectively.