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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, B.S.

Physics majors must take and pass the following courses:


In addition, six elective credits in physics at the 300 level or higher, one course which must be a three-credit lecture-type course.


Physics and mathematics courses that serve as prerequisites to other required courses must be satisfied with a grade of no less than “C.”

The cumulative GPA of physics courses at the 300 and 400 level required for the physics major must be at least 2.0

For physics majors, the suggested sequence of courses starts with the basic core, which is usually completed by the end of the first three semesters at UMBC. The basic core consists of PHYS 121 , PHYS 122 , PHYS 122L , CMSC 104  or CMSC 201 , CHEM 101 , MATH 251  and all of its prerequisites.

Sample program:

First Year

Sophomore Year


Well-prepared freshmen may elect to begin the introductory physics sequence in the fall semester of their first year.

For example: