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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics Major, B.S.

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Department Information

Department of Physics and Astronomy
PO Box 70652
Phone: (423) 439-4231
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/cas/physics

The major program in Physics provides the foundation for a broad spectrum of challenging careers in scientific and non-scientific fields. Baccalaureate Physics majors find employment opportunities such as research associates in commercial and government laboratories, sales and engineering representatives for manufacturers of technical products, industrial management trainees, and teachers at the secondary school level.

Students are required to take mathematics through ordinary differential equations and are strongly encouraged to take additional elective courses in physics, mathematics, and chemistry as their curriculum will permit.


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

First, meet with your faculty advisor Dr. Mark Giroux at girouxm@etsu.edu or (423) 439-8684) or Dr. Beverly Smith at smithbj@etsu.edu or (423) 439-8418

Then, contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website (https://www.etsu.edu/cas/case/) or call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Dr. Mark Giroux
(423) 439-8684


Dr. Beverly Smith
(423) 439-8418

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in physics should contact the chair of the department for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Donald Luttermoser, Department Chair at lutter@etsu.edu or (423)-439-7064.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 48 credits
     Major Course    (31 credits)
     Advisor-Approved Electives    (6 credits)
     Additional Requirements    (11 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 6-13 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: PHYS-BS  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.S. degree requirements.

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

Total Requirements for Physics Major: 48 credits

Additional Requirements: 11 credits

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 6-13 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency Exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

Licensure Certification: Students interested in pursuing a teacher licensure program for certification should contact the advisor in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall, College of Education. Students will major in the subject they wish to teach and minor in Secondary Education. 

Special Note: Physics majors who wish to minor in Astronomy  are permitted to count Technical Physics I and II for both the major and minor. However, the upper level astronomy classes can only be used for either the astronomy minor or the physics major, but not both at the same time.

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