General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
6
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)
9

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

9

Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).

9

Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3
*

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.

**

 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

 

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Major in Physics for the Bachelors of Science Degree

Required Courses
PHYS-206LUniversity Physics I With Lab5
PHYS-207LUniversity Physics II With Lab5
PHYS-305Modern Physics I3
PHYS-306AModern Physics II3
PHYS-307Writing Intensive Program: Modern Physics Lab3
PHYS-308Introductory Mathematical Physics3
PHYS-311Mechanics I3
PHYS-321Electricity And Magnetism I3
PHYS-330Intermediate Physics Laboratory3
PHYS-335Thermodynamics And Kinetic Theory3
PHYS-336Quantum Mechanics3
Electives (300-level, take any two)6
Advanced Classical Physics
Optics
Electronics
Quantum Mechanics II
Introduction To Solid State Physics
Materials I:Structural, Mechanical And Thermal Properties
Materials II:Electric And Optical Properties
Astrophysics
Beyond The Cosmos' Creation
Total Hours43
Required Mathematics Courses
MATH-187Calculus I4
MATH-202Calculus II4
MATH-203Calculus III4
MATH-301Ordinary Differential Equations I3
Total Hours15
Cognate Electives
Select three of the following: 19-13
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Programming I
Programming II
Open Source Systems
General Biology I
General Biology II
Cell Biology
History of Science
Field Methods In Environmental Science
Global Climate And Weather
Physical Geology
Writing Intensive Program: Rocks And Minerals
Historical Geology
Principles Of Hydrogeology
Linear Algebra I
Ordinary Differential Equations II
Partial Differential Equations
Introduction To Numerical Analysis
Probability And Statistics
Complex Variables
Computing For Mathematicians
Total Hours9-13
1

These electives must be chosen from at least two different departments.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.
 

First Year
Term 1Hours
MATH-187Calculus I4
PHYS-206LUniversity Physics I With Lab5
General Education-Humanities3
General Education-Fine Arts3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
MATH-202Calculus II4
PHYS-207LUniversity Physics II With Lab5
CS-200Programming I3
General Education-Social/Behavioral3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
Term 1
MATH-203Calculus III4
PHYS-305Modern Physics I3
MATH-253Linear Algebra I3
General Education-Fine Arts3
 Term Hours13
Term 2
PHYS-306AModern Physics II3
PHYS-335Thermodynamics And Kinetic Theory3
300-Level PHYS Elective3
MATH-301Ordinary Differential Equations I3
 Term Hours12
Third Year
Term 1
PHYS-311Mechanics I3
PHYS-321Electricity And Magnetism I3
General Education-Social/Behavioral3
300-Level PHYS Elective3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
PHYS-308Introductory Mathematical Physics3
PHYS-307Writing Intensive Program: Modern Physics Lab3
CHEM-211General Chemistry I5
General Education-Social/Behavioral3
300-Level PHYS Elective3
 Term Hours17
Fourth Year
Term 1
PHYS-336Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS-330Intermediate Physics Laboratory3
300-Level PHYS Elective3
General Education-Humanities3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
300-Level PHYS Electives3
PHYS-335if not completed in year 2Thermodynamics And Kinetic Theory3
General Education-Humanities3
General Education-Social/Behavioral3
 Term Hours12
 Total Hours: 108