Terminated Spring 2006

No new students are being accepted in this program.


Physics offers undergraduate courses leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. The curriculum is designed to give students a comprehensive training in traditional and modern physics topics that will prepare students for graduate degrees and professional careers. Physics is the foundation to the physical sciences. Consequently, a physics degree holder has many options within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).


Physics Degree Requirements

A student must complete a minimum of 126 semester hours and maintain a “C” or better in all Physics and Natural Science courses taken to fulfill the major requirements for the bachelors’ degree.  In addition, all majors must pass a written and oral comprehensive examination.  The minimum passing score is 70.


  • A minimum of 38 semester hours in physics courses numbered 211 and above is required for graduation.  Required classes are PHYS 321, 331 (4), 332 (4), 441 (4), 442 (4), 451, 460, 490, and two more elective courses from PHYS 361, 440, 452, 491, and 492.
  • It is recommended that the physics major take more than the minimum 38 hours required, particularly, if the student intends to attend graduate school.
  • The advisor and the department chair must approve all electives.
  • All students must satisfy the General Education and University requirements as stated in this catalog.
  • All Physics students must have a minor in any other discipline in the College of Science and must satisfy that discipline’s minor requirements.  However, Physics majors are strongly encouraged to have a minor in Mathematics because Mathematics courses provide Physics majors the necessary tools needed for the understanding and practice of Physics.


                                             Requirements for a Physics Minor

Students who wish to have a minor in physics are required to complete 18 semester hours of physics numbered above 222.


Terminated Spring 2006

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has a cooperative dual-degree in affiliation with the University of New Orleans (UNO).  The program is a three-plus-two (five year) program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in any of the engineering fields of civil (CE), mechanical (ME), electrical (EE), naval architecture or marine engineering at UNO and a Bachelor of Science in Physics at SUNO.


Once enrolled in the program, the student takes courses in liberal arts and science including six engineering courses at SUNO. In the fourth year the student enrolls at UNO and cross-registers at SUNO.  In the fifth year, the student enrolls only in engineering courses at UNO.  Upon completion of credits outlined in the program below, of which 33 hours are in Physics and 18 hours in a science major or engineering field, the student shall have completed the SUNO requirements of the program and receive the Bachelor of Science degree from SUNO.  Upon the successful completion of the remaining UNO credit hours in engineering, the student shall receive the Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UNO.