Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Physics, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Computational Physics

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students in the Physics Program at SRU will be:

  • Proficient in the basic and advanced concepts of classical and modern physics.
  • Accomplished problem solvers capable of applying inductive and deductive logic, mathematical modeling, computational tools, and principles of physics to novel situations.
  • Skilled at constructing and assembling experimental apparatuses, conducting and analyzing measurements of physical phenomena, and drawing valid conclusions from experimental data.
  • Effective communicators, capable of presenting scientific results effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Prepared for a career in science, industry, and education or to pursue a graduate program in physics or related areas.

Related Links

Physics - Computational Physics, BS Program Page

Physics and Engineering Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements45
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements59
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 225Calculus I4
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours45

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 29 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Physics Courses
PHYS 212General Physics II with Lab 13
PHYS 213General Physics III/ Lab 14
PHYS 312Modern Physics 1 13
PHYS 315Dynamics 13
PHYS 331Mathematical Methods of Physics 13
or MATH 331 Mathematical Methods of Physics
PHYS 381Advanced Physics Laboratory 12
PHYS 385Computational Physics 13
PHYS 412Modern Physics 2 11
PHYS 480Quantum 13
PHYS 490Independent Study 12
Required Physics Electives
Select two of the following: 26
Statics 1
Analog & Digital Electronics 1
Physical Optics 1
Thermal Physics 1
Electricity and Magnetism 1
Related Field Work
CPSC 146Programming Principles 13
CPSC 246Advanced Programming Principles 13
CPSC 374Algorithms and Data Structures 13
MATH 230Calculus II 14
MATH 231Calculus III 14
MATH 240Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 13
MATH 301Differential Equations I 13
MATH 315Numerical Mathematics 13
Total Hours59

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA


Students are encouraged to take PHYS 410.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

Students must take the following four courses:
CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
MATH 225Calculus I 14
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab 14
Total Hours12

Course can be counted as a Rock Studies 2 Requirement, but earns credit only once toward your 120-credits total.

PHYSICS - BS (6164)
Concentration in Computational Physics (COPH)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 02.2020
UCC 2.5.2019 

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
MATH 225 Calculus I 4
PHYS 211 General Physics I with Lab 4
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
PHYS 213 General Physics III/ Lab 4
MATH 230 Calculus II 4
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Second Year
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CPSC 146 Programming Principles 3
MATH 231 Calculus III 4
PHYS 212 General Physics II with Lab 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2
CPSC 246 Advanced Programming Principles 3
MATH 240 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 3
MATH 301 Differential Equations I 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Third Year
Free Elective 3
PHYS 312 Modern Physics 1 3
PHYS 385 Computational Physics 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
PHYS 315 Dynamics 3
PHYS 375 Thermal Physics 3
PHYS 381 Advanced Physics Laboratory 2
MATH 315 Numerical Mathematics 3
CPSC 374 Algorithms and Data Structures 3
PHYS 412 Modern Physics 2 1
Fourth Year
PHYS 490 Independent Study (Computational Physics Research) 1
PHYS 331 Mathematical Methods of Physics 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Physics Elective 3
Free Elective 3
PHYS 410 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS 480 Quantum 3
PHYS 490 Independent Study (Computational Physics Research) 1
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Technical Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Hours**120

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 6164
Concentration: COPH
Revised: 12-2019