Degree Requirements

General Requirements for the Major or Minor

General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.

Requirements for the Major

Before declaring a physics major, students should schedule an appointment with the department chairperson. This will usually be held no later than a student's fourth semester.

Bachelor of Science

  1. PHYS 121, 122, 221, 222, 305, 351, 352, and 411, and one elective at the 200 level or higher and one elective at the 300 level or higher from: 209, 231, 299, 310, 322, 412, 494
  2. MATH 180, 181, 280, 290, and 301.

Bachelor of Arts (Engineering, Dual Degree)

Degree is awarded upon completion of Baccalaureate in Engineering.

  1. PHYS 121, 122, 221, 305, 351, and two additional upper-division (209 or higher) courses;
  2. MATH 180, 181, 280, 290, and 301, or equivalent;
  3. CHEM 110/120 or 115/230; and
  4. CSCI 161, or equivalent.

Requirements for the Minor

PHYS 121/122 (or 111/112); three additional units at least one of which must be at the 300 level or higher. (Ordinarily PHYS 105, 107, and 109 will not satisfy these requirements.)


For students pursuing the BS in Physics, there are two grade level requirements in the first two years of course work. The department chair may waive these requirements under appropriate circumstances. Students pursuing the BA in Physics for the Dual Degree Engineering program and other students interested in upper level physics courses are not subject to these requirements.

  1. A minimum grade of C- is required in Physics 122 to continue on to Physics 221, and a minimum grade of C- in Physics 221 is required to continue on to Physics 222.
  2. To pursue the major with 300 level courses and higher, a GPA of at least 2.0 is required for all 100 and 200 level physics courses required for the major, and a GPA of 2.0 is required for all 100 and 200 level math courses required for the major.

The Physics Department does not restrict the applicability of courses to major or minor requirements based on the age of the course.