Optics is a multidisciplinary field. Students completing the optics concentration receive exposure to geometrical optics, physical optics, optical instruments, interference and diffraction, polarimetry, optoelectronics, lasers, optical sources and detectors, and radiometry along with laboratory experience using state-of-the-art equipment and modern optical techniques. 

Physics, Optics Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • Physics, Optics Concentration, BS degree requires 128 credit hours.
  • 39 of 128 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher (39 credits includes courses taken at the 300+ level in major, minor (if chosen), Pre-professional area and electives).
  • 12 credit hours of 300 level and above must be taken in the major or 6 credit hours in the major and 6 credit hours in the minor (if chosen).
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • Unless otherwise noted a C- or better is required for all College of Science prerequisite courses.
  • No more than 64 credit hours from a two-year college can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
Degree Requirements
Freshman Composition6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING II
Humanities and Fine Arts12
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
THEATRE APPRECIATION
Literature: Choose one3
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
MYTHOLOGY
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
Speech3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature: Choose one 13
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
Any WLC course 100 or 200 level 4
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
2nd Literature 1
2nd Fine Art
Mathematics and Science12
Mathematics 24
CALCULUS A
Natural Science sequence8
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
History and Social Behavioral Sciences12
History: Choose one 13
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose two6
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
2nd History or 3rd Social and Behavioral Science: Choose one 33
2nd History 1
3rd Social and Behavioral Science 3
Pre-Professional23-24
Computer Science3
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING
Addtional Science or Engineering course: Choose one3-4
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
and ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
COMPUTER SCIENCE I
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
and LABORATORY
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
and LABORATORY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS
Additional Required Mathematics14
CALCULUS B
CALCULUS C
APPL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
INTRO TO LINEAR ALGEBRA
Physics Core28
FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
SPECIAL RELATIVITY
INTERMEDIATE MECHANICS
MATH METHODS IN PHYSICS
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
PHYSICS PRACTICUM
Optics Concentration Requirements16
GEOMETRICAL OPTICS
PHYSICAL OPTICS
GEOMETRICAL OPTICS LAB
PHYSICAL OPTICS LAB
PH/OPT 300+ level or higher course
PH/OPT 400+ level or higher course
Elective Courses18-19
Elective courses. 8 credits of the 18-19 elective credits must be taken at the 300+ level or higher.
Additional Elective courses 100+ level to reach 128 credit hours. Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
Total Semester Hours128
1
Students must take one literature and one history course. Students must also take either a second literature or history course to complete a sequence. (EH 207 + EH 208, EH 209 + EH 210, EH 242 + EH 208, EH 242 + EH 210, HY 103 + HY 104, or HY 221 + HY 222)
2

Based on Math placement, prerequisite MA 112 and/or MA 113 Mathematics courses may be required.

3

No more than 6 credit hours can be taken in a single discipline.

4

 For choices see the World Languages and Cultures department.

Sample Four-Year Plan for Physics, Optics Concentration, BS degree:

Note: This is only an example and variations are possible.

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
PH 110FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE 3
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
PH 111
PH 114
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
4
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 2
Fall
PH 112
PH 115
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
MA 201CALCULUS C 4
CS 102INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 3
Fine art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
PH 113
PH 116
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
4
PH 251SPECIAL RELATIVITY 1
PH 305MATH METHODS IN PHYSICS 3
MA 238APPL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 14
Year 3
Fall
PH 351INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS 3
OPT 341GEOMETRICAL OPTICS 3
MA 244INTRO TO LINEAR ALGEBRA 3
Additional Science or Engineering course  3-4
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Social and Behavioral science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 15-16
Spring
PH 301INTERMEDIATE MECHANICS 3
OPT 342PHYSICAL OPTICS 3
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
Social and Behavioral science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 4
Fall
OPT 411GEOMETRICAL OPTICS LAB 2
PH/OPT 300+ level or higher course  3
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective 300+ level or higher  3
Elective  3
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
OPT 412PHYSICAL OPTICS LAB 2
PH 499PHYSICS PRACTICUM 3
PH/OPT 400+ level or higher course  3
Elective 300+ level or higher course  3
Elective 300+ level or higher course  3
Elective  3
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
 Total Semester Hours: 128-129