• All College of Science degrees require at least 120 credit hours.

  • 36 of those 120 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher.

  • 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.

  • No more than 60 credit hours from a two-year college can be applied toward a UAH degree. 

  • A C- or better is required for all College of Science prerequisite courses, unless otherwise noted.

For UAH degree requirements and graduation application instructions, see here.

Charger Foundations

Area I: Freshman Composition3-6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO
COLLEGE WRITING II
ACCELERATED COLLEGE WRITING
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts*12
Fine Arts3
ARH SUR: ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SUR: RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR: WORLD ART
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature3-6
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
LITERATURE WITHOUT BORDERS
MYTHOLOGY
PROTEST LITERATURE
HEROES &/OR MONSTERS
LOVE &/OR ROMANCE
SPECULATIVE REALITIES
Humanities and Fine Arts3-6
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRO WOMENS/GENDER/SEXLTY STU
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
ARH SUR: ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SUR: RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR: WORLD ART
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences11-12
Mathematics3-4
NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
Natural Sciences (Lab)8
SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
GENERAL, ORGANIC, BIOCHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
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
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences*12
History3-6
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences6-9
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY
 

Area V: Pre-Professional 

For Physics & Astronomy Majors (OPY)30
Courses in this area may also fulfill Charger Foundations requirements
First Year Experience:1
CHARGER SUCCESS - SCIENCE
Computer Programming: choose one3
INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAM
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA
INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON
Chemistry Sequence:8
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
Mathematics: **18
CALCULUS A
CALCULUS B
CALCULUS C
APPL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
INTRO TO LINEAR ALGEBRA

Major Requirements 

Physics Core:28
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 Requirements:9
GEOMETRICAL OPTICS
PHYSICAL OPTICS
OPTICS LAB
Optics Concentration Elective Requirements:6
PH/OPT 300+ level or higher course
PH/OPT 400+ level or higher course

General Electives

Additional courses to reach 120 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 credits of 100-level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
Total Degree Hours120
*
Students must take one literature and one history course. Students must also take either a second literature or history course to complete a sequence. Acceptable Literature sequences must include one early literature (EH 207 or EH 242 or EH 209) and one later literature (EH 208  or EH 210). Acceptable history sequences are (HY 103 + HY 104), or (HY 221 + HY 222)
**

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

Note: This is only an example and variations are possible. Please work with your advisor as some courses are only offered one semester out of the academic year.

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
FYE 101SCHARGER SUCCESS - SCIENCE FA1
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
PH 110FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE FA3
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
PH 111
PH 114
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
4
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 2
Fall
CS 104INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON 3
  or CS 102  or INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 
MA 201CALCULUS C 4
PH 112
PH 115
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
Social and Behavioral Science  3
General Elective  1
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
MA 238APPL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3
PH 113
PH 116
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
4
PH 251SPECIAL RELATIVITY SP1
Literature  3
Social and Behavioral Science  3
 Term Semester Hours: 14
Year 3
Fall
MA 244INTRO TO LINEAR ALGEBRA 3
PH 351INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS FA3
Fine art  3
History  3
Non-Literature Humanity  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
PH 301INTERMEDIATE MECHANICS SP3
PH 305MATH METHODS IN PHYSICS SP3
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature  3
History  3
General Elective  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 4
Fall
OPT 341GEOMETRICAL OPTICS FA3
Optics Concentration Elective (300+ or 400+ course)  3
General Elective (300+ or 400+ course)  3
General Elective (300+ or 400+ course)  3
General Elective  4
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
OPT 342PHYSICAL OPTICS SP3
OPT 411OPTICS LAB SP3
PH 499PHYSICS PRACTICUM 3
Optics Concentration Elective (300+ or 400+ course)  3
General Elective (300+ or 400+ course)  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
 Total Semester Hours: 120
FA

Course is historically offered only in Fall semesters.

SP

Course is historically offered only in Spring semesters.