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Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences – PHYSICS
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


If you have ever wondered scientifically, “why” something is the way it is, or “how” can something exist or behave the way it does, then you’ve entered the realm of physics. Physics is the most fundamental of all sciences, and is the study of nature that is all around us. Physicists try to understand the most basic laws that govern the behavior of nature.

Alternate Career Choice

Alternate Career Choice Concentration Curriculum

To view a listing of the undergraduate-level courses offered, click here.

Bachelor of Science: Alternate Career Choice Concentration

Freshman Year Fall Spring
ENG 104, 105 Composition I, II 3 3
HIST 101, 102 History of Civilization I, II 3 3
MATH 231 Calculus I with Lab 4
BIO 111 General Biology I 3
BIOL 111 General Biology I Lab 1
CHEM 141, 142 General Chemistry I, II 3 3
CHML 141, 142 General Chemistry I, II Lab 1 1
HE 101 Concepts of Health 3
UNIV 100 University Success 2
PHY 198, 199 Physics Seminar 0.5 0.5
(Freshman Year Total: 34 Hours) 16.5 17.5

Sophomore Year Fall Spring
ENG 205 World Literature 3
ENG 206 Literature of Science 3
SPCH 201 Speech Arts 3
PHY 211, 212 General Physics I, II 3 3
PHYL 211, 212 General Physics I, II Lab 1 1
MATH 232 Calculus II with Lab 4
CSC 117 FORTRAN Programming 3
*OPT 1 Career Option Course 1 3
*OPT 2 Career Option Course 2 3
PHY 298, 299 Physics Seminar 0.5 0.5
(Sophomore Year Total: 33 Hours) 15.5 15.5

Junior Year Fall Spring
MUS 205 or ART 205 Music or Art Appreciation 3
PHY 361 Math Methods in Physics I 3
FR, GR, CHI, or SP 101, 102 Foreign Language Option 3 3
PHY 311 Theoretical Mechanics I 3
PHY 351 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
PHY 330W Methods of Experimental Physics 3
PHIL 301 Intro. to Philosophy 3
*OPT 3 Career Option Course 3 3
*OPT 4 Career Option Course 4 3
PHY 398, 399 Physics Seminar 0.5 0.5
(Junior Year Total: 31 Hours) 15.5 15.5

Senior Year Fall Spring
PHY 411 Electromagnetic Theory I 3
PHY 422 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHY 431 Atomic and Nuclear Physics 3
SS/SOC XXX Social Science Option 3
ELECT Free Electives 4
PHY XXX Physics Elective 3
*OPT 5 Career Option Course 5 3
*OPT 6 Career Option Course 6 3
(Senior Year Total: 26 Hours 12.5 13.5

(Minimum Credit Hours required for the Degree: 124

NOTE: Students must satisfactorily pass the English Proficiency Examination.

Alternate Career Choice Course Options

a. Students with Medicine as career choice

Option Course Hours
OPT 1 BIO 112 & BIOL 112 (General Biology II and Lab) 4
OPT 2 BIO 218 & BIOL 281 (Comparative Anatomy and Lab) 4
OPT 3 CHEM 241 & CHML 241 (Organic Chemistry I and Lab) 4
OPT 4 CHEM 242 & CHML 242 (Organic Chemistry II and Lab) 4
OPT 5 CHEM 431 & CHML 431 (Biochemistry and Lab) 4
OPT 6 Open 3

b. Students with Civil Engineering as career choice

Option Course Hours
OPT 1 EN 222 (Engineering Mechanics I) 3
OPT 2 EN 240 (Strength of Materials) 3
OPT 3 CIV 330 & CIVL 330 (Fluid Mechanics and Lab) 4
OPT 4 Open* 3
OPT 5 Open* 3
OPT 6 Open* 3
*Choice of three (3) courses from CIV 320, CIV 340 & Lab, CIV 370,
CIV 380 & Lab, and CIV 390; Student, advisor, and chairs will participate
in the discussion for choice. One 400-level CIV course may be chosen if
it matches with student’s interest and appropriate prerequisite is met.

c. Student with MBA/Management as career choice

Option Course Hours
OPT 1 MNGT 330 (Management to Organizations) 3
OPT 2 ECO 211 (Principles of Macroeconomics) 3
OPT 3 ECO 212 (Principles of Microeconomics) 3
OPT 4 MNGT 333 (Quantitative Business Analysis) 3
OPT 5 MNGT 350 (Database Management Systems Applications) 3
OPT 6 MNGT 460 (Management Information Systems) 3

d. Students with Physics Teaching in High School as career choice

Option Course Hours
OPT 1 EDCI 100 (Introduction to Education) 3
OPT 2 EDFL 203 (Foundations of Education) 3
OPT 3 GUID 215 (Human Development Learning) 3
OPT 4 SCI 205 & SCIL 205 (Earth Science for Teachers and Lab) 4
OPT 5 EDFL 367 (Assessment, Measurements & Evaluation) 3
OPT 6 EDCI 401 (Research in Classroom Management) 3

Students with career choices other than those mentioned above should consult with his or her advisor.

Other possible career choices could be:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Medical Physics/Biophysics
  • Computational Sciences
  • Nano-Science and Technology
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering

OPT courses will be sequenced following course pre-requisites and as courses are offered by the respective departments.


Physics allows you to study the forces that shape the fabric of nature and learn what the universe if made of and how it works.
You will receive a solid grounding in fundamental physics and have access to a wide range of elective courses including optics, particle and solid-state physics, nonlinear dynamics, astronomy and geophysics. Running experiments and engaging in faculty-led research develops your quantitative critical thinking skills, and you will gain the ability to use data to test and evaluate models, explanations, and methods.


 In lab-based classes and with faculty-led research opportunities, you will learn to think like a physicist. Explore accelerator physics at CERN, or learn about the frontiers of space and time while searching for extrasolar planets and world-renowned observatories. Explore the mind-bending consequences of Einstein’s theory of gravity and curved space-time, or unlock the mysteries of our awesome Earth with field research opportunities. Become a science educator and make a difference in propelling P-12 STEM education in the 21st century. At Jackson State University, you are part of the process of creating new scientific knowledge. 

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Your time will be spent collecting and analyzing data or running experiments on state-of-the-art equipment – not solely sitting at desks. 


Physics majors have a plethora of career options after studying the mechanics of matter and understanding concepts such as optics, solid-state physics, particle physics, and much more:

Technical Writer Science Teacher Forensic Scientist Professor
Data Analyst Research Analyst Web Developer Design Engineer
Systems Analyst Research Engineer Meteorologist Research Scientist
Scientist Application Developer Product Development Engineer Process Engineer
Radiation Safety Officer Materials Engineer Nuclear Engineer R&D Engineer
Aeronautical Engineer Electronics Engineer Data Scientist Quantitative Analyst


For many years, we have played a central role in new physics developments and advancements.

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Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences
College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 18750
Jackson, MS 39217



(601) 979-7012