Typical Course of Study
For physics majors who follow the Engineering Program
Fall 
Spring 
YEAR 1 PHYS 101  General Physics (required) MATH 111  Calculus I (recommended) 
YEAR 1 PHYS 102  General Physics MATH 112  Calculus II 
YEAR 2 PHYS 201  Modern Physics PHYS 251  Experimental Atomic Physics MATH 213  Multivariable Calculus PHYS 256  Practical Computing 
YEAR 2 PHYS 208  Classical Mechanics I PHYS 252  Electronics I MATH 211  Linear Algebra PHYS 301  Mathematical Methods 
YEAR 3 PHYS 313  Introduction to Quantum Physics I PHYS 303  Classical Mechanics II * PHYS 451/495  Physics/Honors Research MATH 302  Ordinary Differential Equations 
YEAR 3 PHYS 401  Electricity and Magnetism I PHYS 314  Introduction to Quantum Physics II * PHYS 452/496  Physics/Honors Research

Degree requirements include all courses in bold, except that PHYS 402 may replace PHYS 303.
Computing proficiency requirement. PHYS 256 or demonstrated programming ability.
Honors in Physics requires, PHYS 303 and PHYS 351, as well as PHYS 314 or PHYS 402.
Math courses listed in regular font are strongly recommended for all physics majors.
Preparation for graduate school. Students expecting to pursue graduate study in physics are strongly encouraged to take all four of the courses marked *. In addition, they should take PHYS 309  Undergraduate Seminar, PHYS 351  Electronics II, and PHYS 352  Experimental Modern Physics, PHYS 256  Practical Computing, and PHYS 301  Mathematical Methods. Additional math courses recommended for these students are MATH 417  Vector Calculus for Scientists and MATH 405  Complex Analysis.
Minor in Physics  The minor in physics consists of 20 credits and includes Physics 101, 102, 201 and three other Physics courses, one of which is numbered above 201.
Medical Track  An alternative in physics concentration for those who are planning to fulfill the requirements for entering medical school. It consists of a minimum of 30 credits in physics, including Physics 101/102 or 107/108, Physics 201, 208, 251, 252, 313, 401 and 451/452. In addition, this track requires a combined total of 42 credits, including Chemistry 209/353 or Chemistry 307/353, and Chemistry 308/354, and Biology 203 and 204.