- Arts & Sciences
- Physics
- Undergraduate Program
- Majoring in Physics
- Typical Course of Study: Freshmen
Typical Course of Study
For physics majors who start in the freshman year
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 - Intro to Quantum Physics I PHYS 303 - Classical Mechanics II * MATH 302 - Ordinary Differential Equations |
YEAR 3 PHYS 401 - Electricity and Magnetism I PHYS 314 - Intro to Quantum Physics II * |
YEAR 4 PHYS 451/495 - Physics/Honors Research PHYS 402 - Electricity and Magnetism II * PHYS 403 - Thermo/ Stat Mechanics * |
YEAR 4 |
Summary of degree requirements
For the complete list of requirements, consult the course catalog.
Degree requirements include all courses in bold, except any two of the four courses marked with *.
Computing proficiency requirement - PHYS 256 or demonstrated programming ability.
Honors in Physics - In addition to the major course requirements, honors requires PHYS 314 and PHYS 403, as well as either PHYS 303 or PHYS 402, and either PHYS 351 or PHYS 352.
Math courses - Listed in regular font are math courses strongly recommended for all physics majors.
Preparation for graduate school - Students expecting to pursue graduate study in physics are strongly encouraged to take all of the courses marked with *. In addition, they should take
- PHYS 256 - Practical Computing
- PHYS 301 - Mathematical Methods
- PHYS 309 - Undergraduate Seminar
- PHYS 351 - Scientific Instrumentation Lab
- PHYS 352 - Experimental Modern Physics
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 PHYS 101, PHYS 102, PHYS 201 and three other Physics courses, one of which is numbered above 201.
Medical Track - An alternative concentration in physics for those who are planning to fulfill the requirements for entering medical school. It consists of a minimum of 30 credits in physics, including PHYS 101/102 or PHYS 107/108, PHYS 201, PHYS 208, PHYS 251, PHYS 252, PHYS 313, PHYS 401 and PHYS 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.