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 - Introduction to Quantum Physics I

PHYS 303 - Classical Mechanics II *

MATH 302 - Ordinary Differential Equations

YEAR 3

PHYS 401 - Electricity and Magnetism I

PHYS 314 - Introduction 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

PHYS 452/496 - Physics/Honors Research


Degree requirements include all courses in bold, except any two of the four courses marked *.

Computing proficiency requirement. PHYS 256 or demonstrated programming ability.

Honors in Physics requires, For students graduating before Spring 2015: In addition to the major course requirements, the department requirements for Honors specify PHYS 303 and PHYS 351 , as well as either PHYS 314 or PHYS 402 . For students graduating Spring 2015 or later: In addition to the major course requirements, the department requirements for Honors specify 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 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.