Typical Course of Study

For physics majors who start in the sophomore year

Sometimes, a passion for physics catches a student by surprise, and they don’t start fulfilling the major requirements until their second year. In this case, the following plan will fulfill all requirements for the Standard Physics concentration:

Fall
Spring

YEAR 2

PHYS 101 - General Physics (required)

MATH 111 - Calculus I (recommended)

YEAR 2

PHYS 102 - General Physics

MATH 112 - Calculus II

YEAR 3

PHYS 201 - Modern Physics

PHYS 251 - Experimental Atomic Physics

MATH 213 - Multivariable Calculus

PHYS 256 - Practical Computing

YEAR 3

PHYS 208 - Classical Mechanics I

PHYS 252 - Electronics I

MATH 211 - Linear Algebra

PHYS 301 - Mathematical Methods

YEAR 4

PHYS 313 - Intro to Quantum Physics I

PHYS 303 - Classical Mechanics II

PHYS 451/495 - Physics/Honors Research

MATH 302 - Ordinary Differential Equations

YEAR 4

PHYS 401 - Electricity and Magnetism I

PHYS 314 - Intro to Quantum Physics II

PHYS 452/496 - Physics/Honors Research

Degree requirements include all courses in bold, except that PHYS 403 may replace PHYS 303.

Math courses listed in regular font are math courses strongly recommended for all physics majors.

Other Recommendations:

For the complete list of requirements, consult the course catalog.

Work with your faculty advisor to plan for electives, and to fulfill the College curriculum requirements.

If you wish to concentrate in Pre-Med Physics, you should also work closely with a faculty advisor to make sure you meet all requirements.