Typical Course of Study

For physics majors who start in the sophomore year

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 - Introduction 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 - Introduction 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.

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.