Major Requirements and General Information
The total major requirement consists of 39 credits and should begin no later than the second year: 27 credits from section A (below) and 12 credits from section B (below). While not required, the one credit course, PHYS 196: Senior Thesis, is strongly recommended for all students.
In addition to the physics requirements, there are other courses in our program that are strongly suggested such as:
Prerequisites for all of the upper-level physics courses are:
- Math 156: Calculus I
- Math 157: Calculus II
- Math 158: Calculus III
- Math 159: Differential Equations
If students are not ready to take calculus when entering the University, they should take MATH 007. Advanced Calculus I & II or two semesters of upper level mathematics courses are strongly recommended.
The college language requirement may be satisfied with French, German, or Russian. Substitution of any other language will require department approval.
Courses listed with two or more numbers must be taken in the sequence indicated. The student should consult the "Undergraduate Bulletin" for additional University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements.
3-semester introductory sequence and five upper-division courses.
a. PHYS 013/023 General Physics for Science and Engineering Students I (Lecture/Lab) (3 credits/ 1 credit)
b. PHYS 014/24 General Physics for Science and Engineering Students II(Lecture/Lab) (3 credits/ 1 credit)
c. PHYS 015/025 Introduction to Modern Physics (Lecture/Lab) (3credits/ 1 credit)
d. PHYS 175 Thermodynamics (3 credits)
e. PHYS 178 Electricity and Magnetism I (3 credits)
f. PHYS 182 Physical Mechanics I (3 credits)
g. PHYS 190 Quantum Physics I (3 credits)
h. PHYS 194 Experimental Physics I* (3 credits)
*WRTG 702 is the same as PHYS 194, but satisfies the College's third writing requirement.
Four more courses are required to complete the physics major. These courses must be coherent and satisfy one of the following areas of concentration:
- (1) Professional Physics, or
- (2) Applied Physics.
Minor in Physics & Astronomy
To minor in Physics & Astronomy, the following courses are suggested to build a strong program of study:
- PHYS-023/024, or
- Paired with: PHYS-182 and PHYS-183, or
- PHYS-178 and PHYS-179