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Physics Major Requirements

(9 courses = 36 credits, plus a concentration)

  • PHYS 121 General Physics 1
  • PHYS 122 General Physics 2
  • PHYS 211 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 225 Electronics
  • PHYS 241 Modern Physics 
  • PHYS 250 Advanced Laboratory
  • PHYS 311 Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 321 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 352 Optical and Atomic Physics
  • PHYS 411 Quantum Mechanics*
  • PHYS 499 Senior Examination (0 credit)
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry 1 or CSCI 110 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1 (or equivalent)
  • MATH 132 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2
  • MATH 233 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 3
  • MATH 310 Differential Equations

General Physics Concentration (6 courses = 24 credits)

  • PHYS 311 Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 321 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 352 Optical and Atomic Physics
  • PHYS 411 Quantum Mechanics*
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry 1 or CSCI 110 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • MATH 310 Differential Equations 

Recommended courses:

  • PHYS 492 Directed Research
  • CHEM 107 General Chemistry 2
  • MATH 303 Advanced Linear Algebra
  • MATH 313 Mathematical Modeling
  • MATH 315 Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 321 Probability and Statistics 

Engineering Physics Concentration (5 courses = 20 credits)

  • CSCI 110 Introduction to Computer Programming

Four electives from the list below:

  • PHYS 311 Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 321 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 352 Optical and Atomic Physics
  • PHYS 411 Quantum Mechanics
  • BIOL 244 Genetics
  • BIOL 371 Cellular Physiology
  • BIOL 372 Systemic Physiology
  • BIOL 373 Molecular Biology
  • CHEM 211 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 312 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 330 Physical Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 332 Physical Chemistry 2
  • CSCI 205 Software Engineering and Elementary Data Structures
  • CSCI 220 Advanced Data File Structures
  • GEOL 225 Hydrogeology
  • GEOL 300 Mineralogy
  • GEOL 320 Petrology
  • GEOL 325 Structural Geology
  • MATH 203/303 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 210/310 Differential Equations
  • MATH 313 Mathematical Modeling
  • MATH 315 Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 321 Probability and Statistics

*For secondary education certification in physics, PHYS 100 or PHYS 141 may be substituted for PHYS 411.