Physics gets to the roots of all physical phenomena. If you can think physics, you can think anything!

Physics Major Requirements

Required Physics Courses

(15 courses, 10 in Physics)

Prospective physics majors are encouraged to begin their study of physics and mathematics in their freshman year. Physics majors are required to take the Major Field Test in their senior year as part of an ongoing assessment component of the physics program.

  • 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 1 
  • PHYS 352 Optical and Atomic Physics 
  • PHYS 411 Quantum Mechanics 
  • PHYS 499 Senior Examination 
  • 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 
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry 1

Recommended courses: PHYS 490, MATH 303, MATH 315, MATH 321, CSCI 110, CHEM 107. For secondary education certification in Physics, PHYS 141 should be substituted for PHYS 411.