Major Requirements
undergraduate program
Physics B.S. majors are required to complete coursework in physics as well as corequisite coursework in mathematics and an additional approved science.
Among these courses, the following ten are required:
Required Courses  

PHYS2200 (or PHYS2100*) & PHYS2050 Introductory Physics I with Lab  PHYS2201 (or PHYS2101*) & PHYS2051 Introductory Physics II with Lab 
PHYS3100 Wave and Vibrations with Lab  PHYS3300 Intro to Modern Physics 
PHYS4100 Mechanics 
PHYS4200 Electricity and Magnetism 
PHYS4400 Quantum Physics I 
PHYS4401 Quantum Physics II 
PHYS3510 Contemporary Electronics Lab 
PHYS4600 Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics 
*Physics majors are strongly recommended to take the PHYS22002201 sequence. PHYS21002101 is typically for Biology, Premed, and students fulfilling science requirements.
Choose one of the following:
Courses  

PHYS4350 Experiments in Physics 
PHYS4300 Computing in Physics 
PHYS4951 Senior Thesis* 
Honors Program Thesis** 
*Senior Thesis is recommended for students planning graduate work in Physics.
** For students in A&S Honors program doing a Physics Thesis.
Choose at least two elective courses (course offerings vary from year to year):
Elective Courses 


PHYS4505 Nuclei and Particles 
PHYS4545 Condensed Matter Physics 
PH440 Applied Fluid Mechanics 
PHYS4555 Optics 
PH480 Intro. to Mathematical Physics 
PH510 Stellar Astrophysics 
PH515 Semiconductor Devices and Lasers 
PH525 Plasma Physics 
PHYS4565 Cosmology and Astrophysics 
PH545 Intro. Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics 
PHYS4575 Physics of Nanomaterials 
The following mathematics courses are required:
Mathematics Courses 


MATH1102 Calculus I 
MATH3305 Advanced Calculus* 
MATH1103 Calculus II or MATH1105 Calculus II AP 
MATH2202 Multivariable Calculus 
*Students entering with Math AP Placement are advised to substitute MATH3305 with both Linear Algebra (MATH2210) and Differential Equations (MATH4410)
The final requirement is two approved courses in a science other than physics, normally CHEM11091110 General Chemistry along with the associated laboratories.
Choose two additional science courses with lab:
Science Courses with Lab 


CHEM1109 & 1111 General Chemistry I with Lab 
CHEM1110 & 1112 General Chemistry II with Lab 
Other Approved Science I with Lab 
Other Approved Science II with Lab 