Physics B.S. majors are required to complete coursework in physics as well as co-requisite coursework in mathematics and an additional approved science.
Among these courses, the following ten are required
|PHYS2200 (or PHYS2100*) & PHYS2050 Introductory Physics I with Lab||PHYS2201 (or PHYS2101*) & PHYS2051 Introductory Physics II with Lab|
|PHYS3100 Waves and Vibrations with Lab||PHYS3300 Intro to Modern Physics
||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 PHYS2200-2201 sequence. PHYS2100-2101 is typically for Biology, Pre-med, and students fulfilling science requirements.
Choose one of the following
|PHYS4350 Experiments in Physics
||PHYS4300 Numerical Methods and Scientific Computing***
|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.
*** Students need a background course in computer programming, for example, CSCI2227 Introduction to Scientific Computation.
Choose at least two elective courses (course offerings vary from year to year)
|PHYS4505 Nuclei and Particles
||PHYS4570 Topics in High Energy Astrophysics|
|PHYS4515 Physics of Conventional and Alternative Energy||PHYS4575 Physics of Nanomaterials|
|PHYS4535 Nano Integrated Science||PHYS5525 Plasma Physics|
|PHYS4545 Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics||PHYS6631 Optics and Lasers|
|PHYS4565 Cosmology and Astrophysics|
The following mathematics courses are required
|MATH2202 Multivariable Calculus||MATH2210 Linear Algebra|
|MATH4410 Differential Equations
Students without advanced math placement will need to take introductory calculus courses, such as MATH1103 or MATH1105, that are prerequisites for MATH2202.
Physics majors are also required to take 8 credits of CHEM1109–1110 and associated labs; other science courses, along with their associated labs, may qualify, but require prior departmental approval.
Advanced undergraduate Physics majors may, with departmental approval, enroll in first-year graduate courses, such as PHYS7711, 7732, or 7741.
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|
The minimum requirements for a minor in physics include the following courses:
The following introductory courses:
PHYS2200, PHYS2201 and accompanying labs PHYS2050 and PHYS2051.
The following intermediate level courses:
PHYS3100 and PHYS3300.
Two upper-level courses (PHYS4000 and above) of 3 or more credits each.
Many of these courses have prerequisites. Students are advised to consult with the Undergraduate Program Director when selecting these courses.
Substitutions: PHYS2100 and PHYS2101 may be substituted for PHYS2200 and PHYS2201, respectively, but the latter are preferred. Students must consult with the Undergraduate Program Director if they wish to substitute other equivalent courses for required courses or the corequisites.
Corequisites: MATH1102 and MATH1103 are required. MATH2202 may be required as a prerequisite for some of the upper-level physics courses. Students should consult with the Undergraduate Program Director to determine whether they will need to take these additional mathematics courses.