# Requirements

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**

Required Courses | |
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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 |

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 PHYS2200-2201 sequence. PHYS2100-2101 is typically for Biology, Pre-med, and students fulfilling science requirements.

**Choose one of the following**

Courses | |
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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)**

Elective Courses | |
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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**

Mathematics Courses | |
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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 | |
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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.