Sample Degree Program, Physics Major

The requirements for the physics major are 34 credits at or above the 200 level, including four credits of laboratory and the courses 205, 206, 207 (or 205, 210); 360, 362; 340, 321; 350, 351; 540, and 560.

The following typical program includes courses that could be used to satisfy the distribution requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences. (Credits in parenthesis)

Semester 1
ENG 105(3) (composition).
MTH 151(5) or 161(4) (calculus).
PHY 205(3) (mechanics)
HIS 131(3) (history)

Semester 2
ENG 107(3) or 106(3) (composition)
MTH 162(4) (calculus)
CHM 111(3) & 113(1) (chemistry & lab)
PHY 206(3) (thermo, waves, etc.)
PHY 208(1) (lab)

Semester 3
PHY 207(3)(electromagnetism)
PHY 209(1) (lab)
MTH 210(3) (matrices)
MTH 211(3) or 310(3) (multivariable)
LANG 101(3 )
PHY 360(3) (relativity, atomic)
PHY 362(1) (mod. phys. seminar)

Semester 4
CHM 112(3) & 114(1) (chemistry & lab)
MTH 311(3) (diff. eqs.)
LANG 102(3)
ENG 201(3) (literature)
PHY321(3) or PHY315 (3)

Semester 5
PHY 350(3) (E & M) or 560(3) (QM)
PHY 340(3) (mechanics)
LANG 211(3 )
PHI 101(3) (philosophy)

Semester 6
PHY 351(3) (E & M) or 561(3) (QM)
PHY 321(2) (thermo)
HIS 132(3) (history)
ENG 202(3) (literature)

Semester 7
PHY 540(3) (mechanics)
PHY 560(3) (quantum) or 350(3) (EM)
ART 101(3) (drawing)

 

Semester 8
PHY 561(3) (quantum) or 351(3) (EM)
ECO 211(3) (economics)
APY 201(3) (anthropology)
PHY 506(2) (electronics lab)

Recommended science courses: BIL 150, 160 GSC 110
Recommended math courses: MTH 512, 513, 514, 515, 520 (applied)
230, 433, 461,533, 534, 561, 562 (theoretical)
Recommended programming course: CSC 120

There are physics courses suitable for electives. For example, 315(math methods), 520(solid state), 552(optics)

The two-semester alternative to the three semester 200-level sequence is 205-210, where admission to the latter course depends on superior performance in 205 and in calculus. The courses Phy 205, 206, 207, 210 are offered every semester, so there is some flexibility in taking those. The other courses, such as 315, 321, 340, 350 are offered in the indicated semesters only.

The humanities, history and social science courses listed are typical ones; you may replace them by others from the group allowed for distribution requirements.

The total number of credits shown does not add to the required 120, so there is room for electives.