Major Program Requirements


The Physics Major

Physics majors shall acquire an understanding of the fundamental laws and principles operative in physics. The department offers opportunities for undergraduate students to take part in research activities with faculty members. Upon completion of the program, students will be equipped to pursue a variety of post-baccalaureate endeavors.

Required Major Courses

  • PHYS 221 University Physics: Mechanics with lab
  • PHYS 222 University Physics: Materials with lab
  • PHYS 223 University Physics: Electricity and Magnetism with lab
  • PHYS 321 Modern Physics
  • PHYS 490 Advanced Laboratory
  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • MATH 250 Calculus II
  • MATH 251 Vector Calculus
  • MATH 252 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 270 Scientific Programming
  • CHEM 211 General Chemistry I with lab

Elective Major Courses (4 required)

  • PHYS 330 Intermediate Mechanics
  • PHYS 341 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • PHYS 350 Intermediate Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 355 Electric Circuits with lab
  • PHYS 361 Quantum Mechanics I
  • PHYS 362 Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHYS 386 Simulations in Physics
  • PHYS 415 Special Topics
  • PHYS 497 Undergraduate Research

For more details, including answers to frequently asked questions and possibilities for students interested in engineering, visit the Physics Program Site.

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