Requirements for the Physics Major (12 Credits)

9 credits in Physics, 2 in Mathematics, 1 in Computer Science or PHYS 338

Core courses

Choose two courses from the following (2)

Additional requirements

  • One additional course in Physics numbered above 200 (1)
  • MATH 249 (QA*) Multivariable Calculus (1)
  • MATH 256 Differential Equations (1)
  • CS 125 Problem Solving with MATLAB OR CS 141 (QA*) Introduction to Programming OR PHYS 338 Advanced Data Analysis and Simulation (ADAS) (1)

Graduate schools often require students take courses similar to PHYS 335 (Thermal Physics), PHYS 345 (Electromagnetism), and PHYS 453 (Quantum Mechanics). Students intending to do graduate study in Physics should consider further mathematical study in linear algebra and complex variables. Students preparing for careers in engineering or applied science should consider taking Wave Phenomena and Electromagnetism plus one other course beyond the basic six. Students with other goals in mind should consult the faculty concerning their choice of elective courses beyond the basic six.

Requirements for the Physics Minor (5 Credits)

  • PHYS 221 (NW; QA) Introductory Physics I (1)
  • PHYS 222 (NW; QA) Introductory Physics II (1)
  • PHYS 223 Modern Physics (1)
  • Two additional Physics courses at 300- or 400-level (2)