Requirements for the Physics Major (48 semester hours)

36 semester hours in Physics, 8 semester hours in Mathematics, 4 semester hours in Computer Science or PHYS 340

Core courses

Choose two courses from the following (8 semester hours)

Additional requirements

  • Four additional semester hours in Physics numbered above 200 (4)
  • MATH 249 Multivariable Calculus (4)
  • MATH 256 Differential Equations (4)
  • CS 151 Introduction to Programming with Python (4)

Graduate schools often require students take courses similar to PHYS 320 (Thermal Physics), PHYS 324 (Electromagnetism), and PHYS 328 (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 PHYS 399 (Materials Science) 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 (20 semester hours)

  • PHYS 221 Introductory Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 222 Introductory Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 223 Modern Physics (4)
  • Eight additional Physics semester hours at 300- or 400-level (8)
Willamette University

Physics Department

Collins Science Center
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6894 voice
503-370-6773 fax

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