Physics Major

This option is intended for students who wish to pursue graduate study in physics, conduct research in physics, and/or teach physics.

Major Requirements* (60-62 credits)

Code Course Credits
PHYS 101 Freshman Physics Seminar 1
PHYS 151 General Physics: Mechanics 4
PHYS 152 General Physics: Electricity & Magnetism 4
PHYS 305 Classical Mechanics 3
PHYS 306 Statistical Mechanics 3
PHYS 310 Electromagnetic Theory I 3
PHYS 311 Electromagnetic Theory II 3
PHYS 332 Junior Lab 1
PHYS 410WS Senior Physics Seminar 1
PHYS 413 Quantum Mechanics I 3
PHYS 414 Quantum Mechanics II 3

 

PHYS 251RI

PHYS 252RI

PHYS 253RI

AND any two (2) of

Computational Research Methods in Physics

Experimental Research Methods in Physics

Theoretical Research Methods in Physics

 

2

 2

 2

 

PHYS 481RI

AND two semesters of

Senior Project

 

1x2=2

 

BIOL180

CHEM 103

MSC 111 & MSC 112

AND any one (1) of

Biological Diversity

General Chemistry I

Introduction to Oceanography and Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory

 

4

4

6

MATH 140 Calculus I 4
MATH 141 Calculus II 4
MATH 300 Calculus III 4
MATH 331 Differential Equations 3
MATH xxx One (1) MATH elective course chosen from: MATH 315, MATH 316, MATH 320, MATH 351, MATH 354, MATH 411, MATH 412, or MATH 423 3
ME 230WS Technical Communication

3

Course Frequencies

Physics and Engineering Physics majors should work with their faculty academic advisor to make a degree plan during their first semester of enrollment and update this plan each semester. When making a Physics or Engineering Physics degree plan, please keep in mind the following course frequencies.

  • PHYS 101: Freshman Physics Seminar is generally offered every fall semester.
  • PHYS 151: General Physics I (Mechanics) & PHYS 152: General Physics II (Electricity & Magnetism) are generally offered every fall and spring semester.
  • PHYS 25XRI: Research Methods (Computational, Experimental or Theoretical) is offered every spring semester.
  • PHYS 305: Classical Mechanics is offered fall semesters of even-numbered years.
  • PHYS 306: Statistical Mechanics is offered fall semesters of odd-numbered years.
  • PHYS 310: Electromagnetic Theory I is offered fall semesters of even-numbered years.
  • PHYS 311: Electromagnetic Theory II is offered spring semesters of odd-numbered years.
  • PHYS 332: Junior Lab is offered per demand.
  • PHYS 413: Quantum Mechanics I is offered fall semesters of odd-numbered years.
  • PHYS 414: Quantum Mechanics II is offered spring semesters of even-numbered years.
  • PHYS 410WS is generally offered every spring semester.

* These requirements for a Physics Major is effective 2019-2020 academic year. For previous requirements, please refer to the previous Academic Catalog.


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