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Physics Major Sample Schedule

Note: This is only a suggested schedule and students should not feel compelled in any way to model their course of studies on this example. Many other options and alternatives are possible, especially when including a double major. Chemistry, for example, is not a requirement for the B.S. in Physics. The illustration of certain courses in certain semesters below does not guarantee they will be offered in the suggested semester. Many physics courses at the 3000 level and above are given only once every two years. Students should keep abreast of actual course offerings as they are published by the Registrar.

1st Year

Fall

  • PHYS 1310: General Physics I + lab (4)
  • MATH 1210: Calculus I (4)
  • ENGL 1010: Writing (4) [unless exempt]
  • CHEM 1070+1075: General Chemistry I + lab (4)
  • TIDES Course (1)

Spring

  • PHYS 1320: General Physics II + lab (4)
  • CHEM 1080+1085: General Chemistry II + lab (4)
  • MATH 1220: Calculus II (4)
  • Foreign Language or elective(s)
2nd Year

Fall

  • PHYS 2350: Modern Physics I (3)
  • MATH 2210: Calculus III (4)
  • PHYS 4230: Thermal Physics (3)
  • Foreign Language or elective(s)
  • Public Service Course, e.g., Introduction to Physics Pedagogy (1)

Spring

  • PHYS 2360: Modern Physics II (3)
  • PHYS 3170: Computational Physics and Engineering (3)
  • MATH 2240: Applied Mathematics (4)
  • Cultural Knowledge Elective 1 (3)
  • Elective(s)
3rd Year

Fall

  • PHYS 3010: Theoretical Physics (3)
  • PHYS 3630: Electromagnetic Theory I (3)
  • PHYS 3700: Electronic Properties of Materials (3)
  • PHYS 3800: Colloquium (1)
  • Cultural Knowledge Elective 2 (3)
  • Elective(s)

Spring

  • PHYS 3530: Advanced Laboratory (3)
  • PHYS 3600: Nanoscience & Technology (3)
  • PHYS 4650: Optics (3)
  • Elective(s)
4th Year

Fall

  • PHYS 3740: Classical Mechanics (3)
  • PHYS 3150: Intro to Neutron Science (3)
  • PHYS 4470: Quantum Mechanics (3)
  • Elective(s)

Spring

  • Elective(s)