Physics Major

Major in Physics

CH 0111
CH 0112
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
6
CH 0111L
CH 0112L
General Chemistry I Lab
and General Chemistry II Lab
2
MA 0145
MA 0146
Calculus I for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
and Calculus II for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
8
MA 0251Ordinary Differential Equations3
MA 0245Calculus III for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors4
MA 0332Partial Differential Equations3
PS 0115
PS 0116
General Physics I
and General Physics II
6
PS 0115L
PS 0116L
General Physics I Lab
and General Physics II Lab
2
PS 0204LModern Experimental Methods Lab2
PS 0206LModern Optics Lab1
PS 0215Computational Physics3
PS 0222Modern Optics3
PS 0226Classical Mechanics3
PS 0241Thermal and Statistical Physics3
PS 0271Electricity and Magnetism I3
PS 0285Modern Physics3
PS 0386Quantum Physics3
Physics Electives9
Physics Capstone4
Total Credits71

Provision for Physics Advanced Placement Exam C

Entering students who have passed both AP Physics C exams with scores of 4 or 5 may advance directly to the sophomore physics course PS 0285 Modern Physics, without taking the PS 0115 and PS 0116 prerequisites. Note: For having passed the AP exams, only 4 credits are awarded toward graduation, according to the general Advanced Placement policy of the University. Students who do not take PS 0115 and PS 0116 under this provision therefore will need to take an additional elective in physics or another discipline with the chair's permission, in order to complete the required number of credits for the major in physics.

Physics Major with a Minor in Educational Studies and the 5-Year Teacher Education Program

Physics majors who elect a minor in Educational Studies and who have been admitted to the Five-Year Integrated Bachelor and Master of Arts Degree and Teacher Certification program may count ED 0462 Science Methods Science Methods as their three-credit physics independent study project. Physics majors with an Education Minor should consult with Dr. Angela Biselli, education advisor, and Dr. Patricia Calderwood, director of the Five-Year Integrated Bachelor and Master of Arts Degree and Teacher Certification programs.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
PS 0115 General Physics I 3
PS 0115L General Physics I Lab 1
MA 0145 Calculus I for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors 4
Core Curriculum 9
 Credits17
Spring
PS 0116 General Physics II 3
PS 0116L General Physics II Lab 1
MA 0146 Calculus II for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors 4
Core Curriculum 9
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall
PS 0285 Modern Physics 3
MA 0245 Calculus III for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors 4
Core Curriculum 9
 Credits16
Spring
PS 0204L Modern Experimental Methods Lab 2
PS 0215 Computational Physics 3
PS 0226 Classical Mechanics 3
MA 0251 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Core Curriculum 6
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
PS 0241 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
PS 0271 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
CH 0111 General Chemistry I 3
CH 0111L General Chemistry I Lab 1
Core Curriculum 6
 Credits16
Spring
PS 0206L Modern Optics Lab 1
PS 0222 Modern Optics 3
Physics Elective 3
CH 0112 General Chemistry II 3
CH 0112L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MA 0332 Partial Differential Equations 3
Core Curriculum 3
 Credits17
Fourth Year
Fall
PS 0386 Quantum Physics 3
Capstone in Physics 1
Core Curriculum 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits10
Spring
Physics Elective 6
Capstone in Physics 3
Core Curriculum 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits125