Physics Major

For a major in physics, students complete the following:

CHEM 1171
CHEM 1172
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
6
CHEM 1171L
CHEM 1172L
General Chemistry I Lab
and General Chemistry II Lab
2
PHYS 1171
PHYS 1172
General Physics I
and General Physics II
6
PHYS 1171L
PHYS 1172L
General Physics I Lab
and General Physics II Lab
2
PHYS 2226Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 2285Modern Physics3
PHYS 2285LModern Experimental Methods Lab2
PHYS 3215Computational Physics3
PHYS 3222LModern Optics Lab1
PHYS 3222Modern Optics3
PHYS 3241Thermal and Statistical Physics3
PHYS 3271Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 3386Quantum Physics3
PHYS 4998
PHYS 4999
Theoretical/Experimental Capstone
and Theoretical/Experimental Capstone
4
Select three Physics electives at the 2000 level or higher9
Select five Math classes approved for math, science, or engineering students18
Total Credits71

Provision for Physics Advanced Placement Exam C

Students who have passed the AP Physics I exam with a score of 4 or 5 will receive credit for PHYS 1145. Students who pass the AP Physics C: Mechanics exam with a score of 4 or 5 need not take PHYS 1171 and may begin with PHYS 1172 in the spring. Students who have passed both AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exams with scores of 4 or 5 may advance directly to the sophomore physics course, PHYS 2285 Modern Physics, without taking the PHYS 1171 and PHYS 1172 prerequisites. Note: Per the general Advanced Placement policy of the University, only 4 credits are awarded toward graduation for having passed the two AP Physics C exams. Students who do not take PHYS 1171 and PHYS 1172 under this provision will need to take an additional elective in physics 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 EDUC 5462 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. Ryan Colwell, director of the Five-Year Integrated Bachelor and Master of Arts Degree and Teacher Certification programs.

Magis Core Curriculum

Beginning with the Class of 2023, all undergraduate students will be required to complete the Magis Core Curriculum. Please refer to the Curricula section of this undergraduate catalog for a detailed explanation of the Magis Core.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MATH 1141 Calculus I for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors 4
PHYS 1171 General Physics I 3
PHYS 1171L General Physics I Lab 1
Core Curriculum 6
Free Elective 3
 Credits17
Spring
MATH 1142 Calculus II for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors 4
PHYS 1172 General Physics II 3
PHYS 1172L General Physics II Lab 1
Core Curriculum 6
Free Elective 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall
MATH 2243 Calculus III for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors 4
PHYS 2285 Modern Physics 3
Core Curriculum 6
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
MATH 2251 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 2226 Classical Mechanics 3
PHYS 2285L Modern Experimental Methods Lab 2
PHYS 3215 Computational Physics 3
Core Curriculum 3
Physics Elective 3
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
CHEM 1171 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 1171L General Chemistry I Lab 1
PHYS 3241 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
PHYS 3271 Electricity and Magnetism 3
Core Curriculum 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
CHEM 1172 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 1172L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 3332 Partial Differential Equations 3
PHYS 3222 Modern Optics 3
PHYS 3222L Modern Optics Lab 1
Physics Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits17
Fourth Year
Fall
PHYS 3386 Quantum Physics 3
PHYS 4998 Theoretical/Experimental Capstone 3
Core Curriculum 3
Free Elective 6
 Credits15
Spring
PHYS 4999 Theoretical/Experimental Capstone 1
Physics Elective 3
Core Curriculum 6
Free Elective 6
 Credits16
 Total Credits131