Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Physics majors wishing to complete major sequence requirements at another institution must complete them at a four-year institution and have permission from the Department Chairperson.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (18 COURSES – 61 CREDITS)
PHYS 111 General Physics I (4)
PHYS 112 General Physics II (4)
PHYS 231 Modern Physics (4)
PHYS 330 Classical Mechanics (3)
PHYS 350 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)
PHYS 371 Electricity & Magnetism I (3)
PHYS 440 Quantum Mechanics (3)
PHYS 490 Senior Seminar (2)
CHEM 113 General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 114 General Chemistry II (4)
MATH 129 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4)
MATH 130 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4)
MATH 231 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (4)
MATH 237 Applied Linear Algebra (3)
MATH 238 Differential Equations (3)
and
Three PHYS Electives numbered 233 or higher. Some electives may have a required laboratory component. Three credits of physics research may be substituted for one of these courses.

Students entering the 3+2 Engineering program will complete the physics degree requirements in three years.

SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATION IN PHYSICS
(58 CREDITS)
PHYS 111 General Physics I (4)
PHYS 112 General Physics II (4)
PHYS 231 Modern Physics (4)
PHYS 330 Classical Mechanics (3)
PHYS 350 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)
PHYS 371 Electricity & Magnetism I (3)
PHYS 440 Quantum Mechanics (3)
PHYS 490 Senior Seminar (2)
CHEM 113 General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 114 General Chemistry II (4)
MATH 129 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4)
MATH 130 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4)
MATH 231 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (4)
MATH 237 Applied Linear Algebra (3)
MATH 238 Differential Equations (3)
Two PHYS Electives numbered 233 or higher. Some electives may have a required laboratory component.
*Students must also satisfy the secondary education requirements of the Education Department.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS
(6 COURSES — 21-24 CREDITS)
PHYS 111 General Physics I (4)
PHYS 112 General Physics II (4)
PHYS 231 Modern Physics (4)
Three PHYS courses numbered 233 or higher (9-12 credits). Some electives may have a required laboratory component. Three credits of physics research may be substituted for one of these courses. Students pursuing the minor are required to satisfy the necessary physics and mathematics prerequisites.

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