Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Physics advisor, meet physics faculty engaged in Pure & Applied Physics research, attend departmental seminars, and explore ways that Physics relates to research undertaken by faculty in other disciplines.
For more information, contact:
Bodhi Rogers (Physics advisor)
Office:North Classroom 3123B
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
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Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
Students must declare their intention to major in Physics by the time they have completed 60 semester hours
The introductory labs, PHYS 2351 and PHYS 2361, are required for all physics majors. If the department is unable to offer one or both of these labs then PHYS 2321 may be substituted for PHYS 2351 and PHYS 2341 may be substituted for PHYS 2361, upon prior advisor approval.
Students earning a Physics major cannot earn a Physics minor. A senior thesis is required for all students wishing to graduate with departmental honors. For all other students, the faculty encourages a senior thesis or project.
Physics majors are required to take all of the following courses, and in addition, must take six 3000-level or above PHYS credit hours, including up to 3 semester hours of directed research or independent study (or a course in Computational Physics approved by the advisor).
Primary Physics Courses
PHYS 2311 - General Physics I: Calculus-Based
PHYS 2351 - Applied Physics Lab I
PHYS 2331 - General Physics II: Calculus-Based
PHYS 2361 - Applied Physics Lab II
PHYS 2711 - Vibrations and Waves
PHYS 2811 - Modern Physics I
PHYS 3120 - Methods of Mathematical Physics
PHYS 3711 - Junior Laboratory I
PHYS 3811 - Quantum Mechanics
MATH 1401 - Calculus I
MATH 2411 - Calculus II
MATH 2421 - Calculus III
MATH 3195 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations OR
MATH 3191 - Applied Linear Algebra and
MATH 3200 - Elementary Differential Equations
Pure and Applied Physics Track Courses
PHYS 3211 - Analytical Mechanics
PHYS 3411 - Thermal Physics
PHYS 3721 - Junior Laboratory II
PHYS 4331 - Principles of Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 4711 - Senior Laboratory I