Requirements for a Major in Physics


In order to earn a major in physics you must take at least 46 semester hours in physics. You may also want to look at these links...

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The Physics Curriculum:


The 46 hours in physics must include the introductory physics sequence PHYS 2211 and 2212. The remaining hours are listed below:
  • PHYS 3011 and 3012 (Electronics I and II)
  • PHYS 3250 (Theoretical Mechanics)
  • PHYS 3260 (Computational Physics)
  • PHYS 3300 (Modern Physics)
  • PHYS 4010 (Advanced Laboratory)
  • PHYS 4051 and 4052 (Electromagnetic Theory I and II)
  • PHYS 4310 (Thermal Physics)
  • PHYS 4530 (Mathematical Methods of Physics)
  • PHYS 4600 (Quantum Mechanics)

In addition, you must take CHEM 1211 and 1212 along with MATH 1113 (Pre-calculus), MATH 2011, 2012, 2013 (Calculus I, II and III), and MATH 3020 (Differential Equations). We also require a computer programming course such as CSCI 2060 or CSCI 1301. You must also meet all University Core Curriculum and graduation requirements as outlined in the university catalog.

Although there is not a required minor, many of our students choose to do extra work in computer science, mathematics or other areas depending on their interests. Work on an undergraduate research project with one of our faculty is also encouraged. In any event, regular communication with your academic advisor is necessary to ensure satisfactory completion of your degree requirements and to guarantee that you are progressing along the lines dictated by your future interests in physics.

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