The physics program offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in Physics as well as a physics minor.
Our physics majors gain a solid foundation in classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and experimental physics. They have the opportunity to explore areas such as astrophysics, optics, solid state physics and statistical mechanics through elective courses. During the senior year, physics students work on a senior research thesis that gives them hands-on experience in an experimental, a theoretical, or a computational project. In this project, the student works closely with a faculty advisor to design, conduct and analyze a research problem. For more information, please see the major requirements page.
Major Requirements for Physics B.A./B.S.
- PHYS 203 Physics I: Mechanics (5)
- PHYS 204 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (5)
- PHYS 322 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
- PHYS 342 Analytical Mechanics (4)
- PHYS 360 Modern Physics (5)
- PHYS 368 Quantum Mechanics (4)
- PHYS 390 Physics Seminar (2 sem.) (1,1)
Electives: A minimum of 8 semester hours selected in consultation with the program counselor for the B.A. and a minimum of 12 for the B.S. For a complete list click here. Example elective classes are:
- PHYS 311 Electronics for Scientists (4)
- PHYS 350 Optics (4)
- PHYS 365 Astrophysics (4)
- PHYS 370 Statistical and Thermal Physics (4)
- PHYS 380 Solid State Physics (4)
- CHEM 201 General Chemistry I (5)
- MATH 201, 202, 311 Calculus I, II, III (4,4,4)
- MATH 315 Differential Equations (B.S. only) (4)
- PHYS 499 Senior Seminar/ Project (1-4)
- Comprehensive examination (0)
The physics minor compliments other science degrees such as chemistry, math, biology and computer science. It could also provide a unique counterpoint to degrees in art, philosophy, creative writing, photography, business, psychology, and others.
2 Lower-Division Courses:
- PHYS 203 Physics I: Mechanics (5) or PHYS 201 General Physics I (5)
- PHYS 204 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (5) or PHYS 202 General Physics II (5)
2 Calculus Courses:
- MATH 201 Calculus I
- MATH 202 Calculus II
3 Upper-Division Courses (One of which must be a core course):
- Example classes include Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Astrophysics, Computational Methods in Physics. For a complete list click here.