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Majors and Minors for Physics

Physics Major

For students planning on graduate study in physics or engineering or a physics‑related career in industry.

Required courses:

PHYS 221 General Physics I
PHYS 222 General Physics II
PHYS 305 Electronics
PHYS 308 Modern Physics
PHYS 311 Classical Mechanics I
PHYS 331 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS 345 Experimental Physics
PHYS 460 Seminar
-or-
PHYS 499 Honors Project
MATH 131 Calculus I
MATH 132 Calculus II
MATH 231 Calculus III
MATH 232 Calculus IV
And 9 additional credits from PHYS courses numbered 300 or above.

Applied Physics Major

Primarily for students interested in careers in engineering or technology. Students completing dual‑degree programs may transfer appropriate engineering courses for physics courses at the discretion of the department and the vice president and dean for academic affairs.

Required courses:

PHYS 221 General Physics I
PHYS 222 General Physics II
PHYS 308 Modern Physics
PHYS 311 Classical Mechanics I
PHYS 460 Seminar
-or-
PHYS 499 Honors Project
MATH 131 Calculus I
MATH 132 Calculus II

Students must select additional courses as outlined in one of the following tracks:

Track 1—Engineering Physics

Cannot be taken as a dual major with a major in physics.

Required courses:

CHEM 161 General Chemistry I
CHEM 162 General Chemistry II
PHYS 312 Classical Mechanics II
MATH 231 Calculus III
MATH 232 Calculus IV
And four additional PHYS courses numbered 300 or above.

Track 2—Physics and Technology

Cannot be taken as a dual major with a major in computer science or physics.

Required courses:

CSCI 200 Introduction to Programming
CSCI 205 Data Structures and Abstraction
CSCI 225 Mathematical Structures for Computer Science
PHYS 305 Electronics
PHYS 306 Digital Electronics
And three additional PHYS, MATH and CSCI courses numbered 300 or above (one from each department).

Track 3—Physical Science

Cannot be taken as a dual major with a major in chemistry or in physics.

Required courses:

CHEM 161 General Chemistry I
CHEM 162 General Chemistry II
MATH 231 Calculus III
MATH 232 Calculus IV
And 15 additional credit hours in PHYS and CHEM courses numbered 300 or above (at least six from each department).

Physics and Mathematics Major

Primarily for students wishing to gain licensure in teacher education. Cannot be taken as a dual major with the major in mathematics or physics.

Required courses in physics:

PHYS 221 General Physics I
PHYS 222 General Physics II
PHYS 305 Electronics
-or-
PHYS 306 Digital Electronics
PHYS 308 Modern Physics
PHYS 311 Classical Mechanics I
PHYS 345 Experimental Physics
PHYS 460 Seminar
-or-
PHYS 499 Honors Project

Required courses in mathematics:

MATH 131 Calculus I
MATH 132 Calculus II
MATH 216 Set Theory and Symbolic Logic
MATH 231 Calculus III
MATH 232 Calculus IV
MATH 300 Modern Geometry
MATH 320 History of Mathematics

And 3 additional credits in mathematics from courses numbered 300 or above for a total of 24 credits.

Physics Minor

Required courses:

MATH 131 Calculus I
MATH 132 Calculus II
PHYS 221 General Physics I
PHYS 222 General Physics II
PHYS 308 Modern Physics
And three additional PHYS courses numbered 300 or above.