# 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.