Your Guide To The Physics Major        Spring 2013

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Standard Course Requirements for the Physics Major

Course        Title        Next Offered

PHY 115/117        Introductory Physics I         Fall 2013                

PHY 118        Introductory Physics II         Fall 2013        

MTH 212        Calculus III (Multivariate Calculus)        Fall 2013 

PHY 210        Math Methods for Science & Engineering                Spring 2014

PHY 215        Modern Physics I                 Spring 2014

PHY 240         Physical Electronics        Fall 2014         

PHY 315        Modern Physics II        Fall 2013        

PHY 317        Classical Mechanics        Fall 2014        

PHY 318        Electricity & Magnetism        Fall 2013  

PHY 319        Thermal Physics        Fall 2013                  

PHY 327        Quantum Physics I: Quantum Mechanics                Spring 2014

PHY 350        Experimental Physics (Advanced Lab)                Spring 2014

PHY 360         Advanced Topics in Physics (or substitute)        Fall 2013  

Topic for 2013-2014: Cosmology        

PHY 399        Current Topics In Physics (2 credits)                Spring 2014

additional courses (optional, but encouraged!)

PHY 400        Special Studies (1 - 4 credits)        Fall 2013        Spring 2014 PHY 432        Honors Thesis (year long project, 8 - 12 credits)        Fall 2013+        Spring 2014

Sample Course Sequences for the Physics Major

These are simply suggestions; many other combinations of courses are possible. Some 300 level substitutions are possible for students pursuing double majors in the sciences or a H.S. teaching career.

standard

sequence

accelerated

sequence

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

MTH 111 Calculus I

MTH 112 Calculus II

PHY 117 Physics I

MTH 114 Differential Eqs.

PHY 117 Physics I

MTH 212 Calculus III

PHY 118 Physics II

MTH 212 Calculus III

PHY 118 Physics II

PHY 210 Math Methods

PHY 215 Modern Physics I

MTH 212 Calculus III

PHY 240 Physical Electronics

PHY 210 Math Methods

PHY 215 Modern Physics I

PHY 350 Experimental Physics

PHY 240 Physical  Electronics

PHY 315 Modern Physics II

PHY 317 Classical Mechanics

Semester Away

Junior Year Away

Classical Mechanics
(or wait till senior year)

Junior Year Away

E&M or Thermal Physics
(or wait till senior year)

PHY 318 E&M

PHY 319 Thermal Physics

PHY 360 Advanced Topics

PHY 327 Quantum Mechanics

PHY 350 Experimental Physics

PHY 399 Current Topics

PHY 315 Modern Physics  II

PHY 318 E&M

PHY 360 Advanced Topics

PHY 327 Quantum Mechanics

PHY 399 Current Topics

yellow: standard sequence

green:        sample accelerated sequence with JYA

prehealth

sequence

chemistry  + physics

double major

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

BIO 151/2 Cell Physiology

CHM 111 Chem I
MTH 111 Calculus I

1st English Course [WI]

CHM 222 Chem II
MTH 112 Calculus II

PHY 117 Physics I

2nd English Course

CHM 111 Chem I
MTH 111 Calculus I

CHM 222 Chem II
MTH 112 Calculus II

PHY 117 Physics I

PHY 118 Physics II

CHM 223 Chem III

MTH 212 Calculus III

CHM 224 Chem IV

PHY 210 Math Methods

PHY 215 Modern Physics I

CHM 223 Chem III

MTH 212 Calculus III

PHY 118 Physics II

CHM 224 Chem IV

PHY 210 Math Methods

PHY 215 Modern Physics I

BIO 202/3 Cell Biology

PHY 240 Physical Electronics

PHY 315 Modern Physics II

PHY 317 Classical Mechanics

BCM 252/3 Biochemistry I

MTH 245 Statistics

PHY 350 Experimental Phys.

CHM 331 Phys. Chem I
PHY 240 Physical Electronics

PHY 315 Modern Physics  II

PHY 317 Classical Mechanics

CHM 332 Phys. Chem II

PHY 350 Experimental Physics

BIO 200 Animal Physiology

CHM 331 Phys. Chem I
PHY 318 E&M

CHM 332 Phys. Chem II

CHM 336 Light & Chemistry
PHY 399 Current Topics

CHM 338 NMR Spectroscopy

PHY 318 E&M

PHY 319 Thermal Physics

CHM 336 Light & Chemistry
PHY 399 Current Topics

CHM 3XX elective

blue: sample prehealth sequence; red: sample double major sequence for physics and chemistry, with

CHM 331 substituted for PHY 327, CHM 336 for PHY 360, and PHY 319 for a CHM 300 level elective