The Interdisciplinary Physics concentration allows students substantial flexibility to define the thematic focus of their study. This flexibility comes with a responsibility; each student must work with a physics concentration advisor to select 15 credits of cognate courses and to define a cognate course plan when declaring the IP Concentration. The following questions will assist you and your faculty advisor with creating the best IP concentration for your academic success and will be reviewed by you and your faculty advisor during your scheduled advising appointment.
Prerequisites for Declaring an IP Concentration (Effective Fall 2011)
1. Math courses up through Math 216 (Differential Equations) or the equivalent
2. One of the following introductory sequences and labs
135/136 & 235/236 (Life Sciences)
140/141 & 240/241
160/161 & 260/261 (Honors — more in depth, smaller class size)
3. Physics 340/341
4. Physics 351
IP Concentration Requirements
The Interdisciplinary Physics program requires at least 24 credits, including at least 9 credits in Physics courses numbered 390 and above. A concentration plan must include the following:
Physics 390 (can be taken concurrently with Physics 401 or 405)
Two additional Physics courses at the 400 level and beyond
Physics 390 and these 400-level Physics courses must be completed with a minimum grade of a C- in each course and a cumulative average of C or higher
Fifteen credits of cognate courses as part of an Interdisciplinary plan designed with an advisor during an advising appointment. Nine of these credits should be at the 200 level or above.