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Sample Physics Major Programs

- for Graduate School Bound Students - for Applied Emphasis Students - for Honors College Students -

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  • Course of study

    The Physics Department offers a special introductory sequence designed for physics majors. This sequence provides an excellent opportunity for incoming majors to begin their physics studies with ample individual attention. Class sizes are typically 15 to 25 students at all levels in the physics major program.

    The course requirements and suggested electives for graduate school bound students are shown in the chart below.

    Sample Physics Major Program (for Graduate School Bound Students)

     

     

    Major Core     Minimum of BS

     

    Recommended Enhancements

     

    Required            Related Subjects

     

    Required    University

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    First Year

    Foundations                 of Physics I (251,252,253)

    Physics Lab. 1 (290 each term)

    15 credits

     

     

     

    Calculus and Chemistry

    20 credits

     

    Composition

    8 credits

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Second Year

    Foundations of Physics II  (351,352,353)

    Intermediate Lab (390)

    16 credits

     

     

     

    Differential Equations and                        Several Variable Calculus

    12 credits

     

    Group -satisfying courses from Arts and Letters and Social Sciences  

    (16 credit hours        in each)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Third Year

    Electricity, Magnetism & Electromagnetism (412,413, 422)

    Mechanics (411)

    6 cr. hours upper-division labs

    22 credits

     

    Electives in Physics  (from Electromagnetism, Optics, Math. Methods & Astrophysics)

     

     

    Electives in Mathematics

    (from Complex Variables, Partial Diff. Equations,  Linear Algebra)

     

    Multicultural Courses

    (2 courses)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fourth Year

    Quantum Physics (414,415,417)

    12 credits

     

    Physics Laboratories (from Electronics, Optics Advanced Lab)

     

     

     

     

    Students who will seek employment in the technical arena with a bachelor's degree in physics can follow the Applied Emphasis Track, outlined below:

    Sample Physics Major Program (for Applied Emphasis Students)

     

     

    Major Core     Minimum of BS

     

    Recommended Enhancements

     

    Required            Related Subjects

     

    Required    University

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    First      Year

    Foundations                 of Physics I (251,252,253)

    Physics Lab. 1 (290 each term)

    15 credits

     

     

     

    Calculus and Chemistry

    20 credits

     

    Composition

    8 credits

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Second Year

    Foundations of Physics II  (351,352,353)

    Intermediate Lab (390)

    16 credits

     

     

     

    Differential Equations and                        Several Variable Calculus

    12 credits

     

    Group -satisfying courses from Arts & Letters and Social Sciences  

    (16 credit hrs. each)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Third     Year

    Electricity & Magnetism (412,413)

    Intro. Quantum Mech. (354)

    Analog & Digital Electronics (431,432)

    20 credits

     

    Electives in Physics  (from Electromagnetism, Optics, Math. Methods & Astrophysics)

     

    Electives in Mathematics

    (from Complex Variables, Partial Diff. Equations,  Linear Algebra)

     

    Multicultural Courses

    (2 courses)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fourth   Year

    Classical & Modern Optics (424,425)

    Design of Experiments (481)

    6 cr. hours upper-division labs

    18 credits

     

    Physics Laboratories (from Physics Instrumentation, Modern Optics Lab, Advanced Lab)

     

     

     

     

    Sample Physics Major Program for Students Enrolled in the Robert D. Clark Honors College

     

     

    Physics Major Core     Minimum of BS

     

    Robert D. Clark Honor College

     

    Required and Optional           Related Subjects

     

    Undergraduate Research Activities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    First      Year

    Foundations                 of Physics I (251,252,253)

    Physics Lab. 1 (290 each term)

    15 credits

     

     

    Honors College Literature (HC 221H, 222H, 223H)

     12 credits

     

     

    Calculus and Chemistry

    (Chemistry can be taken in year 2)
    12-20 credits

     

     

    For advanced students:

    Apply for and complete NSF REU program following summer

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Second Year

    Foundations of Physics II  (351,352,353)

    Intermediate Lab (390)

    16 credits

     

    Honors College History (HC 231H, 232H, 233H)
    HC Colloquia (e.g., HC 421H, 431H, 441H)

    16-24 credits

     

     

    Chemistry (if not taken year 1)

    Differential Equations and Several Variable Calculus

    12-20 credits

     

    Apply for and complete NSF REU program following summer

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Third     Year

    Electricity & Magnetism (412,413, 422)

    6 cr. hours upper-division labs (e.g., 431, 432)

    Research (401)

    22 credits

     

    HC Colloquia (e.g., HC 421H, 431H, 441H) to total 5 courses between 2nd, 3rd and 4th year.

     8-12 credits

     

     

    Multicultural Courses (2 courses)

    Math Methods for Physics (410)
    { Optional electives in Mathematics (from Complex Variables, Partial Diff. Equations, Linear Algebra) }

    12+ credits

     

     

    Begin research with physics-related research group. Continue work through following summer and fall.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fourth   Year

    Quantum Physics (414,415,417)
    Mechanics (411)
    Research (401)

    20 credits

     

     

    HC Colloquia (e.g., HC 421H, 431H, 441H) to total 5 courses between 2nd, 3rd and 4th year.
    HC Thesis Prospectus (HC 477H)

    6 credits

     

    { Optional electives in Physics (e.g., 410, 424-26, 427) and Mathematics (see above) }

    4-12 credits

     

    Write Honors College Thesis (in physics research area) during fall/winter terms. Defend during spring term.

     

    Students who wish to start physics their first year at the university should come prepared to study calculus.

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