2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    Jan 27, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, B.S.

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Requirements for the Major

Requirements for the major are as follows:

Requirements for the Analytic Track

An example of a typical program of courses in the analytic track is as follows:

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Fall Term

Spring Term


* Required for major
† For the applied science or general track, these courses are replaced by six courses approved by the Physics Department. It is possible to complete either track in three years with careful planning.


  1. PH 202  (or PH 102  with written permission of the department chair) is a prerequisite for all PH 300- and 400-level courses.
  2. EG 331 /EG 031  may be counted in lieu of PH 397 .
  3. PH 416  and PH 418  may not be offered every year, so it is important to plan ahead, particularly if the student is considering spending a semester abroad.
  4. Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement  under Curriculum and Policies).

Applied Science or General Tracks

Six courses selected in consultation with the physics advisor.

Areas of Study within the Applied Science and General Tracks

The following are a few areas of study within the applied science and general tracks. More examples can be found on the department's website. Students should consult an advisor in the Physics Department to design their particular program.


To complete the coursework needed to become certified to teach at the secondary level, students must take additional courses that fulfill a Minor in Secondary Education (see requirements under Teacher Education ).

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