Curriculum | Physics & Astronomy


The Physics Major is a firm basis for a career in medicine, law, business, sales, engineering, teaching, computing, biophysics, environmental science, or physics.

Contact the math department to take a placement exam so that you can sign up for MAT 151, MAT 190, or MAT 196. It is also recommended to take CSC 120, CHE 111 and 114 during your first two years.

Sample Schedule of Physics and Math Lecture courses for 4-year BS degree in Physics

Class Fall Spring
Freshman MAT 196 PHY 291
MAT296 (or 196, then 296 in Summer)
Sophomore PHY 292
MAT 396 and MAT 390
CSC 120
PHY321 and (PHY323 or 351)
MAT 390 if not completed yet
Junior PHY311 and (PHY327 or 421) (PHY325 and 351) or (PHY323 and 411)
Senior (PHY327 or 421) and PHY4xx PHY401 and (PHY325 or 411)

Bachelor of Arts Physics Major (BA)

Take all the physics courses through the 300-level. No 400-level courses are required. 26 required credits of PHY

Bachelor of Science Physics Major (BS)

Take 9 credits of 400-level courses in addition to the lower level courses. 36 required credits of PHY.

Minoring in Physics

A minimum of 15 semester hours in physics courses is to be planned in consultation with a physics faculty member. The usual physics minor program will consist of PHY 291, 292, and at least 7 semester hours of additional courses (excluding PHY 203, 209, 235, 205, 333, and 334). Other, quite different programs may be fitted to the individual student’s interests and objectives.

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