Typical Course Sequence

What you see below represents a typical schedule of physics and mathematics courses that you would take in pursuit of the physics major.

It is important to note the physics courses that are listed for the junior and senior years are offered every other year, meaning the last 2 years of physics courses may be interchanged depending on your starting year. The senior research, Independent Study (PHYS 397) course is offered at all times, and is taken as a senior research capstone.

For those of you interested in the dual-degree engineering option, you will need to make sure to take CHEM 111-112: Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II as listed on the program page.

Freshman
Fall Spring
PHYS 161 - Physics I (4) PHYS 162 - Physics II (4)
MATH 103 - Calculus I (3) MATH 104 - Calculus II (3)
Sophomore
Fall Spring
PHYS 211 - Physics III (4) PHYS 302 - Physics IV (4)
MATH 211 - Calculus III (3) MATH 301 - Differential Equations (3)
Junior
Fall Spring
PHYS 312 - Electromagnetic Theory (4) PHYS 318 - Quantum Mechanics (4)
PHYS 432 - Optics (4)
Senior
Fall Spring
PHYS 333 - Computational Physics (4) PHYS 309 - Classical Mechanics (4)
PHYS 436 - Statistical Thermodynamics (4)
PHYS 397 - Independent Study (2) PHYS 397 - Independent Study (2)