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Requirements for Physics Majors

Specific requirements for the majors offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy are found in the Catalog under which you enter the university. This page summarizes the requirements for physics majors. Courses may have prerequisites and many are offered only once per year; so plan ahead. Consult the current  University Catalog. Be sure to consult with your advisor.


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Courses For Majors in Physics and Astronomy (Catalog 2013-2014)

 

Physics, LA: Liberal Arts Emphasis

Physics, LA: Applied Emphasis

Physics, LA: 
Dual Degree Emphasis

Physics, Teaching

Physics-Math (Teaching)

Physical Science  (Teaching)

Physics Courses  
(36 cr required
for Liberal Arts majors)

Physics 186, 231, 232, 332, 333, 350; 340 or 360; 365, 486. Remaining credits chosen from Physics courses above 325,
up to 4 credits from Phys/Msci 301-307 and Msci 355.

Physics 186, 231, 232, 332, 340, 350, 360; 365 or 375;
430, 486 .
Plus at least 4 credits from Physics courses above 325, up to 4 credits  Phys/Msci 301-307 and Msci 355. 

Physics 186, 231, 232, 332; 340, 350,365 (or Math 255 & 256).Remaining credits chosen from Physics courses above 325, up to 4 credits from Phys/Msci 301-307 and Msci 355.

Physics 231, 232, 332, 340, 350.
Plus at least 15 credits from 226, 229, or Physics courses above 325

Physics 231, 232, 332, 333, 340, 350.  
Plus for a Physics emphasis, at least 10 credits from Phys 226, 229 or any Physics courses above 325

Physics 226, 231, 232, 332, 340, 350.  
Plus at least 4 credits from Physics, Chemistry or Math 112

Other Required Courses

CS 163 or 170,
Math 312

CS 163,
Chem 103 & 104;
or 115,
Engl 305, Math 312, 345

CS 163,
Chem 103 or 115, Math 312

Chem 103 & 104,
Math 114, 215, 216


Math 114, 215, 216, 324, 330, 345, 425

Chem 115 & 218 (or 103 & 104), 213, 321, 322, 323,
Math 114, 215

Other Recommended Courses

Chem 103 & 104 or  115

CJ 202, Math 443

 

 

Chem 103 & 104; or 115 must be included as part of the GE Program for certification

 


Phys 486 Senior Seminar and Research (for Liberal Arts majors):

You will be required to complete an adviser-approved capstone project through PHYS 392, PHYS 399, PHYS 430, PHYS 495, or PHYS 499, or through an academic or industrial internship, or through another approved means. The seminar will focus on presenting a seminar based on the capstone project and preparing for graduate school or work.


Sample 4 year plan for Physics, Liberal Arts

Sample 4 year plan for Physics, Applied

Sample 4 year plan for Physics, Teaching


Information on the Dual Degree program.

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