Physics majors are required to take the following courses. In addition, students must complete all necessary GenEd requirements. For more information on these courses, contact an advisor.

Physics Major

Click here for a pdf version of the degree requirements for the Physics major. 

Click here for a sample four-year plan for Physics majors.

Required Introductory Physics Sequence (17 credits)
PHYS 165 (3): Introduction to Programming for the Physical Sciences *
PHYS 171 (3): Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Relativity
PHYS 174 (1): Physics Lab Introduction
PHYS 272 (3): Fields
PHYS 275 (2): Experimental Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
PHYS 273 (3): Waves
PHYS 276 (2): Experimental Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

Supporting Mathematics/Mathematical Methods Courses (15 credits)
MATH 140 (4): Calculus I
MATH 141 (4): Calculus II
MATH 241 (4): Calculus III
PHYS 274 (3): Mathematical Methods for Physics  I

Physics Major ‐ Upper Level Requirements (37 credits)
PHYS 371 (3): Modern Physics
PHYS 373 (3): Mathematical Methods for Physics  II
PHYS 375 (3): Experimental Physics I  II: Electromagnetic Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
PHYS 401 (4): Quantum Physics I
PHYS 402 (4): Quantum Physics II
PHYS 404 (3): Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics
PHYS 405 (3): Advanced Experiments lab
or PHYS 407 (3): Undergraduate Experimental Research
PHYS 410 (4): Classical Mechanics
PHYS 411 (4): Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 4xx (3): Advanced Physics Elective I
PHYS 4xy (3): Advanced Physics Elective II

*For students with experience with computer programming this can be satisfied by a new advanced level course PHYS 474 Computational Physics that will also count as one of the Advanced Physics Electives.

Students who matriculated at the university prior to fall 2014 should click here for a list of Physics major requirements. 

Physics Major - Secondary Education Specialization

Click here for a pdf version of the degree requirements for the Physics Secondary Education specialization.

The Physics Secondary Education specialization is intended primarily for students interested in teaching physics at the secondary level. Students who are considering pursuing this area of concentration are encouraged to enroll in EDCI 280—Looking Inside Schools and Classrooms, for a survey of education and teaching. The Education Physics area of concentration is designed to accommodate students obtaining a teaching certificate through the College of Education. However, completing all the courses in the Physics Secondary Education specialization does not in itself satisfy all requirements for obtaining a teaching certificate. Students pursuing the Physics Secondary Education specialization who want to also obtain a teaching certificate in secondary education must first apply and be admitted to the Secondary Education Program in the College of Education and then complete additional courses in that program.

Required Introductory Physics Sequence (14 credits)
PHYS 171 (3): Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Relativity
PHYS 174 (1): Physics Lab Introduction
PHYS 272 (3): Fields
PHYS 275 (2): Experimental Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
PHYS 273 (3): Waves
PHYS 276 (2): Experimental Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

Supporting Mathematics/Mathematical Methods Courses (18-19 credits)
MATH 140 (4): Calculus I
MATH 141 (4): Calculus II
MATH 241 (4): Calculus III
MATH 246 (3): Differential Equations
MATH 240 (4): Intro. to Linear Algebra or MATH461 or (3): Linear Algebra for Scientists and Engineers

Physics Major – Upper Level Requirements (14 credits)
PHYS373 (3): Mathematical Methods for Physics II
PHYS375 (3): Experimental Physics III: Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
PHYS401 (4): Quantum Physics I
PHYS411 (4): Electricity and Magnetism

Upper Level Education Courses Junior/Senior Required Education Courses (12 credits)
EDPS301 (3): Foundations of Education
EDHD413 (3): Adolescent Development
EDHD426 (3): Cognition and Motivation in Reading: Reading in Content Areas
EDCI463 (3): Reading in the Secondary School

*For students with experience with computer programming this can be satisfied by a new advanced level course PHYS 474 Computational Physics that will also count as one of the Advanced Physics Electives.

EDPS301 may be replaced by EDPL401: Educational Technology, Policy and Social Change (3 cr). PHYS401 may be replaced by PHYS420: Principles of Modern Physics (3 cr). PHYS375 may be replaced by one additional non-seminar 400-level Physics course of 3-4 credits.