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Physics Major


Physics is the study of the physical properties of the universe and of the fundamental properties and interactions of matter and energy. Physics has applications in every field of pure and applied science, such as engineering, optics, materials science, space science, and medicine.

What can I do with a physics major?

Admission to the Program

Anyone can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the physics major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

Core Courses

  • PHS235 Physics I
  • PHS240 Physics II
  • PHS307 Physics III
  • PHS325 Intermediate Physics Laboratory
  • PHS328 Modern Physics
  • PHS332 Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • PHS345 Advanced Physics Laboratory I
  • PHS350 Advanced Physics Laboratory II
  • PHS353 Classical Mechanics
  • PHS361 Special Topics in Physics
  • PHS368 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHS403 Physics Project Seminar I
  • PHS404 Physics Project Seminar II
  • PHS411 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHS426 Advanced Theoretical Physics
  • MTH201 Calculus I
  • MTH202 Calculus II
  • MTH203 Calculus III
  • MTH255 Differential Equations
  • CHM205 College Chemistry I
  • CHM206 College Chemistry II
  • ESC251 Scientific Computing
  • One of the following courses:
    • ESC352 Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling
    • CSC203 Fundamentals of Computer Science I

Total Number of Credits: 67-68

Course Descriptions

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the principles of Classical Mechanics in the analysis of physical problems.
  2. Apply the principles of Classical Electrodynamics in the analysis of physical problems.
  3. Apply the principles of Quantum Mechanics in the analysis of physical problems.
  4. Use scientific instruments to gather, analyze, and display data with the intention of identifying patterns.
  5. Communicate scientific concepts and the results of scientific research both orally and in writing.
  6. Apply conservation principles appropriately in the investigation of physical problems.
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