B.S. in Physics
This program prepares students for professional work as a physicist, and is the first step to graduate work in physics. It is also excellent preparation for graduate programs in medicine, law or engineering, as well as for technical jobs in industry.
Options
We offer B.S. options in materials science, chemical physics and astronomy, which require fewer physics courses combined with a concentration in another area.
Requirements
 Satisfy the requirements of the Discovery Program.
 Satisfy the Writing Requirements. This requirement includes 4 courses, two of which (English 401 and Physics 705) are also Physics B.S. degree requirements. A list of approved writing intensive courses appears on the web.
 Satisfy the Bachelor of Science Requirements: a minimum of 128 credits at the 400799 level and at a GPA of at least 2.00.
 Minimum Physics requirements: PHYS 400, 407408, 505/506, 508, 601602, 605, 615616, 701702, 703704, and 705; plus two courses selected from PHYS 708, 710, 712, 718, 720, and 764.
 Chemistry: Either CHEM 403 or CHEM 405. (Note: to take CHEM 405, a student must have taken chemistry in high school.)
 Math: 425426, and one of the following two options. Option 1 is Linearity (Math 525 and Math 526). Option 2 is Math 527, Math 528, and a course in linear algebra, which can be either Math 545 or Math 645. Linearity better prepares you for upperlevel physics courses, but students need to be motivated, independent learners to do well in this class and to have earned a B or better in Calc I and II; Linearity is not for everyone. Linearity is 6 credits each semester, so it is equivalent to three classes.
 Computer Science: Either CS 410 or IAM 550. We strongly recommend CS410P, the Python version.
 A student must have a minimum grade of C in each 400 or 500 level course specifically required for the B.S. degree and an overall gradepoint average of 2.33 in these courses in order to continue in the B.S. program.
 Physics majors can fulfill the University's Capstone Requirement in one of two ways: (1) completing a senior thesis (PHYS799) or (2) taking the Physics capstone course (PHYS798). Students who complete a summer research project in physics after their junior year may submit a petition to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to have the capstone requirement waived.
Optional courses
 Physics Electives are usually offered every other year. Students should take this into account when planning their schedules.
 Students planning to apply to graduate programs in physics are strongly encourged to take Phys 799 Thesis in their senior year.
 Math 647, Complex Analysis for Applications is recommended, but not required.
Regular Program for BS in Physics
Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4  

Fall  Spring  Fall  Spring  Fall  Spring  Fall  Spring 
Phys 407H^{1} 
Phys 408H^{1} 
Phys 505/6 
Phys 605 
Phys 701 
Phys 702 
Phys 705 

Math 425H^{1} 
Math 426H^{1} 
Phys 508 
Phys 615 
Phys 616 
Phys 703 
Phys 704 

Chem 403 or 405^{2} 
CS 410 or IAM 550 
Math 525^{3} OR Math 527 
Math 526^{3 } OR 528

Math 545^{3} 



Phys 400 
Eng 401 
Phys 601 
Phys 602 




Alternative Program for BS in Physics (Transfers etc...)
Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4  

Fall  Spring  Fall  Spring  Fall  Spring  Fall  Spring 
Phys 407 
Phys 408 
Phys 505/6 
Phys 605 
Phys 701 
Phys 702 
Phys 705 

Math 425 
Math 426 
Phys 508 
Phys 615 
Phys 616 
Phys 703 
Phys 704 

Chem 403 or 405^{2} 
CS 410 or IAM 550 
Math 527^{3} 
Math 528^{3} 
Math 645^{3} 



Phys 400 
Eng 401 
Phys 601 
Phys 602 




Course Overview
Required Courses  

CS 410 or IAM 550 
Intro Scientific Programming / Introduction to Engineering Computing 
Chem 403 or Chem 405 
General Chemistry / Chemical Principles for Engineers 
Eng 401  Freshman English 
Math 425426  Calculus 
Math 525526  Linearity 
Phys 407408  General Physics + Lab 
Phys 505/6  Modern Physics + Lab 
Phys 508  Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics 
Phys 601602  Computational Physics Recitation (1 credit, pass/fail) 
Phys 605  Experimental Physics I (laboratory course) 
Phys 615616  Classical Mechanics & Mathematical Physics 
Phys 701702  Quantum Physics 
Phys 703704  Electricity & Magnetism 
Phys 705  Experimental Physics II (laboratory course) 
Physics Electives (take at least two as Junior or Senior)  

Phys 708  Optics (Fall) 
Phys 710711  Astrophysics III (Fall/Spring  odd/even years) 
Phys 712  Physics of the Ionosphere (Spring  even years) 
Phys 718  Condensed Matter Physics (Spring  odd years) 
Phys 720  Nuclear & Particle Physics (Spring  odd years) 
Phys 764  General Relativity & Cosmology (Fall  even years) 
Physics Honors Requirements
 GPA 3.2;
 Any three 700level courses listed above taken for honors;
 Senior Thesis (Phys 799);
Notes
 Phys 407H & Math 425H (Honors Studio Calc/Phys) have to be taken together, same for Phys 408H & Math 426H. Incoming freshmen who do not pass the math placement test will take Math 418 in the fall, regular (lecturestyle) Phys 407 & Math 425 in the spring, and Math 426 & Phys 408 in the summer following their freshmen year.
 Students who had chemistry in high school may take Chem 405, a more advanced course.
 Math 525 & 526 (Linearity) better prepare for upperlevel physics courses, but students need to be motivated, independent learners to do well in this class and to have earned a B or better in Calc I and II; Linearity is not for everyone. Linearity is 6 credits each semester, so it is equivalent to three classes. The other option to fulfill this requirement is to take the three independent classes: Math 527, 528, and Math 545 or 645, Linear Algebra for Applications.