Physics - Requirements

Bachelor of Science - Major in Physics (132 credits)

 
Credit
First Year
Fall
Spring
PS 15-16 General Physics I and II
3
3
PS 15L-PS 16L Physics Laboratory
1
1
PS 65 Introduction to Computation Methods in Physics and the Sciences
2
 
MA 125-126 Calculus I and II
3
3
EN 11-12 English
3
3
Foreign language core requirement
4
4
Arts Core requirements  
3
Total
16
17
Sophomore Year    
PS 285 Modern Physics
3
 
PS 226 Classical Mechanics  
3
PS 212 Circuit Analysis & Analog Systems
4
 
PS 216 Computational Physics   3
MA 227-228 Calculus III and IV
3
3
CH 11-12 General Inorganic Chemistry I and II
4
4
Social Science core  
3
PH 10 Questions in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
3
 
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies  
3
Total
17
19
Junior Year    
PS 271 Electricity and Magnetism I
3
 
PS 371 Electricity and Magnetism II  
3
PS 222 Modern Optics  
3
PS 203 Optics and Laser Laboratory  
1
PS 241 Thermal and Statistical Physics
3
 
MA 321 Ordinary Differential Equations
3
 
MA 332 Partial Differential Equations  
3
English and philosophy core requirements
3
3
HI 30 Europe and the World in Transition
3
 
200-level history course  
3
Total
15
16
Senior Year    
PS 204 Modern Experimental Methods Laboratory
1
 
PS 386 Quantum Physics
4
 
PS 388 Nuclear Physics OR  
3
PS 390 Special Topics  
3
PS 391-392 Independent Study; credit by arrangement    
Religious studies and philosophy core requirements
3
3
Arts core requirement
3
 
Social science core requirement  
3
Electives
3
3
Total
15
12

Minor in Physics

Students who major in an area other than physics can earn a 15-credit minor in physics by completing the following minimum requirements of two courses and an advanced lab beyond the introductory physics sequence:

  • Introductory sequence: PS 15-16 General Physics I and II with lab (eight credits)

And

  • Modern Physics (PS 285) and a three-credit course chosen among the 200- and 300-level physics courses, with the chairman's approval (six credits).
  • Modern Experimental Methods Laboratory (PS 204, two credits).

Substitution of the Modern Physics courses must be approved by the chair.

Note: Biology and chemistry majors can minor in physics by taking two lecture courses and one laboratory course beyond the requirements of their major. Engineering majors can minor in physics by taking one lecture course and one laboratory course beyond the requirements of the major.

Physics Major with a Minor in Education

Physics majors who elect a minor in Educational Studies and who have been admitted to the Five Year Integrated Bachelor's-Masters Degree and Teacher Certification program may count ED 462 Science Methods as their Physics 3 credit Independent Study project. Physics majors with an Education Minor should consult with Dr. Les Schaffer, education advisor, and Dr. Patricia Calderwood, director of the Five Year Integrated Bachelor's-Masters Degree and Teacher Certification program.