Bachelor of Science in Physics
The traditional undergraduate physics program includes electricity and magnetism, experimental physics, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics.
Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Physics
The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in physics. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all physics courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.
* The mathematics elective is to be chosen from the following: MATH 207, 208, 241, 322, 323, 341, 342, 345, 351, 352, 413, 431, or 453.
** The physics elective is to be chosen from the following: PHYS 404, 406, 408, 409, 410 or 452.
*** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.
† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Engineering physics majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.
The comprehensive requirement for engineering physics majors is the passing of an oral examination (PHYS 490. Physics Senior Comprehensive) in the second semester of the senior year.