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.

 Requirements   Credits 
 Physics  32
      PHYS 103. General Physics I & PHYL 103. General Physics Laboratory I
      PHYS 104. General Physics II & PHYL 104. General Physics Laboratory II
      PHYS 201. Theoretical Mechanics
      PHYS 301-302. Electricity and Magnetism I & II
      PHYS 304. Thermodynamics
      PHYS 309. Experimental Physics I
      PHYS 401. Modern Physics and Quantum Mechanics
      PHYS 406. Introductory Quantum Mechanics
      PHYS 490. Physics Senior Comprehensive
      Physics Elective
4
4
3
6
3
3
3
3
0
3
 Pre-engineering  3
      PREG 220. Introduction to MatLab®  3
 Mathematics  18
      MATH 151. Calculus I
      MATH 152. Calculus II
      MATH 251. Calculus III
      MATH 252. Ordinary Differential Equations
      Mathematics elective**
4
4
4
3
3
 Chemistry  8
      CHEM 101. General Chemistry I & CHML 101. General Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 102. General Chemistry II & CHML 102. General Chemistry II Lab
4
4
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above*** 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives  20
 Total  120

* 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.

Requirements for a Minor in Physics

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in physics. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions pages lists all physics courses.

A student must take MATH 151. Calculus I, MATH 152. Calculus II, MATH 251. Calculus III, and MATH 252. Ordinary Differential Equations to satisfy the prerequisites of the courses above.

To declare a minor in physics, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's adviser.