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 physics elective is to be chosen from the following: PHYS 312, PHYS 404, PHYS 406, PHYS 408, PHYS 409, PHYS 410, PHYS 451 or PHYS 452.
** The mathematics elective is to be chosen from the following: MATH 207, MATH 208, MATH 241, MATH 322, MATH 323, MATH 341, MATH 342, MATH 345, MATH 351, MATH 352, MATH 413, MATH 431, or MATH 453.
*** 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 requirements for Writing Intensive and Diversity designated courses, as well as those for courses in the Quantitative Literacy distribution may be met by any major, General Education, or elective courses designated as such.
Departmental Comprehensive Requirement
The comprehensive requirement (PHYS 490. Physics Senior Comprehensive) for physics majors is satisfied by a) service as a teaching aide in one introductory physics lab section and b) passing an oral exam given at the end of a student's last semester of study.