|Introductory Physics Core Requirements|
|PHYS 1301W or PHYS 1401V||Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I||4|
|PHYS 1302W or PHYS 1402V||Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II||4|
|PHYS 2503 or PHYS 2503H (offered fall semesters only)||Introduction to Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity||4|
|Lower Division Core Physics Requirement||Credits|
|PHYS 2201 (offered fall semesters only)||Introductory Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics||3|
|MATH1271 or MATH1371 or MATH1571H||Calculus I||4|
|MATH1272 or MATH1372 or MATH1572H||Calculus II||4|
|Calculus III or IV||Credits|
|MATH2243 or MATH2373 or MATH2574H or MATH2263 or MATH2374 or MATH2573H||Linear Algebra and Differential Equations or Multivariable Calculus||4|
|Additional Core Physics Requirements||Credits|
|PHYS2601 (offered spring semesters only)||Quantum Physics||4|
|PHYS3605W (was PHYS2605 before Fall 2017)||Quantum Physics Laboratory||3|
|PHYS3041 (not required for student who declared the major before Fall 2017)||Mathematical Methods for Physicists||3|
|Remaining Calculus III or IV Course||Credits|
|MATH2243 or MATH2373 or MATH2574H or MATH2263 or MATH2374 or MATH2573H||Linear Algebra and Differential Equations or Multivariable Calculus, whichever was not taken for admission||4|
|Additional Programmatic Requirements Depending on Sub-Plan|
|Students are required to complete one of the 5 degree sub-plans. Requirements for each sub-plan are subject to departmental review and approval for each student. See the relevant pages for details.|
Required for all students at the University. See the liberal education requirements website and talk with your college academic adviser to ensure you are fulfilling all requirements. NOTE: Requirements may be different for students admitted before Fall 2010.
For physics majors, 2 of the 7 diversified core liberal education requirements (Mathematical Thinking and Physical Science) are already covered in the core courses listed above. This leaves 16 credits in Arts/Humanities (3 cr.); Biological Science, which must include lab or field experience (4 cr.); Historical Perspective (3 cr.); Literature (3 cr.); and Social Sciences (3 cr.).
Designated Themes: Each student must take at least 3 credits in 4 of the 5 designated themes: Civic Life and Ethics, Diversity and Social Justice in the United States, The Environment, Global Perspectives, and Technology and Society. Note that many of the courses satisfying a designated theme requirement will also satisfy one of the diversified core liberal education requirements. Others can be counted under the free elective category below.
First-year writing requirement: WRIT 1301 or WRIT 1401 (4 cr.)
Additional free electives in either major or non-major areas. These count towards the total credit requirement for graduation (10-14 cr.)