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Core Coursework

Admission Requirements

Introductory Physics Core Requirements
Physics I Credits
PHYS 1301W or PHYS 1401V Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I 4
Physics II Credits
PHYS 1302W or PHYS 1402V Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II 4
Physics III Credits
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
Mathematics Requirements
Calculus I Credits
MATH1271 or MATH1371 or MATH1571H Calculus I 4
Calculus II Credits
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

Program Requirements

Core Coursework
Additional Core Physics Requirements Credits
PHYS2601 (offered spring semesters only) Quantum Physics 4
PHYS3605W Quantum Physics Laboratory 3
PHYS3041 (Math double majors see note below) 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

Note for Math Double Majors on PHYS3041

The DUGS will approve the replacement of PHYS3041 with the combination of the following courses from the math program:

  • Math 4567 (applied Fourier analysis) or 5587 (elementary partial differential equations)
  • Math 4242 (applied linear algebra)
  • Math 5583 (complex analysis)

These courses should be completed by the same semester in which the student completes PHYS4101 or PHYS4002, whichever is taken first. For many students, this means that the courses must be completed by the end of the Spring of the third year.

Program Sub-Plans

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.

Liberal Education Requirements

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.)

undergrad_program/handbook/core_courses.txt · Last modified: 2020/04/17 11:26 by jmmans