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The major in physics focuses on the theoretical framework of the discipline and emphasizes the properties and structure of materials.  Courses stress the applications of physics and provide students with important problem solving skills and laboratory and computer-related experience.  We emphasize student/faculty research and encourage even 1st and 2nd year students to participate.

An additional upper level mathematics or computer science course is also highly recommended.

Requirements:

  • PHYS 112 Fundamentals of Physics I
  • PHYS 113 Fundamentals of Physics II
  • PHYS 120 Materials: Properties
       or PHYS 121 Materials: Structure
  • PHYS 201 Wave Phenomena and Introductory Modern Physics
  • PHYS 300 Mechanics
  • PHYS 305 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 332 Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Structure
  • PHYS 331 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • PHYS 350 Independent Learning (8 credits)
  • PHYS 390 Physics Seminar

 

Choose one of the following courses:

  • PHYS 120 Materials: Properties
  • PHYS 121 Materials: Structure
  • PHYS 220 Materials Modeling
  • PHYS 310 Materials Research Methods I
  • PHYS 311 Materials Research Methods II

Prerequisites and Other Required Courses:

  • MATH 120 Calculus I
  • MATH 121 Calculus II
  • MATH 220 Multivariable Calculus
  • CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic
       or CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry
  • CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic
       or CHEM 114 Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 226 Quantitative Analysis

An additional upper-level mathematics or computer science course is also highly recommended.