Physics Major Requirements 

Required Core Courses: 35 cr.

PHYS-206 * University Physics I 3 cr.
PHYS-203 Physics I Laboratory 1 cr.
PHYS-207 * University Physics II   3 cr.
PHYS-204 Physics I Laboratory 1 cr.
PHYS-305 Modern Physics I 3 cr.
PHYS-306 Modern Physics II 3 cr.
PHYS-307 Modern Physics Laboratory 3 cr.
PHYS-308 Introductory Mathematical Physics   3 cr.
PHYS-311 Mechanics I 3 cr.
PHYS-321 Electricity and Magnetism I 3 cr.
PHYS-330 Intermediate Physics Lab 3 cr.
PHYS-335 Thermal Physics 3 cr.
PHYS-336 Quantum Mechanics I 3 cr.

Physics Electives: At least 6 cr.

Majors are required to take two additional 300-level physics courses totaling for at least six hours of credit.

Required Mathematics Courses: 15 cr.

MATH-107 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH-202 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH-203 Calculus III 4cr.
MATH-301 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 cr.

* An equivalent course may be substituted

Cognate Electives: 9-13 cr.

Three of the following STEM Cognate electives. These electives must be chosen from at least two different departments.

CHEM-211 Gen. Chem. I 5 cr.
CHEM-212 Gen. Chem. II 4 cr.
CS-200 Programing I 3 cr.
CS-207 Programing II 3 cr.
CS-334 Open Source Systems 3 cr.
BIOL-201 General Biology I 4cr.
BIOL-202 General Biology II 4cr.
BIOL-301 Cell Biology 4cr.
BIOL-311 History of Science 3cr.
ENVI-301 Environmental Methods 4 cr.
ESCI-207 Atmosphere and Oceans 4 cr.
ESCI-211 Physical Geology 4 cr.
ESCI-306 Rocks and Minerals 4 cr.
ESCI-312 Historical Geology 4 cr.
ESCI-335 Meteorology 4 cr.
ESCI-337 Principles of Hydrology 4 cr.
MATH-243 Linear Algebra I 3 cr.
MATH-302 Ordinary Diff. Eq. II 3 cr.
MATH-303 Part. Diff. Eq. 3cr.
MATH-304 Numerical Analysis 3 cr.
MATH-305 Probability and Statistics 3 cr.
MATH-328 Complex Variables 3 cr.
MATH-340 Computing for Mathematicians 3 cr.
  • To track your progress toward a degree, you may download the following Worksheet
  • All 300-level courses in Physics are offered in the evening. Go to the Physics Future Course offerings to find out what courses will be offered in future years.
  • We strongly encourage you to take the required 200-level physics courses, as well as MATH 107 (Calculus I) and MATH 202 (Calculus II) as early as possible, since these are prerequisites for almost all of the 300-level physics courses.

Other University Requirements:

Every Schedule of Classes lists the University requirements for graduation. Please contact the program advisor if you have any questions on these requirements.

Transfer credit information:

Physics courses taken from other institutions inside the U.S. usually transfer with no problem. We will need to see a catalog description, syllabus and the name of the textbook used for any course taken at another institution and any Physics courses taken at institutions outside the U.S.

The College of Arts and Sciences has a rule that states only 9 hours of Physics transfer credits can be applied towards an Physics minor. Remember that the University requires a grade of C or better in any course applied toward the major or minor.