First or secondyear
students planning to major in physics or participate in the dual degree
engineering program should take the following:
 MATH 130 Calculus I
 MATH 140 Calculus II
 PHYS 230 and 240 General Physics I and II
(Calculusbased)
or
PHYS 235 and 245 General Physics I and II (Workshop)
Students who plan to
take only one physics course may take any of the following, based on interest:
 PHYS
100 Introductory Topics in Physics
 PHYS 160 Astronomy
 PHYS 170 Introductory Earth Science
 PHYS
210 General Physics I (If the student has not taken nor plans
to take calculus.)
 PHYS
230 General Physics I (Calculusbased) (If the student has
had or plans to take Calculus I concurrently.)
 PHYS 235 General Physics I (Workshop) (If the student
has had or plans to take Calculus I concurrently.)
Students who plan to
take two courses in physics may take the following:
 PHYS 210 and 220 General Physics I and II (If
the student does not plan to take calculus.)
 PHYS 230 and 240 General Physics I and II
(Calculusbased)(If the student has had or plans to take Calculus I
concurrently.)
 PHYS 235 and 245 General Physics I and II
(Workshop) (If the student has had or plans to take Calculus I
concurrently.)
General Comments
 PHYS 230/240 General
Physics I/II (calculusbased) is taught in a traditional format with
three 50minute lecture periods and a 2hour 50minute lab per week. PHYS
235/245 General Physics I/II (workshop) employs a pedagogy
wherein the student spends the entire time in lab working in small groups and
discovering the laws of physics through guided activities. It meets three times
per week for 1hour, 50minutes at a time.
 The sequence of courses for
a physics major is designed so that a student can complete the requirements in
three years, if need be, but using all four years is recommended.
 A firstyear schedule for a
student undecided between a major in physics or another natural science should
include the required introductory courses from both majors, if possible.
COURSE
PLANNING
Table I presents a typical course schedule for the student planning to take four years to finish the physics major.
Table I

Fall 
Spring 
First Year 
MATH 130 Calculus I PHYS 230 Gen Physics I (Calcbased w/Lab) or PHYS 235 Gen Physics I (Workshop) 
MATH 140 Calculus II PHYS 240 Gen Physics II (Calcbased w/Lab) or PHYS 245 Gen Physics II (Workshop) 
Second Year 
PHYS 305 Vibrations and Waves CHEM 110 Gen Chem I: Struct & Prop (w/Lab) MATH 260 Differential Equations 
PHYS 315 Modern Physics (w/Lab) 
Third Year 
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics
or PHYS 470 Thermal Physics 
PHYS 340 Electronics or PHYS 420 Electrodynamics or PHYS 480 Classical Mechanics

Fourth Year 
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics
or
PHYS 470 Thermal Physics 
PHYS 420 Electrodynamics
or
PHYS 480 Classical Mechanics 
Notes
 Calculus I should be taken prior to or concurrently with PHYS
230 or PHYS 235. Calculus II should be taken prior to or concurrently with PHYS
240 or PHYS 245. These courses are prerequisites for the fall semester second
year courses: PHYS 305 and MATH 260.
 Topics courses and research may be taken in the third and fourth
years.
 PHYS
420 and PHYS 470 are offered only in even numbered years, PHYS 480 is offered
only during odd numbered years. All other courses are offered every year.
Table II presents a course schedule of a student planning to finish the physics major in three years.
Table II

Fall 
Spring 
First Year 
MATH 130 Calculus I PHYS 230 Gen Physics I (Calcbased w/Lab) or PHYS 235 Gen Physics I (Workshop) CHEM 110 Gen Chem I: Struct & Prop (w/Lab) 
MATH 140 Calculus II PHYS 240 Gen Physics II (Calcbased w/Lab) or PHYS 245 Gen Physics II (Workshop) 
Second Year 
MATH 260 Differential Equations PHYS 305 Vibrations and Waves PHYS 470 Thermal Physics (or 3rd year)

PHYS 315 Modern Physics (w/Lab) PHYS 320 Electrodynamics or PHYS 380 Classical Mechanics PHYS 340 Electronics (w/Lab)

Third Year 
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics PHYS 470 Therman Physics (or 2nd year)

PHYS 420 Electrodynamics or PHYS 480 Classical Mechanics 
PreEngineering Program
Students interested in
the Preengineering (dual degree) program should follow Table II for the first
year. Students interested in mechanical, electrical or civil engineering should
also follow the second and third years of Table ll. Students interested in
chemical engineering should major in chemistry.