Physics Major

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B. S. in Physics - Curriculum Map 2017-2018 Catalog

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CH 103 General Chemistry I (General Education Lab Science)4CH 104 General Chemistry II (General Education Lab Science)4
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
MA 121 Calculus I (General Education Math)4MA 122 Calculus II (General Education Math)4
PS 107 Introductory Solar System Astronomy4PS 108 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy4
Semester Total Credits15Semester Total Credits15
MA 223 Calculus III4MA 224 Differential Equations4
PS 211 University Physics I4MA 241 Mathematical Computation and Modeling3
General Education Ethics3PS 212 University Physics II4
General Education Literature3General Education History3
 General Education Social Science3
Semester Total Credits14Semester Total Credits17
PS 341 Modern Physics or 42613PS 334 Classical Mechanics or 35613
PS 373 Junior Laboratory I2PS 374 Junior Laboratory II2
Mathematics Elective23PS 444 Quantum Physics or 42813
Free Elective3Mathematics Elective23
Free Elective3Free Elective3
General Education Arts & Humanities3 
Semester Total Credits17Semester Total Credits14
PS 426 Electricity and Magnetism or 34113PS 356 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics or 33413
PS 451 Seminar I1PS 428 Electrodynamics & Optics or 44413
PS 473 Senior Laboratory I3PS 452 Seminar II1
Free Elective3PS 474 Senior Laboratory II (Capstone)3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
Semester Total Credits16Semester Total Credits13
Total Credits For This Major: 121

This course is offered in alternate years. Both courses listed are required. For the years these courses are offered, see Course Descriptions.


 The approval of the Department of Physics is required.