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Academics: Physics Major

Physics major

The general physics major consists of at least 32 semester hours, with a number of cognates in computer science and mathematics.

Who is this program for?

The 32-hour program is a bachelor of arts (BA) program that is ideal for students pursuing major or minor programs in other disciplines, such as math, engineering, or computer science (or even Chinese, political science, or music!).

Program requirements

  • Physics 133, 134, 235, 246, and 306 (or higher level substitutes)
  • Two or more advanced theory courses from Physics 335-376 (excluding 347 and 359)
  • Two or more upper-level laboratory courses from Physics or Astronomy 380-386 (Engineering 204 is allowed as a substitute for Physics 381 )
  • Enroll in Phys195 at least twice and in any combination of Phys295 or Phys296 at least two additional semesters.
  • Departmentally approved electives to bring the total to at least 32 hours

Cognates

  • Computer Science 104, 106 (recommended), or 108
  • Mathematics 170 or 171
  • Mathematics 172
  • Mathematics 231 is also recommended
  • Mathematics 232, 261 or 271 (Mathematics 261 or 271 are recommended)

Secondary

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Combinations with Engineering

If you are considering combining a physics major with an engineering minor, see information and sample schedules.

In-Depth Physics Major

If you are planning a career in physics and especially if you are bound for graduate school, we recommend the In-depth physics major Bachelor of Science degree instead of the 32-hour program.

Contact an advisor

Interested in a physics major? Contact any physics professor for advice.