Information for Majors

There are three programs available to students who wish to obtain a major in physics.

A. Intensive major for students who intend to pursue graduate work in the physical sciences:

Eight semester lecture courses, four of which have associated laboratories; a two half-course seminars; plus Chemistry 101, 102; Computer Science 101; Mathematics 207 and 312. The Graduate Record Examination is required as part of the comprehensive examination.

B. Broad major for students who intend to pursue graduate work in medicine, clinical engineering, biophysics, environmental sciences, health physics, or teaching:
Six semester lecture courses, four of which have associated laboratories, including Physics 203, 303, and 307; two half-course seminars; plus five full courses in other science or mathematics courses approved by the physics department.

C. 3-2 plan for engineering students:
Six semester lecture courses including Physics 203 and 303, four of which have associated laboratories; one half-course seminar; plus Chemistry 101, 102; Computer Science 101; Mathematics 207 and 312.

Research participation and laboratory assistantship are encouraged in all three programs.

For a first-year student planning to major in physics, the following curriculum is recommended:


Physics 103, 104 Humanities 101; 102
Mathematics 101, 102 Physical Education
Foreign Language 103, 104
The second-year program should be planned in consultation with the department chair.