Physics Curriculum

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Area of Concentration Requirements

We offer the introductory physics sequence every year, and the upper level physics courses every other year. We also periodically offer the electives Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Physics Laboratory, Essential Electronics, Mathematical Methods for Physicists, and Solid State Physics. We also require Solid State Physics for students planning to do a thesis in Professor Sendova’s laboratory.

An essential part of our program is undergraduate research leading to the completion of the senior thesis. We are experienced and well equipped to offer projects in a wide range of areas; see our list of recent senior thesis titles below, for example. In addition, our students routinely do paid summer research at universities and government laboratories around the country as part of the NSF-funded REU program.

Area of Concentration requirements in Physics include:

  • Two semesters of Introductory Physics
  • Two semesters of Introductory Physics Lab
  • Classical Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Modern Physics
  • Modern Physics Lab
  • Optics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Solid State Physics (for students planning to do a thesis in Professor Sendova’s laboratory)
  • Co-requisite courses in mathematics, are Introductory Calculus I and II, Multivariable Calculus III, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra
  • An Independent Study Project in an advanced area Physics
  • A Senior Thesis and Baccalaureate Exam

Joint Disciplinary Requirements:

  • Physics 1
  • Physics 1 Lab
  • Physics 2
  • Physics 2 Lab
  • Modern Physics
  • Modern Physics Lab
  • Classical Mathematics
  • Optics

Sample 4 Year Pathway

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • Honors Physics 1
  • Physics 1 lab
  • Calculus 1
  • Gen Chem 1
  • Physics ISP
  • Honors Physics 2
  • Physics 2 lab
  • Calculus 2
  • Gen Chem 2
Year 2
  • Modern Physics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Calculus 3
  • Physics ISP
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Modern Physics lab
  • Thermal Physics
  • Partial Differential Equations
Year 3
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Solid State Physics
  • Computer Simulations in Physics
  • LAC Humanities
  • ISP #3
  • Optics
  • Advanced tutorial
  • Electronics
  • LAC Social Sciences
Year 4
  • Thesis
  • Solid State Physics
  • Advanced tutorial
  • LAC Diversity
  

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Solid State Physics
  • Computer Simulations in Physics
  • Physics ISP
  • Optics
  • Advanced tutorial
  • Electronics
Year 4
  • Thesis
  • Solid State Physics
  • Modern Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Physics ISP
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Modern Physics Lab
  • Thesis