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