Programs for physics majors vary with the student’s goals and interests. The recommended curriculum for the student preparing for graduate study in physics or employment as a professional physicist is detailed below. Students interested in both physics and engineering may wish to consider the Physics/Engineering Dual Degree Concentration or engineering physics programs described on the department’s page.
Recommended Curriculum for Majors in Physics
During the summer prior to beginning the program outlined below, students unprepared for MATH 2313 are encouraged to enroll for preparatory mathematics courses equivalent to MATH 1316 , MATH 1314 and MATH 1318 . Students who cannot obtain the preparatory mathematics before beginning this program may, in consultation with physics faculty members, work out an alternate plan that leads to the BS with a major in physics.
Students majoring in physics regularly minor in mathematics. Many elect to pursue an additional major in mathematics. The following recommended curriculum includes courses meeting the requirements for a major in physics and a minor in mathematics. To obtain an additional major in mathematics, students should take additional mathematics courses in place of electives to meet the requirements listed in the Mathematics, Major .