Sample Curriculum

B. S. in Physics

First Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
EN101 Comp. & Lit. I 3 EN102 Comp. & Lit. II 3
MA121 Calculus I 4 MA122 Calculus II 4
CH103 Gen. Chemistry 4 CH104 Gen. Chemistry 4
1PS201 Gen. Physics I 4 1PS202 Gen. Physics II 4
Total credits 15 15

Second Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
EN201 World Literature I 3 EN202 World Literature II 3
MA223 4 MA224 Diff. Equations 4
*PS205 Instrumentation or Elective 3 or 4 PS232 University Physics III 3
2Elective (2) 6 2Elective (2) 6
Total credits 16 or 17 16
Third Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
3Mathematics 3 3Mathematics 3
PS331 or PS354 *Mechanics I or *Thermodynamics 4 PS332 or PS363 *Mechanics II or *Optics 4
PS441 or PS423 *Mod. Physics I or *Electricity and Magnetism I 4 PS442 or PS424 *Mod. Physics II or *Electricity and Magnetism II 4
2Elective (1) 3 2Elective (2) 6
2Elective (1) or
*PS 205 Basic Instrumentation in the Natural Sciences
3 or 4
Total credits 17 or 18 17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
PS354 or PS331 *Mechanics I or *Thermodynamics 4 PS363 or PS332 *Optics or *Mechanics II 4
PS423 or PS441 *Elec. & Mag. I or *Mod. Physics I 4 PS424 or PS442 *Elec. & Mag. II or *Mod. Physics II 4
PS461 Senior Project I 1 PS462 Senior Project II 1
PS451 Seminar I 1 PS452 Seminar II 1
2Elective (2) 6 2Elective (2) 6
Total credits 16 16

* This course is offered in alternate years. Both courses listed are required. For the years these courses are offered, see Course Descriptions.
1 PS211-212 may be substituted for PS 201-202.
2 One elective must be a semester of history. One elective must be a course in psychology, sociology, economics, or political science. One elective must be an ethics course offered by the philosophy program.
3 These math courses are subject to approval of Physics Dept.

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