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Majors, Emphases & Minors

Major, emphasis, emphases, minors, programs

A degree in physics can be a 4-year degree starting with college algebra. All of the physics degrees and emphases require a calculus-based introductory physics sequence with labs, a course in modern physics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, a practical physics course, and an advanced physics course. Most degrees and emphases also require a course in classical mechanics, advanced electrodynamics, and quantum mechanics. The degrees differ in the number of semesters of each of these courses, the number and type of required practical courses, and the requirements for the depth and breadth courses. All degrees and emphases also require calculus I - III, linear algebra and differential equations. Most emphases require partial differential equations and complex variables, or equivalent.

All of the degrees and emphases in physics have similar requirements in the first two years, so it is possible to explore the major before making a final decision on the degree program or emphasis.



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This information is accurate for the 2023-2024 academic year. All course requirements and offerings are subject to change. Meet with the undergraduate academic advisor regularly to check current requirements. For more information, explore our Undergraduate Handbook.

To see a future teaching schedule and see when classes will be tentatively taught, visit our P&A Four Year Teaching Plan directly through this Google Sheet.

To declare a major or minor, contact the academic advisor.