Four year plan for an honors physics major

Almost all honors students will require individual schedule consideration due to their having taken a variety of courses before coming into our course track. This is only a sequence guide to indicate what we expect as background for the various succeeding stages of our coursework.

Semester 1

PHYS 161H (Intro Mechanics)

4

MATH 129H (Calculus II)

3

ENGL 103/4/9H

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

 

16

Semester 2

PHYS 162H (Thermo, Optics)

4

MATH 223H (Vector Calc)

4

CHEM 151 *

4

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

PHYS105A (Intro Computing)

1

 

16

Semester 3

PHYS 261H (Intro Elec & Magn)

4

PHYS 263H (Modern Phys)

3

MATH 254 (Diff Eqns)

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

Elective

3

 

16

Semester 4

PHYS 204 (Math Meth)

3

PHYS 305 (Comput PHYS)

3

PHYS 321H (Theor Mech I)

3

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

Elective

3

 

16

Semester 5

PHYS 331H (Intermed E & M I)

3

PHYS 371H (Quantum Theory I)

3

PHYS 381 (Advanced Lab I)

2

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

Elective

3

 

14

Semester 6

PHYS 332H (Intermed E & M II)

3

PHYS 472H (Quantum Theory II)

3

PHYS 382 (Advanced Lab II)

2

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

Elective

3

 

14

Semester 7

PHYS 426H (Thermo & Stat Mech)

3

PHYS 498H (Thesis)

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

 

15

Semester 8

PHYS elective

3

PHYS elective

3

PHYS 498H (Thesis)

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

 

15

Notes

  • Assumption is that Honors students arrive with AT LEAST 3 credits of English AP or place into English 109H which replaces both 103/4H.
  • 30 honors credits needed to graduate with Honors. Every course that is co-convened with a graduate course should also be offered for Honors credit.
  • The physics department recommends that its majors take CHEM 151 and 152.
  • Use one of the Tier 2 GenEds to satisfy the diversity requirement.
  • Care must be taken to meet the requirement for 42 units of upper-division credit. This means that some of the electives may need to be upper-division courses.