Four year plan for a physics/astronomy double major

Assumes the student starts with second-semester calculus.

Semester 1

PHYS 161H (Intro Mechanics)

4

MATH 129 (Calculus II)

3

ENGL 101

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

 

16

Semester 2

PHYS 162H (Thermo, Optics)

4

PHYS105A (Intro Computing)

1

ASTR 250 (Fund of Astr)

3

ASTR 296 (odd years only)

1

MATH 223 (Vector Calc)

4

ENGL 102

3

 

15 / 16

Semester 3

PHYS 261H (Intro Elec & Magn)

4

PHYS 204 (Math Meth)

3

MATH 254 (Diff Eqns)

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

 

16

Semester 4

PHYS 263H (Modern Phys)

3

PHYS 321 (Theor Mech I)

3

ASTR 302 (Intro Observ Astr)

3

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

ASTR 296 (odd years only)

1

 

15/16

Semester 5

PHYS 305 (Comp. Phys)

3

PHYS 331 (E & M I)

3

ASTR 300A (Astr & Astrophys)

3

PHYS 320 (Optics)

3

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

 

15

Semester 6

PHYS 381 (Advanced Lab I)

2

PHYS 332 (E & M II)

3

PHYS 371 (Quantum I)

3

ASTR 300B (Astr & Astrophys)

3

Elective

3

 

14

Semester 7

PHYS 472 (Quantum II)

3

PHYS 426 (Thermo/Stat Mech)

3

ASTR 400A (Theor Astrophys)

3

ASTR 499 (Ind Study)

3

Elective

3

 

15

Semester 8

PHYS research elective

3

PHYS 382 (Advanced Lab II)

2

PHYS elective

3

ASTR 400B (Theor Astrophys)

3

Elective

3

 

14

Notes

  • Second-semester proficiency in a foreign language is required;.normally this is fulfilled with high school language.
  • The physics department recommends that its majors take Chem 151 and 152.
  • Care must be taken to meet the requirement for 42 units of upper-division credit.
  • Phys 381 and 382 and Astr 302 are writing-emphasis courses.
  • Use one of the Tier 2 GenEds to satisfy the diversity requirement.