Four year plan for a student starting with physics first semester

This is a proposed sequence of courses. Each student will need to modify the schedule to fit his or her needs.

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

MATH 223 (Vector Calc)

4

ENGL 102

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

PHYS105A (Intro Computing)

1

 

18

Semester 3

PHYS 261H (Intro E&M)

4

MATH 254 (Diff Eqns

3

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

 

16

Semester 4

PHYS 263H (Modern Physics)

3

PHYS 321 (Theor Mech I)

3

PHYS 204 (Math Meth)

3

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

Elective

3

 

15

Semester 5

PHYS 305 (Comput Phys)

3

PHYS 331 (Intermed E & M I)

3

PHYS 381 (Advanced Lab I)

2

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

Elective

3

 

14

Semester 6

PHYS 332 (Intermed E & M II)

3

PHYS 382 (Advanced Lab II)

2

PHYS 371 (Quantum Theory I)

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

 

14

Semester 7

PHYS 472 (Quantum Theory II)

3

PHYS 426 (Thermo/Stat Mech)

3

PHYS research elective

3

PHYS elective

3

Elective

3

 

15

Semester 8

PHYS elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

 

15

Notes

  • Use one of the Tier 2 Gen Eds to satisfy the diversity requirement.
  • 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 Chem 152.
  • 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.
  • Phys 381 and 382 are writing-emphasis courses.