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Major: CSC 140 (Foundations of Computer Science), MAT 120 (Calculus of a Single Variable Part II) or 121 (Calculus of a Single Variable), and 122 (Calculus of Several Variables); PHY 111, 112, 114, 302, 303, 312; and either (A) four additional course credits in Physics at or above the 200 level, for a minimum of 13 courses; or (B) MAT 221 (Linear Algebra), 236 (Differential Equations), and three additional course credits in Physics at or above the 300 level, for a minimum of 14 courses. Students planning for graduate work in Physics should elect option (B) and include PHY 305 and at least two courses selected from PHY 321, 322, and 334. Students planning for graduate work are also strongly encouraged to take MAT 234 (Complex Variables), and CHE 323 and 324 (Physical Chemistry I and II).
Teaching Major: Option (A) and suggested work in Biology, Chemistry, and Geology. Students with other majors who intend to ask for certification in Physics as a second field are required to complete only MAT 120 (Calculus of a Single Variable Part II) or 121 (Calculus of a Single Variable), and PHY 111, 112, 114, and 303. In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete coursework leading to secondary certification described under Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.
The Physics curriculum facilitates a wide range of interests from professional to cultural; graduate work in physics, astronomy, geophysics, medicine, meteorology, environmental engineering, business administration, law, health physics, and computer science. B.S.S. candidates and students contemplating an individualized major in the physical sciences are invited to discuss possible curricula with the Department.
101. Introductory Physics I
111. General Physics I
114. Laboratory Physics
120. Conceptual Physics
125. Science through Film and Fiction
223. Acoustics, Music, and Audio Systems
228. Energy and the Environment
303. Modern Physics
312. Advanced Experimental Physics
334. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
355 through 359. Advanced Topics in Physics
501. Advanced Laboratory (1/4)
511. Extended Research in Physics (1/4)
512. Reading and Conversation in Physics (1/4)