This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide a first-year student through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between a student and his/her academic adviser. In consultation, the student and adviser will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Physics

Year 1

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP)3
MAT251 Calculus I4
CHE201 General Chemistry I (NSCI)3
CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab1
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM)3
Total14
CourseCredits
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP)3
MAT252 Calculus II4
CHE202 General Chemistry II (NSCI)3
CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab1
PHY201 General Physics 1 (NSCI)3
PHY211 Physics 1 Laboratory1
Total15

Year 2

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
MAT341 Applied Mathematics I3
MAT353 Calculus III4
PHY202 General Physics 2 (NSCI)3
PHY212 General Physics 2 Lab1
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG)3
Total14
CourseCredits
MAT342 Applied Mathematics II3
PHY306 Mechanics I (see Note 1)3
PHY308 Modern Physics I (see Note 1)3
PHY310 Modern Physics Laboratory1
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG)3
Gen Ed: Diversity (DIVR)3
Total16

Year 3

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
PHY307 Mechanics 23
PHY331 Quantum Physics3
CPS210 Computer Science I (see Note 2)4
Gen Ed: Social Sciences (SSCI)3
Gen Ed: United States Studies (USST)3
Total16
CourseCredits
PHY322 Optics3
PHY309 Modern Physics II3
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG)3
Gen Ed: Western Civilization (WEST)3
Gen Ed: The Arts (ART)3
Total15

Year 4

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
PHY305 Computational Physics3
PHY313 Electricity & Magnetism (see Note 3)3
Gen Ed: World Civilizations and Cultures (WRLD)3
Gen Ed: Writing Intensive (WI)3
Elective3
Total15
CourseCredits
PHY4913-6
PHY422 Thermal Physics3
Elective4
Elective3
Elective3
Total16-19

Notes

PHY306 Mechanics I and PHY308 Modern Physics I are offered only in the spring.

CPS210 Computer Science I is suggested for students who have no programming experience.

PHY313 Electricity & Magnetism is offered every third semester.

Total Credits: 121-124