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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics BS Four-Year Plan

First Year
CHEM 103 /CHEM 133  or CHEM 107 - General Chemistry For Life Sciences I      CISC 106 - General Computer Science for Engineers  
MATH 241 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus A   ENGL 110 - Seminar in Composition  
PHYS 169 - Perspectives on Physics and Astronomy   MATH 242 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus B  
PHYS 207 - Fundamentals of Physics I   PHYS 208 - Fundamentals of Physics II  
First Year Experience PHYS 311 - Aspects of Modern Physics  
Breadth Requirement (1/6)  
Credits: 17 Credits: 17
Second Year
MATH 243 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus C   MATH 302 - Ordinary Differential Equations  or MATH 342 - Differential Equations with Linear Algebra II  
MATH 349 - Elementary Linear Algebra   or  MATH 351 - Engineering Mathematics I   PHYS 309 - Physics of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries  
PHYS 211 - Oscillations and Waves   PHYS 313 - Physical Optics  
PHYS 310 - Introduction to Thermal Physics   Foreign Language or Computer Science Requirement (CISC 210  recommended) (1/3)
Breadth Requirement (2/6) Breadth Requirement (3/6)
Credits: 16 Credits: 16
Third Year
PHYS 424 - Quantum Mechanics I   PHYS 419 - Classical Mechanics I  
Foreign Language or Computer Science Requirement  (CISC 220  recommended) (2/3) PHYS 603 - Electricity and Magnetism I (3cr.)
Breadth Requirement (4/6) (Multicultural) Breadth Requirement (6/6)
Breadth Requirement (5/6) Free Elective (2/6)
Free Elective (1/6) Free Elective (3/6)
Credits: 15 Credits: 15
Fourth Year
PHYS 400-level Elective (1/4) PHYS 400-level Elective (3/4)(PHYS 460 - Computational Methods of Physics  recommended fulfills Second Writing Requirement)
PHYS 400-level Elective (2/4) (PHYS 468 - Introduction to Research  recommended fulfills DLE/Capstone) PHYS 400-level Elective (4/4)
Foreign Language or Computer Science Requirement (3/3) Free Elective (5/6)
Free Elective (4/6) Free Elective (6/6)
Credits: 14 Credits: 14
Total Credits: 124
     * Minimum C- required in all 200-level PHYS courses.
Disclaimer: Four-Year Plans are a Departmental suggestion of how a student could complete this degree in four years (eight semesters). Students may opt to take courses in the summer or winter sessions. These plans do not take into account additional requirements brought on by minors or other majors. A Four-Year Plan is subject to change from year-to-year given the resources and focuses of the Department.  It is the student’s responsibility to meet with his or her assigned advisor at least once a semester to monitor progress and ensure that he or she is on track to graduate on time. This document is intended as a supplemental advisement tool to be used in conjunction with in-person advisement and the UDSIS Degree Audit.  Students should direct any questions or concerns regarding degree progress to their advisor or Academic Assistant Dean.