Department of Physics & Astronomy

Courses for Physics Majors

Upper-level Undergraduate courses for Physics Majors & Minors (in addition to standard courses)

  • PHY 251 - Intermediate Physics Lab [4 hours, 2 credits]
  • PHY 300 - Modern Physics [4 hours, 4 credits]
  • PHY 301 - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism [4 hours, 4 credits]
  • PHY 302 - Intermediate Mechanics [4 hours, 4 credits]
  • PHY 303 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [4 hours, 4 credits]
  • PHY 304 - Optics [3 hours, 3 credits]
  • PHY 306 - Astrophysics [3 hours, 3 credits]
  • PHY 307 - Mathematical Physics [4 hours, 4 credits]
  • PHY 400 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics [4 hours, 4 credits]
  • PHY 489 - Honours Course (Independent study)  [6 or 9 hours, 2 or 3 credits (maximum 6 credits) ]

Suggested 4-year plan for Physics Majors

Fall

Spring

Year  1
MAT 172 (Precalculus) or MAT 175 MAT 175 (Calculus I) or MAT 176
Year 2
MAT 176 (Calculus II) or MAT 226 MAT 226 (Calculus III)
PHY 168* (Physics I) PHY 169* (Physics II)
Year 3
PHY 300 (Modern Physics) PHY 251 (Interm. Physics Lab)
PHY  301 (Interm. E+M) Physics elective (300 level or above)**
Math elective *** Math elective ***
Year 4
PHY 302 (Interm. Mechanics) PHY 307 (Mathematical Physics)
PHY 303 (Thermo and Stat. Mech.) PHY 400 (Quantum Mechanics)
PHY 489 (Independent Study) PHY 489 (Independent Study)

* PHY 168 and PHY 169 can be substituted by PHY 166 and PHY 167 with departmental permission.

** Regularly offered options include PHY 304 (Optics) and PHY 306 (Astrophysics).

*** MAT 313 (Linear Algebra) or MAT 323 (Differential Equations) are recommended.

1. The sequence of physics courses in year three and four may change depending on the particular academic year.

2. Students who wish to pursue a physics major should contact their physics adviser or chair for planning out a course schedule.

Last modified: Jan 16, 2014

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