Recommended Course Sequence for Students not Planning on Graduate School

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

MAT 121
MAT 122
PHY 161
PHY 162

PHY 263
PHY 302
PHY 303

CSC 140
MAT 221
MAT 236
PHY 300-level elective

PHY 312
PHY 300-level elective
PHY 300-level elective

Recommended Course Sequence for Students Preparing for Graduate School

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

MAT 121
MAT 122
PHY 161
PHY 162
CSC 140

MAT 221
MAT 236
PHY 263
PHY 302
PHY 303
PHY 305 (alt yrs)

CHE 323
MAT 234 (alt yrs)
PHY 305 (alt yrs)
PHY 300-level elective
PHY 300-level elective

CHE 324
MAT 234 (alt yrs)
PHY 312
PHY 300-level elective
PHY 300-level elective

Notes:

  • Because one aspect of physics builds upon another, physics courses are strongly hierarchal. Not only must a student take the General Physics sequence (161, 162, 263) before taking any of the upper-level courses, but such courses as Quantum Mechanics have additional 300-level prerequisites such as Modern Physics and Mechanics. Many physics courses also have specific mathematical prerequisites.