The Department of Physics offers a multi-track program of study leading to the B.S. degree, giving students the flexibility to choose a suitable set of courses to prepare for their career goals. A common core of courses in theoretical and experimental physics will lead to a broad understanding of the general principles of physics. The different tracks allow students to specialize, applying problem-solving techniques in a certain area of interest; this also enhances their qualifications for employment in that area after graduation.

After graduation our students are prepared to enter advanced study in physics, engineering, medicine, environmental sciences, astronomy, and other related disciplines. They are also prepared to begin careers in positions are varied as engineering physics, computational physics, and physics education. Undergraduate physics majors benefit from small class sizes, and are encouraged to be involved in individually designed senior projects working with a faculty advisor.

Physics majors are discouraged from taking courses as a transient student at a community college, except in situations where one semester of a two semester sequence has already been taken at the community college.


Governance team for the undergraduate Program

Department Chair: Dr. Eduardo Mucciolo (
Associate Chair for Academic Programs: Dr. Joshua Colwell ( For general inquiries about the undergraduate program activities.
Director of the Undergraduate Program: Dr. Elena Flitsiyan ( For questions specific to the undergraduate physics curriculum.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question, comment or suggestion.


Suggested Program of Study

Below is the Program of Study for the Physics B.S. and B.A. It is a recommended path of courses through the Physics Common Core Requisites.

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  • This is one of numerous possible plans of study. See program description for all requirements. Consult a departmental advisor, Dr. Elena Flitsiyan,
    for alternate, new or more appropriate selections.
  • Prior to enrolling in Chemistry, take Chemistry Placement Test:
  • Prior to enrolling in Math, take Math Placement Test:
  • Although all classes are listed during the academic year, you may be required to complete 9 hours of them during the summer. Consult with an advisor to determine if you are exempt.
Freshman Year – Fall – 14 hrs
MAC 2311C Calculus with Analytic GeometryI 4 hrs
CHM 2045C Chemistry Fundamentals I 4 hrs
GEP 3 hrs
GEP 3 hrs
Freshman Year – Spring – 15 hrs
PHY 2048C General Physics Using Calculus I 4 hrs
MAC 2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4 hrs
CHM 2046 Chemistry Fundamentals II 3 hrs
PHY 1931 Freshman Physics Seminar or 1 hr
CHM 2046L Chemistry Fundamentals Lab
Note: Lab may be taken later if seats are not available
1 hr
GEP 3 hrs
Sophomore Year – Fall – 17 hrs
PHY 2049C General Physics Using Calculus II 4 hrs
MAC 2313 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4 hrs
COP 3502C Computer Science I 3 hrs
GEP 3 hrs
GEP 3 hrs
Sophomore Year – Spring – 15 hrs
PHY 3101 General Physics Using Calculus III 3 hrs
PHZ 3113 Introduction to Theor Meth of Phys 3 hrs
MAP 2302 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3 hrs
GEP 3 hrs
GEP 3 hrs
Junior Year – Fall – 12 hrs
PHY 3802L Intermediate Physics Laboratory 3 hrs
PHY 3323 Electricity and Magnetism I 3 hrs
PHY 3513 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3 hrs
Restricted Elective 3 hrs
Junior Year – Spring – 15 hrs
PHY 3220 Mechanics I 3 hrs
PHY 4324 Electricity and Magnetism II 3 hrs
Restricted Elective 3 hrs
Restricted Elective 3 hrs
GEP 3 hrs
Senior Year – Fall – 15 hrs
PHY 4604 Wave Mechanics I 3 hrs
PHY 4912 Independent Research 3 hrs
Restricted Elective 3 hrs
Restricted Elective 3 hrs
Free Elective 3 hrs
Senior Year – Spring – 14 hrs
PHY 4605 Wave Mechanics II 3 hrs
Restricted Elective 3 hrs
GEP 3 hrs
Free Elective 3 hrs
Free Elective 3 hrs
Physics Exit Test

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