PHYSICS - GRADUATE SCHOOL PREP CONCENTRATION - SAMPLE 4 YEAR PLAN (2017-2018 USA Bulletin)

PHYSICS - GRADUATE SCHOOL PREP CONCENTRATION - SAMPLE 4 YEAR PLAN (2017-2018 USA Bulletin)

Fall - Year 1      
Course Course Description Pre-requisite Credit Hours
CAS 100 First Year Experience - College Success   2
EH 101* English Composition I   3
MA 125 Calculus I ACT Math 27 4
CH 131/131L General Chemistry I with Lab ACT Math 24 4
PH 107 Contemporary Topics in Physics   1
      Total: 14
Spring - Year 1      
Course Course Description Pre-requisite Credit Hours
EH 102 or Honors English Composition II EH 101 or test  score  3
MA 126 Calculus II MA 125 4
CH 132/132L General Chemistry II with Lab   4
PH 201/201L Calculus-Based Physics I MA 125 and EH 101 4
      Total: 15
Fall - Year 2      
Course Course Description Pre-requisite Credit Hours
History US or Western Civilization   3
MA 227 Calculus III MA 126 4
PH 202/202L Calculus-Based Physics II PH 201 and MA 126 4
CIS 210 or CIS 227 Introduction to C++ Programming or Numerical Computation I   3
      Total: 14
Spring- Year 2      
Course Course Description Pre-requisite Credit Hours
English Literature   EH 102 or Honors 3
Fine Arts Elective     3
CA 110 Public Speaking   3
MA 238 Differential Equations I MA 227 3
PH 303/303L Modern Physics and Lab PH 202 4
      Total: 16

 

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Fall - Year 3      
Course Course Description Pre-requisite Credit Hours
Social/Behavioral Elective**     3
PH 385/385L Experimental Physics with Lab (W) PH 303 3
Humanities Elective**     3
PH 366 Physical Mechanics I MA 227 and PH 202 3
Physics Elective PH 301, 311, 346, 354, 390, or 494   3
      Total: 15
Spring - Year 3      
Course Course Description Pre-requisite Credit Hours
PH 411 Computational Methods in Physics MA 238, CIS 210, and PH 303 3
PH 367 Physical Mechanics II PH 366 3
Social/Behavioral Elective     3
Humanities Elective     3
Elective     4
      Total: 16
Fall - Year 4      
Course Course Description Pre-requisite Credit Hours
PH 348 Electricity and Magnetism I MA 227 and PH 202 3
PH 448 Elementary Quantum Mechanics I MA 238 and PH 303 3
Physics Elective PH 301, 311, 346, 354, 390, 494, or 499   3
Social/Behavioral Elective     3
Foreign Language I     3
      Total: 15
Spring- Year 4      
Course Course Description Pre-requisite Credit Hours
PH 463 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics MA 227 and PH 202 3
PH 449 Elementary Quantum Mechanics II PH 448 3
PH 349 Electrical and Magnetism II PH 348 3
Foreign Language II     3
Elective     3
      Total: 15

 

Total degree hours: 120

All italicized courses meet general education requirements.
*Students who earn an English ACT score of 27 or an SAT Reading score of 550 can opt out of EH 101.
** Must have one history elective and one literature elective. In addition, students must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence.


All Arts and Sciences majors require a minor between 18 and 24 hours. 

Two designated writing (W) courses are required with at least one course chosen from offerings in the student's major or minor. Courses carrying this required credit are identified in the University Bulletin by a (W) after the course title.

The Sample 4-year plan is designed as a guide for students preparing for their course selections. This information provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made in consultation with an advisor.  

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