Majoring & Minoring

For complete information about majoring and minoring, see the online catalog.

Programs and Requirements

The Department of Physics offers a complete program for students planning careers in physics or engineering, including a thorough preparation for graduate school or for professional engineering school.

The program is also well suited for those who plan careers in science education or in the health sciences. Special courses for students not planning a science career introduce them to the basic concepts underlying modern scientific thought.

The physics curriculum is highly sequential; all students contemplating the major should seek the advice of a physics faculty member as soon as possible. Transfer students and those who declare the major after the first year should consult the department chair for guidance. Upon consultation with faculty, the complete course program for a physics major can be adapted to match the goals of each student.