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Physics

See program guides for physics and engineering

Physics Major B.A.

Core Requirements (click here)

Hours

Major Requirements

 

PHY 105-106 General Physics for Scientists and Engineers I & II (preferred) or
PHY 101-102 Non-Calculus General Physics I & II

6

PHY 103-104 Gen. Physics Lab I & II

2

PHY 201 Fields and Waves

3

PHY 203 Foundations of Modern Physics  

3

PHY 231 Experimental Foundations of Modern Physics

1

PHY 303 Electricity & Magnetism I 

3

PHY 307 Quantum Mechanics I 

3

PHY 321 Analytical Mechanics I    

3

PHY 331 Intermediate Physics Lab  

1

PHY 200-499 Major Electives       

6

PHY/OTHER Technical Electives*

9

PHY 476 Physics Capstone

3

Major Support

 

MTH 145-146 Calculus I & II

4/4

MTH 245 Calculus III

4

Electives

 

PHY 200-499 Major Electives

6

PHY/OTHER Technical Electives*

9

Free Electives

26

 

Physics Major B.A., M.S.T.

Please email the department chair. 

Physics Major B.S.

Core Requirements (click here)

Hours

Major Requirements

 

PHY 105-106 General Physics for Scientists and Engineers I & II (preferred) or

PHY 101-102 Non-Calculus General Physics I & II

6

 

PHY 103-104 General Physics Lab I & II

2

PHY 201 Fields and Waves

3

PHY 203 Foundations of Modern Physics  

3

PHY 231 Experimental Foundations of Modern Physics

1

PHY 303 Electricity & Magnetism I 

3

PHY 307 Quantum Mechanics I 

3

PHY 308 Quantum Mechanics II

3

PHY 311 Analog Electronics

4

PHY 321 Analytical Mechanics I    

3

PHY 331 Intermediate Physics Lab  

1

PHY 333 Computational Physics 

3

PHY 405 Statistical Physics  

3

PHY 431 Advanced Physics Lab or PHY 441 Research Project

1-3

PHY 200-499 Major Electives

6

PHY/OTHER Technical Electives*

3

PHY 476 Physics Capstone

3

Major Support

 

MTH 145-146 Calculus I & II

4/4

MTH 245 Calculus III    

4

MTH 303 Differential Equations    

3

CHM 151 Chemical Principles   

4

Electives

 

PHY 200-499 Major Electives

6

PHY/OTHER Technical Electives*

3

Free electives

11

 

* Technical Electives

NOTE: Courses on this list required for a degree will not count twice as an elective.

Course                                                                                       Hours

BIO 105 Exercise Physiology                                                    3
CHM 151-152 Chemical Principles I [B.A. only] & II                 4/4
CHM 327-328 Physical Chemistry I & II                                    3/3
CHM 331-332 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I & II                 1/1
CSC 171 Introduction to Algorithms and Program Development     4
CSC 172 Introduction to Algorithm Analysis and Data Structures  4
CSC 253 Programming with Java                                              3
ECO 330 Mathematical Economics                                          3
ENG 397 Writing Nonfiction: Science and Nature                    3
ENG 422 Literature and Science                                               3
MTH 261 Linear Algebra                                                           3
MTH 312 Mathematical Statistics                                             3
MTH 303 Differential Equations [B.A. only]                               3
MTH 332 Real Analysis                                                             4
MTH 341 Abstract Algebra                                                        3
MTH 361 Modern Geometry                                                      3
MTH 421 Numerical Analysis                                                    3
MTH 431 Introduction to Complex Analysis                              3
MTH 481 Topology                                                                     3
NSS 205 Physical Geology                                                        4
PHL 312 Symbolic Logic                                                           3
PHL 362 Theory of Knowledge                                                   3
PHL 364 Philosophy of Science                                                3
PSC 340 Science, Technology and Society                              3
PHL 352 Critical Theory and Technological Society                3
REL 318 Religion and Science                                                  3
PHS 120 Astronomy [B.A. only]                                                  3
PHS 122 Introduction to Geology [B.A. only]                             3
PHS 128 Cosmology: The Science of the Physical Universe [B.A. only]         3
PHS 275 Photography and Photometry [B.A. only]                    3
PHY 3XX/4XX Upper-level physics electives                            (1-4)

Other courses not on the above list may also be approved as technical electives by the program director. For students in the bachelors-masters engineering program with Syracuse University, many engineering courses at Syracuse University will qualify.

 

Physics Minor

Required courses for a minor in physics include:
PHY 105-106 (preferred) or PHY 101-102
PHY 103-104
MTH 145-146
PHY 201
PHY 203
PHY 231

For a total of nine courses with 24 credit hours.

Typical Program for Physics B.A.

The following program would be followed by students who, for various reasons, delay General Physics I & II until the sophomore year. Others begin in the freshman year as described in the typical program for the Physics B.S.

First Semester

Hours

Second Semester

Hours

Freshman Year  

 

 

 

 

 

ENG 102               

3     

 

PHL 101         

3

 

HST 101/103         

3      

 

HST 102/104            

3

 

MTH 145

4      

 

MTH 146      

4

 

PHY 105            

3      

 

PHY 106

3

 

AVS 101 (not applicable to transfer students)

1

 

PHY 104

1

Sophomore Year

 

 

 

 

 

REL 200                 

3

 

PHL 201

3

 

MTH 245

4

 

ENG 200             

3

 

PHY 201       

3

 

PHY 203  

3

 

Elective                 

3  

 

PHY 231            

1

 

Elective                 

3

 

Technical Elective            

3

 

 

 

 

Elective

3

Junior Year

 

 

 

 

 

REL 300-399

3  

 

PHL 301-303            

 3

 

Social Science

3

 

ENG 300           

 3

 

PHY 307

3

 

Technical Elective

 3

 

PHY Elective

 

Technical Elective            

 3

 

Technical Elective             

3    

 

Elective       

3

Senior Year

 

 

 

 

 

ENG/HST Seminar

3      

 

PHL/REL Seminar

 3

 

PHY 476

3   

 

PHY 321          

 3

 

PHY 303

3

 

Elective          

 1

 

Elective

3     

 

PHY Elective           

 3

 

Elective

2

 

Elective           

 3

 

Physics B.A.: Pre-Medical Course of Study

Within this course of study it is possible to fulfill the requirements for minor in both biology and chemistry.

Typical Program for Physics B.A.: Pre-Medical Course of Study 

First Semester

Hours

Second Semester

Hours

Freshman Year

 

 

 

 

 

ENG 102                  

3   

 

PHL 101             

3

 

HST 101/103

3

 

HST 102/104             

3

 

MTH 145            

4     

 

MTH 146        

4

 

CHM 151                 

4   

 

CHM 152             

4

 

PHY 105                 

3     

 

PHY 106             

3

 

PHY 103                 

 

PHY 104

1

 

AVS 101 (not applicable to transfer students)

 

 

 

Sophomore Year

 

 

 

 

 

REL 200                 

3    

 

PHL 201             

3

 

MTH 245                 

 

ENG 200             

3

 

CHM 223                

4

 

CHM 224             

4

 

PHY 201                 

3   

 

PHY 203             

3

 

BIO 191

3

 

PHY 231

1

 

 

 

 

BIO 192

3

Junior Year

 

 

 

 

 

REL 300-399                  

3     

 

PHL 301-303             

3

 

Social Science                 

3     

 

ENG 300            

3

 

BIO 218*/Elective                

4

 

Elective

3

 

PHY 307

3

 

Elective

3

 

PHY 331          

3

 

 

 

Senior Year

 

 

 

 

 

ENG/HST Seminar              

3

 

PHL/REL Seminar         

3

 

PHY 303                 

 

PHY 321            

3

 

PHY 476              

3    

 

CHM 461/Elective       

3

 

CHM 460*/Elective                

4/3

 

BIO225/Elective**       

3

 *BIO 218 may be replaced by an elective unless seeking a minor in biology.
**Either BIO 225 or CHM 460 (biochemistry), when taken with BIO 218, meet the requirements for a minor in biology.
***CHM 462 Biochemistry lab is not required for CHM 460 Biochemistry.

 

Typical Program for Physics B.S.

First Semester

Hours

Second Semester

Hours

Freshman Year

 

 

 

 

 

ENG 102                

3  

 

PHL 101

3

 

HST 101/103

3

 

HST 102/104             

3

 

MTH 145

4

 

MTH 146

4

 

PHY 105

3

 

PHY 106

3

 

PHY 103

1

 

PHY 104

1

 

AVS 101 (not applicable to transfer students)

1

 

 

 

Sophomore Year

 

 

 

 

 

REL 200

3

 

PHL 201             

3

 

Technical Elective

3

 

ENG 200             

3

 

PHY 201

3

 

PHY 203            

3

 

MTH 245

4

 

PHY 231             

1

 

Elective

3

 

PHY 321             

3

        MTH 303 3

Junior Year

 

 

 

 

 

REL 300-399

3  

 

PHL 301-303            

3

 

PHY 307

3  

 

ENG 300          

3

 

PHY 331

1  

 

PHY 308        

3

 

CHM 151

4  

 

PHY 311              

4

 

Social Science

3   

 

PHY 333

3   

 

Elective

3

 

 

 

Senior Year

 

 

 

 

 

ENG/HST Seminar

3

 

PHL/REL Seminar

3

 

PHY 303

3

 

PHY 405

3

 

PHY 431/441

1/3

 

Elective

3

 

PHY 476  

3

 

Elective

3

 

Elective     

3

 

Elective

2

  

Typical Program for Physics B.A., M.S.T.

First Semester

Hours

Second Semester

Hours

Freshman Year

 

 

 

 

 

ENG 102

3

 

PHL 101

3

 

HST 101/103

3

 

HST 102/104

3

 

Foreign Lang. I

3

 

Foreign Lang. II

3

 

MTH 145

4

 

MTH 146

4

 

PHY 105

3

 

PHY 106

3

 

AVS 101 (not applicable to transfer students)

1

 

PHY 104

1

Sophomore Year

 

 

 

 

 

REL 200

3

 

PHL 201

3

 

MTH 245

3

 

PHY 203

3

 

PHY 201

3

 

PHY 231

1

 

ENG 200

3

 

PHY 321

3

 

Technical Elective

3

 

Elective

3

 

Junior Year

 

 

 

 

 

REL 300-399

3

 

PHL 301-303

3

 

PHY 303

3

 

ENG 300

3

 

PHY 331

1

 

PHY 307

3

 

PHY Elective

3

 

Technical Elective

3

 

Opt: Elective/CHM 327/331

3/4

 

Opt: Elective/CHM 328/332

3/4

Senior Year

 

 

ENG/HST seminar

3

 

EDG 505

3

 

PHL/REL seminar

3

 

EDG 515

3

 

PHY 476

3

 

EDG 530

3

 

Technical Elective

3

 

EDG 545

3

 

Elective

3

 

 

 

 Post Graduate

Summer 1

Hours

Summer II

Hours

 

 

EDG 500

3

 

EDG 695

3

 

 

 

 

EDG 560

3

First Semester

Hours

Second Semester

Hours

 

 

EDG 550

3

 

EDG 654

6

 

 

EDG 565

3

 

EDG 656

6

 

 

EDG 570

3

 

 

 

 

 

Science Technology Lab

1

 

 

 

 

 

EDG 580

3

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

Physics-based Engineering Concentrations

 

Physics with Concentration in Pre-Engineering (Civil with Structural focus)

Physics with Concentration in Pre-Engineering (Civil with Geotechnical focus)

Physics with Concentration in Pre-Engineering (Electrical)

Physics with Concentration in Pre-Engineering (Environmental)

Physics with Concentration in Pre-Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace)

 

 

Typical Program for B.S. in Physics with Concentration in Pre-Engineering: Civil with Structural focus

First Semester

Hours

Second Semester

Hours

Freshman Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 103*

1

 

PHY 104*

1

 

PHY 105*

3

 

PHY 106*

3

 

MTH 145*

4

 

MTH 146*

4

 

ENG 102

3

 

PHL 101

3

 

HST 101/103

3

 

HST 102/104

3

 

AVS 101 (not applicable to transfer students)

1

 

 

ENG 200

3

Sophomore Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 201

3

 

PHY 203

3

 

PHY 215*

3

 

PHY 231

1

 

MTH 245*

4

 

PHY 311

4

 

REL 200

3

 

MTH 303*

3

 

 

 

 

PHL 201

3

 

 

 

 

ECS 325**

4

Junior Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 303

3

 

PHY 321*

3

 

PHY 331

1

 

PHY 307

3

 

PHY 333

3

 

PHL 301-303

3

 

CHM 151*

3

 

ENG 300

3

 

CHM 151L*

1

 

CIE 332**

3

 

REL 300-399

3

 

 

 

 

CIE 331**

3

 

 

 

Senior Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 308

3

 

PHY 401*

3

 

PHY 431/441

1

 

PHY 405*

3

 

PHY 476

3

 

ENG/HST Seminar

3

 

Social Science

3

 

PHL/REL Seminar

3

 

CIE 337**

4

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Program for B.S. in Physics with Concentration in Pre-Engineering: Geotechnical focus

First Semester

Hours

Second Semester

Hours

Freshman Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 103*

1

 

PHY 104*

1

 

PHY 105*

3

 

PHY 106*

3

 

MTH 145*

4

 

MTH 146*

4

 

ENG 102

3

 

PHL 101

3

 

HST 101/103

3

 

HST 102/104

3

 

AVS 101 (not applicable to transfer students)

1

 

 

ENG 200

 

3

 

Sophomore Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 201

3

 

PHY 203

3

 

PHY 215*

3

 

PHY 231

1

 

MTH 245*

4

 

PHY 311

4

 

REL 200

3

 

MTH 303*

3

 

 

 

 

PHL 201

3

 

 

 

 

ECS 325**

4

Junior Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 303

3

 

PHY 321*

3

 

PHY 331

1

 

PHY 307

3

 

PHY 333

3

 

PHL 301-303

3

 

CHM 151*

3

 

ENG 300

3

 

CHM 151L*

1

 

CIE 338**

3

 

REL 300-399

3

 

 

 

 

CIE 337**

4

 

 

 

Senior Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 308

3

 

PHY 401*

3

 

PHY 431/441

1

 

PHY 405*

3

 

PHY 476

3

 

ENG/HST Seminar

3

 

Social Science

3

 

PHL/REL Seminar

3

 

MAE 341/CIE

4

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Program for B.S. in Physics with Concentration in Pre-Engineering: Electrical focus

First Semester

Hours

Second Semester

Hours

Freshman Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 103*

1

 

PHY 104*

1

 

PHY 105*

3

 

PHY 106*

3

 

MTH 145*

4

 

MTH 146*

4

 

ENG 102

3

 

PHL 101

3

 

HST 101/103

3

 

HST 102/104

3

 

AVS 101 (not applicable to transfer students)

1

 

ENG 200

 

3

 

Sophomore Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 201

3

 

PHY 203

3

 

MTH 111*

4

 

PHY 231

1

 

MTH 245*

4

 

MTH 303*

3

 

REL 200

3

 

PHL 201

3

 

ELE 231**

3

 

ELE 232**

3

 

ELE 291**

1

 

ELE 292**

1

Junior Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 303*

3

 

PHY 321

3

 

PHY 331

1

 

PHY 307

3

 

PHY 333

3

 

PHL 301-303

3

 

MTH 311*

3

 

Social Science

3

 

ENG 300

3

 

CIE 333**

3

 

ELE 331**

3

 

ELE 346**

3

Senior Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 308

3

 

PHY 401*

3

 

PHY 431/441

1

 

PHY 405

3

 

PHY 476

3

 

ENG/HST Seminar

3

 

CHM 151**

3

 

PHL/REL Seminar

3

 

CHM 151L**

1

 

ELE 352**

3

 

REL 300-399

3

 

 

 

 

ELE 351**

3

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Program for B.S. in Physics with Concentration in Pre-Engineering: Environmental focus

First Semester

Hours

Second Semester

Hours

Freshman Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 103*

1

 

PHY 104*

1

 

PHY 105*

3

 

PHY 106*

3

 

MTH 145*

4

 

MTH 146*

4

 

ENG 102

3

 

PHL 101

3

 

HST 101/103

3

 

HST 102/104

3

 

AVS 101 (not applicable to transfer students)

1

 

ENG 200

 

3

 

Sophomore Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 201

3

 

PHY 203

3

 

MTH 245*

4

 

PHY 231

1

 

CHM 151*

3

 

PHY 311

4

 

CHM 151L*

1

 

MTH 303*

3

 

REL 200

3

 

CHM 152

3

 

 

 

 

CHM 152L*

1

 

 

 

 

PHL 201

3

Junior Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 303

3

 

PHY 321

3

 

PHY 331

1

 

PHY 307

3

 

PHY 333

3

 

PHL 301-303

3

 

CIE 341**

3

 

ENG 300

3

 

MAE 341/CIE

4

 

CIE 352**

4

Senior Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 308

3

 

PHY 401*

3

 

PHY 431/441

1

 

PHY 405*

3

 

PHY 476

3

 

ENG/HST Seminar

3

 

REL 300-399

3

 

PHL/REL Seminar

3

 

Social Science

3

 

 

 

 

ELE 442**

4

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Program for B.S. in Physics with Concentration in Pre-Engineering: Mechanical and Aerospace focus

First Semester

Hours

Second Semester

Hours

Freshman Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 103*

1

 

PHY 104*

1

 

PHY 105*

3

 

PHY 106*

3

 

MTH 145*

4

 

MTH 146*

4

 

ENG 102

3

 

PHL 101

3

 

HST 101/103

3

 

HST 102/104

3

 

REL 200

3

 

ENG 200

3

 

AVS 101 (not applicable to transfer students)

1

 

 

 

Sophomore Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 201

3

 

PHY 203

3

 

PHY 215*

3

 

PHY 231

1

 

MTH 245*

4

 

PHY 321*

3

 

MTH 261*

3

 

PHL 311*

4

 

Social Science

3

 

MTH 303*

3

 

 

 

 

ECS 326**

4

Junior Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 303

3

 

PHY 307

3

 

PHY 331

1

 

PHY 201

3

 

PHY 333*

3

 

REL 300-399

3

 

MTH 311*

3

 

PHL 301-303

3

 

ENG 300

3

 

MAE 321**

3

 

ECS 326**

3

 

 

 

Senior Year

 

 

 

 

 

PHY 308

3

 

PHY 405*

3

 

PHY 431/441

1

 

ENG/HST Seminar

3

 

PHY 476

3

 

PHL/REL Seminar

3

 

CHM 151**

3

 

ELE 512*

3

 

CHM 151L**

1

 

 

 

 

MAE 315**

1

 

 

 

 

MAE 341**

4

 

 

 

 

 


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