Physics Major (B.A.)

Core Requirements 1
COR 100First Year Seminars: Transitions3
WRT 101Critical Writing3
PHL 110Introduction to Philosophy3
HST 110World Civilization I3
HST 111World Civilization II3
ENG 210Major Authors3
PHL 210Moral Philosophy3
Theology3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language6
ENG 310Literature and Culture3
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Natural Science3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies3
Religion3
COR 400Senior Studies: Transformations3
VPA Visual & Performing Arts3
DIV Diversity0
Major Requirements
Select one of the following sequences:6
General Physics Scientists/Engineers I
and General Physics Scientists/Engineers II (preferred)
Non-Calculus General Physics I
and Non-Calculus General Physics II
PHY 103General Physics Laboratory1
PHY 104General Physics Laboratory1
PHY 201Fields and Waves3
PHY 203Foundations of Modern Physics3
PHY 231Experimental Foundations Modern Physics1
PHY 303Classical Electromagnetic Theory I3
PHY 307Quantum Mechanics I3
PHY 321Analytical Mechanics I3
PHY 331Atomic & Nuclear Physics Laboratory1
PHY 476Physics Capstone3
Major Support Requirements
MTH 145Calculus I4
MTH 146Calculus II4
MTH 245Calculus III4
Electives
PHY Electives6
Technical Electives 29
Free Electives21
Total Credit Hours125
1

Some Core requirements may be fulfilled by major requirements.

2

See Technical Electives list below.

Technical Electives

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

BSC 105Exercise Physiology3
CHM 151Chemical Principles I3
CHM 152Chemical Principles II3
CHM 327Physical Chemistry I3
CHM 328Physical Chemistry II3
CHM 331Physical Chemistry Laboratory1
CHM 332Physical Chemistry II Laboratory1
CSC 175Introduction to Algorithms and Program Design4
ENG 397Writing Nonfiction:3
MTH 261Linear Algebra3
MTH 312Mathematical Statistics3
MTH 332Real Analysis4
MTH 303Differential Equations and Mathematical Modeling3
MTH 341Abstract Algebra3
MTH 361Modern Geometry3
MTH 421Numerical Methods3
MTH 481Topology3
ESS 205Physical Geology4
PHL 362Theory of Knowledge3
MTH 335Intro to Complex Variables3
CSC 241Transition to Java1
CSC 281Discrete Mathematics3
PHL 311Introduction to Formal Logic3
PHL 369The Experience of Time3
PHL 364Philosophy of Science3
PHL 352Critical Theory & Technological Society3
PHS 120Astronomy3
PHS 128Cosmology:Sci of Phys Universe3
PHS 275Photography and Photometry3
PSC 340Science, Technology, & the Good Society3
REL 318Religion and Science3
PHY 3XX/4XXUpper-level physics electives

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

Typical Program for Physics Major B.A. 

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hour
HST 110 World Civilization I 3
MTH 145 Calculus I 4
PHY 103 General Physics Laboratory 1
PHY 105 General Physics Scientists/Engineers I 3
COR 100 First Year Seminars: Transitions 3
WRT 101 Critical Writing 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
HST 111 World Civilization II 3
MTH 146 Calculus II 4
PHY 104 General Physics Laboratory 1
PHY 106 General Physics Scientists/Engineers II 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore Year
First Semester
MTH 245 Calculus III 4
PHY 201 Fields and Waves 3
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy 3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENG 210 Major Authors 3
PHY 203 Foundations of Modern Physics 3
PHY 231 Experimental Foundations Modern Physics 1
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
First Semester
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies 3
PHY 307 Quantum Mechanics I 3
PHY 331 Atomic & Nuclear Physics Laboratory 1
ENG 310 Literature and Culture 3
Elective 4
Technical Elective 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
PHY Elective 3
Theology 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
First Semester
PHY 476 Physics Capstone 3
PHY 303 Classical Electromagnetic Theory I 3
Elective 3
Religion 3
VPA Visual & Performing Arts 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
PHY 321 Analytical Mechanics I 3
Elective 3
Social Science 3
COR 400 Senior Studies: Transformations 3
PHY Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours125

Most PHY 300- and PHY 400-level courses, except PHY 311 Electronics I, PHY 331 Atomic & Nuclear Physics Laboratory, PHY 431 Advanced Physics Laboratory, and PHY 476 Physics Capstone, are offered in alternate years, so students graduating in odd-numbered years follow a program in which the third and fourth years of PHY courses are interchanged.

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

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hour
WRT 101 Critical Writing 3
HST 110 World Civilization I 3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
MTH 145 Calculus I 4
PHY 103 General Physics Laboratory 1
PHY 105 General Physics Scientists/Engineers I 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
HST 111 World Civilization II 3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
MTH 146 Calculus II 4
PHY 104 General Physics Laboratory 1
PHY 106 General Physics Scientists/Engineers II 3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore Year
First Semester
Theology 3
MTH 245 Calculus III 4
PHY 201 Fields and Waves 3
ENG 210 Major Authors 3
Technical Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy 3
PHY 203 Foundations of Modern Physics 3
PHY 231 Experimental Foundations Modern Physics 1
PHY 321 Analytical Mechanics I 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours13
Junior Year
First Semester
Religion 3
Technical Elective 3
PHY 331 Atomic & Nuclear Physics Laboratory 1
PHY 307 Quantum Mechanics I 3
CHM 327
CHM 331
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory (or Elective)
4
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
Select one of the following: 3
PHL 301
 
PHL 302
 
PHL 303
 
ENG 310 Literature and Culture 3
PHY Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
CHM 328
CHM 332
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry II Laboratory (or Elective)
4
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
First Semester
COR 400 Senior Studies: Transformations 3
PHY 476 Physics Capstone 3
PHY 303 Classical Electromagnetic Theory I 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
EDG 505 Found Hum Dev & Lrn in Cultural Contexts 3
EDG 515 Introduction to Special Edu Perspective 3
EDG 530 Multicultur Literacy Methods - Secondary 3
EDG 545 Plan,Assessing,Managing Inclus Classrm 3
PHY Elective  
 Credit Hours12
Intersession
EDG 500 Inquiry Into Foundations of Education 3
 Credit Hours3
Fifth Year
First Semester
EDG 550 Teach/Adapt Curric Content Specialists 3
EDG 565 Home,School and Community Collaboration 3
EDG 570 Adolescent Strategies and Technology 4
Science Technology Lab 1
EDG 580 Pedagogical Content Knowledge 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
EDG 654 Superv Preservice Teaching Grades 7-9 4.5
EDG 656 Superv Preservice Teaching Grades 10-12 4.5
 Credit Hours9
Intersession
EDG 695 Graduate Research Seminar 3
EDG 560 Literacy Development Across Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours149

Most PHY 300- and PHY 400-level courses, except PHY 311 Electronics IPHY 331 Atomic & Nuclear Physics LaboratoryPHY 431 Advanced Physics Laboratory, and PHY 476 Physics Capstone, are offered in alternate years, so students graduating in odd-numbered years follow a program in which the third and fourth years of PHY courses are interchanged.