Major Requirements

Below you can find descriptions of the requirements for the Majors in Physics, Biophysics, and Astronomy and Astrophysics. More details on these programs and requirements, and the courses offered for these programs, can be found in the University Bulletin.


BA in Physics

This program offers the opportunity to gain an understanding of physics while allowing the student plenty of flexibility to combine the program with another course of study. For example, a student interested in science reporting might combine a major in physics with one in journalism. A student interested in sound and recording might combine physics and music.

Requirements

  • The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 6 Prerequisite Courses: University Physics I and II, Modern Physics, Single Variable Calculus I and II, Multivariable Calculus.
  • 2 Required courses in related areas: General Chemistry or Introductory Biology; one approved upper-level mathematics course.
  • 7 Required courses in the major: Intermediate Laboratory I, Classical Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetic Theory I, Principles of Quantum Physics, two approved upper-level physics electives (Undergraduate Research is recommended).

BS in Physics

The BS in Physics is for the student who wants to continue study in physics into graduate school. Compared to the BA, this degree requires more mathematics and physics along with a programming course.

Requirements

  • The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 6 Prerequisite Courses: University Physics I and II, Modern Physics, Single Variable Calculus I and II, Multivariable Calculus.
  • 4 Required courses in related areas: General Chemistry or Introductory Biology, two approved upper-level mathematics courses, one approved computer programming course.
  • 8 Required courses in the major: Intermediate Laboratory I, Classical Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetic Theory I, Principles of Quantum Physics, Undergraduate Research, two approved upper-level physics electives.

BS in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The BS in Astronomy and Astrophysics is for the student who wants to continue study in astronomy, astrophysics or physics into graduate school. This degree contains mathematics, physics, programming, and astronomy and astrophysics courses.

Requirements

  • The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 9 Prerequisite Courses: University Physics I and II, Modern Physics, Single Variable Calculus I and II, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations.
  • 1 Required courses in related areas: one approved computer programming course.
  • 12 Required courses in the major: Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, Intermediate Laboratory I, Classical Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetic Theory I, Principles of Quantum Physics, Computational Physics, Physics Capstone, Undergraduate Research, two approved upper-level astrophysics electives, one approved upper-level physics elective.

BS in Biophysics

Understanding life processes can be approached through a quantitative study of protein networks and the interactions between individual molecules. This program emphasizes the connections between Physics and Biology at an early point and give the student the tools to understand life processes from a new perspective. If the student also takes the Organic Chemistry lab, this program will satisfy the requirements for admission to many medical schools.

Requirements

  • The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 6 Prerequisite Courses: University Physics I and II, Modern Physics, Single Variable Calculus I and II, Multivariable Calculus.
  • 10 Required courses in related areas: General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Introductory Biology I and II, Molecular Biology, one approved upper-level biology elective, Statistics for the Biological Sciences, one approved computer programming course.
  • 7 Required courses in the major: Biophysics I and II, Intermediate Laboratory I, Classical Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetic Theory I, Undergraduate Research.

Society of Physics Students

Looking for a Tutor?

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) offers free tutoring hours to students taking topical or introductory courses during the semester. All physics majors are encouraged to participate in this program, as it helps both the students and the majors gain a better understanding of physics.

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