Physics Major

  1. Seven departmental units:
    1. Physics 101, 102, and 210.
    2. At least 4 units chosen from 330, 335, 340, 345, or 350.
  2. One additional unit from physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, engineering, or mathematics, chosen with prior consent of the advisor.
  3. Supporting courses (3 units): Mathematics 110 or 113, and 115, 290.
  4. Physics majors planning to attend graduate school in physics are strongly urged to take all of the core 300-level physics courses (330, 335, 340, 345, and 350); and Mathematics 275 and 201.
  5. Students are strongly encouraged to do a semester of off-campus study or study abroad. Possible programs include the Oak Ridge Science Semester; many international opportunities include the possibility of taking upper-level physics courses.
  6. All physics majors are encouraged to do an internship or independent research, often in the form of a paid summer REU.
  7. Students cannot major in both physics and engineering physics.
  8. Students majoring physics may choose to receive the Bachelor of Science degree rather than the Bachelor of Arts degree by completing a minimum of 4 units in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, and/or mathematics.

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