•  Scanning the skies at the Wright Observatory
  • Wright Observatory in action

What You Need for a Physics Major

A minimum of 15 courses in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics are required for a major in Physics.

Nine Courses in Physics:

  • Light and Relativity (160)
  • General Physics I, II (201, 202)
  • Electronics (160)
  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics (305)
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (314) or Optics (318)
  • Classical Mechanics I (361)
  • Quantum Mechanics (410)
  • Senior Project (490)

Four Courses in Mathematics:
  • Calculus I, II, III (121, 122, 221)
  • Differential Equations (311)

Two Courses in Chemistry:
  • General Chemistry I, II (107, 108) or Accelerated General Chemistry (109)

Recommended for Freshmen Interested in Using the Observatory:
  • General Astronomy (163)

Students Considering Graduate Work in Physics Also Should Take:
  • Advanced Classical Mechanics (362)
  • Electricity and Magnetism I, II (401, 402)

In addition, the following advanced mathematics courses are suggested:
  • Linear Algebra
  • Complex Variables
  • Partial Differential Equations