Degree Requirements

Due to the implementation of the new General Education Program, there are currently two programs of study for the Physics major:

For students who entered SJU before the fall of 2010, or transfer students who entered SJU on the GEP curriculum:

GEP Common Courses (See Curricula): six courses

GEP University Distribution (See Curricula): fourteen courses, including

Mathematics:

MAT 161-162

Calculus I, II

Natural Science:

PHY 105-106

University Physics I, II (with 105L-106L lab)

GEP Electives: any seven courses

Major Concentration:

MAT 213

Calculus III

PHY 251

Modern Physics I

PHY 252

Modern Physics II

PHY 257

Mathematical Methods in Physics

PHY 301

Classical Mechanics

PHY 303

Thermal Physics

 

or

PHY 409

Statistical Mechanics

PHY 307

Electricity and Magnetism

PHY 308

Waves and Optics

PHY 311

Experimental Methods of Physics I

PHY 312

Experimental Methods of Physics II

PHY 321

Quantum Mechanics I

and three PHY 3-credit electives, two of which must be at the 300-level. Students are also required to enroll in PHY 390Physics Seminar each semester.

For students who entered SJU in the fall of 2010 or later, or transfer students who entered SJU on the GEP:

GEP Signature Courses (See Curricula): six courses

GEP Variable Courses (See Curricula): six to nine courses, including

Mathematics:

MAT 161

Calculus I

Natural Science:

PHY 105

University Physics I

PHY 105L

University Physics Laboratory I

GEP Overlays (See Curricula): three courses

GEP Integrative Learning Component: three courses

Students will take three of the following four courses:

Biology:

BIO 101

Biology I: Cells

BIO 102

Biology II: Genetics and Evolutionary Biology

Chemistry:

CHM 120

General Chemistry I Lecture*

CHM 125

General Chemistry II lecture*

Students are encouraged, but not required, to take the associated Chemistry labs.

GEP Electives: six courses

Major Concentration: Sixteen courses

MAT 162

Calculus II

MAT 213

Calculus III

PHY 106

University Physics II

PHY 106L

University Physics Laboratory II

PHY 251

Modern Physics I

PHY 252

Modern Physics II

PHY 257

Mathematical Methods in Physics

PHY 301

Classical Mechanics

PHY 303

Thermal Physics

 

or

PHY 409

Statistical Mechanics

PHY 307

Electricity and Magnetism

PHY 308

Waves and Optics

PHY 311

Experimental Methods of Physics I

PHY 312

Experimental Methods of Physics II

PHY 321

Quantum Mechanics I

and three PHY 3-credit electives, two of which must be at the 300-level or higher. Students are also required to enroll in PHY 390 Physics Seminar each semester.

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