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Charting Your Courses

Flowchart of Prerequisites

flowchart indicating course prerequisites

Recommended Course Sequences

Note that these are simply suggestions; any sequence consistent with the prerequisites shown above can be done. We've marked the elective as PHY360 for simplicity, but it could be any approved elective. We've likewise marked PHY117, but you could substitute PHY115. The two-credit course PHY399 would typically be taken senior year in whichever semester it's offered that year.

Note that the three-year schedule (labeled Beginning Spring of Second Year) would also work for a student who starts physics her first year and choses not to take physics courses during a junior year abroad.

Beginning Fall of First Year

First Year

Fall semester
PHY 117 Introductory Mechanics

Spring semester
PHY 118 General Physics II

Second Year

Fall semester
PHY 210 Math Methods I
PHY 240 Electronics

Spring semester
PHY 215 Modern Physics I
PHY 317 Classical Mechanics

Third Year

Fall semester
PHY 315 Modern Physics II
PHY 318 Electricity & Magnetism

Spring semester
PHY 350 Advanced Lab
PHY 327 Quantum Mechanics

Fourth Year

Fall semester
PHY 319 Thermal Physics
PHY 399 Topics in Physics

Spring semester
PHY 360 (or any approved elective)

Beginning Spring of First Year

First Year

Fall semester

Spring semester
PHY 117 Introductory Mechanics

Second Year

Fall semester
PHY 118 General Physics II
PHY 210 Math Methods I

Spring semester
PHY 215 Modern Physics I
PHY 317 Classical Mechanics

Third Year

Fall semester
PHY 315 Modern Physics II
PHY 318 Electricity & Magnetism

Spring semester
PHY 350 Advanced Lab
PHY 327 Quantum Mechanics

Fourth Year

Fall semester
PHY 240 Electronics
PHY 319 Thermal Physics

Spring semester
PHY 360 (or any approved elective)
PHY 399 Topics in Physics

Beginning Spring of Second Year

Second Year

Fall semester
PHY 117 Introductory Mechanics

Spring semester
PHY 118 General Physics II
PHY 210 Math Methods

Third Year

Fall semester
PHY 240 Electronics
PHY 318 Electricity & Magnetism

Spring semester
PHY 215 Modern Physics I
PHY 317 Classical Mechanics

Fourth Year

Fall semester
PHY 315 Modern Physics II
PHY 319 Thermal Physics
PHY 360 (or any approved elective)

Spring semester
PHY 350 Advanced Lab
PHY 327 Quantum Mechanics
PHY 399 Topics in Physics