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Major Requirements

*Students pursuing a double major in engineering and physics as a way of further strengthening their preparation for a career in engineering will benefit from taking both PHY240 and EGR220 (Engineering Circuit Theory) but may substitute EGR220 for the PHY240 major requirement if desired. Students planning further study in experimental physics are encouraged to take EGR220 in addition to the PHY240 requirement.

**CHM332 Physical Chemistry II: Thermodynamics and kinetics may be taken in the place of PHY 319 thermal Physics. This course does not include the statistical physics; students planning to go to graduate school for physics should either take PHY319 or supplement CHM332 with an additional course in statistical physics. Students pursuing an engineering major may also substitute EGR 290 for this course.

***Students interested in pursuing a career in chemistry, material science, or a related field (or interested in pursuing a double major with chemistry) may substitute CHM331 Physical Chemistry I: Quantum Chemistry for PHY327.

See the Smith College Course Catalog for details.

Minor Requirements