Physics Sample Curriculum

The exact chronological order of the courses depends on AP credits, summer courses, choice of electives, and number of credits per semester. Thus, different students will take some courses in different chronological order.

Below is a typical schedule, shown as an example of the chronological order, not as a fixed course schedule for all students. However, some courses are essential prerequisites for more advanced courses.

Freshman Year

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
PHYS 1110 Introduction to Physics 1PHYS 1610 Engineering Physics I 3
CHEM 1110/1115 General Chemistry I/ Lab 4PHYS 1620 Engineering Physics I Laboratory1
ENGL 1900 or 1920 Advc Strategies of Rhetoric & or Adv. Writing for Professionals3MATH 1520 Calculus II 4
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4CSCI 1060 Intro to CS: Scientific Programming 3
Humanities Elective   3  THEO 1000 Theological Foundations   3  
 15
 14

Sophomore Year

Semester 3CreditsSemester 4Credits
PHYS 1630 Engineering Physics II3PHYS 2610 Modern Physics I 3
PHYS 1640 Engineering Physics II Laboratory1PHYS 2620 Modern Physics Laboratory 1
MATH 2530 Calculus III 4PHYS 3110 Classical Mechanics  3
CMM 2200 Small Group Presentation 1MATH 3550 Differential Equations 3
Allied Elective 3MATH 3240 Numerical Analysis I 3
Social Science Elective    3  
Allied Elective   3  
 15 16

Junior Year

Semester 5CreditsSemester 6Credits
PHIL 2050 Ethics  3PHYS 4210 Electricity-Magnetism I 3
PHYS 4610 Quantum Mechanics 3PHYS 3410 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics 3
MATH 3270 Advanced Mathematics for Engineers 3PHYS 3860 Physics Research I 0
Open Elective 3MATH 4880 Probability and Statistics 3
PHYS 3610 Modern Physics II   3  Allied Elective  3
 15Allied Elective     3  
 
 15

Senior Year

Semester 7CreditsSemester 8Credits
PHYS 3510 Analog and Digital Electronics 4PHYS 4880 Physics Research III 3
PHYS Upper Level Course 3PHYS 3310 Optics 3
PHYS 487 Physics Research II 0PHYS 3320 Optics Laboratory 1
Allied Elective 3PHYS Upper Division Course 3
Allied Elective 3Allied Elective 3
Cultural Diversity Elective   3   General Elective   3  
 16 16

Total Hours: 122