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Professional Physics

The Professional Physics concentration is designed for students who would either like to continue their physics studies in graduate school or would like to work in industry as a physicist. The course requirements, selected textbooks and material coverage, the two-year sequence of advanced labs and the year-long required senior research project (required of all majors) give students exposure, experience and knowledge that will serve them well as a graduate student or as a career physicist.

Required Courses for the Professional Physics Concentration

In addition to the required courses listed near the bottom of this page that all physics majors must take, the following three courses are required for the professional physics concentration: 

PHY225
Electrical and Electronic Circuits
PHY355
Quantum Mechanics
PHY372
Thermal Physics


For the professional physics concentration, the physics department recommends additional science and mathematics courses. In particular, the physics department strongly recommends these courses:

PHY313/MAT313
Mathematical Methods in Physics II
PHY340
Electricity and Magnetism II
PHY341
Optics
PHY371
Selected Topics in Physics



Required Courses for All Physics Majors
 

PHY121, 122 
Introductory Physics I, II
PHY130 First-Year Physics Seminar
PHY214/MAT214    Mathematical Methods in Physics I
PHY236
Modern Physics
PHY314
Mechanics 
PHY339 
Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY391, 392
Junior Seminar I, II
PHY471, 472
Research I, II
PHY491, 492 
Senior Seminar I, II
MAT141, 142
Calculus I, II
MAT223
Calculus III
MAT225
Differential Equations 
Two of the following courses:
CHE111, 112
Principles of Chemistry I, II
CPS121
Introduction to Programming
CPS122
Object-Oriented Software Development