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Physics major degree curriculum

Physics 2016-2017 (sample) Paradigm

This sample paradigm shows a normal 4 year progression towards a degree in physics. Some of the courses should be taken in this order due to prerequisite structures, others may be switched. 

Freshmen Year Semester I credits
CHEM 113 & 113L Principles of Chemistry I & Lab  4
ENG 111 English Composition I 3
MATH 131 Calculus I 3
Religious Studies GER 3
Elective1 3
CBU 101 0
Total 16

Freshman Year Semester II credits
CHEM 114 & 114L Principles of Chemistry II & Lab   4
ENG 112 English Composition II 3
MATH 132 Calculus II 3
PHYS 150 Physics I & Lab 4
Total 14

Sophomore Year Semester I   credits
ECE 221 Circuit Analysis I 3
MATH 231 Differential Equations 3
PHYS 251 & 251L Physics II & Lab                            4
Literature GER 3
Elective1 3
Total 16

Sophomore Year Semester II   credits 
CS 172 Fundamentals of Computer Science & Lab   4
ME 301 Engineering Instrumentation 2
MATH 232 Calculus III 3
PHYS 252 Physics III 3
Moral Values GER 3
Total 15

Junior Year Semester I  credits 
MATH 309 Probability 3
PHYS 252L Physics III Lab                                        1
PHYS 353 Solid State Physics   3
PHYS 415 Optics & Lab 4
Social Science/History GER 3
Elective1 3
Total 17

Junior Year Semester II  credits
MATH 308 Statistics  3
PHYS 347 Special Relativity             2
PHYS 452 Advanced Physics                                   1
Religious Studies GER 3
Social Science/History GER 3
Elective2 3
Total 15

Senior Year Semester I  credits
PHYS 340 EM Fields 3
PHYS 380 Advanced Mechanics I                            3
PHYS 447 Quantum Mechanics I 3
PHYS 491 Research I 0
Mathematics Elective2 3
Literature or Philosophy Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year Semester II  credits
PHYS 381 Advanced Mechanics II                           1
PHYS 430 Thermal Physics              3
PHYS 448 Quantum Mechanics II
3
PHYS 492 Research II 2
PHYS 499 Comprehensives 0
Mathematics Elective2 3
Elective 2
Total 14

Total credits required for the degree 122. 

Transfer students must take at least one-half of the required courses numbered above 300 at CBU.
1 A maximum of 3 elective hours may be in physics.
2 All Mathematics electives must be at the 300+level. Math 308 satisfies the Statistics GER. A student who takes Math 308 does not need to take Math 121.