There are many ways to complete the 12 course requirements for the Physics major. Here are some possibilities. We encourage you to discuss your own path with your advisor or any other member of the department. 

  Math placement 105 Math placement 111 

Year 

Fall 

Spring 

Fall 

Spring 

First 

MATH 105 

MATH 106 

MATH 111 

MATH 121 

Sophomore 

Mechanics 123 

MATH 121 

Electromagnetism 124 

MATH 211 

Mechanics 123 

MATH 211 

Electromagnetism 124 

Junior 

Waves 125 

Modern 225 

Stat Mech 230 

SNL 226 

Waves 125 

Modern 225 

Stat Mech 230 

SNL 226 

Senior 

Elective 

Elective 

Elective 

Elective 

Elective 

Elective 

 

 MATH 111 students could also start physics in their first spring with the sequence 116-125-124. 

 Occasionally, MATH 111 students may be approved to take PHYS 123 concurrently. 

 

  Math placement 121 (no thesis) Math placement 121 (with thesis) 

Year 

Fall 

Spring 

Fall 

Spring 

First 

Mechanics 123 MATH 121 

Electromagnetism 124 MATH 211 

Mechanics 123 MATH 121 

Electromagnetism 124 MATH 211 

Sophomore 

Waves 125 

Stat Mech 230 

Waves 125 

Stat Mech 230 

Junior 

Modern 225 Elective 

SNL 226 

Modern 225 Elective 

SNL 226 

Elective 

Senior 

Elective 

Elective 

Elective 

Thesis 

Thesis 

Thesis 

 

 Electives can be rearranged 

 Stat. Mech./SNL can be flipped; Waves/Modern can be flipped 

 

3-year major with thesis 

Year 

Fall 

Spring 

First 

Mechanics 123 MATH 121 

Electromagnetism 124 MATH 211 

Sophomore 

Waves 125 

Modern 225 

Stat Mech 230 

SNL 226 

Junior 

Elective 

Elective 

Elective 

Senior 

Thesis 

Thesis 

Thesis 

 

 Assumes placement out of MATH 111 

 

Pass out of PHYS 123  

Year 

Fall 

Spring 

First 

Waves 125 MATH 121 

Electromagnetism 124 MATH 211 

Sophomore 

Modern 225 

Stat Mech 230 

SNL 226 

Junior 

Elective 

Elective 

Elective 

Senior 

Thesis 

Thesis 

Thesis 

 

Study abroad (fall) 

Study abroad (spring) 

Year 

Fall 

Spring 

Fall 

Spring 

First 

Mechanics 123 MATH 121 

Electromagnetism 124 MATH 211 

Mechanics 123 MATH 121 

Electromagnetism 124 MATH 211 

Sophomore 

Waves 125 

Modern 225 

Stat Mech 230 

SNL 226 

Waves 125 

Modern 225 

Stat Mech 230 

SNL 226 

Junior 

Abroad 

Elective 

Elective 

Elective 

Elective 

Abroad 

Senior 

Elective 

Thesis 

Thesis 

Thesis 

Elective 

Thesis 

Thesis 

Thesis 

 

 Many students attend programs with courses suitable for electives 

 Plan ahead to verify the scheduling of the electives you wish to take