Typical Plans of Study

What follows are some common plans of study for the physics major. Four plans are given as a guide (two typical plans, a plan for semester abroad, and a plan for starting the major in the sophomore year).

These four plans are not the only ones possible because there is a lot of flexibility in when you might take certain courses [for example, your elective or PHY 200 (computational physics)].

We strongly recommend that you talk to the chair of the department as soon as possible if you are considering majoring in physics.

Plan of Study A

Frees up senior year for independent research

Year 1   Year 2  
Fall Spring Fall Spring
PHY 130/120 PHY 230/220 PHY 320 PHY 200
      PHY 201
Year 3   Year 4  
Fall Spring Fall Spring
PHY 310 PHY 335 PHY 360 elective
PHY 330 PHY 350    

Plan of Study B

More evenly distributes courses in junior and senior years

Year 1   Year 2  
Fall Spring Fall Spring
PHY 130/120 PHY 230/220 PHY 320 PHY 200
      PHY 201
Year 3   Year 4  
Fall Spring Fall Spring
PHY 330 PHY 335 PHY 310 elective
  PHY 350 PHY 360  

Plan for Studying Abroad

The following outlines a plan for studying abroad during the spring semester of your junior year. Studying abroad for the entire junior year is possible but requires advanced planning, please contact the department chair for details.

Year 1   Year 2  
Fall Spring Fall Spring
PHY 130/120 PHY 230/220 PHY 320 PHY 200
      PHY 201
Year 3   Year 4  
Fall Spring Fall Spring
PHY 310   PHY 360 PHY 335
PHY 330   elective PHY 350

Starting Major During Sophomore Year

Year 1   Year 2  
Fall Spring Fall Spring
    PHY 130/120 PHY 230/220
      PHY 201
Year 3   Year 4  
Fall Spring Fall Spring
PHY 320 PHY 200 PHY 310 PHY 335
PHY 330 PHY 350 PHY 360 elective