(Link to requirements for students admitted before Fall 2014)

I. Preliminaries

2-semester introductory sequence of PHYS 118/119, calculus I-III (MATH 231-233), linear algebra and differential equations (MATH 383), and for Standard BS, general descriptive chemistry (CHEM 101/101L and CHEM 102/102L), or for Astrophysics BS, introductory astronomy (ASTR 102 and 301), and general descriptive chemistry (CHEM 101/101L).

II. Core requirements

  • Laboratory techniques (PHYS 281L)
  • Mechanics I (PHYS 401)
  • Electromagnetism I and II (PHYS 311, 412)
  • Quantum mechanics and applications (PHYS 321, 521)
  • Numerical techniques (PHYS 331)†
    Do an astrophysics project for astrophysics major
  • Thermal physics (PHYS 441)
  • Electronics I (PHYS 351)
  • Independent research (PHYS 395)

 

Additional Core Requirements for Standard BS

  • PHYS 481L
  • 3 courses chosen from ASTR > 300; ENGL 303; MATH 528, 529; PHYS 231 and PHYS > 300

 

Additional Core Requirements for Astrophysics BS

    • ASTR 519
    • 2 courses chosen from ASTR > 300; ENGL 303; PHYS 231
    • 1 course chosen from ASTR > 300; ENGL 303; MATH 528, 529; PHYS 231 and PHYS > 300

† Do an astrophysics project for PHYS 331

Candidates for the B.S. degree must earn grades of C (not C-) or better in at least 18 credit hours of courses listed under “Core requirements.”

 

Typical schedules

PHYSICS B.S.
Place into MATH 231
PHYSICS B.S.
Place into MATH 232
Freshman
Fall
MATH 231, CHEM101 PHYS 118, CHEM 101, MATH 232
Spring PHYS 118, CHEM 102, MATH 232 PHYS 119, CHEM 102, MATH 233
Sophomore
Fall
PHYS 119, MATH 233 PHYS 281L, MATH 383
Spring PHYS 281L, PHYS 401, PHYS 331, MATH 383 PHYS 401, PHYS 331, *
Junior
Fall
PHYS 311, PHYS 351, * PHYS 311, PHYS 351, *
Spring PHYS 412, PHYS 321, * PHYS 412, PHYS 321, *
Senior
Fall
PHYS 441, PHYS 521, PHYS 481L, * PHYS 441, PHYS 521, PHYS 481L
Spring PHYS 395 PHYS 395
* Three courses selected from any P&A courses >300; ENGL 303; MATH 528, 529; PHYS 231. * Three courses selected from any P&A courses >300; ENGL 303; MATH 528, 529; PHYS 231.
PHYSICS B.S.
Astrophysics option
Place into MATH 231
PHYSICS B.S.
Astrophysics option
Place into MATH 232
Freshman
Fall
MATH 231, CHEM101/L PHYS 118, CHEM 101/L, MATH 232
Spring PHYS 118, MATH 232 PHYS 119, MATH 233
Sophomore
Fall
PHYS 119, MATH 233, ASTR 102**, ASTR 301 PHYS 281L, MATH 383, ASTR 102**, ASTR 301
Spring PHYS 281L, PHYS 401, PHYS 331†, MATH 383 PHYS 401, PHYS 331†, *
Junior
Fall
PHYS 311, PHYS 351, ASTR 519, ‡ PHYS 311, PHYS 351, ASTR 519, ‡
Spring PHYS 412, PHYS 321, * PHYS 412, PHYS 321
Senior
Fall
PHYS 441, PHYS 521, * PHYS 441, PHYS 521, *
Spring PHYS 395 PHYS 395
* Two electives chosen from ASTR > 300; ENGL 303; PHYS 231** Physics majors may substitute a corequisite of PHYS 119 or 117 for the standard prerequisite of ASTR101.† Do an astrophysics project for PHYS 331

‡ One from P&A courses > 300 and PHYS 231; ENGL 303; MATH 528, 529.

* Two electives chosen from ASTR > 300; ENGL 303; PHYS 231** Physics majors may substitute a corequisite of PHYS 119 or 117 for the standard prerequisite of ASTR101.† Do an astrophysics project for PHYS 331

‡ One from P&A courses > 300 and PHYS 231; ENGL 303; MATH 528, 529.

To obtain further information, please contact Professor Frank Tsui.