PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
The physics major requires a three-semester calculus-based introductory course sequence as well as upper-level courses in
- classical mechanics
- thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
- quantum mechanics and modern physics
- philosophy of science
Required cognate courses include three semesters of calculus, differential equations, introductory chemistry, and introductory computer science. Students also select electives from mathematics, material science, electronics, physical chemistry, computer science, and individual studies.
Students can do a double major or minor in areas such as chemistry, biology, theology, engineering, mathematics, or education.
The physics minor is an option for students who want to combine an interest in physics with another academic program.
Our students’ typically score above the 75th percentile on the ETS Major Field Test in Physics, and our graduates excel in graduate school, industry, and teaching.