Courses for Physics Majors
Physics majors should see our information about the major, and consult with an advisor before choosing courses. We offer a number of exciting courses which touch on all areas of physics. Students typically begin their studies with one of our introductory sequences: Phys 1112-2213-2214 or Phys 1116-2217-2218. Although less common, it is also possible to enter the major from PHYS 2207-2208. Freshmen interested in the physics major may want to consider taking Phys 1117, a 1 credit survey course which covers a number of exciting topics which they might not otherwise see until later in their careers.
Advanced undergraduate student may also consider our graduate course offerings.
Courses for Non-Physics Majors
Engineering students often take the same courses as physics majors, and may benefit from looking at our advice for physics majors. Students interested in Health Careers often take PHYS 1101-1102 or PHYS 2207-2208. The biggest difference between these courses is that PHYS 1101-1102 uses an auto-tutorial format, while PHYS 2207-2208 is lecture based. A second, typically less significant difference, is that PHYS 2207-2208 uses calculus. Our courses for non-physics majors are summarized as:
- General education courses typically have few or no prerequisites. They include: PHYS 1201, Why the Sky is Blue: Aspects of the Physical World, PHYS 1202, How Physics Works, PHYS 1203, Physics of the Heavens and Earth, PHYS 1204, The Physics of Musical Sound, PHYS 1205, The Art of Physics and PHYS 2206, Weapons of Mass Destruction
- PHYS 1101-1102 is a self-paced auto-tutorial course sequence designed for students who recognize the need for a basic understanding of physics, but who do not have preparation in calculus and who do not intend to take further physics courses. Note that we typically do not allow freshmen to take our auto-tutorial classes.
- PHYS 2207- 2208 and 1112-2213-2214 are introductory physics courses for students who want a solid grounding in physics and a chance to develop their calculus-based problem solving skills. Non-majors considering more advanced work in physics are encouraged to take 1112-2213-2214 or 2207-2213-2214.
- Courses beyond the introductory level that may be of interest to non-majors include PHYS 3316 Modern Physics I, PHYS 3330 Modern Experimental Optics, and PHYS 3360 Electronic Circuits.
Courses with Overlapping Content
The grouped courses listed in the chart below have largely similar content. Students should select courses for their academic program carefully, as they may receive credit for only one course in each group.
PHYS 1101, 1112, 1116, 2207
PHYS 1102, 2208, 2213, 2217
PHYS 2214, 2218
PHYS 3314, 3318
PHYS 3323, 3327
PHYS 1116, 2216
Physics 1201, 1202, 1203, 1204 and 1205 are primarily designed for non-science students. If a student with credit for PHYS 1101, 1112, 1116, or 2207 (or an advanced placement equivalent) wishes to enroll in these courses, they require written permission from the instructor and the Physics Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Please note that for courses using Blackboard, we cannot link directly to the site: you must first create a username and password and log on to Blackboard, then enroll in the specific course you are interested in. After you have done that, each time you log on, all the courses you are enrolled in will be shown on your Blackboard homepage. We have linked Blackboard courses here to the main BB Physics listing page. Some courses are not listed on this page, though, so if you don’t find the course you are looking for, please search using “PhysXXX”.
Inquiries about courses should be directed to the instructor or the director of undergraduate studies.
Physics 4410: Advanced Experimental Physics (course website)
Physics 4433 (also Astr 4433): Introduction to Cosmology (course website)
PHYS 4490 Independent Study in Physics (courses of study)
PHYS 4491 Data Analysis in Particle Physics (courses of study)
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