The department of physics, astronomy and geophysics offers three different concentrations within the physics major. All programs of study begin with taking courses from the core requirements followed by the appropriate electives for each concentration.

To plan your course of study for Physics or Astrophysics, consult the Physics Major Course Timing Sheets (pdf).

It is strongly recommended that students considering the physics major (all concentrations) start by following the course sequence outined below:

First Year

In the fall

Physics 109 and Math 112 or 113 (usually Math 112). Calculus course selection is based on previous training in high school. It is recommended that you interview with the math department to select the course appropriate for you. For the astrophysics concentration, also take Astronomy 105.

In the spring

Physics 110 and Math 113, usually. The choice will depend on which calculus course you took in the fall. For the astrophysics concentration, also take Astronomy 110.

Sophomore year

In the fall

Physics 215 and the next course in the calculus sequence, usually Math 212.

View the College catalog for full physics, astronomy and geophysics course listings and descriptions.