Requirements for a Major in Physics Leading to the B.S. Degree

A total of fifty-one (51) credits as follows:

  1. Physics 111-112 (or 109-110 with departmental approval), 113-114.
  2. Physics 211 and 213.
  3. Physics 250.
  4. Physics 301, 305, 401, and 406.
  5. Physics 486.
  6. At least 8 additional Physics credits, 4 of which must be at the 300-level or above.
  7. Mathematics 122 and 223. 

Mathematics 112/113 (Precalculus and Differential Calculus) should be taken by those who have not had a differential calculus course in high school or elsewhere before taking Mathematics 122 (Integral Calculus). Mathematics 122 is a corequisite for Physics 112 and a prerequisite for Physics 211. Mathematics 223 (Multivariable Calculus) is a prerequisite for Physics 250. All math requirements for the major should be completed in the first two years.

Students planning to pursue graduate study in physics are strongly encouraged to take as many upper-level elective physics courses as possible. Other recommended courses include Mathematics 251 (Differential Equations), 261 (Linear Algebra), 311 (Probability Theory), 312 (Mathematical Statistics), 324 (Vector and Advanced Calculus),  370 (Complex Variables). Computer Science 141 (Programming Fundamentals) and 142 (Object-Oriented Programming) also are recommended.

Students planning to pursue a dual degree program in engineering should consult with the faculty member who serves as the pre-engineering advisor as early as possible after beginning coursework at Rhodes.

Physics majors are encouraged to consider study abroad opportunities, and should consult with their academic advisor about suitable options.