Department of Physics and Astronomy

B.S. in physics with concentration in physics - Sample Curriculum

This information applies to students in the program as of Fall 2015 or earlier.

The sequence of courses shown below is a typical one for a physics major, but other course selections are possible. In particular a student who begins with a good knowledge of calculus might take PHYS 2130-2140 in the freshman year, PHYS 3310-3320 in the sophomore year, and PHYS 4210 in the junior year. Another possibility is the sequence PHYS 2070-2080-2100 instead of PHYS 2130-2140. The student must also satisfy all the degree requirements of the University Core and the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. The official degree requirements are published in the Catalog of the University of Toledo.

First year

Fall semester

  • PHYS 1910 Frontiers of Physics
  • PHYS 2130 Physics I
  • MATH 1830 or 1850 or 1920 Calculus I
  • NSM 1000 Orientation
  • ENGL 1110 Composition I

Spring semester

  • PHYS 2140 Physics II
  • MATH 1840 or 1860 or 1930 Calculus II
  • ENGL 1130-1150 Composition II
  • Core Humanities

Second year

Fall semester

  • PHYS 3310 Modern Physics I
  • CHEM 1230 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1280 General Chemistry I Lab
  • MATH 1890 or 2890 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 2850 or 2950 or 2880 Multivariable Calculus

Spring semester

  • PHYS 3150 Methods of Theoretical Physics
  • PHYS 3320 Modern Physics II
  • MATH 2860 or 3820 or 3880 Differential Equations
  • Core Social Science
  • Core Humanities

Third year

Fall semester

  • PHYS 3610 Optics and Lasers
  • PHYS 4210 Theoretical Mechanics
  • Major level BIOL, CHEM or EEES*
  • WAC
  • Non-Western

Spring semester

  • PHYS 3180 Intermediate Lab
  • PHYS 3410 Thermal Physics
  • US Diversity
  • Core Social Science

Fourth year

Fall semester

  • PHYS 4230 Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHYS 4580or4780 Advanced Lab
  • 10 credit hours electives

Spring semester

  • PHYS 4240 Electricity and Magnetism II
  • PHYS 4310 Quantum Mechanics
  • 10 credit hours electives
Last Updated: 10/3/16