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Major in Physics

Changes in Physics Major & Minor requirements due to COVID-19 

    To help in deciding which introductory sequence is most suitable, students considering a major in Physics may contact the undergraduate program coordinator ( to arrange an advising appointment with a Physics faculty advisor. Also, see this extensive list of Physics advising resources, including the  Physics Placement Diagnostic.  Although it is possible to complete the Physics major in three years, students who contemplate starting the major during sophomore year should make an advising appointment to map out their schedule. Students who have had previous college-level courses should make an advising appointment for placement and possible transfer credit. For advanced placement advice, see the Registrar's website.

    To learn more about the Physics major, please refer to the Bulletin information here.


    Effective:  March 5, 2018

    New elective options for project-based course requirement.

    Starting Spring quarter 2018: PHYS 100, 108, and 113 can each count for the “Advanced  Physics Laboratory / Project-based course” requirement for the Physics Major.  Students may not count PHYS 100 or 113 towards this requirement if taken in 2017 or earlier.