In the programs suggested below, the courses in brackets are optional; the others are required for the major. Keep in mind that these programs are flexible and are intended only as guidelines for planning a sequence of courses for the physics major.

## PROGRAM A: The most common sequence

### First Year: Fall Term

**Math 111:**Intro to Calculus

### First Year: Winter Term

**Math 120:**Calculus II**PHYS 143**or**PHYS 144:**Intro sequence

### First Year: Spring Term

**MATH 210/211:**Calc 3/Multivariable Calculus- [CHEM 123: Principles]
- [CS 117: Intro.]

### Sophomore Year: Fall Term

**Math 232:**Linear Algebra**PHYS 228:**Atomic and Nuclear

### Sophomore Year: Winter Term

**[MATH 241:**Ordinary Differential Equations]**PHYS 231**Mechanics^{2}:

### Sophomore Year: Spring Term

- [
**MATH 341:**Partial Differential Equations] **PHYS 235:**Electricity and Magnetism

### Junior Year: Fall Term

- PHYS elective

### Junior Year: Winter Term

**PHYS 335**:Quantum Mechanics

### Junior Year: Spring Term

**PHYS 342**: Contemporary Experimental Physics*PHYS/ASTR Elective*

### Senior Year

The senior year is open except for comps, which normally demand work equivalent to a six-credit course. For students planning on graduate work in physics, a typical senior year is as follows.

#### Fall Term

- PHYS elective

#### Winter Term

- PHYS 400: Comps

#### Spring Term

*PHYS/ASTR Elective*

[ ] Strongly recommended elective course

### PHYS/ASTR Elective courses

PHYS 234: Computer Simulations in Complex Physical Systems

PHYS 261: Medical Physics

PHYS 341: Waves

PHYS 343: Electronics

PHYS 344: Classical and Quantum Optics

[PHYS 346: Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics]

PHYS 347: General Relativity

PHYS 352: Advanced Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 354: Solid State Physics

PHYS 355: Advanced Mechanics

ENTS 265: Materials Science

## PROGRAM B: For a student who begins calculus late and must postpone introductory Physics until the sophomore year

### First Year: Winter Term

**MATH 111:**Introduction to Calculus

### First Year: Spring Term

**MATH 120:**Calculus II- [
**CHEM 123:**Principles of Chemistry] - [
**CS 117:**Intro. to Computer Science]

### Sophomore Year: Fall Term

**MATH 210/211**: Calc 3/Multivariable Calculus**PHYS 131* or 142**: Intro sequence^{1}/151^{2}

### Sophomore Year: Winter Term

**MATH 232**: Linear Algebra**PHYS 231**: Mechanics^{2}

### Sophomore Year: Spring Term

**PHYS 235:**Electricity and Magnetism*PHYS/ASTR Elective*

### Junior Year: Fall Term

**PHYS 228**: Atomic and Nuclear- PHYS elective

### Junior Year: Winter Term

- [
**Math 241:**Ordinary Differential Equations] **PHYS 335**:Quantum Mechanics

### Junior Year: Spring Term

- [
**Math 341:**Partial Differential Equations] **PHYS 342**: Contemporary Experimental Physics

### Senior Year

- Same as Program A

* Note that 131 may be skipped upon successfully passing the departmental placement exam, with 141 strongly suggested as a replacement for 131.

** ^{1}** Three-credit course offered first half of term

** ^{2}** Three-credit course offered second half of term

[ ] Strongly recommended elective course

### PHYS/ASTR Elective courses

PHYS 234: Computer Simulations in Complex Physical Systems

PHYS 261: Medical Physics

PHYS 341: Waves

PHYS 343: Electronics

PHYS 344: Classical and Quantum Optics

[PHYS 346: Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics]

PHYS 347: General Relativity

PHYS 352: Advanced Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 354: Solid State Physics

PHYS 355: Advanced Mechanics

ENTS 265: Materials Science

## PROGRAM C: For a student who does not begin calculus until the sophomore year

Same as Program A, delayed by a year. This is possible since the only requirement in the normal senior year is comps, which can be taken concurrently with PHYS 335.

## PROGRAM D: For a student pursuing the 3-2 program in engineering with a Carleton major in physics

### First Year: Fall Term

**MATH 111**: Introduction to Calculus

### First Year: Winter Term

**MATH 120**: Calculus II-
**PHYS 143 or****144**: Intro sequence

### First Year: Spring Term

**MATH 210/211**: Calc 3/Multivariable Calculus**CHEM 123**: Principles of Chemistry

### Sophomore Year: Fall Term

**MATH 232**: Linear Algebra**PHYS 228**: Atomic and Nuclear

### Sophomore Year: Winter Term

**MATH 241**: Ordinary Differential Equations**PHYS 231**: Mechanics

### Sophomore Year: Spring Term

**PHYS 235**: Electricity and Magnetism**CHEM 230**: Equilibrium & Analysis

### Junior Year: Fall Term

*PHYS/ASTR Elective*

### Junior Year: Winter Term

**Phys 335**: Quantum Mechanics**PHYS 400**: Comps

### Junior Year: Spring Term

**PHYS 342**: Contemporary Experimental Physics

The non-physics courses listed are required by the engineering schools involved.