## Physics Major: Sample Plans

The plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

## Sample Four Year Plan: Physics (BA) – Start with Calculus I

### FALL - Semester 1

PHYS 185: College Physics I

MATH 198: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

### SPRING - Semester 2

PHYS 186: College Physics II

PHYS 190: Calculus for Physics I

MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

### FALL - Semester 3

PHYS 191: Calculus for Physics II

MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

STAT 290: Statistics

CS 170: Introduction to Computer Science I

### SPRING - Semester 4

PHYS 250: Modern Physics I

PHYS 310: Intermediate Laboratory

PHYS 275: Vibrations and Waves

MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations

### FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 351: Modern Physics II

PHYS 382: Mathematical Physics

### SPRING - Semester 6

Physics Elective

PHYS 345: Junior Seminar

### FALL - Semester 7

Physics Elective

### SPRING - Semester 8

PHYS 445: Physics Capstone

Physics Elective

**NOTES**

Some of the physics electives could be taken earlier than shown.

**Dialogues Curriculum:** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

**Department Chair:** Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above. Rev. 2-8-24

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

The plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

## Sample Four Year Plan: Physics (BA) – Start with Calculus II

### FALL - Semester 1

PHYS 185: College Physics I

MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

### SPRING - Semester 2

PHYS 275: Vibrations and Waves

MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

PHYS 186: College Physics II

PHYS 190: Calculus for Physics I

### FALL - Semester 3

PHYS 191: Calculus for Physics II

MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations

CS 170: Introduction to Computer Science I

### SPRING - Semester 4

PHYS 250: Modern Physics I

PHYS 310: Intermediate Laboratory

STAT 290: Statistics

### FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 351: Modern Physics II

PHYS 382: Mathematical Physics

### SPRING - Semester 6

Physics Elective

PHYS 345: Junior Seminar

### FALL - Semester 7

Physics Elective

### SPRING - Semester 8

PHYS 445: Physics Capstone

Physics Elective

**Note:**

Some of the physics electives could be taken earlier than shown.

**Dialogues Curriculum:** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

**Department Chair:** Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above. Rev. 2-16-24

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

The plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

## Sample Four Year Plan: Physics (BS) – General Physics Track, Start with Calculus I

### FALL - Semester 1

PHYS 185: College Physics I

MATH 198: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

### SPRING - Semester 2

PHYS 186: College Physics II

PHYS 190: Calculus for Physics I

MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

### FALL - Semester 3

PHYS 191: Calculus for Physics II

MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

STAT 290: Statistics

CS 170: Introduction to Computer Science I

### SPRING - Semester 4

PHYS 250: Modern Physics I

PHYS 310: Intermediate Laboratory

PHYS 275: Vibrations and Waves

MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations

### FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 351: Modern Physics II

PHYS 320: Electronics

PHYS 382: Mathematical Physics

### SPRING - Semester 6

PHYS 386: Classical Mechanics

PHYS 446: Advanced Laboratory

PHYS 345: Junior Seminar

### FALL - Semester 7

PHYS 580: Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 486: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

### SPRING - Semester 8

PHYS 518: Advanced Topics

PHYS 482: Electricity and Magnetism

**Dialogues Curriculum:** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

**Department Chair:** Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above. Rev. 2-16-24

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

## Sample Four Year Plan: Physics (BS) – General Physics Track, Start with Calculus II

### FALL - Semester 1

PHYS 185: College Physics I

MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

### SPRING - Semester 2

PHYS 275: Vibrations and Waves

MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

PHYS 186: College Physics II

PHYS 190: Calculus for Physics I

### FALL - Semester 3

PHYS 191: Calculus for Physics II

MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations

CS 170: Introduction to Computer Science I

### SPRING - Semester 4

PHYS 250: Modern Physics I

PHYS 310: Intermediate Laboratory

STAT 290: Statistics

### FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 351: Modern Physics II

PHYS 320: Electronics

PHYS 382: Mathematical Physics

### SPRING - Semester 6

PHYS 386: Classical Mechanics

PHYS 446: Advanced Laboratory

PHYS 345: Junior Seminar

### FALL - Semester 7

PHYS 580: Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 486: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

### SPRING - Semester 8

PHYS 518: Advanced Topics

PHYS 482: Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 445: Physics Capstone

**Dialogues Curriculum:** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

**Department Chair:** Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above. Rev. 2-16-24

## Sample Four Year Plan: Physics (BS) – Astrophysics Track, Start with Calculus I

### FALL - Semester 1

PHYS 185: College Physics I

MATH 198: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

PHYS 132: Intro to Solar System Astronomy

### SPRING - Semester 2

PHYS 186: College Physics II

PHYS 190: Calculus for Physics I

MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

### FALL - Semester 3

PHYS 191: Calculus for Physics II

MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

STAT 290: Statistics

CS 170: Introduction to Computer Science I

### SPRING - Semester 4

PHYS 250: Modern Physics I

PHYS 310: Intermediate Laboratory

PHYS 275: Vibrations and Waves

MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations

### FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 351: Modern Physics II

PHYS 382: Mathematical Physics

### SPRING - Semester 6

Physics Elective

PHYS 331: Stellar Astrophysics

PHYS 345: Junior Seminar

### FALL - Semester 7

Physics Elective

Physics Elective

### SPRING - Semester 8

PHYS 332: Galactic Astrophysics

PHYS 346: Observational Astronomy with Lab

PHYS 445: Physics Capstone

**Dialogues Curriculum:** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

**Department Chair:** Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above. Rev. 2-16-24

## Sample Four Year Plan: Physics (BS) – Astrophysics Track, Start with Calculus II

### FALL - Semester 1

PHYS 185: College Physics I

MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

PHYS 132: Intro to Solar System Astronomy

### SPRING - Semester 2

PHYS 275: Vibrations and Waves

MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

PHYS 186: College Physics II

PHYS 190: Calculus for Physics I

### FALL - Semester 3

PHYS 191: Calculus for Physics II

MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations

CS 170: Introduction to Computer Science I

### SPRING - Semester 4

PHYS 250: Modern Physics I

PHYS 310: Intermediate Laboratory

STAT 290: Statistics

### FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 351: Modern Physics II

PHYS 382: Mathematical Physics

### SPRING - Semester 6

Physics Elective

PHYS 331: Stellar Astrophysics

PHYS 345: Junior Seminar

### FALL - Semester 7

Physics Elective

Physics Elective

### SPRING - Semester 8

PHYS 332: Galactic Astrophysics

PHYS 346: Observational Astronomy with Lab

PHYS 445: Physics Capstone

**Dialogues Curriculum:** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

**Department Chair:** Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above. Rev. 2-16-24

## Sample Plan for Semesters 1-6: Physics/Engineering Dual Degree – Start with Calculus I

### FALL - Semester 1

PHYS 185: College Physics I

MATH 198: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

CS 170: Introduction to Computer Science I

### SPRING - Semester 2

PHYS 190: Calculus for Physics I

MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

### FALL - Semester 3

PHYS 191: Calculus for Physics II

MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

STAT 290: Statistics

### SPRING - Semester 4

PHYS 310: Intermediate Laboratory

PHYS 275: Vibrations and Waves

MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations

### FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 351: Modern Physics II

PHYS 382: Mathematical Physics

### SPRING - Semester 6

Physics Elective

PHYS 345: Junior Seminar

PHYS 445: Physics Capstone

**Notes:**

In addition, a 15-hour learning plan is required.

Learning plan is back-transferred engineering courses.

**Dialogues Curriculum:** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

**Department Chair:** Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above. Rev. 2-16-24

## Sample Plan for Semesters 1-6: Physics/Engineering Dual Degree – Start with Calculus II

### FALL - Semester 1

PHYS 185: College Physics I

MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

CS 170: Introduction to Computer Science I

### SPRING - Semester 2

PHYS 186: College Physics II

PHYS 190: Calculus for Physics I

MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

### FALL - Semester 3

PHYS 191: Calculus for Physics II

MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations

STAT 290: Statistics

### SPRING - Semester 4

PHYS 250: Modern Physics I

PHYS 310: Intermediate Laboratory

PHYS 275: Vibrations and Waves

### FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 351: Modern Physics II

PHYS 382: Mathematical Physics

### SPRING - Semester 6

Physics Elective

PHYS 345: Junior Seminar

PHYS 445: Physics Capstone

**NOTES:**

In addition, a 15-hour learning plan is required.

Learning plan is back-transferred engineering courses.

**Dialogues Curriculum:** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

**Department Chair:** Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above. Rev. 2-16-24

## Sample Plan for Semesters 1-4: Physics, Pre-Engineering, Start with Calculus I

### FALL - Semester 1

PHYS 185: College Physics I

MATH 198: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

### SPRING - Semester 2

PHYS 190: Calculus for Physics I

MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

### FALL - Semester 3

PHYS 191: Calculus for Physics II

MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

STAT 290: Statistics

### SPRING - Semester 4

CHEM 130: Chemical Principles I

MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations

CS 170: Introduction to Computer Science I

**Note: **

PSYC 166: General Psychology is required for Engineering Management.

**Dialogues Curriculum:** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

**Department Chair:** Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above. Rev. 2-16-24

## Sample Plan for Semesters 1-4: Physics, Pre-Engineering, Start with Calculus II

### FALL - Semester 1

PHYS 185: College Physics I

MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

### SPRING - Semester 2

PHYS 186: College Physics II

PHYS 190: Calculus for Physics I

MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

### FALL - Semester 3

PHYS 191: Calculus for Physics II

CHEM 130: Chemical Principles I

STAT 290: Statistics

### SPRING - Semester 4

CS 170: Introduction to Computer Science I

MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations

**Note: **

PSYC 166: General Psychology is required for Engineering Management.

**Dialogues Curriculum:** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

**Department Chair:** Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above. Rev. 2-16-24