Department of Physics

Graduate School Track

Purpose

Each year, approximately 60% of all Physics majors choose to attend graduate school in Physics, Astronomy, or another field. Roughly half of students pursuing graduate degrees outside of Physics/Astronomy study an Engineering discipline, with the other half split between business, law, medicine, computer science, and education. This advising track is for students interested in pursuing graduate school in Physics, Astronomy, or Engineering. For other fields, students should see one of the other advising tracks or speak directly with a member of the Physics department faculty.

Status One year after earning a Physics Bachelor's

Suggested Electives: MATH 2500 and 3425, PHYSICS 4700, 4800

Plan of Study

The following plan of study is a suggested guide to best prepare students to succeed in graduate school related to Physics, Engineering, Astronomy, or another technical field. The plan is based on the Flexible Study Plan [Hyperlink] for a B.S. Physics major incorporating the suggested electives listed above. Course descriptions can be found in the UNI Course Catalog.

1st Year, Fall Semester - 15 hrs 1st Year, Spring Semester - 14 hrs
MATH 1420 - Calculus I 4 MATH 1421 - Calculus II 4
PHYSICS 1100 - 1st Year Projects in Physics 1 PHYSICS 1702 -  Physics II for Science & Eng. 4
PHYSICS 1701 - Physics I for Sci. & Engineering 4 Cornerstone II or Oral Communications 3
Cornerstone I or Coll. Read. & Writing 3 University Elective 3
University Elective 3    
       
2nd Year, Fall Semester - 17 hrs 2nd Year, Spring Semester - 15 hrs
MATH 2422 - Calculus III 4 PHYSICS 4100 - Modern Physics 4
PHYSICS 2300 - Physics III Theory & Simulation 3 PHYSICS 4110 - Modern Physics Lab 2
PHYSICS 4300 - Introduction to Electronics 4 PHYSICS 2700 - Math Methods of Phys. 3
Humanities I 3 Humanities II 3
MATH 2500 - Linear Algebra 3 Social Science 3
       
3rd Year, Fall Semester - 16 hrs 3rd Year, Spring Semester - 17 hrs
PHYSICS 4600 - Classical Mechanics 4 PHYSICS 4900 Thermo & Stat Mech 4
PHYSICS 3700 - Physics Seminar 1 PHYSICS 4700 - Electrodynamics 4
PHYSICS 3000/Physics 3500 - Research 2 University Elective 3
Non-Western Cultures 3 Literature, Philosophy, or Religion 3
Fine Arts 3 Social Science 3
MATH 3425 - Differential Equations 3    
       
4th Year, Fall Semester - 15 hrs 4th Year, Spring Semester - 17 hrs
Capstone 2 PHYSICS 4860 - Computational Physics 3
 University Electives 7 Social Science 3
Life Science 3 University Electives 7
Personal Wellness 3  PHYSICS 4800 - Quantum Mechanics 4
       

 

Required courses are in bold..

Liberal Arts Core classes are in italics. See the Liberal Arts Core Link for more details.

Science & Math electives are in bold.

University electives are in black. (Some have been selected as specific courses to best prepare students)

Notes:

  1. Students are advised to take more upper level physics courses and/or science & math courses as electives to better prepare for graduate study.

  2. Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics are offered every other year, so they may be taken in reverse order for some students.