Physics Curriculum

Our Academic Catalog shows paths for physics and engineering majors. It includes recommendations for when to take physics and math classes. It is good place to start for students making their 4 year plans.

Many of our students are interested in engineering, and stay with us for two, three, or four years before transferring to engineering schools. For more information, please see our Engineering page.

For students interested in astronomy, we also have a separate CSB+SJU Astronomy Department. We do not have an astronomy major, though we do regularly offer two introductory astronomy courses. The Physics Department also offers an elective in astrophysics once every few years.

Students interested in completing a 9-12 teaching licensure in Physics need to contact the Education Department Chair early in their program and review the requirements for the Secondary Education minor.

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Course Number Course Title Credits
PHYS 101 Perspectives in Physics 4 Credits
PHYS 102 Light and Color 4 Credits
PHYS 102L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 105 Physics for the Life Sciences I 4 Credits
PHYS 105L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 106 Physics for the Life Sciences II 4 Credits
PHYS 106L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 110 The Physics of Forensics 4 Credits
PHYS 110L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 150 The Physics of Music 4 Credits
PHYS 150L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 155 Introduction to Engineering 2 Credits
PHYS 163 Environmental Radiation 4 Credits
PHYS 187 Introduction to Meteorology 4 Credits
PHYS 187L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 191 Foundations of Physics I 4 Credits
PHYS 191L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 200 Foundations of Physics II 4 Credits
PHYS 200L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 211 Foundations of Physics III 4 Credits
PHYS 217 Digital Electronics 2 Credits
PHYS 217L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 222 C++ and Fortran for Scientists 2 Credits
PHYS 255 CAD Prototyping & Testing 2 Credits
PHYS 271 Individual Learning Project 1-4 Credits
PHYS 281 Problem Solving 1 Credit
PHYS 310 Special Topics in Physics 2 Credits
PHYS 310A Topics in Mechanics 2 Credits
PHYS 310B Topics in Waves/Electromagnetism 2 Credits
PHYS 310C Topics in Optics & Modern Physics 2 Credits
PHYS 320 Modern Physics 4 Credits
PHYS 322 C++ and Fortran for Scientists 2 Credits
PHYS 332 Intermediate Physics Laboratory 1 Credit
PHYS 338 Analog Electronics for Scientists 2 Credits
PHYS 338L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 339 Physical Mechanics 4 Credits
PHYS 341 Electricity and Magnetism 4 Credits
PHYS 343 Thermodynamics 2 Credits
PHYS 344 Statistical Mechanics 2 Credits
PHYS 346 Quantum Mechanics I 4 Credits
PHYS 348 Advanced Theoretical Physics 2-4 Credits
PHYS 353 Applied Nuclear Physics 2 Credits
PHYS 353L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 355 MATLAB for Physical Applications 2 Credits
PHYS 357 Experimental Optics 2 Credits
PHYS 357L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 358 Advanced Electronics 2 Credits
PHYS 358L Laboratory 0 Credits
PHYS 362 Topics in Modern Physics 2 Credits
PHYS 363 Topics in Nuclear Physics 2 Credits
PHYS 364 Topics in Astrophysics 2 Credits
PHYS 365 Topics in Elementary Particle Physics 2 Credits
PHYS 366 Topics in Relativity 2 Credits
PHYS 367 Optics 2 Credits
PHYS 368 Topics in Space Physics 2 Credits
PHYS 370 Advanced Physics Laboratory 1 Credit
PHYS 371 Individual Learning Project 1-4 Credits
PHYS 372 Senior Research 1 Credit
PHYS 373 Senior Thesis 1 Credit
PHYS 374 Senior Engineering Design Project 1 Credit
PHYS 381 Research Seminar 1 Credit
PHYS 397 Summer Internship 1-16 Credits