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The Department of Physics offers a Major in Physics, Major in Physics with an Emphasis in Astronomy, and a Minor in Physics.

**Maximum Credits in Physics Courses**

Physics majors should be aware that a maximum of 48 credits of physics courses can be counted toward the 120 units required for graduation. Physics majors are welcome to take more than 48 credits of physics courses, but doing so will necessitate completion of more than 120 credits in order to receive a B.A. from Whittier College.

**Preparation for Graduate Programs**

Students planning to enter Ph.D. programs in Physics should plan to take more than the minimum number of Physics and Math courses.

To receive a B.A. in Physics from Whittier College, students must complete 31 credits of required physics courses, 15 credits of required math courses, and either option I or option II below.

**Required Physics Courses:**

**Calculus-based Physics I (Mechanics), PHYS 150,** 4 credits**Calculus-based Physics II (Electricity, Magnetism and Thermodynamics), PHYS 180,** 5 credits**Computational Oscillations and Waves, PHYS 250,** 3 credits**Optics and Modern Physics, PHYS 275,** 4 credits**Classical Mechanics, PHYS 310,** 3 credits**Electromagnetic Theory, PHYS 330,** 3 credits**Quantum Mechanics, PHYS 350,** 3 credits**Experimental Physics, PHYS 380,** 3 credits**Senior Seminar, PHYS 499A,B,** 3 credits

**Required Math Courses:**

**Calculus I and II, MATH 141 A, B,** 8 credits

(Note: MATH 139 A, B may substitute for MATH 141A)**Calculus III, MATH 241,** 4 credits**Elementary Applied Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, MATH 242,** 3 credits

**Option I**

Completion of 9 credits from the following list (at least six must be in Physics)** Electronics and Computer Interfacing, PHYS 205,** 3 credits** Optics, PHYS 320,** 3 credits** Statistical Physics, PHYS 315,** 3 credits** Astrophysics, PHYS 360,** 3 credits** Solid State Physics, PHYS 375,** 3 credits** Selected Topics, PHYS 390,490,** 3 credits** Undergraduate Research, PHYS 396,496,** 1-3 credits** Complex Variables, MATH 344,** 3 credits** Differential Equations I, MATH 345A,** 3 credits** Numerical Analysis, MATH 350,** 3 credits** Linear Algebra, MATH 380,** 3 credits** Programming I, COSC 120,** 3 credits

**Option II**

Completion of 6 credits from the list above (at least 3 in physics) plus a two-semester introductory sequence in another science approved by the department (e.g., CHEM 110 A, B).

To receive a B.A. in Physics with an emphasis in Astronomy from Whittier College, students must complete 44 credits of required physics courses, and 15 credits of required math courses.

**Required Physics Courses:**

**Astronomy of the Solar System, PHYS 100,** 3 credits**Astronomy of Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe, PHYS 101, **3 credits**Calculus-based Physics I (Mechanics), PHYS 150,** 4 credits**Calculus-based Physics II (Electricity, Magnetism and Thermodynamics), PHYS 180,** 5 credits**Computational Oscillations and Waves, PHYS 250,** 3 credits**Search for Extraterrestrial Life, PHYS 260,** 4 credits**Optics and Modern Physics, PHYS 275,** 4 credits**Classical Mechanics, PHYS 310,** 3 credits**Optics, PHYS 320,** 3 credits**Electromagnetic Theory, PHYS 330,** 3 credits**Astrophysics, PHYS 360,** 3 credits**Experimental Physics, PHYS 380,** 3 credits**Senior Seminar, PHYS 499A,B,** 3 credits

**Required Math Courses:**

**Calculus I and II, MATH 141 A, B,** 8 credits

(Note: MATH 139 A, B may substitute for MATH 141A)**Calculus III, MATH 241,** 4 credits**Elementary Applied Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, MATH 242,** 3 credits

To receive a minor in Physics from Whittier College, students must complete at least 22 credits in physics and 12 credits in math.

**Required Physics Courses:**

**Calculus-based Physics I (Mechanics), PHYS 150,** 4 credits**Calculus-based Physics II (Electricity, Magnetism and Thermodynamics), PHYS 180,** 5 credits**Computational Oscillations and Waves, PHYS 250,** 3 credits**Optics and Modern Physics, PHYS 275,** 4 credits**Two upper division physics courses approved by the Physics Department,** 6 credits

**Required Math Courses:**

**Calculus I and II, MATH 141 A, B,** 8 credits

(Note: MATH 139 A, B may substitute for MATH 141A)**Calculus III, MATH 241,** 4 credits