Physics

Standard concentration for the A.B. degree

PHYS 0070, 0160 (or 0030, 0040 or 0050, 0060), 0470, 0500, 0560, 1410, 1530 and one additional 1000-level course or a mathematics course beyond the introductory level.

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree

Prerequisites: PHYS 0070, 0160 (or 0050, 0060); MATH 0190, or 0090, 0100.
Program: PHYS 0470, 0500, 0560, 1410, 1420, 1510, 1530, 1560, 1980. One additional 1000 or 2000 level Physics course or upper level course in related fields of science chosen by the student with agreement of his or her advisor. Mathematics: four (4) courses beyond 0190 or 0090, 0100 including choices from Applied Mathematics. In addition, courses in computer programming are recommended.

A senior thesis is required. This is to be prepared in connection with PHYS 1990 under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The topic may be in a related department or of interdisciplinary nature. In any event, a dissertation must be submitted.

Honors

Candidates for honors in physics will be expected to pursue a more rigorous and extensive program than those merely concentrating in the subject. In addition they will be required to begin an honors thesis during the seventh semester and to complete it (as part of PHYS 1990) during the eighth semester. Honors candidates are also expected to take a special oral examination on the thesis at the end of the eighth semester. Further details about the program may be obtained from the chair of the department or the departmental honors advisor.


Astrophysics Track for the Sc.B. degree

Eighteen courses are required.
Prerequisites: PHYS 0070, 0160 (or 0050, 0060), PHYS 0270; MATH 0170 and 0180, or MATH 0190 and 0200, or MATH 0350 (or equivalent); PHYS 0470.
Program: MATH 0520, 0540, or PHYS 0720; and one of the following Math courses: APMA 0330, 0350, 0340, 0360, MATH 1110, or 1120. PHYS 0500, 0560, 1410, and 1530. Three of the following coures: PHYS 1100, 1250, 1270, or 1280; and two additonal 1000- or 2000-level courses in physics or a related field which are not listed as requirements.

A senior thesis is required. This is to be prepared in connection with PHYS 1990 under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The topic may be in a related department or of interdisciplinary nature. In any event, a dissertation must be submitted.


Biological Physics Track for the Sc.B. degree

Required Courses: Foundations of Physics:PHYS 0070 or 0050 or ENGN 0040; PHYS 0160 or 0060; PHYS 0470; PHYS 0500; PHYS 1410; PHYS 1530; PHYS 0720 alone or one of APMA 0330, 0350, or MATH 1110; combined with one of MATH 0180, 0200, 0350, 0520 or 0540. Basic Biology and Chemistry: BIOL 0200 (or placement out of BIOL 0200); BIOL 0500, and CHEM 0330. Advanced Biophysical Topics and Techniques: PHYS 1610 and PHYS 1990.
Elective courses (four chosen from the following list, with at least two 1000-level courses, or additional courses approved by the concentration advisor): APMA 0360, 0410, 0650, 1070, 1080; BIOL 0280, 0470, 1050, 1130, 1200, 1270, 1870, 1940T; CHEM 0350, 0360; MATH 0090, 0170, 0190, 1610, 1620; PHYS 0560, 1510, 1560, 2620F.

A senior thesis is required. This is to be prepared in connection with PHYS 1990 under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The topic may be in a related department or of interdisciplinary nature. In any event, a dissertation must be submitted.


Mathematical Physics Track for the A.B. degree

Prerequisites: MATH 0090, 0100, or 0190; PHYS 0050 or 0070. The required mathematics courses are MATH 0180 or 0200 or 0350 and 0520 or 0540; 1110; and at least one of the following: 1060, 1120, 1610. The required physics sequence consists of PHYS 0060 or 0160; 0470; 0500; 0560; and at least two of the following: 1410, 1420, 1510, 1530, 1560. Concentrators are required to take at least one course in mathematics and one in physics in each of their last two semesters.


Mathematical Physics Track for the Sc.B. degree

Prerequisites: PHYS 0070, 0160 (or 0050, 0060); MATH 0190 (or 0090, 0100). 15 Required Courses: PHYS 0470, 0500, 0560, 1410, 1530; MATH 0180, 0200 or 0350; 0520 or 0540; MATH 1530; four additional 1000 or 2000 level PHYS courses and two additional 1000 or 2000 level MATH courses.

A senior thesis is required. This is to be prepared in connection with PHYS 1990 under the direction of a faculty supervisor.




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