**Description: **
A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.
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The major in physics requires strong scientific and mathematical proficiencies. Successful students spend about 50 to 60 hours per week on academic studies. This includes time in classes and laboratories and about 30 to 40 hours in studying and preparing assignments. If you enjoy logic puzzles, such as mathematical word problems and you have a natural curiosity about how things work, then you will likely enjoy learning about physics.

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The required and elective courses you
would take for **Physics** majors vary considerably among institutions.
Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth
of topics you are likely to experience were you to major
in this field.

- Algorithmic Processes for Computers
- Analysis
- Chemical Principles and Measurements
- Differential Equations
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
- General Physics
- Mechanics: Dynamics
- Modern Atomic Physics
- Numerical Methods in Computing
- Optics
- Thermodynamics