A variety of courses are offered to physics majors, students of other sciences and engineering, and non-scientists. The classes for physics majors are small and feature individualized instruction.

Introductory courses are designed for students with a variety of physics and mathematical backgrounds, ranging from those with excellent preparation to those with a minimum of mathematical training. You can read our guide to choosing the right physics course to help you decide which to take. You also can consult the list of courses currently being offered to find out what you can take this semester. Syllabi for the most recent offerings of all our courses are also available.

The physics curriculum includes several physics major options to choose from, as well as a physics minor. The study of physics can be combined with other intellectual pursuits and can be part of preparation for a variety of careers. Many of our students go on to graduate school in physics, but many of them go on to other graduate and professional programs. Many of our students also graduate straight into careers in scientific, engineering, and other fields.

Upon completion of the B.S. physics major, students will:

  • Be prepared for graduate study in physics or closely related fields at leading universities, if that is the career path they choose to pursue;
  • Be prepared to embark on a career in a technical industry, if that is their choice;
  • Have a solid grasp of the principles of classical and modern physics;
  • Be able to apply quantitative critical thinking to the solution of a wide variety of problems, including real-world open-ended problems;
  • Be able to conduct experiments and to interpret and report the results in the appropriate scientific fora;
  • Be able to make oral and written presentations of scientific findings;
  • Be able to read and interpret scientific literature;
  • Appreciate the elegance, usefulness, and central foundational nature of physics and its relationship to other science;
  • Display a love of learning and of applying quantitative reasoning to the world around them.

Upon completion of the A.B. physics major, students will:

  • Be prepared for graduate study in physics or related fields or for careers in technical industry;
  • Understand the basic principles of classical and modern physics;
  • Be able to apply quantitative critical thinking to the solution of problems;
  • Understand the use and importance of experimentation to test hypotheses;
  • Appreciate the elegance, usefulness, and central foundational nature of physics and its relationship to other science;
  • Display a love of learning and of applying quantitative reasoning to the world around them.