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Course Requirements 

To receive a B.A. or B.S. in Physics from Millikin University, you must complete at least 36 hours in approved courses, where 27 hours will be a core set of physics courses, and the remaining 9+ hours must be at the 300 level or higher.  The courses may or may not be in physics, but they must be agreed upon jointly between you and your academic advisor before the end of your junior year.  Regardless of the departments where the courses come from, whichever courses you choose should reflect the academic rigor and emphasis on analytical thinking present in advanced physics courses.

Plan of Study (Entering in an odd year)
Plan of Study (Entering in an even year)

Required Courses

All Physics majors will take the following core courses:


Course Name

Course Number

Number of Hours

University Physics I

PY 151

4

University Physics II

PY 152

4

Modern Physics

PY 253

4

Experimental Physics I

PY 262

4

Analytical Mechanics

PY 352

3

Electromagnetism I

PY 403

3

Quantum Mechanics

PY 406

3

Senior Research

PY 482

2

 

Total

27

Traditionally, you will take PY 151 and 152 as a freshman and PY 253 and 262 as a sophomore.  PY 352, 403, 406, and other advanced Physics courses will be offered every other year, in general, so when you take those courses will depend on when they enter the program.  All Physics majors are required to perform at least one semester of independent research as a senior, during the spring.  You also have the option of doing a more extensive project (which would cover both semesters) for more credit.

The following Mathematics and Chemistry courses (or their equivalent) are also required:


Course Name

Course Number

Number of Hours

Calculus I

MA 140

4

Calculus II

MA 240

4

Calculus III

MA 250

4

Differential Equations

MA 305

3

General Chemistry

CH 121

3

Intro Chemistry Lab I

CH 151

1

General Inorganic Chem.

CH 224

3

Intro Chemistry Lab II

CH 152

1

 

Total

23

 It is also highly recommended that you take at least one course in Biology.

Individualized Component

From this point on, you will have a choice of how to complete your major. In consultation with your academic advisor, you will choose at least 9 additional hours (which is traditionally three courses), at the 300 level or higher, which best fit your career goals. Some examples are given below:

1. Graduate School in Physics

If you want to attend graduate school in Physics, you would choose at least three (probably more) of the following courses:


Course Name

Course Number

Number of Hours

Physical Chemistry I/Lab

PY 303/CH 351

3/4

Physical Chemistry II/Lab

PY 304/CH 353

3/4

Experimental Physics II

PY 362

3

Mathematical Physics

PY 401

3

Electromagnetism II

PY 404

3

In addition, you would most likely take:


Course Name

Course Number

Number of Hours

Linear Algebra

MA 303

3

Numerical Analysis

MA 313

3

Many Physics majors who attend graduate school in Physics also major in Mathematics, which would require additional Math courses. 

2. Pre-medicine

If you wish to attend medical school, to pursue a career in medicine or in medical Physics, you could take the following courses, in addition to any prerequisites:


Course Name

Course Number

Number of Hours

Genetics w/Lab

BI 300/350

4

Molecular and Cellular Biology w/Lab

BI 305/355

4

Biochemistry

CH 331

3

Comparative Anatomy

BI 301

5

Histology

BI 302

4

Molecular Genetics

BI 407

4

Advanced Cell Biology

BI 413

3

The specific set of courses needed for graduate school in the health professions will differ, depending on which field you're interested in. You will coordinate your schedule with both your academic advisor and the pre-professional advisor.

3. Business/Consulting

If you wish to go into business, or pursue a career in consulting or finance (this is a somewhat popular option for students with graduate degrees in Physics), you could choose from the following courses:


Course Name

Course Number

Number of Hours

Principles of Management

MG 300

3

Financial Markets and Institutions

FI 301

4

Investments

FI 352

3

International Trade and Finance

FI 354

3

Corporate Finance

FI 364

3

Marketing Principles and Practices

MK 300

3

Marketing Research

MK 320

3

 
 
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