Majors and concentrators should plan their programs of study with the director of undergraduate studies before the beginning of the junior year. Prospective physics majors are strongly encouraged to begin one of the introductory physics sequences in their first year. Majors should aim to acquire as extensive a background in mathematics as possible. The department considers laboratory experience to be an essential part of the physics curriculum. Majors and concentrators can gain such experience in the intermediate-level laboratories, the electronics laboratory and through experimental research in faculty research groups.
A grade of C- or better must be obtained for a course to count toward the majors or the concentration. The grade of P is not acceptable, but a course that was taken P/D/F may be counted if and only if the P is uncovered by the Registrar's deadline.
A minimum of 41 points in physics courses, including:
24 points in physics including one of the introductory sequences.
It is also possible to major in Astrophysics, Biophysics and Chemical Physics. Students interested in these areas should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and with cognate departments (Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry).