PLANS OF STUDY FOR MAJORING IN PHYSICS


What follows are some common plans of study for the physics major at Davidson College.  Four plans are given as a guide (two typical plans, a plan for semester abroad, and a plan for starting the major in the sophomore year).  These four plans are not the only ones possible because there is a lot of flexibility in when you might take certain courses [for example, your elective or PHY 200 (computational physics)].  We strongly recommend that you talk to the Chair of the department as soon as possible if you are considering majoring in physics.

Plan of Study A (which frees up senior year for independent research)

year 1   year 2  
fall spring fall spring
PHY 130/120 PHY 230/220 PHY 320 PHY 200
      PHY 201
     
year 3   year 4  
fall spring fall spring
PHY 310 PHY 335 PHY 360 elective
PHY 330 PHY 350    

 

Plan of Study B (which more evenly distributes courses in junior and senior years)

year 1   year 2  
fall spring fall spring
PHY 130/120 PHY 230/220 PHY 320 PHY 200
      PHY 201
     
year 3   year 4  
fall spring fall spring
PHY 330 PHY 335 PHY 310 elective
PHY 350 PHY 360  

 

Plan of Study with spring semester abroad (junior year)

year 1   year 2  
fall spring fall spring
PHY 130/120 PHY 230/220 PHY 320 PHY 200
      PHY 201
     
year 3   year 4  
fall spring fall spring
PHY 310   PHY 360 PHY 335
PHY 330   elective PHY 350

Note: going abroad for the entire junior year is possible
but requires advanced planning, please contact the department chair for details.

 

Plan of Study for starting the major during the sophomore year

year 1   year 2  
fall spring fall spring
  PHY 130/120 PHY 230/220
      PHY 201
     
year 3   year 4  
fall spring fall spring
PHY 320 PHY 200 PHY 310 PHY 335
PHY 330 PHY 350 PHY 360 elective

 


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