Physics, BS/MS

Note: This curriculum reflects only course work to be taken as an undergraduate student. For additional course work to be taken as a graduate student, see the graduate program in the Northeastern University Graduate Catalog. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Breadth Courses For Physics

MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2331Linear Algebra4
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
MATH 3081Probability and Statistics4
General Engineering
GE 1111Engineering Problem Solving and Computation4
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
Technical Electives
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Statistics and Software
Introduction to Multisample Statistics
MATH 2321 to MATH 5999
PHYS 2303 to PHYS 7999
CHEM 2311 to CHEM 5999
BIOL 2301 to BIOL 5999
ENVR 2300 to ENVR 5999
CHME 2001 to CHME 4699
CIVE 2001 to CIVE 4699
EECE 2001 to EECE 5999
ME 2001 to ME 4699
IE 2001 to IE 4699
Classical Mechanics and Math Methods
PHYS 7301Classical Mechanics/Math Methods4

Physics Major Requirements

Introductory Physics
Physics 1
Complete one of the following:5
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 2
Complete one of the following:5
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Intermediate Physics
PHYS 2303Modern Physics4
PHYS 2305Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4
PHYS 2371
and PHYS 2372
and Lab for PHYS 2371
Advanced Physics
PHYS 3600Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 3601Classical Dynamics4
PHYS 3602Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 3603Electromagnetic Waves and Optics4
PHYS 5115Quantum Mechanics4
Elective Course
Complete one of the following:4
Mathematical and Computational Methods for Physics
PHYS 3500 to PHYS 7999
Experiential Learning
Complete one course in experiential learning. Note: The experiential learning requirement is waived following a student presentation connected with a co-op and/or research experience. The requirement is often fulfilled by a talk at a Society of Physics Students meeting but can be fulfilled by an adequately documented presentation at a professional meeting or at an appropriate campus event. Contact your faculty advisor for additional information.4
Senior Capstone
PHYS 5318Principles of Experimental Physics4

Physics Major Credit Requirement

Complete 91 semester hours in the major.

Graduate Course Work to Be Taken as an Undergraduate Student

Minimum 3.000 GPA required in all graduate courses

Graduate Courses
Complete the following courses as an undergraduate student. These courses fulfill requirements listed above:
PHYS 5115Quantum Mechanics4
PHYS 5318Principles of Experimental Physics4
PHYS 7301Classical Mechanics/Math Methods4

General Electives

Additional courses taken beyond college and major course requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

Program Requirements

133 total semester hours required for the bachelor’s degree
Minimum 3.000 GPA required in all graduate courses