Physics and Philosophy, BS

The combined major in physics and philosophy provides a strong foundation in classical and modern physics, including studies of the various physical phenomena including electromagnetism, dynamics, building blocks of matter, energy, and radiation. It also provides students with an understanding of the methods and traditions of philosophical thought, as well as with opportunities to critically and collaboratively reflect on the nature of the world and the human situation in it. Students will be able to describe the method by which physical “law” is made manifest in the sciences, how this knowledge compares with other epistemological models studied in other contexts, and philosophical views on the status and source of physical “law.”

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.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

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
Electronics
and Lab for PHYS 2371
4
Advanced Physics
PHYS 3600Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 3602Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 5115Quantum Mechanics4
Physics Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Mathematical and Computational Methods for Physics
Astrophysics and Cosmology
Introduction to Particle and Nuclear Physics
Complex Networks and Applications
Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Biological Physics 1
Medical Physics
Medical Physics Seminar 1
Medical Physics Seminar 2

Philosophy Major Requirements

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
PHIL 4500Theory of Knowledge4
Philosophy Advanced Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Existentialism
Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Mind
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Comparative Religious Ethics
Additional Electives
Complete four PHIL courses.16

Physics/Philosophy Integrative Requirements

Integrative Course Requirements
PHIL 4510Philosophy of Science4
PHYS 3601Classical Dynamics4

Breadth Courses

Mathematics
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4

Physics and Philosophy Major Credit Requirement

Complete 98 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001PHYS 11654Vacation0Vacation0
PHYS 11614PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11621PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11630MATH 13424  
MATH 13414PHIL 23254  
PHIL 11154Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 23034PHYS 23054Vacation0Co-op0
PHYS 23713MATH 23414  
PHYS 23721PHIL elective4  
MATH 23214PHIL elective4  
PHIL 23304EESC 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHYS 360114PHYS 36004Co-op0
 PHYS elective4Elective4 
 PHIL 4505 or PHIL 45004  
 PHIL elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHYS 36024Elective4Co-op0
 PHIL 45104Elective4 
 PHIL elective4  
 ENGW 33074  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0PHYS 51154  
 PHIL advanced elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 132

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001PHYS 11654MATH 23214MATH 23414
PHYS 11614PHYS 11661Elective4Elective4
PHYS 11621PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11630MATH 13424  
MATH 13414PHIL 23254  
PHIL 1115 or PHIL 12154PHIL 23304  
ENGW 11114   
 18 17 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 23034PHYS 23054PHYS 36004Co-op0
PHYS 23713PHYS 360114Elective4 
PHYS 23721PHIL elective4  
PHIL elective4PHIL elective4  
PHIL elective4EESC 20001  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHYS 36024ENGW 33074Co-op0
 PHYS elective4Elective4 
 PHIL 4505 or PHIL 45004  
 PHIL 45104  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0PHYS 51154  
 PHIL advanced elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 132