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.

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 3602Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 5115Quantum Mechanics4
Physics Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Mathematical and Computational Methods for Physics
Mathematical and Computational Methods for Physics
Astrophysics and Cosmology
Introduction to Particle and Nuclear Physics
Physics of Advanced Materials
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
or PHIL 1215 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
PHIL 4500Theory of Knowledge4
or PHIL 4505 Metaphysics
Philosophy Advanced Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Philosophy of Religion
20th-Century Continental Philosophy
20th-Century Analytic Philosophy
History of Jewish Rationalism
Moral Philosophy
History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Advanced Medical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophy of Social Science
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Language
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Topics in Philosophy Seminar
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
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

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

131 total semester hours required

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001MATH 13424Vacation0Vacation0
MATH 13414PHYS 11654  
Elective4PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11614PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11621PHIL 11154  
PHYS 11630ENGW 11114  
PHIL undergraduate elective4   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHIL 23254PHYS 23054Vacation0Co-op0
MATH 23214MATH 23414  
PHYS 23034PHIL 23304  
PHYS 23713Elective4  
 15 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHYS 36014Elective4Co-op0
 PHYS 36024PHYS 36004 
 PHIL undergraduate elective4  
 PHIL 45054  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHIL undergraduate elective4Elective4Co-op0
 ENGW 33024PHYS undergraduate elective4 
 PHIL 45104  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
Co-op0PHIL 49024  
 PHYS 51154  
 PHYS undergraduate elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130