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Physics

THE FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

For almost a century, the University of Delaware’s Physics and Astronomy program has provided a world class undergraduate physics education that meets the goals of STEM education. Our graduates join a variety of physical science and engineering graduate programs, enter medical school, find employment in industry and teach in high schools all over the country.

 

RELATED MAJORS

Physics Education

Astronomy

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Chemical Physics
  • Superfluids
  • Astronomy
  • Spintronics
  • Quantum Information
  • Computational Physics
  • Magnetic Systems
  • Laser Matter Interactions
  • Space Physics
  • Particle Astrophysics
  • Material Sciences

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Secondary Education
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Defense and Aerospace
  • Biophysics and Bioengineering

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Astrophysics
  • Medicine/Medical Physics
  • Law

What’s special about this program?

Physicists and astronomers investigate the fundamental properties of our physical world and develop a quantitative understanding of its phenomena. This enterprise has resulted in a deep and elegant foundation for rapid and continuing technological development. At the same time, with the scale of the investigations ranging from the sub-atomic to the trans-galactic, physics and astronomy have had a profound impact on how we perceive the universe and our position in it. Nevertheless, many puzzles remain and new questions are asked every day, so that the process of discovery and explanation continues briskly.

Get Involved

Society for Physics Students

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Sample curriculum

FALL

PHYS169

Perspectives on Physics and Astronomy

 

PHYS207 and PHYS227 (lab)

 

 

Fundamentals of Physics I (and lab)

 

 

CHEM103 and CHEM133 (lab)

 

General Chemistry (and lab)

 

MATH241 or MATH231 and MATH232

 

Analytic Geometry and Calculus A or Integrated Calculus 1A and Integrated Calculus 1B

 

First Year Seminar

 

 
Foreign Language Requirement (1/3)  
   

SPRING

PHYS208 and PHYS228 (lab)

 

Fundamentals of Physics II (and lab)

 

CISC106

 

General Computer Science for Engineers

 

MATH242

Analytic Geometry and Calculus B

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

PHYS209

Aespects of Modern Physics

 

FALL

MATH243

Analytic Geometry and Calculus C

 

PHYS211

Oscilliations and Waves

 

Physics Elective (1/6) PHYS310 - Introduction to Thermal Physics (Recommended)
MATH243

Analytic Geometry and Calculus C

 

Foreign Language Requirement (2/3)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (1/9)

 

 

SPRING

Physics Elective (2/6)

PHYS309 - Physics of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (Recommended)

 

Physics Elective (3/6)

PHYS313 - Physical Optics (Recommended)

 

Foreign Language Requirement (3/3)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (2/9)

 

 
University Breadth Requirement (3/9)  

FALL

Physics Elective (4/6)

PHYS424 - Quantum Mechanics I (Recommended)

 

University Breadth Requirement (4/9)

 

Second Writing Requirement

 

University Breadth Requirement (5/9)

 

 

Multicultural Requirement

 

 

Free Elective (1/10)

 

 

SPRING

Physics Elective (5/6)

PHYS333 - Fundamentals of Astrophysics (Recommended)

 

University Breadth Requirement (6/9)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (7/9)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (8/9)

 

 

Free Elective (2/10)

 

 

FALL

Physics Elective (6/6)

PHYS468 - Introduction to Research (Recommended/DLE and Capstone Requirements)

 

University Breadth Requirement (9/9)

 

 

 

Free Elective (3/10)

 

 
Free Elective (4/10)

 

 

Free Elective (5/10)

 

 

SPRING

Free Elective (6/10)

 

 

Free Elective (7/10)

 

 

Free Elective (8/10)

 

 

Free Elective (9/10)

 

 

Free Elective (10/10)

 

 

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