Courses

The Tri-College Course Guide has the most up-to-date course schedule.

The course catalog has official descriptions of each course. The course number links in the tables below generally go to the course catalog entry.

See the Academic Program link at the right to find out how all the classes fit together for potential majors and minors. And see these typical plans of study for majors [pdf].

Fall 2014

Physics courses offered in Fall 2014
PHYS 002M FYS: Medical Physics (class website)
PHYS 003 General Physics I (class website)
PHYS 005 Spacetime and Quanta
PHYS 007 Introductory Mechanics
PHYS 063* Procedures in Experimental Physics
PHYS 081*, 082*, 083* Advanced Lab I, II, and I & II
PHYS 111 Analytical Dynamics (moodle page)
PHYS 112 Electrodynamics
Astronomy courses offered in Fall 2014
ASTR 001 Introductory Astronomy
ASTR 016 Modern Astrophysics (class website)
ASTR 129 Cosmology (class website)

*Half-credit course

Spring 2015

Physics courses offered in Spring 2015
PHYS 004 General Physics II
PHYS 004L General Physics II: with Biological and Medical Applications
PHYS 008 Electricity, Magnetism, & Waves
PHYS 013* Thermodynamics/Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 015* Optics
PHYS 017* Mathematical Methods of Physics
PHYS 018* Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 081*, 082*, 083* Advanced Lab I, II, and I & II
PHYS 113 Quantum Theory
PHYS 114 Statistical Physics
PHYS 130 General Relativity
Astronomy courses offered in Spring 2015
ASTR 061* Current Problems in Astronomy & Astrophysics (class website)
ASTR 125 Stars in the Interstellar Medium (class website)

*Half-credit course

Note: Course offerings are subject to change.

In future years, the course offerings will be similar to what is listed here for the current year. We note that we have recently implemented some changes to the curriculum, replacing the old courses Physics 14 and 50 with four half-semester courses: Thermo & Stat Mech (Physics 13), Optics (Physics 15),  Math Methods (Physics 17),  and Quantum Mechanics (Physics 18).  These four new courses were all offered for the first time in the Spring 2013 semester. Starting in Spring 2014 we will offer all four of those half-semester courses and also offer Electricity & Magnetism (Physics 8) every spring.  The courses we anticipate offering every year include Physics 3, 5, 7, 111, and 112 each fall, and in the spring Physics 4 (and/or 4L), 8, 13, 15, 17, 18, 113, and 114, with additional FYSs, 20-level courses, and advanced seminars (130-level) seminars each semester as staffing permits.

Astronomy 16 will be offered every fall and Astronomy 61 every spring. Astronomy 1 will be offered at least one semester each year, and each upper level astronomy seminar will be offered once every fourth semester.  Additionally, directed reading (PHYS or ASTR 93) and research projects (PHYS or ASTR 94) opportunities are available for students each semester, by arrangement with individual faculty members.