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Typical Course Sequence For Physics Majors

The chart below will help students get a rough idea of the type of coures physics majors will take during a typical four year program at Hope College. However, since each student has a different background and different goals for the future, the exact details are different for each student. Please contact a physics faculty member to discuss the possibilities and plan a program that best meets your needs while also satisfying the degree requirements at Hope.

Fall Semester of First Year Spring Semester of First Year
Course Title Credit Hours Course Title Credit Hours
Phys121 General Physics I
3
Phys122 General Physics II
3
Phys141 General Physics Laboratory I
1
Phys142 General Physics Laboratory II
1
Math131 Calculus I
4
Math132 Calculus II
4
IDS100 First Year Seminar
2
CSCI225^ Software Design & Implementation
4
Chem125* General Chemistry
3
     
Chem127* General Chemistry Laboratory
1
   
  General Education Electives
2
  General Education Electives
4
Total Credits
16
Total Credits
16

*General Chemistry can be delayed until the Fall of the sophomore year.
^Scientific computer programming is recommended for students with no prior programming experience.

Fall Semester of Second Year Spring Semester of Second Year
Course Title Credit Hours Course Title Credit Hours
Phys270 Modern Physics
4
Phys281 Intermediate Lab
2
Math231 Multivariable I
4
Math232 Multivariable II
4
Phys295 Accoustics
4
Phys280 Mathematical Methods in Physics I
2
  General Education Electives
6
  General Education Electives
6
Total Credits
16
Total Credits
16
Fall Semester of Third Year Spring Semester of Third Year
Course Title Credit Hours Course Title Credit Hours
Phys361 Analytical Mechanics
4
Phys342 Electricity and Magnetism
4
Phys490 Research
1
Phys382 Advanced Laboratory
2
  Electives
11
  Electives
10
Total Credits
16
Total Credits
16
Fall Semester of Fourth Year Spring Semester of Fourth Year
Course Title Credit Hours Course Title Credit Hours
Phys352 Optics
3
Phys490 Research
1
Phys372 Quantum Theory
4
Phys495 Astrophysics
4
      Phys362 States of Matter
4
  Electives
9
  Electives
7
Total Credits
16
Total Credits
16
  • Alternate year offerings may result in courses highlighted in orange and blue being taken in a different order (295, 342,352,361,362,495).
  • Courses highlighted in orange (295,352,495) are physics electives. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Physics degree, Bachelor of Science in Physics degree and Bachelor of Arts in Physics Education may take these courses to satisfy either physics or general elective requirements.
  • Courses highlighted in blue (342,361,362,372)are also physics electives. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Physics degree, Bachelor of Science in Physics degree and Bachelor of Arts in Physics Education must take a selection of these courses to satisfy their physics elective requirements.