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A major in Energy & Environmental Physics will provide a student with knowledge of "the physical laws governing the environment" (Physics of the Environment, A W Brinkman). This includes observations of the interactions among the environmental variables (atmospheric and fluid), and practical use of this information particularly as it relates to alternative energy sources. This major will propel students into the burgeoning field of renewable energy, while giving them a solid base of theoretical Physics.
To graduate with a Physics Major, the student must have done at Level I:
A major requires 36 Part II credits, 33 of which are core courses, and the other 3 from electives.
A minor requires 18 Part II credits, all of which are highlighted in the table below.
|Level II||Level III|
|Core for Major and Minor||PHYS2300 – General Physics Lab 1||PHYS3661 – Atmosphere & Climate|
|PHYS2351 – Quantum Mechanics and Nuclear Physics|
|PHYS2386 – Electricity and Magnetism and Optics|
|PHYS2396 – Computer Applications in Physics||PHYS3671 – Solar Power|
|PHYS2600 – Fluid Dynamics and Environmental Physics Laboratory|
|Core for Major only||PHYS2671 – Fluid Dynamics||PHYS3681 – Wind & Hydro Power|
|ELET3611 – Integrating Alternative Energy|
|ELET2420 - Introduction to Semiconductor Devices||ELET3600 – Energy Systems Lab II|
Additional Physics/Electronics courses may be needed to complete a major.
If pursuing a double major, a single advanced level course CANNOT count towards 2 majors. Therefore, due to overlapping core courses, a double major within the department MUST have Electronics as one of the majors.
*The Mathematics courses listed are those required to complete Physics majors. For more information on Mathematics courses, please contact the Department of Mathematics. Students pursuing both MATH1142 and MATH1151 otherwise do not need to do MATH1185.