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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||PHYS 2300 – General Physics Lab 1||PHYS 3661 – Atmosphere & Climate|
|PHYS 2351 – Quantum Mechanics and Nuclear Physics|
|PHYS 2386 – Electricity and Magnetism and Optics|
|PHYS 2396 – Computer Applications in Physics||PHYS 3671 – Solar Power|
|PHYS 2600 – Fluid Dynamics and Environmental Physics Laboratory|
|Core for Major only||PHYS 2671 – Fluid Dynamics||PHYS 3681 – Wind & Hydro Power|
|ELET 3611 – Integrating Alternative Energy|
|ELET 2420 - Semiconductor Devices||ELET 3600 – Energy and Environmental 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.