Physicists study how the natural world behaves at basic levels: the motion of matter and the forces that govern it. Even though these properties may seem simple, they can be used to address many challenging, contemporary questions: How do we decrease our carbon footprint? Where are we going to get energy for the next 50 years?** **Why is gravity so weak? How can we stretch computers to the physical limits to increase their processing power?

To address these questions and questions like them through physics, you'll learn problem-solving skills to break challenges into smaller parts and build them back up into a whole. If you like to tackle big picture problems by exploring their fundamentals, have an affinity for calculation and reasoning, and seek to break new scientific ground in often unforeseen ways, then you may enjoy studying – and building a career – in physics.

- Analytical
- Investigative
- Strong communicator
- Enjoys puzzles
- Detail-oriented

MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus

MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus

MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus

MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus

MATH 361 Differential Equations

PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus Based

PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus Based

PHYS 310 Mechanics

PHYS 361 Modern Physics

PHYS 370 Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 380 Theoretical Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 480 Literature Search

PHYS 481 Research I

PHYS 482 Research II

Electives from math or PHYS at the 300 level

CHEM 151 General and Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 152 Inorganic Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

PHYS 353 Thermodynamics

CMSC 181 Computer Science I

CMSC 182 Computer Science II

MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus

MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus

MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus

MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus

MATH 361 Differential Equations

PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus Based

PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus Based

PHYS 310 Mechanics

PHYS 370 Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 380 Theoretical Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 390 Computational Physics

PHYS 480 Literature Search

PHYS 481 Research I

PHYS 482 Research II

Electives from CMSC or PHYS at the 300 level

CMSC 280 Computer Architecture

PHYS 353 Thermodynamics

PHYS 361 Modern Physics

This option is available only to the students in the dual degree program. A description of the dual degree program is available in the academic catalog.

MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus

MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus

MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus

MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus

MATH 361 Differential Equations

PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus Based

PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus Based

2 courses in physics at the 300 level

Plus completion of engineering curriculum at Washington University

MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus

MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus

MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus

MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus

MATH 361 Differential Equations

PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus Based

PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus Based

PHYS 310 Mechanics

PHYS 361 Modern Physics

PHYS 370 Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 380 Theoretical Electricity and Magnetism

Physics electives at the 300 level

Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

PHYS 353 Thermodynamics

BIOL 163 Biological Principles I

CHEM 151 General Chemistry I

PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus Based

PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus Based

PHYS 310 Mechanics

PHYS 361 Modern Physics

PHYS 353 Thermodynamics

PHYS 370 Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 380 Theoretical Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus Based

PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus Based

Physics electives at the 300 level

Plus requirements for secondary education and education core