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Chair:
Moataz Emam
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973

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Program Details

Physics [PHY] (Major)

This Physics Department concentration is the traditional physics major found at institutions worldwide. Study includes a wide range of courses in physics and mathematics plus chemistry. This degree is necessary for those wishing to go on to graduate school and is also useful for those wishing to do technical work in a variety of disciplines.

Career Potential

  • Graduate study in physics
  • Industrial or governmental research
  • Scientific advisor
  • Technical support services

A. Required Courses in Physics: 39 credit hours
  • Three Physics electives taken at the 400 level or above
  • PHY 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 203 - Principles of Physics III (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 357 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 410 - Modern Physics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 420 - Classical Mechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 440 - Electronics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 450 - Electricity and Magnetism (4 cr. hr.)
B. Required Related Courses: 29 credit hours
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 237 - Calculus III (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 425 - Methods of Applied Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 430 - Differential Equations (3 cr. hr.)
Select Either:
  • MAT 272 - Linear Algebra (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 446 - Probability and Statistics (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the bachelor's degree in Physics over four years
First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • GE course
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 224 - Problem-Solving in General Chemistry I (1 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 17
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • MAT 237 - Calculus III (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Foreign language requirement
  • MAT 430 - Differential Equations (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 203 - Principles of Physics III (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Elective
  • MAT 272 - Linear Algebra (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 420 - Classical Mechanics (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • MAT 425 - Methods of Applied Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 357 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 450 - Electricity and Magnetism (4 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Physics elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • PHY 410 - Modern Physics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 440 - Electronics (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Physics elective
  • Physics elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective