Stetson University

College of Arts and Sciences

PHYSICS AND PREPARING FOR A HEALTH PROFESSION 

Typical Sequence of Classes for Physics Majors
In the Pre-Med/Pre-Health Professions Program

 

The Pre-Health Professions Program supports students interested in going on to medical school, veterinary school, dental school, or any other professional school in the medical field.  Most physics majors choosing to be pre-health are interested in medical school, although there are other interesting ways to combine a physics major with a career in a medical field.  

Pre-med physics majors should consult carefully with both their physics faculty advisor and with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor, Dr. Mike King (mking@stetson.edu), as soon as possible in their first year (and during FOCUS orientation is best), as completing the requirements for the physics major, the pre-med requirements, and the University general education requirements takes careful planning.

The sequence of classes listed below roughly outlines the physics, mathematics, biology, and chemistry classes that a physics major participating in the pre-med/Pre-Health Professions Program can expect to take.  Physics, Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry courses that are in bold font are generally offered every year, and those shown in italics are generally offered in alternate years.

 

FALL OF FIRST YEAR  
PHYS 141P - University Physics I 1 unit
MATH 141Q - Calculus I with Analytic Geometry 1 unit
CHEM 141P - General Chemistry I 1 unit
FSEM - First Year Seminar 1 unit
   
SPRING OF FIRST YEAR  
PHYS 142P - University Physics II  1 unit
MATH 142Q - Calculus II with Analytic Geometry  1 unit
CHEM 142P - General Chemistry II  1 unit
ENGL 101 (or other appropriate Writing course as indicated by the Writing Placement criteria  1 unit
   
FALL OF SOPHOMORE YEAR   
PHYS 243 - Modern Physics   1 unit
PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium   non-credit
MATH 243 - Calculus III with Analytic Geometry   1 unit
CHEM 201 - Organic Chemistry I  1 unit
PSYC 101S - Introduction to Psychology 
or SOCI 101S - Introduction to Sociology
 1 unit
   
SPRING OF SOPHOMORE YEAR   
PHYS 304 - Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences   1 unit
PHYS 332 - Mechanics I  1 unit
PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium   non-credit
CHEM 301 - Organic Chemistry II  1 unit
PSYC 101S - Introduction to Psychology 
or SOCI 101S - Introduction to Sociology
1 unit
   
FALL OF JUNIOR YEAR   
PHYS 332 - Electricity & Magnetism   1 unit
PHYS 343 - Quantum Mechanics I   1 unit
PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium   non-credit
CHEM 204 - Biochemistry I (note: CHEM 301 is a prerequisite)  1 unit
BIOL 141 - Introduction to Biology I  1 unit
   
SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR   
PHYS 312 - Laboratory Techniques 1 unit
PHYS 497 - Senior Project Proposal   1/2 unit
PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium   non-credit
BIOL 142P - Introduction to Biology II  1 unit
MATH 125Q - Introduction to Mathematical and Statistical Modeling  
JSEM - Junior Seminar   1 unit
   
Note: Students should verify on their degree audit that they have met all their General Education course requirements before considering them completed on this checklist.   
   
FALL OF SENIOR YEAR   
PHYS 498 - Senior Project  1 unit
PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium  non-credit
Physics Elective:  PHYS 352 - Optics or PHYS 356 - Electronics  
     or General Education course 
 1 unit
General Education course   1 unit
General Education course   1 unit
   
SPRING OF SENIOR YEAR   
PHYS 499 - Senior Seminar   1 unit
PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium   non-credit
General Education course   1 unit
General Education course  1 unit
Elective course   1 unit
The elective courses may include either one or more of the following physics courses or other courses:
        PHYS 362 - Thermophysics
        PHYS 412 - Advanced Laboratory Techniques
        PHYS 422 - Mechanics II
        PHYS 432 - Electromagnetic Theory
        PHYS 443 - Quantum Mechanics II  
 
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