TRADITIONAL PHYSICS TRACK
Typical Sequence of Classes for Students
Taking PHYS 141P and MATH 130 Fall Term of their First Year
The sequence of classes listed below roughly outlines the physics and mathematics classes that a physics major can expect to take if he or she starts taking physics courses as a first year student and who does not have a solid enough foundation in mathematics to be taking the regular Calculus I course (MATH 141Q, Calculus I with Analytic Geometry) in the fall semester. Students in this group will need to take MATH 130, Calculus I with Review Part 1, in the fall and MATH 131Q, Calculus I with Review Part 2, in the spring. If possible, MATH 142Q, Calculus II, should be taken in the summer after the first year* so that the student may take the standard sequence of courses in for the sophomore year and beyond (click here to see that sequence).
*Note: It is preferable to take Calculus II at Stetson, but it can also be taken at a state or community college.
The selection of courses offered each semester is determined both by student interest and the availability of faculty to teach them. Physics and Mathematics 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 130  Calculus I with Review, Part 1  1 unit 
FSEM  First Year Seminar  1 unit 
ENGL 101 (or other appropriate Writing course as indicated by the Writing Placement criteria) or a General Education course  1 unit 
SPRING OF FIRST YEAR  
PHYS 142P  University Physics II  1 unit 
MATH 131Q  Calculus I with Review, Part 2  1 unit 
ENGL 101 (or other appropriate Writing course as indicated by the Writing Placement criteria) or a General Education course  1 unit 
General Education course  1 unit 
SUMMER AFTER FIRST YEAR / BEFORE SOPHOMORE YEAR  
The following course is strongly recommended for the summer: MATH 142Q  Calculus II with Analytic Geometry 
1 unit 
If MATH 142Q is taken in the summer, switch to this sequence for sophomore year and beyond. If MATH 142Q is not taken in the summer, proceed with this sequence:  
FALL OF SOPHOMORE YEAR  
PHYS 380  Physics Colloquium  noncredit 
MATH 142  Calculus II with Analytic Geometry  1 unit 
General Education course  1 unit 
General Education course  1 unit 
General Education course  
Note: Students should verify on their degree audit that they have met all their General Education course requirements (noting that their JSEM will be taken junior year) before considering them completed on this checklist.  
SPRING OF SOPHOMORE YEAR  
PHYS 312  Laboratory Techniques  1 unit 
PHYS 380  Physics Colloquium  noncredit 
Elective course  1 unit 
Elective course  1 unit 
Elective course  1 unit 
FALL OF JUNIOR YEAR  
PHYS 243  Modern Physics  1 unit 
PHYS 380  Physics Colloquium  noncredit 
MATH 243  Calculus III with Analytic Geometry  1 unit 
JSEM  Junior Seminar or Elective course  1 unit 
Physics Elective: PHYS 253  Optics or PHYS 356  Electronics  1 unit 
SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR  
PHYS 304  Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences  1 unit 
PHYS 322  Mechanics I  1 unit 
PHYS 497  Senior Project Proposal  1/2 unit 
PHYS 380  Physics Colloquium  noncredit 
JSEM  Junior Seminar or Elective 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 

FALL OF SENIOR YEAR  
PHYS 332  Electricity & Magnetism  1 unit 
PHYS 343  Quantum Mechanics I  1 unit 
PHYS 498  Senior Project  1 unit 
PHYS 380  Physics Colloquium  1/2 unit 
Elective course, which may be a Physics elective or another course PHYS 253  Optics or PHYS 356  Electronics 
1 unit 
SPRING OF SENIOR YEAR  
PHYS 499  Senior Seminar  1/2 unit 
PHYS 380  Physics Colloquium  1 unit 
Elective course  1 unit 
Elective 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 