This curriculum provides a general background in both theoretical and experimental physics. It forms a foundation for further study at the graduate level toward an advanced degree, and also prepares the student for a career as a professional physicist in industry or government. Initiative, independent solution of laboratory problems, and research are encouraged in the advanced laboratory courses.

In addition to the major, students are encouraged to use the large block of elective credits to develop a program of study as a minor in applied or interdisciplinary fields. A completed minor will be recorded on the student's final transcript.

A list of required courses and their placment in the 4-year program are found in the detailed course sequence. Exceptions and/or substitutions are possible, and can be arranged by consulting the undergraduate program director of the Physics Department.

A total of 129 credits is required for graduation. PHY 483 and 484 are the capstone courses in this program.