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2025 Physics Major Curriculum


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PHY1 Physics Physics Major Physics 14 0

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Subject Area Description Credit Hour
Required Courses Choose 10 of 10
PH365 MODERN PHYSICS 3.0  
PH381 INTRMED CLASSICAL MECHANICS 3.0  
PH382 INTERMEDIATE ELECTRODYNAMICS 3.0  
PH384 APPLIED OPTICS 3.0  
PH481 STATISTICAL PHYSICS 3.0  
PH482 ADVANCED CLASSICAL MECHAN 3.0  
PH484 INTERMEDIATE QUANTUM MECHANICS 3.0  
PH485 LASER PHYSICS 3.0  
PH486 EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS 3.5  
PH487 ADVANCED QUANTUM MECHANICS 3.0  
AND

Complementary Support Courses Choose 3 of 4
The following courses provide foundational math and applied science support for cadets in the physics major. Most cadets will take MA364 to satisfy the Math CSC requirement, but some cadets may qualify for MA365.
EE301 FUNDAMENTALS OF ELEC ENGIN 3.5  
MA364 ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS 3.0  
MA365 ADV MATH FOR ENGRS/SCIENTISTS 3.0  
XE383 ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES 3.0  
AND

Integrative Experience for the Major Choose 1 of 1
PH456 SCIENCE AND POLICY 3.0  
AND
Science Depth  
Cadets in this major must take PH206 or PH256 to satisfy the Science Depth requirement.
PH202 PHYSICS II 4.0  
PH206 PHYSICS II 4.0  
PH252 ADVANCED PHYSICS II 4.0  
PH256 ADVANCED PHYSICS II 4.0  
STEM Depth  
Cadets in this major must take MA205 or MA255 to satisfy the STEM Depth requirement.
MA205 CALCULUS II 4.0  
MA255 ADV MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS 4.5  
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Curriculum Requirements  
This section describes how cadets in this major satisfy various curriculum requirements.
IT/CYBER Requirement  
Cadets in this major will satisfy the IT/CYBER requirement by successfully completing the IT/CYBER content in the core curriculum, EE301 and PH456.
EE301 FUNDAMENTALS OF ELEC ENGIN 3.5  
PH456 SCIENCE AND POLICY 3.0  
Core Engineering Sequence  
Cadets in this major can choose any approved three-course Core Engineering Sequence.
Writing-in-the-Major  
Cadets in this major satisfy the West Point Writing Program requirement by successfully completing writing requirements in the core curriculum and this course in the major.
PH456 SCIENCE AND POLICY 3.0  





2025 Physics Major w/ Honors Curriculum


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PHY1H Physics w/ Honors Physics Major w/ Honors Physics w/ Honors 1 1

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Subject Area Description Credit Hour
Honors Program  
The honors program in physics entails the completion of two courses beyond the 14-course major. An essential component of this program is cadet participation in physics, space science or nuclear engineering research.
Research Requirement Choose 1 of 6
NE389 INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN NE 3.0  
NE489 ADV IND STDY NUCLEAR ENGNRG 3.0  
PH389 INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN PHYSICS 3.0  
PH489 ADV INDIV STUDY IN PHYSICS 3.0  
SP389 IND RESEARCH SPACE SCIENCE 3.0  
SP489 ADV IND RESEARCH SPACE SCIENCE 3.0  
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Courses Choose 1 of 27
Complete one course from the following list.
MA371 LINEAR ALGEBRA 3.0  
MA376 APPLIED STATISTICS 3.0  
MA385 CHAOS AND FRACTALS 3.0  
MA386 INTRO TO NUMERICAL ANALYSIS 3.0  
MA396 NUM METH SOLUTIONS DIFF EQNS 3.0  
MA476 MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS 3.0  
MA484 PARTIAL DIFF EQUATIONS 3.0  
MA485 APPLIED COMPLEX VARIABLES 3.0  
NE389 INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN NE 3.0  
NE389A INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN NE 3.0  
NE474 RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY 3.0  
NE489 ADV IND STDY NUCLEAR ENGNRG 3.0  
NE489A ADV IND STUDY NUCLEAR ENGNRG 3.0  
PH389 INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN PHYSICS 3.0  
PH389A INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN PHYSICS 3.0  
PH489 ADV INDIV STUDY IN PHYSICS 3.0  
PH489A ADV INDIV STUDY IN PHYSICS 3.0  
PH489B ADV INDIV STUDY IN PHYSICS 3.0  
PH495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICS 3.0  
SP389 IND RESEARCH SPACE SCIENCE 3.0  
SP389A IND RESEARCH SPACE SCIENCE 3.0  
SP389B IND RESEARCH SPACE SCIENCE 3.0  
SP471 ASTRONAUTICS 3.0  
SP472 SPACE PHYSICS 3.0  
SP489 ADV IND RESEARCH SPACE SCIENCE 3.0  
SP489A ADV IND RESEARCH SPACE SCIENCE 3.0  
SP489B ADV IND RESEARCH SPACE SCIENCE 3.0  
AND
Grade Requirements  
Complete the requirements of the major as shown above, and attain an APSC of at least 3.0 in the core curriculum and an APSC of at least 3.5 in the major.