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Course Sequences/  Time line

BS Degree

The following is a typical sequence of courses for students who major in Physics beginning in their freshman year, with suggested electives shown in parentheses, excluding the general education requirements. Six of the nine required 300- and 400-level PHYS courses must be taken in residence at Binghamton University. 

Fall
Spring
Freshman
PHYS 131** or 121 PHYS 132** or 122
MATH 221 MATH 222
Sophomore
PHYS 227 PHYS 331
PHYS 323 MATH 323
  MATH 371
Junior
PHYS 332 PHYS327
CHEM111 PHYS341
  MATH 471
Senior
PHYS 411* PHYS 422*
PHYS 421 PHYS 427-8, or 429*
(PHYS 463) (PHYS 474)
  (PHYS 472)

 *Required for BS, not required for BA     **Offered fall and spring   (elective)

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BS Applied Physics

The following is a typical sequence of courses for students who major in Applied Physics, beginning in their freshman year.

Six and a half of the required ten and a half 300- and 400-level PHYS courses must be taken in residence at Binghamton University.

Fall
Spring
Freshman
PHYS 131** or 121 PHYS 132** or 122
MATH 221 MATH 222
Sophomore
PHYS 323 PHYS 331
PHYS 227 MATH 323
  MATH 371
Junior
PHYS 332 PHYS 341
CHEM111 PHYS 327
required elective** MATH 471
Senior
PHYS 421 PHYS 427
PHYS 411 required elective**

*Offered fall and spring. **Select a required elective from list of elective courses.

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BS Mathematical Physics

The following is a typical sequence of courses for students in the mathematical Physics degree, beginning in the freshman year.

 

Fall
Spring
Freshman
PHYS 131** or 121 PHYS 132** or 122
MATH 221 MATH 222
Sophomore
PHYS 323 PHYS 331
MATH 304 MATH 323
  MATH 371
Junior
PHYS 332 PHYS 341
  MATH 471
Senior
PHYS 421 PHYS 422
PHYS 411 **
PHYS 478 ** Select required elective

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BA/ BS After Two Year College Degree

The following is a typical sequence of courses for those students who major in physics after transferring from a two-year college.

For the BA Degree
Junior 
Fall
Spring
PHYS 227*
PHYS 341
PHYS 323
PHYS 331
MATH 371
 
Senior
PHYS 332
PHYS 327
PHYS 421
MATH 471

*Elective if general physics with weekly laboratory is transferred.

For the BS Degree
Junior
Fall
Spring
PHYS 227*
PHYS 341
PHYS 323
PHYS 331
 
MATH 371
PHYS 327
Senior
PHYS 332
PHYS 427
PHYS 411
MATH 428**
PHYS 421
PHYS 422**
 
PHYS 407***
 
MATH 471

*Elective if general physics with weekly laboratory is transferred.

**Required for Applied Physics degree, PHYS 429 may be taken in place of the combination of PHYS 427 and PHYS 428.

***Required for traditional BS.

It is advantageous for the BS candidate to be more advanced in mathematical preparation than is shown here.

The transfer student from a two-year college interested in the BS-Mathematical Physics degree must have completed at least General Physics (PHYS 121, 122 or equivalent), and calculus through ordinary differential equations (or the equivalent of MATH 371) prior to enrollment in Harpur College.

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3-2 Combined- BA in Physics - BS Engineering

The following is a typical sequence of courses when the chosen engineering school is not Watson School (commonly selected electives are shown in parentheses): 

Fall
Spring
Freshman
PHYS 131 PHYS 132
MATH 221 MATH 222
Humanities Course Humanities Course
(Chem 111)  
Sophomore
PHYS 323 PHYS 331
PHYS 323 MATH 323
MATH 371 Hum/ Soc.Sci
Hum/ Social Sci  
Hum/ Soc.Sci  
Junior
PHYS 421 PHYS 327
PHYS 332 PHYS 341
Social Sci. MATH 471
Hum./ Social Sci. Hum./ Social Sci.
 
  
When the chosen engineering school is the University’s Watson School, the suggested course sequence is somewhat different. In this case, the student takes some Harpur College humanities and social science courses during the fourth and fifth years. The following is a sample course program. The blanks below indicate Watson School courses to be chosen with the help of a Watson School academic adviser. 
  
  
Fall
Spring
Freshman
PHYS 131 PHYS 222
MATH 221 PHYS 132
Humanities/Soc.Sci Humanities/Soc.Sci
Humanities/Soc.Sci WTSN-
  WTSN-
Sophomore
PHYS 227 MATH 323
PHYS 323 MATH 371
CHEM 111 PHYS331
Hum/ Social Sci WTSN-
Junior
PHYS 421 PHYS 327
PHYS 332 PHYS 341
Humanities/ Social Sci. MATH 471
WTSN- Hum./ Social Sci.
 
  

3-2 Combined Program BS (Phys)- BS (Comp. Sci)

The following is a sample of course sequence.

Fall
Spring
Year I
CS 140 CS 210
MATH 221 MATH 222
PHYS121 or 131 PHYS 122 or 132
Humanities/Soc.Sci Humanities/ Soc. Sci.
CS 101  
Year II
CS 220 CS 240
PHYS 323 MATH 314
Humanities/ Soc. Sci. MATH 323
Hum/ Social Sci CS 325
Year III
CS 333 CS 350
Humanities/ Soc. Sci. PHYS 331
Chem 111 . MATH 371
Year IV
CS 471 CS elective
MATH 341 PHYS 327
PHYS 332 PHYS 341
CS elective MATH 471
Year V
PHYS 411 PHYS 422
PHYS 421 PHYS 427/ 428
CS elective Humanities/ Soc. Sci.
Humanities/ Soc. Sci. CS elective
  CS 495

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Last Updated: 7/24/14