Physics Major

Physics Major

Physics

Major

Advanced study in physics provides skill in critical thinking valued by all branches of the Army and an academic foundation well-suited for later specialization in virtually any technical field of value to the Army.

The physics major integrates phases of modern technology to develop a fundamental knowledge that can support a variety of technical interests and activities in future years. The major is designed to provide cadets a solid foundation in the essential pillars of theoretical physics, classical mechanics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, and quantum mechanics. Additionally, a strong experimental component emphasizes the skills necessary to design and build experimental apparatus and applies these skills to modern physics, lasers and optics. Physics majors have a lab requirement component. 

 

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering.

Required Courses

PH365 MODERN PHYSICS 

PH381 INTRMED CLASSICAL MECHANICS 

PH382 INTERMEDIATE ELECTRODYNAMICS 

PH384 APPLIED OPTICS 

PH481 STATISTICAL PHYSICS 

PH482 ADVANCED CLASSICAL MECHAN 

PH484 INTERMEDIATE QUANTUM MECHANICS 

PH485 LASER PHYSICS

PH486 EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS 

PH487 ADVANCED QUANTUM MECHANICS

 

Sample Electives

EE301 FUNDAMENTALS OF ELEC ENGIN 

MA364 ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS 

MA365 ADV MATH FOR ENGRS/SCIENTISTS 

XE383 ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full Physics Major Curriculum.

Majors can join the Astronomy Club or the Society of Physics Students. They can also apply to Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Honor Society within the Society of Physics Students. Majors also have the opportunity to apply to participate in a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience. Past opportunity in locations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, AFIT, German Bundeswehr Research Center, the Army Research Laboratory, and NASA.

 

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering or the Photonics Research Center.