Physics

This track is intended for students interested in theoretical physics and the interface between physics and mathematics. Students in this track will take a larger number of their courses in the mathematics or applied mathematics department. This track is also available to A.B. candidates.

- Prerequisites
- PHYS 0070, 0160 (or 0050, 0060); MATH 0190 (or 090, 0100).
- Required courses
- PHYS 0470, 0500, 0560, 1410, 1530; MATH 0180, 0200 or 0350; 0520 or 0540; MATH 1460; four additional 1000 or 2000 level PHYS courses and two additional 1000 or 2000 level MATH courses.
- Senior Thesis
- A senior thesis is required. This is to be prepared in connection with Physics 1990 under the direction of a faculty supervisor.

- Prerequisites
- MATH 0090, 0100, or 0190; PHYS 0050 or 0070. The required mathematics courses are MATH 0180 or 0200 or 0350 and 0520 or 0540; 1110; and at least one of the following: 1060, 1120, 1610. The required physics sequence consists of PHYS 0060 or 0160; 0470; 0500; 0560; and at least two of the following: 1410, 1420, 1510, 1530, 1560. Concentrators are required to take at least one course in mathematics and one in physics in each of their last two semesters.

This track is intended for students who are interested in the physics of biological systems. Students would take the specialized courses in biophysics offered by the department, as well as additional biology and chemistry courses.

- Required Courses
- Foundations of Physics: PHYS 0070 or 0050 or ENGN 0040; PHYS 0160 or 0060; PHYS 0470; PHYS 0500; PHYS 1410; PHYS 1530; PHYS 0720 alone or one of APMA 0330, 0350, or MATH 1110 combined with one of MATH 0180, 0200, 0350, 0520 or 0540. Basic Biology and Chemistry: BIOL 0200 (or placement out of BIOL 0200); BIOL 0500, and CHEM 0330. Advanced Biophysical Topics and Techniques: PHYS 1610 and PHYS 1990.
- Elective Courses
- Four chosen from the following list, with at least two 1000- or 2000-level courses, or additional courses approved by the concentration advisor: APMA 0360, 0410, 0650, 1070, 1080; BIOL 0280, 0470, 1050, 1130, 1200, 1270, 1870, 1940T; CHEM 0350, 0360; MATH 0090, 0170, 0190, 1610, 1620; PHYS 0560, 1510, 1560, 2620F.
- Senior Thesis
- A senior thesis is required. This is to be prepared in connection with PHYS 1990 under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The topic may be in a related department or of interdisciplinary nature. In any event, a dissertation must be submitted.

This track is intended for students with an interest in the physics of the cosmos. Students in this track would take more courses in astrophysics or planetary geology.

Eighteen courses are required.

- Prerequisites
- PHYS 0070, 0160 (or 0050, 0060), PHYS 0270; MATH 0170 and 0180, or MATH 0190 and 0200, or MATH 0350 (or equivalent); PHYS 0470.
- Program
- MATH 0520, 0540, or PHYS 0720; and one of the following mathematics courses: APMA 0330, 0350, 0340, 0360, MATH 1110, 1120. PHYS 0500, 0560, 1410, and 1530. Three of the following courses: PHYS 1100, 1250, 1270, or 1280; and two additional 1000- or 2000-level courses in physics or a related field which are not listed as requirements upon approval by a physics concentration advisor.
- Senior Thesis
- A senior thesis is required. This is to be prepared in connection with PHYS 1990 under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The topic may be in a related department or of interdisciplinary nature. In any event, a dissertation must be submitted.