There a two major courses of study offered for undergraduate students in the Physics department of Rutgers University-Newark, Physics and Applied Physics. A minor of Physics is also offered. To learn the course requirements for each major and minor please select the option below:

If you are a current Rutgers University-Newark undergraduate student you can check which courses that you have already completed can be applied to a physics course of study through Degree Navigator.

The required core courses include Physics lectures and lab classes totaling 39 credits from the following courses:

Course Number |
Course Name |
Credits |
---|---|---|

21:750:205 | Introductory Physics Laboratory | 1 |

21:750:206 | Introductory Physics Laboratory | 1 |

21:750:213 | University Physics I | 4 |

21:750:214 | University Physics II | 4 |

21:750:315 | Introductory Thermodynamics | 3 |

21:750:316 | Introduction to Modern Physics | 3 |

21:750:333 | Applications of Mathematics to Physics | 3 |

21:750:361 | Mechanics I | 3 |

21:750:385 | Electromagnetic Fields and Waves | 3 |

21:750:386 | Electromagnetic Fields and Waves | 3 |

21:750:403 | Introduction to Atomic and Nuclear Physics | 3 |

21:750:404 | Quantum Mechanics | 3 |

21:750:407 | Advanced Physics Laboratory I | 1 |

21:750:408 | Advanced Physics Laboratory II | 1 |

21:750:485-486 | Individual Research in Physics | Credits by Arrangement |

*Students may substitute 21:750:203 & 204 (General Physics I & II) for 21:750:213 & 214 (University Physics I & II) with permission by the Physics department. Please contact the Physics Department Chair, Dr. Daniel Murnick.*

*A BestGrades GPA of 2.5 must be completed for all courses and only a grade of D or lower for any class will not count towards the major requirement.*

The Mathematics requirement totals 11 credits and includes the following courses:

Course Number |
Course Name |
Credits |
---|---|---|

21:640:135 or 21:640:155 | Calculus I or Honors Calculus | 4 |

21:640:136 or 21:640:156 | Calculus II or Honors Calculus | 4 |

21:640:314 | Elementary Differential Equations | 3 |

*A BestGrades GPA of 2.5 must be completed for all courses and only a grade of D or lower for any class will not count towards the major requirement.*

The electives requirement totals 6 credits chosen from the following courses:

Course Number |
Course Name |
Credits |
---|---|---|

21:640:350 | Linear Algebra | 3 |

21:640:410 | Vector Anaysis | 3 |

21:640:473 | Numerical Analysis | 3 |

21:640:475 | Applied Mathematics I | 3 |

21:640:476 | Applied Mathematics II | 3 |

21:750:461 | Computational Methods in Applied Physics | 3 |

21:750:462 | Mathematical Methods in Theoretical Physics | 3 |

21:640:423 | Elementary Partial Differential Equations | 3 |

*A BestGrades GPA of 2.5 must be completed for all courses and only a grade of D or lower for any class will not count towards the major requirement.*

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The minor requirements include Physics lectures and lab classes totaling 10 credits from the following courses:

Course Number |
Course Name |
Credits |
---|---|---|

21:750:203 or 21:750:213 | General Physics I or University Physics I | 4 |

21:750:204 or 21:750:214 | General Physics II or University Physics II | 4 |

21:750:205 | Introductory Physics Laboratory | 1 |

21:750:206 | Introductory Physics Laboratory | 1 |

The electives requirement totals 10 credits from Physics (750) Elective Courses at **300 level** or above.

*A minimum grade of C must be achieved for all courses, no courses with a grade less than or equal to D may be used for the minor requirements.*

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The required core courses include Physics lectures and lab classes totaling 39 credits from the following courses:

Course Number |
Course Name |
Credits |
---|---|---|

21:750:205 | Introductory Physics Laboratory | 1 |

21:750:206 | Introductory Physics Laboratory | 1 |

21:750:213 | University Physics I | 4 |

21:750:214 | University Physics II | 4 |

21:750:315 | Introductory Thermodynamics | 3 |

21:750:316 | Introduction to Modern Physics | 3 |

21:750:333 | Applications of Mathematics to Physics | 3 |

21:750:361 | Mechanics I | 3 |

21:750:385 | Electromagnetic Fields and Waves | 3 |

21:750:386 | Electromagnetic Fields and Waves | 3 |

21:750:404 | Quantum Mechanics | 3 |

21:750:406 | Introductory Solid-State Physics | 3 |

21:750:407 | Advanced Physics Laboratory I | 1 |

21:750:408 | Advanced Physics Laboratory I | 1 |

21:750:461 | Computational Methods in Applied Physics | 3 |

21:750:485-486 | Individual Research in Physics | Credits by Arrangement |

*Students may substitute 21:750:203 & 204 (General Physics I & II) for 21:750:213 & 214 (University Physics I & II) with permission by the Physics department. Please contact the Physics Department Chair, Dr. Daniel Murnick.*

*A minimum grade of C must be achieved for all courses, no courses with a grade less than or equal to D may be used for the minor requirements.*

The Mathematics and Computer Science requirements totals 17 credits and includes the following courses:

Course Number | Course Name | Credits |
---|---|---|

21:198:101 or 21:198:102 or 21:640:314 | Computers and Programming I or II or Elementary Differential Equations | 3 |

21:640:135 or 21:640:155 | Calculus I or Honors Calculus | 4 |

21:640:126 or 21:640:156 | Calculus II or Honors Calculus | 4 |

*A minimum grade of C must be achieved for all courses, no courses with a grade less than or equal to D may be used for the minor requirements.*

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