Undergraduate Course Requirements

Major and Minor Physics Requirements

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:

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Course Requirements for a Major in Physics at Newark

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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Course Requirements for a Minor in Physics at Newark

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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Course Rquirements for a Major in Applied Physics at Newark

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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