Advanced Physics

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.

Cadets can apply the laws of physics to formulate mathematical models of physical systems, solve the resulting equations, and apply the solutions to hypothetical and real-world problems.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Cadets can apply the laws of physics to formulate mathematical models of physical systems, solve the resulting equations, and apply the solutions to hypothetical and real-world problems.
  2. Cadets can apply the laws of physics to formulate and test hypotheses in an experimental setting.
  3. Cadets can complete academic assignments and perform research using accepted ethical and scientific standards.
  4. Cadets can communicate logical solutions to scientific and technical problems to superiors, peers, and subordinates.
  5. Cadets are prepared for graduate education in physics, engineering or related fields.

Physics Major Requirements (PHY1)

  1. Complete 12 required courses (see table below).
  2. Complete any three-course engineering sequence (3CES).
  3. Take PH206 Physics II as the third science course.
  4. Take MA364 (Engineering Math) in the Third Class year.

Honors in Physics (PHY1H)

Honors will be awarded to cadets who meet a minimum GPA, take PH489, and take one additional course from the list of Honors Courses.

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Course Offerings

  • PH206 Physics II
  • PH255 Advanced Physics I
  • PH256 Advanced Physics II PH365 Modern Physics
  • PH381 Intermediate Classical Mechanics
  • PH382 Intermediate Electrodynamics
  • PH384 Applied Optics
  • PH389 Individual Study in Physics
  • PH456 Science and Policy
  • PH481 Statistical Physics
  • PH482 Advanced Classical Mechanics
  • PH484 Intermediate Quantum Mechanics
  • PH485 Laser Physics
  • PH486 Experimental Physics
  • PH487 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • PH489 Advanced Individual Study in Physics
  • PH495 Special Topics in Physics

Honors Courses

  • MA371 Linear Algebra
  • MA376 Applied Statistics
  • MA385 Chaos and Fractals
  • MA386 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • MA396 Numerical Methods for Solutions of Differential Equations
  • MA476 Mathematical Statistics
  • MA484 Partial Differential Equations
  • MA485 Applied Complex Variables
  • NE474 Radiological Safety
  • PH472 Space and Astrophysics
  • PH489A Advanced Individual Study in Physics
  • PH495 Special Topics in Physics
  • SA473 Introduction to Astronautics