University of Vermont


College of Education and Social Services
Physics Major Concentration
(Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary and Physical Education)

Minimum of 30 credit hours required.

Complete the following courses
PHYS 051 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 cr. hrs.
PHYS 152 Fundamentals of Physics II4 cr. hrs.
PHYS 128 Waves and Quanta 4 cr. hrs.
PHYS 201 or 202 Experimental Physics 3 cr. hrs.
PHYS 211 Mechanics 3 cr. hrs.
PHYS 213 Electricity and Magnetism 3 cr. hrs.
PHYS 265 Thermal Physics 3 cr. hrs.
PHYS 273 Quantum Mechanics I (MATH 271 is highly recommended) 3 cr. hrs.
Select one elective
3 cr. hrs.

PHYS 214 Electromagnetism (MATH 271 is highly recommended)
PHYS 274 Applications of Quantum Mechanics

30 cr. hrs.

Mathematics prerequisites are as follows: MATH 021-Calculus I, MATH 022-Calculus II and MATH 121-Calculus III.

Students should check prerequisites for all Physics courses before enrolling. Careful curriculum planning with Professor Junru Wu (656-8357) in the Physics Department is strongly urged.

Recommended Courses
CHEM 031, 032 General Chemistry I and II
EE 100 Electrical Engineering Concepts I
MATH 271 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Use of spreadsheets, MATLAB or Mathematica is important.)

Students in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education and Physical Education who are completing this major may eventually be interested in applying to teach this content at the Secondary Education level. This would require completing the Supplemental coursework as listed on the Secondary Education Physics major.

Revised July 2015

Last modified June 16 2015 11:43 AM