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Physics Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Areas of Emphasis: Applied Physics, Astro/Space Physics, Biophysics, Computational Physics, Materials Science, Medical Physics, Physics Teaching, Professional Preparation
Pathways: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Healthcare, Agriculture and Natural Sciences

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us and the world beyond us. It is the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, engineering, oceanography, seismology and astronomy (and can be applied to biology or medical science).

Academics

Fall
15
Spring
15
Fall
15
Fall
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Download the Guide application
  • Take the Focus 2 Assessment
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Participate in the PRT cram
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Make something at the WVU Craft Center

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Make a friend from another country
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Apply to be a Resident Assistant

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Exercise daily
  • Join an intramural team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Attend a career fair
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Attend a resume writing class

Academics

Fall
14
Spring
15
Fall
15
Fall
15
Fall
15
Fall
15
Fall
15
Fall
15
Fall
15
Spring
15
Fall
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Earn a 4.0 in at least one semester
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Attend a football game
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Attend a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day diversity program
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Rent a bike and go for a ride on the rail trail
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Take a fitness class at the Rec Center
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally

Academics

Fall
15
Spring
16
Fall
14
Spring
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PHYS 332 Theoretical Mechanics 2 or
    PHYS 334 Electricity and Magnetism
  • 1-3
  • Area of Emphasis Course
    4
  • General Elective
    4
15
Spring
15
Spring
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • 3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PHYS 332 Theoretical Mechanics 2 or
    PHYS 334 Electricity and Magnetism
  • 1-3
  • General Elective
    4
14
Fall
13
Spring
15
Spring
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • 4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PHYS 332 Theoretical Mechanics 2 or
    PHYS 334 Electricity and Magnetism
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    2
15
Spring
11
Spring
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • 4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PHYS 332 Theoretical Mechanics 2 or
    PHYS 334 Electricity and Magnetism
  • General Elective
    4
14
Fall
15
Spring
15
Spring
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PHYS 332 Theoretical Mechanics 2 or
    PHYS 334 Electricity and Magnetism
  • 1-3
  • Physics Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    1
  • General Elective
    3
14
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • International students: Participate in international social events

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Post a picture of you in another country in WVU gear
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Work on a community service project

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Become a leader in your club sport team
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • ECAS Fine Arts Requirement
    3
  • PHYS Elective
    3
  • PHYS Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
13
Fall
15
Spring
15
Fall
15
Spring
15
Fall
15
Spring
13
Fall
14
Spring
13
Spring
15
Fall
15
Spring
15
Fall
13
Spring
13
Fall
15
Spring
13
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Join a student organization
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Become a level 3 Bystander Trainer
  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Sign up for an interview
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Attend a career fair
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

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