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Complete Undergraduate Physics Syllabus 
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#1
Mar112, 05:58 PM

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Does anyone know of a site that enumerates ALL the subjects an undergraduate physics course cover from freshman to last year (which includes common subjects like English, Literature, Economics, etc.)? I'd like to have an idea what subjects are included and especially what kinds of math are taught for example. Does it vary in different universities? Thanks.



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Mar112, 06:10 PM

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Of course it varies by university. How could it not?
Every university's catalog (nearly all of which are online) has their degree requirements by major. 


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Mar112, 06:39 PM

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There's absolutely no way to give a rounded off picture of GE's.
For physics however, this is fairly standard. 34 semesters of general physics LD Calculus, differential equations, linear algebra 1 semester UD classical mechanics. 1 semester UD Classical E&M 1 semester quantum mechanics 12 labs, usually with one that really just comes down to circuits and electronics 1 semester statistical thermal physics 1 semester mathematical methods But at this point almost anyone would take a second semester of all those courses if offered + physics electives. http://www.ucsd.edu/catalog/courses/PHYS.html Here's a random course catalog. 


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Mar112, 07:11 PM

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Complete Undergraduate Physics Syllabus



#5
Mar112, 07:14 PM

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Usually there will be a sequence up through upper division quantum, E&M, thermo, and mechanics, which is usually complete (or almost complete) by the end of the junior year. After this, there is often a requirement to take a few courses beyond this, but the choice of which is up to the student (GR, condensed matter, particle physics, or some more application based courses, to name a few). 


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Mar112, 07:18 PM

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Just for comparisons, what math subjects graduate courses offer that differ from the undergraduate? 


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Mar112, 07:23 PM

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Except for, perhaps, partial differential equations, there don't tend to be many math courses for graduate physics courses. (Well, maybe "tensor theory" but that is typically taught as part of a general relativity course rather than a mathematics differential geometry course.)



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Mar112, 07:51 PM

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QFT is too advanced for UG. If you're lucky, you'll see a taste of relativistic quantum in the tail end of a third quarter or second semester. I actually do not know of any schools with UG QFT. Every graduate program has a mathematical methods (although it might be built into graduate E&M or classical course) that will cover advanced methods of complex analysis, asymptotics, etc. From there, some graduate programs have specialized courses perhaps in group theory, topological methods, etc. 


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