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How Should I Schedule these classes?

  1. Jan 29, 2015 #1
    I actually switched to physics late in my career, so my general studies and all is pretty much complete. All I have left is:
    7 hours General Electives (6 if they count the unneeded 1 hour science lab i took with the required biology )
    3 hours of Undergraduate Research (But they offer a 2 semester La-aces program that is much more fun and fills the requirement)
    3 hours "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" offered in Fall
    3 hours "Electricity and Magnetism" offered in Spring and possibly in the fall
    3 hours "Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics"
    6 hours Physics at 3000+ level

    ok so here is what I am thinking:
    1. I think I should take Linear Algebra to fulfill the requirements to get a minor in Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
    2. I am not sure what I should do for the other General Elective. Any recommendations?
    3. Don't need to do the research since I will be doing the balloon project thing.
    4. Quantum in the fall
    5. Electricity and magnetism in Spring along with
    6. Thermodynamics
    7. Not sure what to take here. The course offered are: http://www.chegg.com/courses/uno/PHYS
    8. Not sure what to take here. The courses offered are: http://www.chegg.com/courses/uno/PHYS

    So in reality I only need 21 hours. They are all pretty much going to be Math and Advanced Physics (except perhaps that general elective).
    My goal is that I would currently like to graduate in the Spring, apply to the program to get my Masters in Education and be a high school Physics/Science teacher. But I am not sure how likely I will be graduating in the Spring.
    Just looking at the hours, it is 2 semesters. But the fact that at least 15 of those 21 hours are in Intermediate and Advanced Physics courses... I am not so sure if it will be possible.

    Is taking 9 hours of advanced Physics courses in one semester achievable? if not, how many semesters should it likely take for me to graduate. Also what 2 Physics courses at 3000 & 4000 level should I be hoping to take? perhaps maybe which 2 would be easiest to do along side Quantum or E&M/Thermo?
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  3. Jan 30, 2015 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    How strong is your math? E & M will require vector calculus to understand Maxwell's equations? And statistical physics will require some calculus and statistical knowledge. I can't remember much as I took these courses a long long time ago.

    If you talk to your advisor maybe they can reduce the general electives from courses you took already. I remember doing that when they allowed a language course in Chinese for one of my liberal arts electives which allowed to graduate early. I remember writing a letter explaining why I thought that Chinese had expanded my cultural knowledge and they agreed,
  4. Jan 30, 2015 #3
    Multivariable was quite a few years ago. But I would be taking it next to Intro to Quantum. do you think these two could go together?
    Thermo / Stat Mech is offered in the spring.
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