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Bachelor of Science in Physics/Course 8

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)
Subjects
Science Requirement
6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement
8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied by 8.03 or 8.04, and 18.03 or 18.034 in the Departmental Program]
2
Laboratory Requirement [satisfied by 8.13 or equivalent in the Departmental Program]
1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree
17
Communication Requirement
 
The program includes a Communication Requirement of 4 subjects:
2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CI-H); and 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M).
 
PLUS Departmental Program
Units
Subject names below are followed by credit units, and by prerequisites, if any (corequisites are indicated in italics).
 
Required Subjects
81-138
 
18.03 Differential Equations, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR)
or
18.034 Differential Equations, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR)
 
8.04 Quantum Physics I, 12, REST; 8.03*, 18.03*
 
8.044 Statistical Physics I, 12; 8.03, 18.03
 
Physics: Flexible Option
 
One of the following subjects:
 
 
8.223 Classical Mechanics II, 6; Physics I (GIR), Calculus II (GIR)
 
One of the following subjects:
 
8.05 Quantum Physics II, 12; 8.04
 
8.20 Introduction to Special Relativity, 9, REST; Physics I (GIR), Calculus I (GIR)
 
 
One of the following experimental experiences:
 
8.13 Experimental Physics I, 18, LAB, CI-M; 8.04
A laboratory subject of similar intensity in another department
An experimental research project or senior thesis
An experimentally oriented summer externship
 
Physics: Focused Option
 
 
8.05 Quantum Physics II, 12; 8.04
 
8.06 Quantum Physics III, 12, CI-M; 8.05
 
8.13 Experimental Physics I, 18, LAB, CI-M; 8.04
 
8.14 Experimental Physics II, 18, LAB; 8.05, 8.13
 
8.223 Classical Mechanics II, 6; Physics I (GIR), Calculus II (GIR)
 
8.ThU Undergraduate Physics Thesis (12 units)(1)
 
Restricted Electives
36-48
Physics: Flexible Option  
At least one subject in the Department of Physics in addition to those listed above (12 units)(2)  
Three subjects forming one intellectually coherent unit in some area, not necessarily physics, subject to the approval of the department (36 units)  
Physics: Focused Option  
One subject in the Department of Mathematics beyond 18.03 (12 units)  
Two subjects in the Department of Physics in addition to those listed
above,(2) including at least one of the following: 8.07, 8.08, and 8.09 (24 units)
 
Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs
(24-36)
Unrestricted Electives
48-87
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree
180-186
No subject can be counted both as part of the 17-subject GIRs and as part of the 180-186 units required beyond the GIRs. Every subject in the student's departmental program will count toward one or the other, but not both.
Notes
*Alternate prerequisites and corequisites are listed in the subject description.
(1) A thesis of 12 units is required. Not more than 30 units of thesis credit may be included in the minimum of 180 units beyond the General Institute Requirements required for the SB degree.
(2) Subject descriptions identify subjects that cannot be used for this purpose.
For an explanation of credit units, or hours, please refer to the online help in the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule, http://student.mit.edu/catalog/index.cgi.

 

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