Physics Course List

The Course Listing below gives a comprehensive view of all classes offered by the department, as well as a listing of courses focused in key physics topics.

To see which courses are offered this semester, please refer to the semester-specific tabs on the left.

For more guidance on which Introductory Courses undergraduates should take, or to see sample course schedules, please visit Course Selection & Recommendations.

Number Title Crosslistings Curriculum Codes
PHYSICS89S First-Year Seminar
PHYSICS131K Frontiers of 21st Century Physics NS, STS
PHYSICS127S Physics and the Universe NS
PHYSICS131S Introductory Seminar on Big Questions in Physics NS, STS
PHYSICS131S-1 Introductory Seminar on Big Questions in Physics NS, STS
PHYSICS133 The Physics of Sports NS
PHYSICS134 Introduction to Astronomy NS, QS
PHYSICS136 Acoustics and Music MUSIC126 NS, R, W
PHYSICS137S Energy in the 21st Century and Beyond Energy and the Environment STS, NS
PHYSICS137SK Energy in the 21st Century and Beyond NS, STS
PHYSICS138S Physics Research and the Economy STS, NS
PHYSICS141L General Physics I NS, QS
PHYSICS141LA General Physics I Marine Sciences NS, QS
PHYSICS141LDK General Physics I NS, QS
PHYSICS142L General Physics II NS, QS
PHYSICS142LA General Physics II Marine Sciences NS, QS
PHYSICS151L Introductory Mechanics NS, QS
PHYSICS152L Introductory Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics NS, QS
PHYSICS153L Applications of Physics: A modern perspective NS, QS
PHYSICS160 Frontiers of 21st Century Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS161D Fundamentals of Physics I NS, QS
PHYSICS161L Introductory Experimental Physics I NS, QS, W
PHYSICS162D Fundamentals of Physics II NS, QS
PHYSICS162L Introductory Experimental Physics II NS, QS, W
PHYSICS174 Introduction to Frontiers of Biophysics STS, NS
PHYSICS190 Special Topics in Physics
PHYSICS190A Duke-Administered Study Abroad: Special Topics in Physics
PHYSICS190S Special Topics in Physics
PHYSICS190S-1 Special Topics in Physics
PHYSICS264L Optics and Modern Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS271L Electronics Information Science and Information Studies NS, QS
PHYSICS305 Introduction to Astrophysics NS, QS
PHYSICS320L Optics and Photonics Electrical and Computer Engineering 340L, Visual and Media Studies 325L NS
PHYSICS361 Intermediate Mechanics NS, QS
PHYSICS362 Electricity and Magnetism NS, QS
PHYSICS363 Thermal Physics Electrical and Computer Engineering 311 NS, QS
PHYSICS390A Duke-Administered Study Abroad: Advanced Special Topics in Physics
PHYSICS414 Introduction to Biophysics BIOLOGY 418 NS, QS
PHYSICS415 Biophysics II BIOLOGY 425 NS, QS
PHYSICS417S Advanced Physics Laboratory and Seminar NS, QS, R, W
PHYSICS464 Quantum Mechanics I NS, QS
PHYSICS465 Quantum Mechanics II NS, QS
PHYSICS485 Scientific Arguments: Writing an Undergraduate Thesis BIOLOGY 495 W
PHYSICS491 Independent Study: Advanced Topics
PHYSICS493 Research Independent Study R
PHYSICS495 Thesis Independent Study R, W
PHYSICS501 Survey of Nonlinear and Complex Systems Nonlinear and Complex Systems 501, Modeling Biological Systems NS
PHYSICS505 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS509 Quantum Nanophysics NS
PHYSICS513 Nonlinear Dynamics Computer Science 524, Nonlinear and Complex Systems 513 NS, QS, R
PHYSICS522 Special and General Relativity NS, QS
PHYSICS549 Optics and Photonics Seminar Series Electrical and Computing Engineering 549, BME 609
PHYSICS562 Fundamentals of Electromagnetism QS
PHYSICS563 Introduction to Statistical Mechanics NS, QS
PHYSICS566 Computational Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS590S Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics
PHYSICS603 Representation Theory MATH 603 QS
PHYSICS607 Introdution to Condensed Matter Physics
PHYSICS621 Advanced Optics Electrical and Computer Engineering 541, BME 552 QS
PHYSICS622 General Relativity MATH 527 NS, QS
PHYSICS627 Quantum Information Science Electrical and Computer Engineering 523 NS, QS
PHYSICS655 Astrophysics NS, QS
PHYSICS671 Quantum Optics NS, QS
PHYSICS715 Advanced Quantum Mechanics I
PHYSICS719 Advanced Electrodynamics
PHYSICS721 Introduction to Accelerator Physics
PHYSICS732 Advanced Quantum Optics
PHYSICS745 Accelerator Physics for USPAS
PHYSICS752S Seminar Techniques
PHYSICS760 Mathematical Methods of Physics
PHYSICS761 Classical Mechanics
PHYSICS762 Electrodynamics
PHYSICS763 Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS764 Quantum Mechanics
PHYSICS765 Graduate Advanced Physics
PHYSICS766S Physics Research Seminar
PHYSICS771 Mini-Course on Current Research in Physics
PHYSICS772 Mini-Course on Methods for Physics Research
PHYSICS781 Quantum Field Theory
PHYSICS782 Advanced Quantum Field Theory
PHYSICS804 Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS805 Electromagnetic and Weak Interactions in Nuclear Physics
PHYSICS806 Radiation Detection
PHYSICS808 Introduction to High-Energy Physics
PHYSICS810 Advanced Solid-State Physics
PHYSICS813 Advanced Topics in Nonlinear and Complex Systems Computer Science 724
PHYSICS814 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
PHYSICS816 Advanced Quantum Mechanics II
PHYSICS846 Topics in Theoretical Physics
PHYSICS861S Physics of Free-Electron Lasers
PHYSICS995 Graduate Training Internship
Number Title Crosslistings Curriculum Codes
PHYSICS131S-1 Introductory Seminar on Big Questions in Physics NS, STS
PHYSICS134 Introduction to Astronomy NS, QS
PHYSICS141L General Physics I NS, QS
PHYSICS141LA General Physics I Marine Sciences NS, QS
PHYSICS142L General Physics II NS, QS
PHYSICS142LA General Physics II Marine Sciences NS, QS
PHYSICS151L Introductory Mechanics NS, QS
PHYSICS152L Introductory Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics NS, QS
PHYSICS160 Frontiers of 21st Century Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS161L Introductory Experimental Physics I NS, QS, W
PHYSICS162L Introductory Experimental Physics II NS, QS, W
Number Title Crosslistings Curriculum Codes
PHYSICS161D Fundamentals of Physics I NS, QS
PHYSICS161L Introductory Experimental Physics I NS, QS, W
PHYSICS162D Fundamentals of Physics II NS, QS
PHYSICS162L Introductory Experimental Physics II NS, QS, W
PHYSICS264L Optics and Modern Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS361 Intermediate Mechanics NS, QS
PHYSICS362 Electricity and Magnetism NS, QS
PHYSICS363 Thermal Physics Electrical and Computer Engineering 311 NS, QS
PHYSICS417S Advanced Physics Laboratory and Seminar NS, QS, R, W
Number Title Crosslistings Curriculum Codes
PHYSICS271L Electronics Information Science and Information Studies NS, QS
PHYSICS320L Optics and Photonics Electrical and Computer Engineering 340L, Visual and Media Studies 325L NS
PHYSICS390A Duke-Administered Study Abroad: Advanced Special Topics in Physics
PHYSICS464 Quantum Mechanics I NS, QS
PHYSICS465 Quantum Mechanics II NS, QS
PHYSICS485 Scientific Arguments: Writing an Undergraduate Thesis BIOLOGY 495 W
PHYSICS491 Independent Study: Advanced Topics
PHYSICS493 Research Independent Study R
PHYSICS495 Thesis Independent Study R, W
PHYSICS513 Nonlinear Dynamics Computer Science 524, Nonlinear and Complex Systems 513 NS, QS, R
PHYSICS522 Special and General Relativity NS, QS
PHYSICS562 Fundamentals of Electromagnetism QS
PHYSICS563 Introduction to Statistical Mechanics NS, QS
PHYSICS566 Computational Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS590S Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics
Number Title Crosslistings Curriculum Codes
PHYSICS89S First-Year Seminar
PHYSICS715 Advanced Quantum Mechanics I
PHYSICS719 Advanced Electrodynamics
PHYSICS760 Mathematical Methods of Physics
PHYSICS761 Classical Mechanics
PHYSICS762 Electrodynamics
PHYSICS763 Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS764 Quantum Mechanics
PHYSICS765 Graduate Advanced Physics
Number Title Crosslistings Curriculum Codes
PHYSICS501 Survey of Nonlinear and Complex Systems Nonlinear and Complex Systems 501, Modeling Biological Systems NS
PHYSICS505 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS509 Quantum Nanophysics NS
PHYSICS513 Nonlinear Dynamics Computer Science 524, Nonlinear and Complex Systems 513 NS, QS, R
PHYSICS522 Special and General Relativity NS, QS
PHYSICS562 Fundamentals of Electromagnetism QS
PHYSICS563 Introduction to Statistical Mechanics NS, QS
PHYSICS566 Computational Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS590S Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics
PHYSICS603 Representation Theory MATH 603 QS
PHYSICS621 Advanced Optics Electrical and Computer Engineering 541, BME 552 QS
PHYSICS622 General Relativity MATH 527 NS, QS
PHYSICS627 Quantum Information Science Electrical and Computer Engineering 523 NS, QS
PHYSICS655 Astrophysics NS, QS
PHYSICS671 Quantum Optics NS, QS
PHYSICS721 Introduction to Accelerator Physics
PHYSICS732 Advanced Quantum Optics
PHYSICS745 Accelerator Physics for USPAS
PHYSICS752S Seminar Techniques
PHYSICS766S Physics Research Seminar
PHYSICS771 Mini-Course on Current Research in Physics
PHYSICS772 Mini-Course on Methods for Physics Research
PHYSICS781 Quantum Field Theory
PHYSICS782 Advanced Quantum Field Theory
PHYSICS804 Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS805 Electromagnetic and Weak Interactions in Nuclear Physics
PHYSICS806 Radiation Detection
PHYSICS808 Introduction to High-Energy Physics
PHYSICS810 Advanced Solid-State Physics
PHYSICS813 Advanced Topics in Nonlinear and Complex Systems Computer Science 724
PHYSICS814 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
PHYSICS816 Advanced Quantum Mechanics II
PHYSICS846 Topics in Theoretical Physics
PHYSICS861S Physics of Free-Electron Lasers
PHYSICS995 Graduate Training Internship
Number Title Crosslistings Curriculum Codes
PHYSICS127S Physics and the Universe NS
PHYSICS134 Introduction to Astronomy NS, QS
PHYSICS305 Introduction to Astrophysics NS, QS
PHYSICS522 Special and General Relativity NS, QS
PHYSICS622 General Relativity MATH 527 NS, QS
PHYSICS655 Astrophysics NS, QS
Number Title Crosslistings Curriculum Codes
PHYSICS264L Optics and Modern Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS320L Optics and Photonics Electrical and Computer Engineering 340L, Visual and Media Studies 325L NS
PHYSICS627 Quantum Information Science Electrical and Computer Engineering 523 NS, QS
PHYSICS671 Quantum Optics NS, QS
PHYSICS732 Advanced Quantum Optics
Number Title Crosslistings Curriculum Codes
PHYSICS174 Introduction to Frontiers of Biophysics STS, NS
PHYSICS264L Optics and Modern Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS414 Introduction to Biophysics BIOLOGY 418 NS, QS
PHYSICS501 Survey of Nonlinear and Complex Systems Nonlinear and Complex Systems 501, Modeling Biological Systems NS
PHYSICS563 Introduction to Statistical Mechanics NS, QS
Number Title Crosslistings Curriculum Codes
PHYSICS264L Optics and Modern Physics NS, QS
PHYSICS363 Thermal Physics Electrical and Computer Engineering 311 NS, QS
PHYSICS417S Advanced Physics Laboratory and Seminar NS, QS, R, W
PHYSICS465 Quantum Mechanics II NS, QS
PHYSICS509 Quantum Nanophysics NS
PHYSICS804 Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS810 Advanced Solid-State Physics