Paradigms and Capstones at Oregon State University

The middle- and upper-division courses for physics majors have been extensively reordered compared to traditional curricula. The junior-year “paradigms” classes are each three weeks long and meet every day for a total of seven hours each week. Each course focuses on a single illustrative example from physics. The senior-year “capstone” classes cover the more advanced topics of a traditional second semester. Together, these courses cover roughly the same content as a single semester in each of the traditional physics subdisciplines.

(The links below take you to the course home pages, which include both a brief description and detailed content information. For the content only, go here.)

For OSU faculty new to teaching in the Paradigms, see helpful information here.

Paradigms Courses

More about the philosophy of Paradigms

Fall of Year 3

Winter of Year 3

Spring of Year 3

Throughout Year 3

Capstone Courses (Typically taught at the end of year 3 and in year 4)

Mathematics Courses


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