All degree tracks require a combination of physics and other courses, and differ primarily in the balance between these components. The mandatory physics component in all tracks is roughly the same, and tracks differ mainly in the number of elective courses students must take:
First year. Lays out the foundations and consists mostly of mandatory courses: Mechanics, Electrodynamics, and applied mathematics courses. Strong students may take additional elective courses in this year, but many prefer to focus on the required ones.
Second year. Ventures beyond basic physics. First introduction to Waves, Optics, and Quantum Mechanics. Typically students take a combination of mandatory and elective courses on advanced topics.
Third year. Usually devoted to electives on advanced topics and completion of other requirements.