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The Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have recently announced changes to the curriculum for undergraduates double majoring in Electrical Engineering (Course 6-1) and Physics (Course 8).

According to Associate Department Head of EECS David J. Perreault, the changes will streamline the 6-1 and 8 double major. The changes came about after faculty and students expressed interest in improving the curriculum: “it was both a faculty and student initiative,” Perreault said in an email to The Tech.

The new track for the 6-1 and 8 double major is based on the 8-Flex option in physics and allows students to replace some of the requirements for 6-1 with classes from Course 8.

Students double majoring in 6-1 and 8 can now fulfill the requirement for one of two required 6.01x subjects (6.01, 6.02, or 6.S03) by taking Vibrations and Waves (8.03), which is a requirement for 8-Flex.

Electromagnetic Energy: From Motors to Solar Cells (6.007), can now be replaced with Quantum Physics I (8.04), satisfying one of three required foundation classes in 6-1 and a required class for 8-Flex.

One of the three header subjects in 6-1 (6.011, 6.012, or 6.013) can now be replaced with Quantum Physics II (8.05), which can be chosen from among two other Course 8 subjects to fulfill a requirement in the 8-Flex track.

In 2014, 2013, and 2012, five students double majored in 6-1 and 8 per year. This year, three students are graduating with double majors in 6-1 and 8.

All other requirements for both the 6-1 and 8-Flex majors remain in place. These substitutions are only valid for students majoring in 8-Flex and 6-1 and do not apply to Course 6-2 or 6-3 majors.