2002 - 2003 Physics Program (PHYS)

Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Teaching Major | Teaching Minor | Physical Science Composite Major | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Christopher Cline, Gothard Grey

Objectives

The Physics Program offers an academic and a teaching major leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree. In addition, the program offers an academic and a teaching minor in physics. A Physical Science composite major is offered for students seeking a physical science composite endorsement for secondary education. The program is designed to meet the need of (1) students intending to specialize in physics and pursue graduate work in physics, engineering, material science, or biophysics; (2) students preparing for a professional career in science and engineering; (3) students desiring to broaden their knowledge of the natural world; and (4) students who wish to teach at the secondary level.

Program Requirements

Students choosing a double major or minor within the science program may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed under "required courses" that coincide between both majors/minors may be applied to both.

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.3 GPA or better in courses required in the academic and teaching majors.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The "Group 2: Physical Sciences" LE requirement is fulfilled by meeting major requirements.


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Physics majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Physics Courses

8

PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab

4
4

III.

Upper Division Physics Courses

27

PHYS 305 Optics and Electronics
PHYS 309 Mathematical Methods of Physics
PHYS 311 Analytical Mechanics
PHYS 410 Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 425 Quantum Physics
PHYS 431 Electrodynamics

4
4
4
4
4
3
4

IV.

Required Courses from Other Programs

24

CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
MATH 201 Calculus I
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 303 Multivariate Calculus

4
4
4
4
4
4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR
*Note: CMPT 201, MATH 311, 363 and PHYS 301 are highly recommended.

67

Academic Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

20

CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab
PHYS 305 Optics and Electronics

4
4
4
4
4

II.

Electives

4

Additional course work in Physics selected from courses numbered 300 or above

4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

24

Teaching Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Physics Teaching major:

PHYS 102 Introduction to the Physical Universe, LE




3


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Physics Teaching majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Physics Courses

11

PHYS 102 Introduction to the Physical Universe, LE
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab

3
4
4

III.

Upper Division Physics Courses

22

PHYS 301 Introduction to Modern Physics
PHYS 305 Optics and Electronics
PHYS 309 Mathematical Methods of Physics
PHYS 311 Analytical Mechanics
PHYS 352 Methods of Teaching Physical Sciences
PHYS 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

3
4
4
4
3
4

IV.

Required Courses from Other Programs

16

CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
MATH 201 Calculus I 4MATH 202 Calculus II

4
4
4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MAJOR

57

The following courses are highly recommended: HON 221, 222; MATH 303, 311, 363; PHYS 431.

Teaching Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

22

MATH 201 Calculus I
MATH 202 Calculus II
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab
PHYS 301 Introduction to Modern Physics
PHYS 352 Methods of Teaching Physical Sciences

4
4
4
4
3
3

II.

Electives

8

Two additional courses selected from:

PHYS 305 Optics and Electronics
PHYS 311 Analytical Mechanics
PHYS 410 Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 431 Electrodynamics



4
4
4
4
4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR

30

Physical Science Composite Major

This is a broader program than either Physics or Chemistry, intended for the preparation of junior high physical science majors and physical earth teachers. Composite teaching majors should choose two of their three courses above 300 from areas other than Mathematics or Computer Science.

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The "Group 2: Physical Sciences" LE requirement is fulfilled by meeting major requirements.


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Physical Science Composite majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Physical Science Courses

23

AVIA 135 Meteorology
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
ESS 110 Introduction to Geology, LE
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab

4
4
4
3
4
4

III.

Upper Division Physical Science Courses

14

CHEM 306 Quantitative Analysis
PHYS 301 Introduction to Modern Physics
PHYS 305 Optics and Electronics
PHYS 352 Methods of Teaching Physical Sciences

4
3
4
3

IV.

Electives

12

Three courses numbered 300 or above in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics

or from the following:
AVIA 410 Flight Theory I (4)
PHIL 300 Topics in Mathematical Logic (3)
PHIL 300 Theories of Language (1 - 4)

Recommended courses:
BIOL 404 Ecology (4)
HON 221 Natural Science I (4)
HON 222 Natural Science II (4)
PHYS 102 Introduction to the Physical Universe, LE (3)


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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE COMPOSITE MAJOR

57