2011 - 2012 Physics Program (PHYS)

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

Faculty: Christopher Cline, Peter Conwell, Tricia Shepherd

Program Goals

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

To fulfill the requirements for a major in Physics, students must complete the following as well as demonstrate competency in MATH 141 and 142:

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The 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 31
  PHYS 301 Introduction to Modern Physics
PHYS 305 Optics
PHYS 309 Mathematical Methods of Physics
PHYS 311 Analytical Mechanics
PHYS 370 Scientific Computing
PHYS 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 425 Quantum Physics
PHYS 431 Electrodynamics
4
4
4
4
3
4
4
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 203 Multivariate Calculus
MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra
4
4
4
4
4
4
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR
*Note: MATH 311, 363 and PHYS 301 are highly recommended.
71

Recommended Plan of Study for Physics

Listed below is a suggested plan of study for completing the physics requirements. Students should check with their advisors at least once a year as course offerings may change from what is listed. Students must also meet college wide requirements for graduation.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year MATH 201*
CHEM 111
MATH 202*
CHEM 112
Sophomore Year MATH 203
PHYS 211
MATH 211
PHYS 212
PHYS 309
Junior Year PHYS 301**
PHYS 305
PHYS 410***
PHYS 411
PHYS 425**
Senior Year PHYS 311**
PHYS 370
PHYS 411
PHYS 431**

* Assumes student already has credit for MATH 141 & MATH 142
** Courses offered every other year, so Junior and Senior year may be interchanged.
*** Physics 410 is recommended, but not required.

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
4
4
4
4
4
II. Electives 4
  Additional coursework in Physics selected from courses numbered 300 or above 4
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 24

Teaching Major

To fulfill the requirements for a teaching major in Physics, students must complete the following as well as demonstrate competency in MATH 141 and 142:

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 23
  PHYS 301 Introduction to Modern Physics
PHYS 305 Optics
PHYS 309 Mathematical Methods of Physics
PHYS 311 Analytical Mechanics
PHYS 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
EDUC 382 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science
4
4
4
4
4
3
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
MATH 202 Calculus II
4
4
4
4
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MAJOR
*Note: MATH 311, 363 and PHYS 301 are highly recommended.
58

The following courses are highly recommended: HON 221, 222; MATH 203, 311, 363; PHYS 431.

Teaching Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 23
  EDUC 382 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science
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
3
4
4
4
4
4
II. Electives 8
  Two additional courses selected from:

PHYS 305 Optics (4)
PHYS 311 Analytical Mechanics (4)
PHYS 410 Quantum Mechanics (4)
PHYS 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (4)
PHYS 431 Electrodynamics (4)
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR 31

Physical Science Composite Major

This is a broader program than either Physics or Chemistry, intended for the preparation of junior high physical science teachers 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 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 22
  AVIA 303 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
3
4
4
3
4
4
III. Upper Division Physical Science Courses 15
  CHEM 306 Quantitative Analysis
EDUC 382 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science
PHYS 301 Introduction to Modern Physics
PHYS 305 Optics
4
3
4
4
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)
PHYS 102 Introduction to the Physical Universe, LE (3)
12
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE COMPOSITE MAJOR 57