2012 - 2013 Physics Program (PHYS)

Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Teaching Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Christopher Cline, Peter Conwell, Tricia Shepherd

Program Goals

Objectives

The Physics Program offers an academic 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 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 4
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab 4
 
III. Upper Division Physics Courses 31
PHYS 301 Introduction to Modern Physics 4
PHYS 305 Optics 4
PHYS 309 Mathematical Methods of Physics 4
PHYS 311 Analytical Mechanics 4
PHYS 370 Scientific Computing 3
PHYS 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 4
PHYS 425 Quantum Physics 4
PHYS 431 Electrodynamics 4
 
IV. Required Courses from Other Programs 24
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 4
MATH 201 Calculus I 4
MATH 202 Calculus II 4
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus 4
MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra 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 4
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 4
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab 4
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab 4
PHYS 305 Optics 4
 
II. Electives 4
Additional coursework in Physics selected from courses numbered 300 or above 4
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 24

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

Teaching Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 20
MATH 201 Calculus I 4
MATH 202 Calculus II 4
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab 4
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab 4
PHYS 301 Introduction to Modern Physics 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 28