May 27, 2022
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to use advanced mathematics to solve physics problems of increasing complexity.
- Students will be able to use scientific instrumentation to make measurements.
- Students will be able to analyze and make conclusions based on scientific data.
- Students will be able to design experiments to solve scientific questions.
- Students will be able to communicate scientific results in writing and orally.
- Students will be able to use computers to solve scientific problems.
- Students will demonstrate understanding of concepts of increasing complexity in physics.
- Students will demonstrate be able to solve “open-ended” design problems in applied physics.
General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)
Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.
Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 66
Basic Requirements: (43 Credits)
(i) Directed Studies may not count toward the elective credits in physics.
(ii) Students may count only one of the following courses towards the major: PHYS 363 , PHYS 372 , and PHYS 384 .
Related Requirements: (23 Credits)
One year lab sequence
A one-year laboratory science course sequence in another natural science discipline:
A minor in chemistry, biology, geology, mathematics, or an internship (upon a recommendation of the department) during the summer and fall semester following the third year
Physics Other Requirements:
Minimum Compentence Requirement
A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: PHYS 123 /PHYS 124 , PHYS 125 /PHYS 126 , PHYS 223 , PHYS 224 , PHYS 362 ; MATH 221 , MATH 222 , MATH 223 .
Department Writing Requirement
The Department requires writing in lab classes throughout the program building up to PHYS 362 Intermediate Laboratory . Intermediate Laboratory require full reports that are evaluated with attention to style and technique as well as content. Students submit rewrites as necessary. A portfolio of reports from this course is maintained for each student. The writing requirement is satisfied by successful completion of PHYS 362 .
Total Credit Hours: 120
(1) Lab Science I and II must be taken in the same discipline.
Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.