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B.S. Degree in Physics {17-18}

B.S. Degree in Physics

Description
The Physics major is designed for students who are curious about and want to understand how the natural world works. Our major develops math, modeling, computational, and problem-solving skills that are applicable to a wide variety of careers. Recent majors have gone on to careers in teaching, engineering, computer programming, medical physics, astrophysics research, and finance. The Physics major with Medical Physics emphasis is designed for students who are interested in the application of physics concepts and methods in the treatment and diagnosis of human disease. This is preparation for graduate work and careers in radiation oncology, applied medical physics, and medical imaging quality control. In addition to the core physics courses, students in this emphasis take several chemistry and biology courses as well as specialized electives. The Physics major with Astrophysics emphasis prepares students to work with large data sets. Possible careers using these skills include GIS, remote sensing, and medical image processing, in addition to possible graduate work in astrophysics. Majors with an astrophysics emphasis take several advanced astrophysics courses in both observational techniques and theory which include extensive use of computing. The Physics major with Business emphasis is designed for students who are interested in using their technical backgrounds in an entrepreneurial setting. Possible careers include product development, technical sales, and business ownership. In addition to the core physics courses, students in this emphasis take several business courses required for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Paseka School of Business. To receive the B.S. Degree in Physics, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program/emphasis. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of experimental and theoretical physics.
  • Apply analytical thinking, mathematical analysis, and computational techniques to the solution of problems.
  • Reach both quantitative and qualitative conclusions from experimental and observational data.
  • Apply analytical thinking, instrumentation skills, and computer techniques to perform experiments.
  • Conduct independent research.

Core Requirements ( 31 credits )

PHYS 200 General Physics I w/Lab (4)
PHYS 201 General Physics II w/Lab (4)
PHYS 202 Introduction to 20th Century Physics (3)
PHYS 305 Experimental Physics I (3)
PHYS 315 Physics Seminar (1)
PHYS 322 Elementary Modern Physics (3)
PHYS 350 Computational Methods for Physical Science (3)
PHYS 330 Intermediate Mechanics (4)
PHYS 306 Experimental Physics II (3)
PHYS 342 Introduction to Research (1)
PHYS 492 Senior Project (2)

The algebra-based physics courses PHYS 160 College Physics I w/Lab (4) and PHYS 161 College Physics II w/Lab (4) may be substituted for the calculus-based physics courses PHYS 200 General Physics I w/Lab (4) and PHYS 201 General Physics II w/Lab (4).

Related Requirements ( 18 credits )

ENGL 387 Technical Report Writing (3)
MATH 261 Calculus I (4)
MATH 262 Calculus II (4)
MATH 323 Multi-Variable and Vector Calculus (4)
MATH 366 Differential Equations (3)

Electives

Students must complete 18 elective credits in Physics (PHYS) or Astronomy (AST) at the 300 level or higher (not including PHYS 385 and PHYS 440). These courses cannot be from the core or related requirements. A max of 2 credits allowed towards PHYS 469 (internship) and PHYS 394 (research seminar).

Recommended Electives

We recommend students consider completing the courses listed below. Students are not required to complete these courses.  Students are encouraged to take Math 260 with Math 261.

MATH 260 Computer Calculus (1)
MATH 327 Linear Algebra (3)

Emphasis in Business

Program Requirements ( 15 credits )

Students must complete the core requirements listed for the major in addition to completing the following courses required for the Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Paseka School of Business.

ENTR 229 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3)
ENTR 230 Entrepreneurial Finance (3)
ENTR 231 Entrepreneurial Leadership and Organization (3)
ENTR 232 Entrepreneurial Marketing (3)
ENTR 309 Building a Workable Business Plan (3)

Restricted Electives ( 3 credits )

Students must complete at least 3 credits from the courses listed below.

PHYS 312 Analog Electronics (3)
PHYS 318 Biophysics and Medical Imaging (3)
PHYS 325 Optics (3)
PHYS 370 Electromagnetic Theory (4)
PHYS 399 Thermodynamics (3)
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics (3)

Recommended Electives

We recommend students consider completing the courses listed below. Students are not required to complete these courses.

MKTG 270 Principles of Marketing (3) *was MKTG 310
MGMT 260 Principles of Management (3) *was MGMT 360
MGMT 380 Operations Management (3)

Students are encouraged to take Math 260 with Math 261.

MATH 260 Computer Calculus (1)
MATH 327 Linear Algebra (3)


Emphasis in Astrophysics

Program Requirements ( 22 credits )

Students must complete the core requirements listed for the major in addition to the following list of courses.

PHYS 370 Electromagnetic Theory (4)
PHYS 399 Thermodynamics (3)
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics (3)
AST 361 Stellar Astrophysics (3)
AST 362 Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics (3)
AST 365 Cosmology (3)
AST 366 Observational Astronomy (3)

Restricted Electives ( 6 credits )

Students must complete one of the following three courses:

AST 102 Solar System Astronomy (3)
AST 104 Stellar Astronomy (3)
HON 324 Life and Death in the Universe (3)

Students must complete at least three credits selected from the courses listed below:

AST 360 Planetary Science (3)
AST 390 Projects in Advanced Astronomy (1-3)
AST 490 Topics in Astronomy (1-3)
PHYS 312 Analog Electronics (3)
PHYS 325 Optics (3)
PHYS 390 Topics in Physics (1-3)
PHYS 469 Internship (1-2)

Recommended Electives

We recommend students consider completing the courses listed below. Students are not required to complete these courses. Students are encouraged to take Math 260 with Math 261.

MATH 260 Computer Calculus (1)
MATH 327 Linear Algebra (3)


Emphasis in Medical Physics

Program Requirements ( 21 credits )

Students must complete the core requirements listed for the major in addition to completing the following list of courses.

PHYS 312 Analog Electronics (3)
PHYS 318 Biophysics and Medical Imaging (3)
PHYS 370 Electromagnetic Theory (4)
PHYS 399 Thermodynamics (3)
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 150L General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
CHEM 210 General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 210L General Chemistry II Lab (1)

Recommended Electives

We recommend students consider completing the courses listed below. Students are not required to complete these courses. 

BIOL 111 Cell Biology (4)
BIOL 115 Organismal Biology (4)
BIOL 323 Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 349 Human Physiology (4)

CHEM 350 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 360 Organic Chemistry II (3)

PHYS 325 Optics (3)
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics (3)

Students are encouraged to take Math 260 with Math 261.

MATH 260 Computer Calculus (1)
MATH 327 Linear Algebra (3)