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PHYSICS

Bachelor of Science
in Physics

Required Competencies
Assessment Procedures
Supplemental Requirements
Major
Area of Concentration

Computational Physics
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering

Minor
Courses
Faculty

Curriculum Maps

Students planning to do graduate work in physics should follow requirements for the Major.
Students desiring careers as professional physicists in industry, or in eventually pursuing graduate work in engineering or related fields, should follow requirements listed under one of the options under Area of Concentration in Applied Physics. Students interested in a career in secondary science teaching with a major in physics will find the requirements listed in the catalog under "Physical Science Teaching."

Competencies Required in the Program

The student will:
1. Have an understanding of the core concepts of physics.
2. Develop analytical skills and learning techniques to enable learning new areas of physics.
3. Read and understand technical literature and present oral reports.
4. Be able to function in a laboratory setting to both analyze data and write reports.
5. Be able to apply basic principles of physics in a problem solving situation such as carrying out a technical project.

Assessment Procedures

Performance of graduates on entrance examinations
Performance of graduate in professional schools
Survey of graduates
Survey of employers
Exit Exam

 


Supplemental Requirements

Supplemental Requirements for both the Major and all Options in the Area of Concentration.

SCI 110 Introduction to Scientific Computing 3
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 4
MATH 175 Calculus I 4
MATH 275 Calculus II 4
MATH 276 Calculus III 4
MATH 363 Differential Equations 3
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Major*

PHYS 231 Engineering Physics I 4
PHYS 231A Engineering Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 232 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 232A Engineering Physics II Lab 1
PHYS 353 Concepts of Modern Physics 4
PHYS 332 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 391 Dynamics 3
PHYS 340 Experimental Physics 3
PHYS 491 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHYS electives 300-level or above approved by advisor 6
SCI 498 Senior Thesis I 2
SCI 499C Senior Thesis II 1
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Area of Concentration:

* Core Courses for all Options

PHYS 231 Engineering Physics I 4
PHYS 231A Engineering Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 232 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 232A Engineering Physics II Lab 1
PHYS 353 Concepts of Modern Physics 4
PHYS 340 Experimental Physics 3
PHYS 381 Computer Solutions to Engineering and
Science Problems
3
PHYS 481 Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 3
SCI 498 Senior Thesis I 2
SCI 499C Senior Thesis II 1
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Area of Concentration Options

OPTION 1 Computational Physics

CIS 200 Logic and Structure Design of Computer 3
CIS 205 C/C++ Programming 3
MATH 303 Data Structure 3
CIS 305 Advanced C/C++ 3
MATH 301 Linear Algebra or  
MATH 312 Numerical Methods 3
PHYS 391 Dynamics 3
CIS, MATH, or PHYS Electives (Electives should be
at 300 level or above or approved by the advisor
6
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OPTION 2 Engineering Physics (Mechanical)

MFT 186 Manufacturing and Fabrication 3
IET 260 Hydraulics and Pneumatics 3
PHYS 221 Statics 3
CON 303 Material Properties and Testing 3
PHYS 391 Dynamics 3
PHYS 410 Thermodynamics 3
Electives 300-level or above approved by the advisor 6
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OPTION 3 Engineering Physics (Electrical)

EET 141 Direct Current Circuits 3
EET 241 Alternating Current Circuits 3
or    
PHYS 211 Circuits 4
EET 242 Analog Devices and Circuits 3
EET 342 Electronic Devices and Circuits 3
EET 344 Communications Circuits 3
EET 345 Microprocessors 3
PHYS 332 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 361 Fundamentals of Electronics 3
EET, MATH or PHYS Elective 300 or 400 level
approved by the advisor
3
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Minor*

PHYS 231 Engineering Physics I 4
PHYS 231A Engineering Physics I Laboratory 1
PHYS 232 Engineering Physics II 4
PHYS 232A Engineering Physics II Laboratory 1
and    
PHYS 350 Nuclear Science 4
PHYS electives, approved by advisor 7
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*At least 50% of the course work in the major, area, or minor in physics must be taken in residency.

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