2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 22, 2021  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physics [PHY]


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This Physics Department  program is the traditional physics major found at institutions worldwide. Study includes a wide range of courses in physics and mathematics plus chemistry. This degree is necessary for those wishing to go on to graduate school and is also useful for those wishing to do technical work in a variety of disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand, recall and apply the core principles, concepts, theories, and laws of physics such as: Classical Mechanics, electromagnetic theory, thermodynamics, optics, circuits and electronics, introductory quantum mechanics, and the special theory of relativity.
  2. Understand, recall and apply basic mathematical theorems, strategies, concepts and applications commonly used in physics such as: Calculus, vector analysis and vector calculus, differential equations, complex analysis and matrices.
  3. Collect, evaluate, and interpret experimental data, including having a familiarity with the electronic and other equipment commonly used in laboratory settings.
  4. Present scientific information using accepted writing techniques.
  5. Present scientific information in oral presentations.
  6. Use computers and other information technology resources to locate, assemble and critically evaluate information from scientific literature.
  7. Design and create computer programs capable of performing numerical computations and data analysis.

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in PHY 201, 202, 203, 410, 420, 440, 450, or 300-599
  • Physics Major Requirements
    • 24 credits in PHY 201, 202, 203, 410, 420, 440, 450, or 300-599

Career Potential

  • Graduate study in physics
  • Industrial or governmental research
  • Scientific advisor
  • Technical support services

A. Required Courses in Physics: 39 credit hours


  • Three Physics electives taken at the 400 level or above

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124


Example of the bachelor's degree in Physics over four years


General Education (GE); Foreign Language

Total credit hours for semester: 16


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 17


Second Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Fourth Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Spring


  • (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 400 or 500 level (3 cr. hr.)
    PHY 400 or 500 level (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


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