2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physics: Concentration in Environmental Science [PHY_ENVS]

This concentration in the Physics Department  provides depth and a diversity of study in the sciences for students with a special interest in the environment. Cortland's resources for teaching and research in this area are extensive. Special facilities at Hoxie Gorge, the Outdoor Education Center and Brauer Education Center play a role in the program.

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, 357, 410, 420, 440, 450
  • Physics Major and ENVS Concentration Requirements
    • 27 credits in PHY 201, 202, 203, 357, 410, 420, 440, 450

C. Required Elective Courses: Six credit hours

(may also fulfill General Education requirements). Two courses from the same department are not permitted.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124