2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 23, 2024  
2023-24 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.

Career Potential

  • Graduate Study in Physics
  • Industrial or governmental research
  • Scientific advisor
  • Technical support

A. Required Courses in Physics: 45 credit hours


Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 122


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


General Education (General Education  ); World Language Requirement  

First Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Total credit hours for semester: 18


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


Third Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Fourth Year Fall


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

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Spring


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

Total credit hours for semester: 12


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