Degree Requirements

Major in Physics

Physics four-year planI. Major Program Requirements

  • PHYS 155    Robotics & Experimental Physics*
  • PHYS 160    Einstein's Physics*
  • PHYS 205    Engineering Physics I: Mechanics
  • PHYS 206    Engineering Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS/ENGR 305    Electronics and Circuit Analysis I
  • PHYS 323    Optics and Electromagnetic Radiation
  • PHYS 341    Mechanics*
  • PHYS 342    Thermal Physics*
  • PHYS 343    Computational Physics*
  • PHYS 344    Electromagnetism*
  • PHYS 346    Quantum Physics*
  • PHYS 352    Advanced Physics Lab*

II. Math Requirements

  • MA 121 & 122    Differential and Integral Calculus or MA 131 Calculus of Single Variable Functions
  • MA 232    Differential Equations and Linear Algebra I
  • MA 233    Multivariable Calculus
  • MA 315    Probability and Statistics
  • MA 334    Differential Equations and Linear Algebra II
  • MA 342    Numerical Computing and Visualization

III. Other Program Requirements

  • CS 220    Programming in Excel
  • ENWR 305    Technical Writing
  • CH 101-102    General Chemistry I-II    or BI 171-172    Biological Principles I-II    or EAS 201  Earth Science and EAS 302  Advanced Earth Science

Note:

  1. All physics majors must earn a grade of "C" or better in all required courses (Sections I-III above).  Students may not enroll in a required course without having first passed its prerequisites with a grade of "C" or better.
  2. Freshmen entering with a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Physics C--Mechanics exam may receive credit for PHYS 205; likewise, those with a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Physics C--Electricity/Magnetism exam may receive credit for PHYS 206.
  3. PHIL 252 (Philosophy and History of Science) and/or TH 254 (Theology and Science) may be of particular interest to physics majors.

*Pending Approval.

Minor in Physics

I. Minor Program Requirements

  • PHYS 160    Einstein's Physics*
  • PHYS 205    Engineering Physics I: Mechanics
  • PHYS 206    Engineering Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 323    Optics and Electromagnetic Radiation
  • PHYS/ENGR 305    Electronics and Circuit Analysis I

One additional course from the following list:

  • ENGR 302         Engineering Mechanics I: Statics
  • PHYS/ENGR 306   Electronics and Circuit Analysis II
  • PHYS 341    Mechanics*
  • PHYS 342    Thermal Physics*
  • PHYS 343    Computational Physics*
  • PHYS 344    Electromagnetism*
  • PHYS 346    Quantum Physics*

II. Math Requirements

  • MA 121 & 122      Differential and Integral Calculus or MA 131     Calculus of Single Variable Functions
  • MA 232    Differential Equations and Linear Algebra I
  • MA 233    Multivariable Calculus

III. Recommended Course

  • PHYS 155    Robotics & Experimental Physics*

Note:  All physics minors must earn a grade of "C" or better in all required courses (Sections I-II above).  Students may not enroll in a required course without having first passed its prerequisites with a grade of "C" or better.

*Pending Approval.

Minor in Physics for Secondary Education

I. Minor Program Requirements

  • PHYS 160    Einstein's Physics*
  • PHYS 205     Engineering Physics I: Mechanics
  • PHYS 206    Engineering Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 321     Geometrical Optics
  • PHYS/ENGR 305  Electronics and Circuit Analysis I

II. Math Requirements

  • MA 121 & 122  Differential and Integral Calculus OR MA 131     Calculus of Single Variable Functions
  • MA 207    Elementary Statistics
  • MA 232    Differential Equations and Linear Algebra I
  • MA 233    Multivariable Calculus

III. Other Program Requirements

  • PHIL 252    Philosophy and History of Science
  • ED 346    Teaching Science in the Secondary School
  • Two courses chosen from Astronomy, Chemistry, or Earth Science

IV. Teacher Licensure

To obtain teacher licensure in Physics for Secondary Education, a student must complete:
ED 408 Student Teaching in the Minor Area
OR ED 410 Student Teaching

V. Recommended Courses

  • PHYS 155    Robotics & Experimental Physics*
  • ENGR 302    Engineering Mechanics I: Statics

Note:  All physics for secondary education students must have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average.  All Professional Education Requirements, Minor Program Requirements, and Other Program Requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

VI.  Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching Program
Teacher Education Program: Students pursuing academic programs that lead to teacher licensure must seek admission to the teacher education program by the end of their sophomore year.

Student Teaching Program: In the spring semester of the junior year, all preservice teachers must seek admission to the student teaching program.

*Pending Approval.