Degree Requirements

Major in Physics

I. Major Program Requirements

  • PHYS/ENGR 155    Robotics and Experimental Physics
  • PHYS 160    Einstein's Physics
  • PHYS 205    Physics using Calculus I: Mechanics
  • PHYS 206    Physics using Calculus II: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS/ENGR 305    Electronics and Circuit Analysis I
  • PHYS 323    Optics and Electromagnetic Radiation
  • PHYS 331    Computational Physics
  • PHYS 340    Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS/ENGR 342    Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 345    Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 346    Quantum Physics
  • PHYS 452    Advanced Physics Lab

II. Math Requirements

  • MA 121 & 122    Differential and Integral Calculus
    or MA 131    Calculus of Single Variable Functions
  • MA 141    Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
  • MA 233    Multivariable Calculus
  • MA 315    Probability and Statistics
  • MA 334    Advanced Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
  • MA 342    Numerical Computing and Visualization

III. Other Program Requirements

  • CS 110    Computer Modeling with Java
    or CS 220    Programming in Excel
  • ENWR 305    Workplace Writing
  • CH 101-102    General Chemistry I-II
    or BI 171-172    Biological Principles I-II
    or EAS 101  Earth Science and EAS 302  Advanced Earth Science

Note:

  1. All physics majors must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all required courses (Sections I-III above), and must pass each individual course with a grade of at least "C-".  Students may not enroll in a required course without having first passed its prerequisites with a grade of "C-" or better.
  2. Students 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.

Minor in Physics

I. Minor Program Requirements

  • PHYS 160    Einstein's Physics
  • PHYS 205    Physics using Calculus I: Mechanics
  • PHYS 206    Physics using Calculus II: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS/ENGR 305    Electronics and Circuit Analysis I

Two additional courses from the following list:

  • ENGR 302    Engineering Mechanics I: Statics
  • PHYS/ENGR 306   Electronics and Circuit Analysis II
  • PHYS 323    Optics and Electromagnetic Radiation
  • PHYS 331    Computational Physics
  • PHYS 340    Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS/ENGR 342    Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 345    Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 346    Quantum Physics

II. Math Requirements

  • MA 121 & 122      Differential and Integral Calculus
    or MA 131     Calculus of Single Variable Functions
  • MA 141    Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
  • MA 233    Multivariable Calculus

III. Recommended Courses

  • PHYS/ENGR 155    Robotics and Experimental Physics
  • MA 334    Advanced Differential Equations and Linear Algebra

Note:  All physics minors must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all required courses (Sections I-II above), and must pass each individual course with a grade of at least "C-".  Students may not enroll in a required course without having first passed its prerequisites with a grade of "C-" or better.

Minor in Physics for Secondary Education

I. Minor Program Requirements

  • PHYS 160    Einstein's Physics
  • PHYS 205    Physics using Calculus I: Mechanics
  • PHYS 206    Physics using Calculus 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 141    Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
  • 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/ENGR 155    Robotics and Experimental Physics
  • ENGR 302    Engineering Mechanics I: Statics

VI.  Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching

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

Note:

1. All Physics for Secondary Education students must meet the following requirements: 1) earn a grade of "C-" or better in all Professional Education Requirements, Minor Program Requirements, and Other Program Requirements; 2) earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade-point average; 3) earn a minimum 2.65 grade-point average in Minor Program Requirements and in Other Program Requirements; and 4) earn a minimum 2.65 grade-point average in Professional Education Requirements.

2. See Secondary Education Requirements and Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Education.