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Physics

​​A major in Physics provides the student with an understanding of the basic laws of nature and physical phenomena at the macroscopic and microscopic levels. Students choose between two (2) program options:

  • Physics - This option is intended for students who wish to pursue graduate study in physics, conduct research in physics, and/or teach physics. 
  • Engineering physics - This option is intended for students who wish to teach physics or engineering and/or work in fields related to engineering and physics that do not require a complete set of advanced engineering or physics training (e.g., engineering technologist, lab technician, sustainability). Particularly, an Engineering Physics major is typically not considered sufficient preparation for graduate study in Engineering or Physics. 

In both options, the student acquires knowledge of the fundamental laws of the physical universe, mathematical methods in physics, and great familiarity with research and laboratory techniques.​


MAJOR REQUIREMENTS


Physics Option Requirements

Code​Course​​​Credits
MATH 140, 141, 300​​​​Calculus I, II, III​12
​MATH 331​Differential Equations​3
​CHEM 103, 104​General Chemistry I, II​8
​PHYS 101​Freshman Physics Seminar​1
​PHYS 151​General Physics: Mechanics with Lab​4
​PHYS 152​General Physics: Electricity & Magnetism with Lab​4
​PHYS 250RI​Research Methods in Physics​2
​PHYS 300​Intermediate Modern Physics​4
​CS 170 OR CS XXX​Introduction to Scientific and Engineering Programming or other approved programming language course​3
​PHYS 410WS​Senior Physics Seminar​1
​ME 300WSTechnical Communication​3
One of MATH 315, MATH 316, MATH 320, MATH 351, MATH 354, MATH 411, MATH 412, or MATH 423​MATH Elective​3
​PHYS 208​Optics4​
​PHYS 305​Classical Mechanics​3
​PHYS 310, 311​Electromagnetic Theory I, II​6
​PHYS 413​Quantum Mechanics​3
​TOTAL:​64

 

Engineering Physics Option Requirements

​Code​Course​​Credits
EE 100, ME 100, OR PHYS 101​Engineering Orientation OR Freshman Physics Seminar​2 OR 1
​MATH 140, 141, 300 ​Calculus I, II, III​12
​MATH 331Differential Equations​​​3
​CHEM 103​General Chemistry I​4
​PHYS 151​General Physics: Mechanics with Lab​4
​PHYS 152​General Physics: Electricity & Magnetism with Lab​4
​PHYS 250RI​Research Methods in Physics​2
​PHYS 300​Intermediate Modern Physics​4
​CS 170 OR CS XXX​Introduction to Scientific and Engineering Programming or other approved programming language course​3
​PHYS 410WSSenior Physics Seminar​1
​ME 300WS​Technical Communication3​
One of MATH 315, MATH 316, MATH 320, MATH 351, MATH 354, MATH 411, MATH 412, or MATH 423​MATH Elective3​
SUB​​TOTAL:​44-45


And any two (2) of the following PHYS courses:

​PHYS 208​Optics​4
​PHYS 305​Classical Mechanics​3
​PHYS 310​Electromagnetic Theory I​3
​PHYS 311​Electromagnetic Theory II​3
​PHYS 413​Quantum Mechanics​3
SUBTOTAL:​6-7

AND any two (2) ME or EE courses numbered between 199 and 299 (totaling between 6 and 8 credit hours) AND any two (2) ME or EE courses numbered above 300 (totaling between 6 and 8 credit hours). 
                                                                                               TOTAL: 62-68

MINOR REQUIREMENTS​


A minor in Physics consists of 17 credit hours in physics courses, which must include the following: 

​Code​Course​Credits​
PHYS 101​Freshman Physics Seminar​1
​PHYS 151​General Physics: Mechanics with Lab​4
​PHYS 152​General Physics: Electricity & Magnetism with Lab​4
​PHYS 250RI​Research Methods in Physics​2
​PHYS XXX​Additional six (6) credit hours of physics courses numbered 200 or higher for a minimum of 17 credit hours​6



PHYSICS EDUCATION - SECONDARY LEVEL​


Students who plan to teach Physics on the secondary level should complete the education minor in consultation with the School of Education early in their academic careers to determine the specific requirements.

 

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