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Department of Physics

Dr. H. Kent Moore, Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

Ingham, K. Moore, Serway, G. Taylor

Associate Professors

Giovanetti, Gordon, D. Peterson, Rudmin, Staib

Assistant Professor

Chodrow

Students completing the major program in physics will normally receive the Bachelor of Science degree. By completing the university's requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, the student may elect to receive the B.A. in physics. A 22-hour minor is also available.

The Department of Physics offers programs of study leading to a variety of careers in pure and applied physics, engineering physics, medicine, education and other areas. The department provides courses to serve the needs of other academic departments and also offers courses which satisfy the liberal studies requirements in natural science.

Students completing an undergraduate degree in physics will have a thorough understanding of the broad range of general principles which characterize the discipline of physics, and will have acquired the ability to apply both theoretical and experimental techniques to the solution of a variety of problems. In addition, students will have developed an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of physics and its role in society.

The undergraduate program in physics is designed to prepare students for highly technical post-baccalaureate employment or for immediate entrance to advanced study in physics or other related areas.

Within the basic program, the department offers two options (see below) which are suited to particular student interests and goals.

Program Requirements

The minimum requirement for the degree in physics is 36-38 credit hours of required physics courses. At least, 32 credit hours must be from physics courses numbered 250 and up.

                                                  Credit
Physics Courses                                    Hours
Choose one of the following:                         4-6
  PHYS 201-202. Discovering Physics I-II [1] 
    (six credits)
  PHYS 240. Principles of Mechanics [1] 
    (four credits) 
PHYS 250. Principles of Electricity and Magnetism      4
PHYS 260. Principles of Waves, Continuous Media        3
  and Thermodynamics
PHYS 330. Modern Physics I                             4
PHYS 335. Modern Physics II                            4
PHYS 341. Mechanics                                    3
PHYS 347. Advanced Physics Laboratory I                2
PHYS 360. Analog Electronics                           4
PHYS 380. Thermodynamics and Statistical               3
  Mechanics
PHYS 391-392. Seminar                                  1
PHYS 445. Electricity and Magnetism                    3
PHYS 491-492. Physics Assessment and Seminar           1
                                                    ____
                                                   36-38
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Notes:
[1]
PHYS 201-202 or PHYS 240 are prerequisite to PHYS 250.
The physics degree also requires 27 credit hours of courses taken in other departments.

                                                  Credit
Additional Requirements                            Hours
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II                   6
CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratory           2
Choose one of the following:                           4
  CS 238. Digital Computer Programming
  CS/MATH 248. Computer Methods in Engineering 
    and Science
MATH 235-236-237. Analytic Geometry                   12
  and Calculus 
MATH 336. Elementary Differential Equations            3
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Program Options

Students majoring in physics are encouraged to select one of the following two options in consultation with their faculty advisers. Students and their advisers should review progress toward completion of their selected option each semester.

Professional Physics

The professional physics option is intended for students who wish to prepare for graduate study in physics or a closely related field. Because excellent mathematical skills are very important to a successful career as a physicist, students in this option are encouraged to complete a minor in mathematics.

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
Choose two from the following:                         6
  PHYS 342. Mechanics II (three credits)
  PHYS 430. Statistical Mechanics (three credits)
  PHYS 440. Solid State Physics (three credits)
  PHYS 446. Electricity and Magnetism II 
    (three credits)
  PHYS 460. Quantum Mechanics (three credits)

Applied Physics Option

The applied physics option is recommended for students who plan to pursue careers in applied physics, engineering physics or related fields in applied science. This option is intended for students interested in post-baccalaureate employment in applied physics and is suitable preparation for graduate study in applied physics or engineering.

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
Choose from the following:                             9
  PHYS/CS 371. Introductory Digital Electronics 
    (two credits)
  PHYS/CS 372. Microcontrollers and Their 
    Applications (two credits)
  PHYS/CS 373. Interfacing Microcomputers 
    (two credits)
  PHYS 390. Computer Applications in Physics 
    (three credits)
  PHYS 440. Solid State Physics (three credits)
  PHYS/CHEM 455. Lasers and Their Applications 
    to Physical Sciences (three credits)

Undergraduate Research

All physics majors in either option are encouraged to collaborate with faculty members on various research projects, usually in their junior and/or senior years. Academic credit for these activities will be given under PHYS 398, Problems in Physics and/or PHYS 498, Undergraduate Physics Research.

Typical Program for a Major in Physics [1] (B.S. Degree)


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II                   6
CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratory           2
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition                   6
MATH 235-236. Analytic Geometry and Calculus           8
PHYS 201-202. Discovering Physics I-II                 6
Elective                                             0-3
                                                    ____
                                                   28-31

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
Choose from the following:                             4
  CS 238. Digital Computer Programming
  CS/MATH 248. Computer Methods in Engineering 
    and Science
MATH 237. Analytic Geometry and Calculus III           4
MATH 336. Elementary Differential Equations            3
PHYS 250. Principles of Electricity and Magnetism      4
PHYS 260. Principles of Waves, Continuous Media        3
  and Thermodynamics
PHYS 330. Modern Physics I                             4
Liberal studies courses                                8
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
PHYS 335. Modern Physics II                            4
PHYS 341. Mechanics                                    3
PHYS 347. Advanced Physics Laboratory I                2
PHYS 360. Analog Electronics                           4
PHYS 391-392. Seminar                                  1
PHYS 445. Electricity and Magnetism                    3
Liberal studies courses                             9-12
Elective                                               3
                                                    ____
                                                   29-32

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
PHYS 380. Thermodynamics and Statistical               3
  Mechanics
Choose from the following:                           3-6
  PHYS 398. Problems in Physics 
    (one-three credits)
  PHYS 498. Undergraduate Physics Research 
    (two-four credits)
  PHYS 499. Honors (six credits) [2]
PHYS 491-492. Physics Assessment and Seminar           1
Liberal studies courses                              3-6
Physics electives                                    3-6
Electives                                            6-9
                                                    ____
                                                   28-31
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Notes:
[1]
This program may be modified as needed in consultation with the student's adviser. There is considerable flexibility in scheduling courses taken to satisfy liberal studies requirements and elective courses outside the major.
[2]
Participation in PHYS 499 must be approved by the physics department during the second semester of the junior year. For further details, see catalog section titled "Graduation with Distinction."

Initial Secondary Teaching License

In addition to the liberal studies and academic major requirements, physics majors desiring secondary teaching licensure must complete the following as a part of their degree program:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
  (junior year) 
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year)       3
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year)        1
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom              1
  Management (senior year)
HTH 370. The School Health Program                     2
  (any appropriate time)
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child [1] 
  (sophomore year)
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the                   1
  Content Areas (senior year)                             
SEED 371I. Clinical Techniques, Natural Science        3
  Methods (normally in first semester of 
  senior year)
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in              3
  Secondary Education (normally in first semester 
  of senior year)
SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year)              12
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students            1
  in Regular Classes (senior year)                        
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Notes:
[1]
PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.
A student desiring licensure in physics is also required to take courses in biology, chemistry and geology.

It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See pages 111-113 in this catalog for admission procedures to the teacher education program.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership.

Minor in Physics

The minimum requirement for a minor in physics is 22 credit hours of physics courses selected as follows:

                                                  Credit
Specific Requirements                              Hours
Choose one of the following:                         4-6
  PHYS 201-202. Discovering Physics I-II 
    (six credits)
  PHYS 240. Principles of Mechanics (four credits)
PHYS 250. Principles of Electricity and Magnetism      4
PHYS 260. Principles of Waves, Continuous              3
  Media and Thermodynamics
Physics courses numbered above 260                  9-11
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Students intending to minor in physics are encouraged to contact the head of the department, Miller Hall, Room 112.

Credit By Examination

The Department of Physics offers credit by examination for many of the courses taught in the department. Students who want permission to take an examination must apply to the department head during the regular registration period. Upon application, students will receive details regarding approval to take the examination and examination dates.


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