Major

PHYSICS

Students who major in physics develop competency in using scientific methodology: in creating mathematical models of real-world systems, manipulating these models to obtain predictions of the system's behavior, and testing the model's predictions against the observed real-world behavior. Mechanical, electro- magnetic, thermodynamic, and atomic/molecular systems are among those with which students become familiar in the building and testing of theoretical models. Problem-solving and quantitative reasoning are among the skills which are developed.

For the B.A. DEGREE, students majoring in physics normally take the following courses:

    Fundamental Physics I and II
    Modern Physics
    Electronics Laboratory
    Classical Mechanics
    Electricity and Magnetism I and II
    Quantum Physics I
    Calculus I, II, and III
    Differential Equations
    Physics Comprehensive Exam

For the B.S. degree, additional courses required are:

    Quantum Physics II
    Statistical Mechanics in Thermodynamics

A minor in physics requires the completion of five physics courses with a grade of C- or better, of which at least three are numbered above PH 242.

An example of a program of courses leading to a B.S. in physics:

FRESHMAN

    Calculus I and II
    Fundamental Physics I and II
SOPHOMORE
    Calculus III
    Differential Equations
    Modern Physics
    Electronics Laboratory
JUNIOR
    Electricity and Magnetism I and II
    Classical Mechanics
      SENIOR
        Quantum Physics I and II
        Statistical Mechanics in Thermodynamics
        Linear Algebra (or other math elective)
        Physics Comprehensive Exam

      In addition, physics majors are expected to enroll in the Physics Seminar during their Junior and Senior years. This course meets once per week and one course credit is given for four semesters participation.