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.

Physics Requirements ? B.A and B.S

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

    Fundamental Physics I and II
    Waves and Relativity Physical
    Chemistry II Interpretive
    Electronics Laboratory
    Sophomore Seminar
    Classical Mechanics Interpretive*
    Electricity and Magnetism I Interpretive*
    Electricity and Magnetism II Interpretive*
    Quantum Physics II Interpretive*
    *One of the four interpretive courses must be taken as investigative
    Calculus I, II, and III
    Differential Equations
    3 semesters of Junior/Senior Seminar
    Physics Comprehensive Exam

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

    Quantum Physics II Interpretive*
    Statistical Mechanics Interpretive*
    *Two of the six interpretive courses must be taken as investigative

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:

First Year

    Calculus I and II
    Fundamental Physics I and II
Sophomore Year
    Calculus III
    Differential Equations
    Waves and Relativity
    Statistical Mechanics Interpretive
    Sophomore Seminar
Junior Year
    Electricity and Magnetism I and II Interpretive
    Classical Mechanics Investigative
    Physics Seminar
      Senior Year
        Quantum Physics I Investigative
        Quantum Physics II Interpretive Electronics Laboratory
        Physics Seminar
        Physics Comprehensive Exam