2002-03 Bulletin
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PHYSICS



MAJOR IN PHYSICS (Bachelor of Arts)

A student majoring in physics must complete 50 quarter hours in the major, the required cognates, the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements as outlined in this bulletin. Senior students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination, general and subject (Physics) sections.
 
Major Requirements:
PHYS251, 252, 253*Principles of Physics 9
PHYS254, 255, 256*Principles of Physics Laboratory 3
PHYS310, 311Modern Physics 6
PHYS332Thermodynamics 4
PHYS314Modern Physics Laboratory 1
PHYS401, 402Electricity and Magnetism 8
PHYS414 or 415 or 416Experimental Physics 1
PHYS417, 418, 419Physics Seminar 3
PHYS421Classical Mechanics 3
PHYS, ASTRElectives 12
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50

 
Electives may be ASTR 144-149 or any upper division course with a PHYS prefix. No more than 4 hours of lower division coursework will count towards electives under the Bachelor of Arts degree.
 

* Students who have completed PHYS 211, 212, 213 may meet the PHYS 251, 252, 253 requirement by passing a department validation.
 

Required Cognates:
CHEM141, 142, 143General Chemistry 9
CHEM144, 145, 146General Chemistry Laboratory 3
CPTR141Introduction to Programming 4
MATH181, 281-283Analytic Geometry and Calculus I-IV 16
MATH289Linear Algebra and Its Applications 3
MATH312Ordinary Differential Equations 4

 
Recommended Courses:
ASTR142, 143General Astronomy 3,3
ASTR145, 146General Astronomy Laboratory 1,1
ENGR228Circuit Analysis 4
ENGR325Instrumentation 4
ENGR354Digital Logic 3
MATH315Probability and Statistics 4
MATH341Numerical Analysis 4
MATH423Complex Analysis 4

 


MAJOR IN PHYSICS (Bachelor of Science)

A student majoring in physics must complete 61 quarter hours in the major, the required cognates, the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements as outlined in this bulletin. Senior students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination, general and subject (Physics) sections.
 
Each Bachelor of Science major is required to perform either: 1) a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program or equivalent; 2) an industrial co-op experience; or 3) an on-campus project undertaken with departmental faculty under the course listing PHYS 479, Directed Research/Project.
 
Major Requirements:
PHYS251, 252, 253*Principles of Physics 9
PHYS254, 255, 256Principles of Physics Laboratory 3
PHYS310, 311Modern Physics I, II 6
PHYS332Thermodynamics 4
PHYS334Modern Physics Laboratory 1
PHYS401, 402Electricity and Magnetism 8
PHYS420, 421Classical Mechanics 6
PHYS422, 423Quantum Mechanics 6
PHYS414, 415, 416Experimental Physics 3
PHYS417, 418, 419Physics Seminar 3
PHYSElectives 12
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61

 
* Students completing PHYS 211, 212, 213 may meet the PHYS 251, 252, 253 requirement upon departmental validation
 

Physics electives may be chosen from the following courses or chosen in consultation with adviser:
 
PHYS307Scientific Modeling 3
PHYS312 Physical Electronics 3
PHYS315 Physical Electronics Laboratory 1
PHYS321Classical Optics 3
PHYS325 Modern Optics 3
PHYS326, 327 Optics Laboratory  1,1
PHYS412 Statistical Mechanics 3
PHYS431, 432Mathematical Physics 3,3
PHYS470Biophysics 4
PHYS479Directed Research/Project 1-3

 
Required Cognates:
CHEM141, 142, 143General Chemistry 9
CHEM144, 145, 146General Chemistry Laboratory 3
CPTR141Introduction to Programming 4
ENGR228Circuit Analysis 4
MATH181, 281-283Analytic Geometry and Calculus I-IV 16
MATH289Linear Algebra and Its Applications 3
MATH312Ordinary Differential Equations 4

 
Recommended Courses:
ASTR142, 143General Astronomy 3, 3
ASTR145, 146General Astronomy Laboratory 1, 1
ENGR325Instrumentation 4
ENGR354Digital Logic 3
MATH315Probability and Statistics 4
MATH341Numerical Analysis 4
MATH423Complex Analysis 4

 


MAJOR IN BIOPHYSICS (Bachelor of Science)

See the Interdisciplinary section of the bulletin.
 


MINOR IN PHYSICS

A student minoring in physics must complete 27 quarter hours in physics. Either the Principles of Physics sequence or the General Physics sequence, but not both, are required of all minors. PHYS 418 and 419 do not count towards a minor. PHYS 310 Modern Physics and PHYS 314 Modern Physics Lab are required of all minors.