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. The student may choose between two (2) program options:

  • Physics
  • Engineering 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. He/she will be well prepared for graduate studies in physics, physics-related fields (biophysics, geophysics, astronomy, etc.), undergraduate and graduate work in engineering or a career in industry.

 


MAJOR REQUIREMENTS


Physics and Engineering Physics Majors Requirements

Code Course Credit
ME 100 Engineering Orientation 1  2
MATH 140,
  141, 300
Calculus I 1, Calculus II 1, Calculus III 1  12
MATH 331 Differential Equations 1  3
CHEM 103, 104 General Chemistry with Lab 1   8
PHYS 150,
  151, 152
General Physics with Lab 1  12
PHYS 203 Intermediate Modern Physics 1  4
CS xxx

Introduction to Scientific and Engineering Programming 1 or other approved programming language course 1

 3
PHYS 410SI/WI Physics Seminar I 1  1
ME 300WS Technical Communication 1  3
MATH 351 Applied Mathematics  3

Subtotal:

 51

Additional Physics Requirements

Code Course Credit
PHYS 208 Optics  4
PHYS 305 Advanced Mechanics  3
PHYS 413 Quantum Mechanics  3
PHYS 310 Electromagnetic Theory I  3
PHYS 311 Electromagnetic Theory II  3
 

Subtotal:

 16

 

 Total:

 67

1. Indicates minimum requirements for dual-degree program students receiving a physics degree.


Students who plan to attend graduate school in Physics should take:

  • PHYS 322  Thermodynamics (or CHEM 401  Physical Chemistry I)
  • MATH 305  Mathematical Statistics
  • and/or MATH 320  Linear Algebra


Additional Engineering Physics Requirements

Code Course Credit
ME 170 
  or 270
Engineering Graphics
Computer-Aided Design/Drafting 1


 2

ME 201 Statics 1  3
ME 301 Dynamics1  3
ME 322 Thermodynamics I 1  3
EE 340 Instrumentation Lab 1  1
EE 370 Circuit Analysis 1  3
 

 Subtotal:

 15

 Any two (2) of the following courses: 

Code Course Credit
PHYS 208 Optics                                                                   4
PHYS 305 Advanced Mechanics                                            3
PHYS 310 Electromagnetic Theory I  3 
PHYS 311 Electromagnetic Theory II  3
PHYS 413 Quantum Mechanics  3
 

 Subtotal:

 6-7
 

Total:

 72-73

1. Indicates minimum requirements for dual-degree program students receiving a physics degree.

 


MINOR REQUIREMENTS



A minor in Physics consists of 18 credit hours in physics courses, which must include PHYS150, 151, 152, plus six (6) credits hours in courses numbered 200 or higher.

Additional information concerning the dual-degree program in engineering is found under Engineering in this section.

 


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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