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Physics Major

Description

Physics is the study of the physical properties of the universe and of the fundamental properties and interactions of matter and energy. Physics has applications in every field of pure and applied science, such as engineering, optics, materials science, space science, and medicine.

What can I do with a physics major?

Admission to the Program

Anyone can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the physics major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

Core Courses

  • PHS235 Physics I
  • PHS240 Physics II
  • PHS307 Physics III
  • PHS325 Intermediate Physics Laboratory
  • PHS328 Modern Physics
  • PHS332 Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • PHS345 Advanced Physics Laboratory I
  • PHS350 Advanced Physics Laboratory II
  • PHS353 Classical Mechanics
  • PHS361 Spec Topics in Physics
  • PHS368 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHS403 Physics Project Seminar I
  • PHS404 Physics Project Seminar II
  • PHS411 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHS426 Advanced Theoretical Physics
  • MTH201 Calculus I
  • MTH202 Calculus II
  • MTH203 Calculus III
  • MTH255 Differential Equations
  • CHM205 College Chemistry I
  • CHM206 College Chemistry II
  • CPS201 Computational Tools I
  • One of the following coursees:
    • CPS202 Computational Tools II
    • CSC203 Fundamentals of Computer Science I

Total Number of Credits: 67-68

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will internalize the basic concepts of physics and the ability to identify/solve problems about the physical world. Assessed in the supporting courses.
  2. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the principles of kinematics (motion in 1-, 2- and 3- dimensions).
  3. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the principle of conservation as it applies to energy and momentum.
  4. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the “center of mass” concept and its application to rigid body rotation.
  5. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the concepts underlying vibrational and oscillatory motion.
  6. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the concepts of static equilibrium.
  7. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the principles of fluid dynamics.
  8. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the principles of electricity and magnetism.
  9. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the concepts of thermodynamics.
  10. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the concepts of the kinetic molecular theory.
  11. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the application of non-inertial frames of reference.
  12. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of Newtonian and LaGrangian mechanics.
  13. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of vector fields, transformations, and wave equations.
  14. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the concept of special relativity.
  15. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the concept of wave/particle duality.
  16. The student shall demonstrate an understanding of the quantum mechanical description of physical systems including the atom.
  17. The student shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of the techniques of data organization, report writing and oral presentation of technical reports.

Course Descriptions

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