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DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
 
Chair: Sankoorikal L. Varghese (251-460-6224)
Professors: Clark, Helminger, Jenkins, Varghese
Associate Professor: Sanders
Assistant Professors: Irby, Kim
Instructors: Boleman, Ronhovde
 
Department of Physics web site
 
The curriculum in the Department of Physics serves three groups of students: those preparing for careers in physics, those pursuing professional fields such as medicine and engineering, and those electing physics and astronomy as part of the natural-science requirement for Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degrees. The degree program in physics allows for flexibility to the extent that the serious student can select related courses in biology, chemistry, geology, computer science, and engineering to prepare for a career in such interdisciplinary areas as biophysics, geophysics, oceanography, and environmental science. Three options for a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics are offered. One option (the Pre-Medical Option) is for those students pursuing medicine as a career. Sample programs and requirements for each option follows.
 
Sample Program for BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHYSICS (Option A)
 
First Year
Physics 107
1
  Physics 201
4
 
Chemistry 131
4
  Chemistry 132
4
 
Math 125
4
  Math 126
4
 
Comm: EH 101
3
  Comm: EH 102
3
 
Art
3
  _____________
__
 
Total
15
  Total
15
 
 
   
 

Second Year

   
 
Physics 202
4
  Physics 303
4
 
Math 227
4
  Math 238
4
 
Humanities
3
  Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
Art
3
  _____________
__
 
_____________
__
  Comm: CA 110
3
 
Total
17
  Total
17
 
 
   
 
Third Year
   
 
Physics 366
3
  Physics 367
3
 
Physics 385
3
  Physics 463
3
 
_____________
__
  Phys elect (A)*
3
 
Math 237
3
  _____________
__
 
Humanities
3
  Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
PE or ROTC
1
  PE or ROTC
1
 
Total
16
  Total
16
 
 
   
 

Fourth Year

   
 
Physics 348
3
  Physics 349
3
 
Physics 448
3
  Physics 449
3
 
_____________
__
  Phys elect (B)**
3
 
Language
3
  Language
3
 
Electives
6
  Electives
5
 
Total
15
  Total
17
 
 
   
 

Totals:

Hours
  *Physics Elective A
 
Physics
43
  PH 301
 
Mathematics
19
  PH 346
 
Chemistry
8
  PH 390
 
Humanities
12
   
 
Social Sciences
12
   
 
Fine/Perform Arts
6
  **Physics Electives B    
Communication
9
  PH 354    
Language
6
  PH 411    
PE or ROTC
2
  PH 494    
Electives
11
       
Total

128

       
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN PHYSICS (Option A)
Option A is designed for a student anticipating graduate study in Physics. This option gives the student a solid foundation in basic Physics. Physics course requirements include: PH 107, 201, 202, 303, 348, 349, 366, 367, 385(W), 448, 449 and 463. One course from each group must be taken: Physics Elective A (PH 301, 346 or 390) and Physics Elective B (PH 354, 411 or 494). The following additional technical courses are required. CH 131 and 132. In addition, the following math courses are prerequisites for upper division Physics courses: MA 125, 126, 227 and 238.
 

Sample Program for BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHYSICS (Option B)

First Year
   
 
Physics 107
1
  Physics 201
4
 
Chemistry 131
4
  Chemistry 132
4
 
Math 125
4
  Math 126
4
 
Comm EH 101
3
  Comm EH 102
3
 
Art
3
  ____________
__
 
Total
15
  Total
15
 
 
   
 
Second Year
   
 
Physics 202
4
  Physics 303
4
 
Math 227
4
  Math 238
4
 
Humanities
3
  Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
Art
3
  ____________
__
 
____________
__
  Comm: CA 110
3
 
Total
17
  Total
17
 
 
   
 
Third Year
   
 
Physics 366
3
  Physics 354
4
 
Physics 385
3
  Physics 463
3
 
Humanities
3
  Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
Electives
3
  Electives
3
 
PE or ROTC
1
  PE or ROTC
1
 
Total
16
  Total
17
 
 
   
 
Fourth Year
   
 
Physics 348
3
  Physics 411
3
 
Physics 448
3
  ____________
__
 
____________
__
  Physics elect*
3
 
Language
3
  Language
3
 
Electives
7
  Electives
6
 
Total
16
  Total
15
 
 
   
 
Totals:
Hours
  *Physics Elective A
 
Physics
38
  PH 301
 
Mathematics
16
  PH 346
 
Chemistry
8
  PH 390
 
Humanities
12
  PH 494
 
Social Sciences
12
   
 
Fine/Perform Arts
6
   
 
Communication
9
   
 
Language
6
   
 
PE or ROTC
2
   
 
Electives
19
   
 
Total
128
   
 
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN PHYSICS (Option B)
Option B is designed for a student intending no graduate study in Physics. This option emphasizes applied Physics and has a large number of elective hours so that the student may tailor an interdisciplinary degree. Physics course requirements include: PH 107, 201, 202, 303, 348, 354, 366, 385(W), 411, 448 and 463. One Physics Elective course (PH 301, 346, 390 or 494) must be taken. The following additional technical courses are required: CH 131 and 132. In addition, the following math courses are prerequisites for upper division. Physics courses: MA 125, 126, 227 and 238.
 
Sample Program for BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHYSICS
(Premedical Option)
First Year
   
 
Physics 107
1
  Physics 201
4
 
Chemistry 131
4
  Chemistry 132
4
 
Math 125
4
  Math 126
4
 
Biology 121
4
  ____________
__
 
Comm EH 101
3
  Comm EH 102
3
 
PE or ROTC
1
  PE or ROTC
1
 
Total
17
  Total
16
 
 
   
 
Second Year
   
 
Physics 202
4
  Physics 303
4
 
Math 227
4
  Math 238
4
 
Biology 122
4
  ____________
__
 
____________
__
  Chemistry 201
4
 
Humanities
3
  Humanities
3
 
Total
15
  Total
15
 
 
   
 
Third Year
   
 
Physics 366
3
  Physics 463
3
 
Physics 385
3
  ____________
__
 
____________
__
  Phys elect*
3
 
____________
__
  Biology 311
4
 
Chemistry 202
4
  ____________
__
 
Humanities
3
  Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
____________
__
  Art
3
 
Total
16
  Total
19
 
 
   
 
Fourth Year
   
 
Physics 348
3
  Physics 448
3
 
____________
__
  Phys elect*
3
 
Language
3
  Language
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
____________
__
  Art
3
 
Comm: CA 110
3
  ____________
__
 
Elective
3
  Elective
1
 
Total
15
  Total
16
 
         
Totals:
Hours
  *Physics Electives:
 
Physics
33
  PH 301
 
Math
16
  PH 346
 
Chemistry
16
  PH 354
 
Biology
12
  PH 390
 
Humanities
12
  PH 411
 
Social Sciences
12
  PH 494
 
Fine/Perform Art
6
   
 
Communication
9
   
 
Language
6
       
PE or ROTC
2
       
Electives
4
       
Total
128
       
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN PHYSICS (Premedical Option)
The Premedical Option is designed for a student intending a career in a health profession field such as Medicine. Physics course requirements include: PH 201, 202, 303, 348, 366, 385(W), 448 and 463. Two Physics Elective courses must be taken from the list: PH 301, 346, 354, 390, 411 and 494. The following additional technical courses are required: CH 131, 132, 201, 202, BLY 121, 122 and 311. In addition, the following math courses are prerequisites for upper division Physics courses: MA 125, 126, 227 and 238.
 

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN PHYSICS

A minimum of 20 semester hours in Physics, including PH 303, and at least six additional hours at the 300 level or above.
 
GENERAL COMMENTS
PH 114 and 115 with either PH 201 or 202 may be substituted for PH 201 and 202 with the prior approval of the physics department chair.
The sequences PH 114, 115 and PH 201, 202 may not both be taken for credit.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL PHYSICS (PH) COURSES
 
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