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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, Straub
 

Department of Physics web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/physics/

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 Premedical 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
 
Electives
3
   
__
 
Total
15
  Total
15
 
 
   
 

Second Year

   
 
Physics 202
4
  Physics 303
4
 
Math 227
4
  Math 238
3
 
Art/Humanities
3
  Art/Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
CIS 227
3
   
 
 
  Comm: CA 110
3
 
Total
17
  Total
16
 
 
   
 
Third Year
   
 
Physics 366
3
  Physics 367
3
 
Physics 385
3
  Physics 411
3
 
PH elective
3
 
 
Art/Humanities
3
  Art/Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
 
  Electives
6
 
Total
15
  Total
18
 
 
   
 

Fourth Year

   
 
Physics 348
3
  Physics 349
3
 
Physics 448
3
  Physics 449
3
 
PH elective
3
  Phys 463
3
 
Language
3
  Language
3
 
Electives
3
  Electives
5
 
Total
15
  Total
17
 
 
   
 

Totals:

Hours
  Physics Electives
 
Physics
46
  PH 301
 
Mathematics
15
  PH 346
 
Chemistry
8
  PH 354
 
Art/Humanities
12
  PH 390
 
Social Sciences
12
  PH 494
 
Communication
15
  PH 499    
CIS
3
       
Electives
17
       
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, PH 201, PH 202, PH303, PH 348, PH 349, PH 366, PH 367, PH 385(W), PH 411, PH 448, and PH 449. Two Physics Electives courses (PH 301, PH 346, PH 354, PH 390, PH 494 or PH 499) must be taken. The following additional technical courses are required: CH 131 and CH 132 and CIS 227. In addition, the following math courses are prerequisites for upper division Physics courses: MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, and MA 238. With the exception of PH 303, which is offered every year, all upper division Physics courses are offered every other year.
 

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
 
Electives
3
  ____________
__
 
Total
15
Total
15
 
   
 
Second Year
   
 
Physics 202
4
  Physics 303
4
 
Math 227
4
  Math 238
3
 
Art/Humanities
3
  Art/Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
CIS 227
3
  ____________
__
 
____________
__
  Comm: CA 110
3
 
Total
17
  Total
16
 
 
   
 
Third Year
   
 
Physics 366
3
  _______
__
 
Physics 385
3
  Physics 411
3
 
Physics 354
3
  _______
__
 
Physics Electives
3
  Physics Electives
3
 
Art/Humanities
3
  Art/Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
____________
__
  Electives
3
 
Total
18
  Total
15
 
 
   
 
Fourth Year
   
 
Physics 348
3
  Physics 463
3
 
Physics 448
3
  ____________
__
 
Physics Electives.
3
  ____________
__
 
Language
3
  Language
3
 
Electives
3
  Electives
9
 
Total
15
  Total
15
 
 
   
 
Totals:
Hours
  *Physics Elective A
 
Physics
43
  PH 301
 
Mathematics
15
  PH 346
 
Chemistry
8
  PH 390
 
Art/Humanities
12
  PH 494
 
Social Sciences
12
  PH 499
 
Communication
9
   
 
Language
6
   
 
CIS
3
   
 
Electives
23
   
 
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, PH 201, PH 202, PH 303, PH 348, PH 354, PH 366, PH 385(W), PH 411, PH 448 and PH 463. Three Physics Elective courses (PH 301, PH 346, PH 390, PH 494 or PH 499) must be taken. The following additional technical courses are required: CH 131 and CH 132 and CIS 227. In addition, the following math courses are prerequisites for upper division Physics courses: MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, and MA 238. With the exception of PH 303, which is offered every year, all upper division Physics courses are offered every other year.
 
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
 
Total
16
  Total
15
 
 
   
 
Second Year
   
 
Physics 202
4
  Physics 303
4
 
Math 227
4
  Math 238
3
 
Biology 122
4
  ____________
__
 
____________
__
  Chemistry 201
5
 
Art/Humanities
3
  Art/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
5
  ____________
__
 
Art/Humanities
3
  Art/Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
Total
17
  Total
16
 
 
   
 
Fourth Year
   
 
Physics 348
3
  ____________
 
Physics 448
3
       
Physics Elective
3
  ____________    
Language
3
  Language
3
 
Social Sciences
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
____________
__
  CA 110
3
 
Electives
3
  Electives
7
 
Total
18
  Total
16
 
         
Totals:
Hours
  *Physics Electives:
 
Physics
34
  PH 346
 
Math
15
  PH 354
 
Chemistry
18
  PH 390
 
Biology
12
  PH 494
 
Art/Humanities
12
  PH 499
 
Social Sciences
12
   
 
Communication
9
   
 
Language
6
       
Electives
10
       
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 107, PH 201, PH 202, PH 303, PH 348, PH 366, PH 385(W), PH 448 and PH 463. Two Physics Elective courses must be taken from the list: PH 346, PH 354, PH 390, PH 411,PH 494 and PH 499. The following additional technical courses are required: CH 131, CH 132, CH 201, CH 202, BLY 121, BLY 122 and BLY 311. In addition, the following math courses are prerequisites for upper division Physics courses: MA 125, MA 126, MA 227 and MA 238. With the exception of PH 303, which is offered every year, all upper division Physics courses are offered every other year.
 

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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