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DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
 
Chair: Sankoorikal L. Varghese (251) 460-6224
Professors: Clark, Helminger, Jenkins, Varghese
Associate Professor: Sanders
Assistant Professors: Gapud, Kim
Senior Instructor: Boleman
Instructors: LaBrier, Novovic
 

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 follow. Students pursuing a degree in Physics also must have a minor in another discipline. In addition, the Department of Physics offers a double major with the Meteorology program within the Department of Earth Sciences.
 
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 210 or 227
_3
  Comm: CA 110
_3
 
Total
17
  Total
16
 
 
   
 
Third Year
   
 
Physics 366
3
  Physics 367
3
 
Physics 385 (W)
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, PH 449, and PH 463. Two Physics Elective 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 210 or 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 and PH 448, which are 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 210 or 227
_3
  Comm: CA 110
_3
 
Total
17
  Total
16
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
Third Year
   
 
Physics 366
3
  Physics 411
3
 
Physics 385 (W)
3
  Physics Electives
3
 
Physics 354
3
  Art/Humanities
3
 
Physics Electives
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
Art/Humanities
3
  Electives
_3
 
Social Sciences
_3
  Total
15
 
Total
18
   
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
Fourth Year
   
 
Physics 348
3
  Physics 463
3
 
Physics 448
3
  Language
3
 
Physics Electives.
3
  Electives
_9
 
Language
3
  Total
15
 
Electives
_3
   
 
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 210 or 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 and PH 448, which are 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 102
_3
 
Comm EH 101
_3
  Total
15
 
Total
16
   
 
 
   
 
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 (W)
3
  Phys elect*
3
 
Chemistry 202
5
  Biology 311
4
 
Art/Humanities
3
  Art/Humanities
3
 
Social Sciences
_3
  Social Sciences
_3
 
Total
17
  Total
16
 
 
   
 
Fourth Year
   
 
Physics 348
3
  Language
3
 
Physics 448
3
  Social Sciences
3
 
Physics Elective
3
  CA 110
3
 
Language
3
  Electives
_7
 
Social Sciences
3
  Total
16
 
Electives
_3
   
 
Total
18
   
 
 
   
 
         
Totals:
Hours
  *Physics Electives:
 
Physics
34
  PH 346
 
Math
15
  PH 354
 
Chemistry
18
  PH 390
 
Biology
12
  PH 411
 
Art/Humanities
12
  PH 494
 
Social Sciences
12
  PH 499
 
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 or 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 and PH 448, which are offered every year, all upper division Physics courses are offered every other year.
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICS MAJORS (All Options)
Areas I, II, and IV of the General Education Requirements for Physics are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that Area III requirements (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above.
 

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 PH 115 with either PH 201 or PH 202 may be substituted for PH 201 and PH 202 with the prior approval of the physics department chair.
The sequences PH 114, PH 115 and PH 201, PH 202 may not both be taken for credit.
 
DOUBLE MAJOR IN METEOROLOGY AND PHYSICS
The Meteorology program, with the Department of Earth Sciences, and the Department of Physics jointly offer a double major in Meteorology and Physics. This curriculum is intended for students who anticipate graduate study in Atmospheric Science, yet wish a very strong background in Physics. As constructed, this curriculum will require the student to complete an extra seven (7) hours over the maximum 128 hours required for either major alone. The changes from the current Option B Physics curriculum for a student intending to pursue graduate study in Meteorology include: removal of six (6) Physics Elective hours, two courses, and the addition of PH 366. Requirements removed from the regular Meteorology curriculum are the completion of Meteorology electives and the satisfaction of one of the four Meteorology Tracks; the Physics Major will replace the normal requirements for a Meteorology track and the electives. Only Meteorology-Physics double majors may have these track and elective requirements waived. The double major satisfies the minor requirement for the College of Arts and Sciences.
 
SAMPLE PROGRAM FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN METEOROLOGY
(Double Major in Physics)
First Year
Math 125
4
Math 126
4
Comm: EH 101
3
Comm: EH 102
3
Comm: CA 110
3
Physics 201
4
Physics 107
1
Arts/Humanities
_3
Arts/Humanities
_3
Total
14
Total
14
Second Year
Math 227
4
MA 238
3
Social Sciences
3
Social Sciences
3
Language
3
Language
3
Physics 202
4
Physics 303
4
MET 353
_4
MET 341
_3
Total
18
Total
16
Third Year
Statistics 315
3
Art/Humanities
3
CIS 210 or 227
3
Physics 367
3
Art/Humanities
3
Physics 411
3
Physics 366
3
MET 357
2
MET 354
_3
MET 355
_3
Total
15
Total
14
Fourth Year
Chemistry 131
4
Chemistry 132
4
Social Sciences
3
Social Sciences
3
Physics 348
3
Physics 463
3
MET 454
_6
MET 455
_6
Total
16
Total
16
Fifth Year
Physics 448
3
Physics 385
_3
Total
6
Summer before 4th or 5th year
MET 456
_3
MET 356
_3
Total
3
Total
3
 
 
Totals:
Hours
   
 
Physics
34
 
Mathematics/Stat
18
 
Meteorology
33
 
Chemistry
8
 
Art/Humanities
12
 
Social Sciences
12
 
Communication
9
Language
6
CIS
_3
Total
135
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN METEOROLOGY (Double Major in Physics)
The Meteorology/Physics Double Major is designed for a student intending graduate study in Atmospheric Science, yet giving him/her a very strong Physics background. For students anticipating studying graduate physics PH 349, and PH 449 and some physics elective courses are strongly recommended. The course requirements for the Meteorology Major are MET 353, MET 341, MET 354, MET 355, MET 356, MET 357, MET 454, and MET 455 with an additional writing course in meteorology (MET 456 (W)). For students ultimately planning to find employment with the National Weather Service, GY 475, MET 492 electives are highly recommended. GY 475, MET 456(W), and MET 356 are only offered in the summer. The course requirements for the Physics Major are: PH 107, PH 201, PH 202, PH 303, PH 348, PH 366, PH 367, PH 385 (W), PH 411, PH 448, and PH 463. The following additional technical courses are required in Mathematics and Statistics: MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 238 and ST 315. Chemistry: CH 131 and CH 132 and Computer and Information Sciences: CIS 210 or 227.
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICS/METEOROLOGY DOUBLE MAJORS
Areas I, II, and IV of the General Education Requirements for Physics/Meteorology Double Major are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that Area III requirements (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL PHYSICS (PH) COURSES
 
College of Arts and Sciences
 

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