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Physics (BS) - Meteorology Double Major

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General Education Requirements (50-53 Hours)

Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  EH 101

  2. 3 hours:  EH 102

Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (4 Courses, 12 Hours, Arts and Sciences Majors Take 5 Courses, 15 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  CA 110

  2. 3 hours from:  EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

  3. 3 hours from:  ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101

  4. 6 hours from:  AFR 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 203, ARS 101, CLA 110, DRA 110, EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236, LG 101, LG 102, LG 111, LG 112, LG 121, LG 122, LG 131, LG 132, LG 141, LG 142, LG 151, LG 152, LG 153, LG 171, LG 172, LG 173, LG 201, LG 202, LG 211, LG 212, LG 213, LG 221, LG 222, LG 231, LG 232, LG 234, LG 241, LG 242, LG 251, LG 252, LG 271, LG 272, LG 273, LGS 101, LGS 102, LGS 106, LGS 107, LGS 110, LGS 111, LGS 131, LGS 141, LGS 142, LGS 161, LGS 162, LGS 171, LGS 172, LGS 181, LGS 182, LGS 201, LGS 202, LGS 206, LGS 207, LGS 210, LGS 211, LGS 241, LGS 242, LGS 261, LGS 262, LGS 281, LGS 282, MUL 101, PHL 110, PHL 120, PHL 121, PHL 131, PHL 231, PHL 240, REL 100, REL 200, REL 201

Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3 Courses & Labs, 11-14 Hours)

  1. 3-4 hours from:  MA 110, MA 112, MA 113, MA 115, MA 120, MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 237, MA 238

  2. 8-10 hours from:  AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GEO 101 & GEO 101L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY 112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L.  Note:  BLY 121 and BLY 122 are restricted to Arts and Sciences science majors, Allied Health science majors, Engineering majors, and Computer Science majors.  Students cannot receive credit for both BLY 101 and BLY 121 or for both BLY 122 and BLY 102.

Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (4 Courses, 12 Hours)

  1. 3 hours from:  HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

  2. 9 hours from:  AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, CJ 105, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, NAS 101, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112

Area V (3 Courses, 9-10 Hours)

  1.  Foreign Language. 6 hours from any one group:

    LG 101 & LG 102, LGS 106 & LGS 107, LGS 110 & LGS 111, LG 111 & LG 112 or proficiency test or LG 113, LG 121 & LG 122, LG 131 & LG 132 or proficiency test or LG 134, LGS 131 & LGS 132, LG 141 & LG 142, LGS 141 & LGS 142, LG 151 & LG 152 or proficiency test or LG 153, LGS 161 & LGS 162, LG 171 & LG 172 or LG 173, LGS 171 & LGS 172, LGS 181 & LGS 182 

    Students may fulfill the foreign language requirement by passing a proficiency test offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at the level equivalent to the second semester of the foreign language sequence, or by passing another test (e.g., AP (Advanced Placement) or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) at the equivalent level). Students who pass a proficiency test at the level equivalent to first semester of the foreign language sequence are required to complete only the second semester and will fulfill the foreign language requirement with 3 credit hours of course work.

  2.  Natural Sciences/Math. 3-4 hour lab science or math/stat course from:

    AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GEO 101 & GEO 101L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L,  ST 210, MA 113- 299 (except 201 and 202). 

https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/registrar/areav/

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Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216, EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 135 & HY 136

Major Requirements (72 Hours)

Physics (BS) - Meteorology Double Major Core (# Courses, # Hours)

  1. 34 Physics hours: PH 107, PH 201, PH 202, PH 303, PH 348, PH 366, PH 367, PH 385 (W), PH 411, PH 448, PH 463

  2. 33 hours Meteorology courses from: MET 353, MET 341, MET 354, MET 355, MET 356, MET 357, MET 454, MET 456 (W)

  3. 8 additional technical courses are required:  CH 131, CH 132, CIS 210 or CIS 227, MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 238, ST 315

  4. 2 courses are highly recommended as electives for students planning to find employment with the National Weather Service:  *GY 475, *Met 492

Minor Requirements (0 Hours)

A minor is not required for this degree program


Notes:

* Recommended Courses

GY 475, MET 456 (W), and MET 356 are only offered in the summer.

With the exception of PH 303 and PH 448, which are offered every year, all upper division Physics courses are offered every other year.

All Physics majors will be required to take an assessment exit exam, at no cost to the student, and an exit interview before graduation as directed by the department.

General Comments


Additional Information

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 seventeen (17)            hours over the maximum 120 hours required for either major alone. The changes from the current Option B: General 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 367. 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.  

Physics (BS):  Meteorology Double Major (120 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CAS 100 First Year Experience 2
PH 107 Contemporary Topics in Physics 1
CA 110 Public Speaking 3
MA 125 Calculus I 4
EH 101 English Composition I 3
Arts/Humanities **Area II 3
     
      Total Hours 16

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EH 102 English Composition II 3
PH 201/PH 201L Calculus-based
Physics I
4
MA 126 Calculus II 4
Arts/Humanities **Area II 3
     
     
     
      Total Hours 14

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
History **Area IV, A 3
MA 227 Calculus III 4
PH 202/
PH 202L
Calculus-based Physics II 4
MET 353 General Meteorology 4
Language **Area V, A 3
     
     
     
      Total Hours 18

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
Social/Behavioral **Area V 3
Language **Area, A 3
MET 341 Climatology 3
PH 303/PH 303L Modeern Physics with Lab 4
MA 238 Differential
Equations I
3
     
     
     
      Total Hours 16

Third Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
PH 366 Physical Mechanics I 3
MET 354 Dynamic Meteorology I 3
ST 315 Statistics 3
CIS 210 or CIS 227 Introduction to C++ Programming or Numerical Computation I 3
PH 385 (W) Experimental Physics with Lab 3
Arts/
Humanities
  3
     
      Total Hours 15

Third Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
Humanities/Fine Arts **Area II 3
MET 355 Dynamic
Meteorology II
3
MET 357 Meteorological Instrumentation 2
PH 367 Physical Mechanics II 3
PH 411 Computational Methods in Physics 3
     
     
      Total Hours 14

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
PH 348 Electricity and
Magnetism I
3
MET 454 Synoptic Meteorology 6
CH 131/
CH 131L
Chemistry I with Lab 4
Social/
Behavioral
**Area IV 3
     
     
      Total Hours 16

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
PH 463 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics 3
MET 455 Synoptic Meteorology II 6
CH 132/
CH 132L
Chemistry II with Lab 4
Social/
Behavioral
**Area IV 3
     
     
      Total Hours 16

Fifth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
PH 348 Electricity and
Magnetism I
3
PH 385 (W) Experimental Physics with Lab 3
     
     
     
     
      Total Hours 6

Summer before 4th or 5th Year

Course ID Course Description Hours
MET 356 Physical Meteorology 3
MET 456 (W) Applied Climatology 3
     
     
     
     
      Total Hours 6
Notes
*Recommended Course
**See Degree Requirements
 
 
 

Department of Physics website
https://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. Links to sample programs and requirements for each option are given in the degree General Comments sections of each Area of Study.  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.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience, as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.

The Physics Pre-Medical Option requires a minimum of 129 hours, while the other Physics options require a minimum of 120 hours.