2014–2015 Physics Program (PHYS)
Program Goals  Objectives  Program Requirements  Academic Major  Academic Minor  Teaching Minor  Course Descriptions
Faculty: Christopher Cline, Peter Conwell, Tricia Shepherd
Program Goals
 Students should develop a good functional understanding of physics, including mechanics, electricity & magnetism, quantum physics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, and relativity.
 Students should develop expertlike problem solving skills.
 Students should develop critical thinking and reasoning skills.
 Students should develop laboratory skills.
 Students should develop technology skills.
 Students should improve their communication, interpersonal, and questioning skills.
 Students should develop and/or retain student cognitive attitudes and beliefs (expectations) that are favorable for learning physics with deep understanding.
Objectives
The Physics Program offers an academic major leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree. In addition, the program offers an academic and a teaching minor in physics. A Physical Science composite major is offered for students seeking a physical science composite endorsement for secondary education. The program is designed to meet the need of (1) students intending to specialize in physics and pursue graduate work in physics, engineering, material science, or biophysics; (2) students preparing for a professional career in science and engineering; (3) students desiring to broaden their knowledge of the natural world; and (4) students who wish to teach at the secondary level.
Program Requirements
Students choosing a double major or minor within the science program may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed under “required courses” that coincide between both
majors/minors may be applied to both.
Students must maintain a cumulative 2.3 GPA or better in courses required in the academic majors.
Students must meet the collegewide graduation requirements in addition to the Physics major:
 124 total hours
 30 upper division hours
 Liberal education distribution
Academic Major
To fulfill the requirements for a major in Physics, students must complete the following as well as demonstrate competency in MATH 141 and 142:
Credit Hours  Prerequisites  
Liberal Education Courses  
Physics majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  Prerequisites 
I. Foreign Language Requirement  8  
Physics majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 

II. Lower Division Physics Courses  8  
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab (4)  MATH 141–142 (LE), corequisites: MATH 201 (LE)–202  
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab (4)  MATH 141–142 (LE), corequisites: MATH 201 (LE)–202  
III. Upper Division Physics Courses  31  
PHYS 301 Introduction to Modern Physics (4)  PHYS 212  
PHYS 305 Optics (4)  PHYS 152 or 212; MATH 202  
PHYS 309 Mathematical Methods of Physics (4)  MATH 202; PHYS 211  
PHYS 311 Analytical Mechanics (4)  MATH 202, 203; PHYS 212, 309  
PHYS 370 Scientific Computing (4)  PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201 or equivalent  
PHYS 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (4)  CHEM 112; Math 202; PHYS 212, 309  
PHYS 425 Quantum Physics (4)  PHYS 301, 309; MATH 203, 211  
PHYS 431 Electrodynamics (4)  PHYS 212, 309; MATH 203, 211  
IV. Required Courses from Other Programs  24  
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 4  corequisite: MATH 141 (LE) or equivalent  
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 4  corequisite: MATH 141 (LE) or equivalent  
MATH 201 Calculus I (4)—offered every semester  MATH 142 corequisite: MATH 141 (LE) or equivalent or consent of instrutor or placement test  
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)—offered every semester  MATH 201 corequisite: MATH 141 (LE) or equivalent corequisite: MATH 141 (LE) or equivalent or 201B or placement test  
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus (4)—offered every fall  MATH 202  
MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra (4)  MATH 201(LE)  
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 
71 
Recommended Plan of Study for Physics
Listed below is a suggested plan of study for completing the physics requirements. Students should check with their advisors at least once a year as course offerings may change from what is listed. Students must also meet college wide requirements for graduation.
Fall Semester 
Spring Semester  
Freshman Year  MATH 201* CHEM 111 
MATH 202* CHEM 112 
Sophomore Year  MATH 203 PHYS 211 
MATH 211 PHYS 212 PHYS 309 
Junior Year  PHYS 301† PHYS 305 PHYS 410‡ 
PHYS 411 PHYS 425† 
Senior Year  PHYS 311† PHYS 370 
PHYS 411 PHYS 431† 
* Assumes student already has credit for MATH 141 & MATH 142
† Courses offered every other year, so Junior and Senior year may be interchanged.
‡ Physics 410 is recommended, but not required.
Academic Minor
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  Prerequisites 
I. Required Courses  20  
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab (4)  corequisite: MATH 141(LE) or equivalent  
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab (4)  corequisite: MATH 141(LE) or equivalent  
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab (4)  MATH 141–142 (LE), corequisites: MATH 201 (LE)–202  
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab (4)  MATH 141–142 (LE), corequisites: MATH 201 (LE)–202  
PHYS 305 Optics (4)  PHYS 152 or 212; MATH 202  
II. Electives  4  
Additional coursework in Physics selected from courses 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 
24 
Teaching Minor
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  Prerequisites 
I. Required Courses  20  
MATH 201 Calculus I (4)—offered every semester  MATH 142 (LE) or consent of instructor or placement test 

MATH 202 Calculus II (4)—offered every semester  MATH 201 (LE) or 201B (LE) or placement test  
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab (4)  MATH 141–142, (LE) corequisites: MATH 201 (LE)–202  
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab (4)  MATH 141–142 (LE), corequisites: MATH 201 (LE)–202  
PHYS 301 Introduction to Modern Physics (4)  PHYS 212  
II. Electives  8  
Two additional courses selected from:  
PHYS 305 Optics (4)  PHYS 152 or 212; MATH 202  
PHYS 311 Analytical Mechanics (4)  MATH 202, 203; PHYS 212, 309 CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212; 309 

PHYS 410 Quantum Chemistry (4)  CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212; 309  
PHYS 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (4) 
CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212; 309  
PHYS 431 Electrodynamics (4)  PHYS 212, 309; MATH 203, 211  
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR 
28 