Programs

Chair: Allan Greer
Professors: Jeffrey Bierman, John Byrne (Emeritus), Allan Greer, Steven Hoffmaster (retired), Eric Kincanon
Associate Professor: Erik Aver
Assistant Professors: Adam Fritsch, Matthew Geske, Nicole Moore
Lecturers: Heather Hoeck, Christopher Pilot, Michael Solontoi, John Wilson
Lab Specailists: David Buckley and Jonathon Kemper

The Department of Physics offers the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics. Students are expected to declare their major in these areas in their freshman year; students in their sophomore year and students in the Florence program, however, can be accommodated by special arrangement with the department.

The Bachelor of Science is designed as a terminal degree. Students who are considering graduate school studies should plan on taking additional course work. Students should be able to work out a four-year course of study with their advisor that will satisfy graduate school requirements. Physics majors interested in careers in health sciences should discuss course requirements and potential accommodations with a physics faculty member.

Majors in physics are expected to achieve a familiarity with computer programming.

Students planning on majoring in physics and attending medical school should meet with a physics faculty member as early as possible to discuss course scheduling and potential course substitutions for particular degree requirements. Students may rather elect to earn a B.A. Physics degree. The basic degree requirements are essentially the same as the B.S. Physics degree except that rather than choosing two additional upper division PHYS courses, as the B.S. degree requires, the B.A. degree requires two courses from any area that are agreed to by the department chair. The B.A. physics degree is intended to better allow College of Arts and Sciences students to complete double majors, therefore, students who earn a B.A. physics degree must also be earning a B.A. degree in another College of Arts and Sciences department.


B.S. Major in Physics: 54 Credits

Lower Division Courses (34 credits)

PHYS 103 Scientific Physics I 4 credits
PHYS 103L Scientific Physics I Lab 1 credit
PHYS 204 Scientific Physics II 4 credits
PHYS 204L Scientific Physics II Lab 1 credit
PHYS 205 Modern Physics 3 credits
PHYS 217 Modern Physics Lab 2 credits
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 101L General Chemistry Lab 1 credit
CPSC 121 Computer Science I 3 credits
MATH 157 Calculus I 4 credits
MATH 258 Calculus II 4 credits
PHYS 208 Computational Physics 2 credits
PHYS 210 Linear Electronics 2 credits

Upper Division Requirements (14 Credits)


PHYS 300 Mathematical Methods 3 credits
PHYS 301 Intermediate Mechanics 3 credits
PHYS 306 Electricity and Magnetism 3 credits
PHYS 310 Intermediate Laboratory 2 credits
PHYS 464 Quantum Physics 3 credits

Electives (6 Credits)


PHYS 307 Optics* 3 credits
PHYS 402 Advanced Mechanics* 3 credits
PHYS 407 Electricity and Magnetism II 3 credits
PHYS 409 Nuclear and Particle Physics 3 credits
PHYS 415 Cosmology 3 credits
PHYS 450 Statistical Physics* 3 credits
PHYS 465 Advanced Quantum Physics 3 credits

* - indicates the course also counts as a Technical Elective in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Additional Encouraged Courses


MATH 259 Calculus III 4 credits
MATH 260 Differential Equations 3 credits
MATH 339 Linear Algebra 3 credits



Minor in Physics: 27 Credits

Requirements (21 Credits)

PHYS 103 Scientific Physics I 4 credits
PHYS 103L Scientific Physics I Lab 1 credit
PHYS 204 Scientific Physics II 4 credits
PHYS 204L Scientific Physics II Lab 1 credit
PHYS 205 Modern Physics 3 credits
MATH 157 Calculus I 4 credits
MATH 258 Calculus II 4 credits

Electives (6 Credits)


PHYS 208 Computational Physics 2 credits
PHYS 210 Linear Electronics 2 credits
PHYS 300 Mathematical Methods 3 credits
PHYS 301 Intermediate Mechanics 3 credits
PHYS 306 Electricity and Magnetism 3 credits
PHYS 307 Optics* 3 credits
PHYS 310 Intermediate Laboratory 2 credits
PHYS 402 Advanced Mechanics* 3 credits
PHYS 407 Electricity and Magnetism II 3 credits
PHYS 409 Nuclear and Particle Physics 3 credits
PHYS 415 Cosmology 3 credits
PHYS 450 Statistical Physics* 3 credits
PHYS 464 Quantum Physics 3 credits
PHYS 465 Advanced Quantum Physics 3 credits

* - indicates the course also counts as a Technical Elective in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

To satisfy the minor, at least one of the chosen electives must be a 3-credit course beyond PHYS 300. With department chair approval, PHYS 390, PHYS 490, PHYS 497, and PHYS 499 may count toward the minor. Also with department chair approval, PHYS 300 may count 2 credits toward the minor.