B.S. in Physics

 

Physicists design experiments to discover patterns in the natural world. They also develop general theories consistent with experimental observations.

 

Our B.S. in Physics program has all the components of a balanced program in modern experimental and theoretical physics. It is designed to prepare students for graduate study at the best universities in the country. The program also prepares students for work in research and development at industrial and government labs.

 

Students study such topics as mechanics, electronics, light, nuclear physics, quantum mechanics, and electromagnetic theory. Students also study related topics in mathematics, chemistry, and computer science.

 

The program provides research opportunities in the following labs: the Light and Atomic Lab, the Nuclear Lab, the Analog and Digital Electronics Labs, the Electro-Optics (Laser) Lab, the Materials Science Lab, and the Solid State Physics Lab.

 

 

Typical Schedule of Classes

 

Year 1 Fall Semester

 

Year 1 Spring Semester

PHYS 161

MATH 161

ENGL 101

INDS 101

General Physics I

Calculus I

Composition I

Freshman Seminar

General Studies

Total

  4

  4

  3

  1

  3

15

 

PHYS 162

MATH 162

MATH 163

ENGL 102

 

General Physics II

Calculus II

Technology for Calculus

Composition II

General Studies

Total

  4

  4

  1

  3

  3

15

 

Year 2 Fall Semester

 

Year 2 Spring Semester

PHYS 210

PHYS 211L

PHYS 320

PHYS 321L COMM 211

 

Light & Atomic Physics

Light & Atomic Lab

Materials Science

Materials Science Lab

Oral Communication

General Studies

Total

  3

  1

  3

  1

  3

  3

14

 

 

PHYS 220

PHYS 221L

MATH 223

INDS 120

Nuclear Physics

Nuclear Physics Lab

Calculus III

Humanities

General Studies

Total

  3

  1

  4

  3

  3

14

 

Year 3 Fall Semester

 

Year 3 Spring Semester

PHYS 260

PHYS 261L

PHYS 305L PHYS 340

MATH 230

 

 

Digital Electronics

Digital Electronics Lab Electro-Optics Lab Thermodynamics

Differential Equations

General Studies

Total

  3

  1

  1

  3

  3

  3

14

 

PHYS 250

PHYS 251L

PHYS 360

MATH 301

 

Electronics

Electronics Lab

Electromagnetic Theory

Engineering Math

General Studies

Free Elective

Total

  3

  1

  3

  3

  3

  3

16

 

Year 4 Fall Semester

 

Year 4 Spring Semester

PHYS 342

PHYS 497

CHEM 161

CHEM 163L

CSCI 230

 

Quantum Mechanics

Research Seminar I

Chemistry

Chemistry Lab

Scientific Programming

General Studies

Total

  3

  1

  3

  1

  3

  3

14

 

 

PHYS 310

PHYS 330

PHYS 331L

PHYS 498

Analytic Mechanics

Solid State Physics

Solid State Physics Lab

Research Seminar II

General Studies

Free Elective

Total

  3

  3

  1

  1

  6

  3

17