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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Science, Eberly College

Physics

University Park, Eberly College of Science (PHYS)

PROFESSOR NITIN SAMARTH, George A. and Margaret M. Downsbrough Department Head

This major provides a sound program of technical and general education for students planning a career in physics and related fields. The General option provides broad coverage with the most physics and mathematics course requirements and is useful for students intending to pursue graduate study in Physics or similar disciplines. The Medical and Electronics options incorporate coursework in support of the application of physics and mathematics in various life-science or engineering related fields. A Computation option provides background in the application of physical principles and mathematical methods in the solution of scientific problems, simulations, or visualizations using computer and numerical techniques. The Nanotechnology/Material Science option provides students with background in the understanding of condensed matter physics at either the nano- or micro/macro- levels.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Physics major, a student must have: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average; 2) completed CHEM 110 GN(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), PHYS 211 GN(4), and PHYS 212 GN(4), and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

TO VIEW THE Physics Minor (PHYS)

For the B.S. degree in Physics, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 93-96 credits
(This includes 18 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 69 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (59 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1], PHYS 213 GN(2)[1], PHYS 214 GN(2)[1], PHYS 237(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3), MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 251(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 400(4)[1], PHYS 410(4)[1], PHYS 419(3)[1], PHYS 420(3)[1], PHYS 444(2)[1], PHYS 457W(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (7 credits)
MATH 230(4)[1], or MATH 231(2)[1] and MATH 232(2)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
CMPSC 101 GQ(3) or CMPSC 121 GQ(3) or CMPSC 200 GQ(3) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Take 3 credits of 400-level MATH from departmental list (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 24-27 credits

COMPUTATION OPTION: (24 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
CMPSC 122(3) (Sem: 3-4) (Note: CMPSC 122 has CMPSC 121 as a pre-requisite, so care should be taken when choosing the 'programming requirement' under the Common Requirements for the major.)
MATH 455(3), MATH 456(3) (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 6 credits from program list (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits of natural science (GN) courses that are not listed in the major (Sem: 5-6)
Take a total of 6 credits from AERSP 424(3), 300-400-level CMPSC, 400-level MATH from departmental list or 400-level STAT (Sem: 5-8)

ELECTRONICS OPTION: (27 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (4 credits)
E E 210(4) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (8 credits)
Select 2 of the following 3: E E 310(4), E E 350(4), CMPEN 270(4) (Sem: 4-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 6 credits from program list (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits of natural science (GN) courses that are not listed in the major (Sem: 5-6)
Take 6 credits of E E 3XX or 4XX level courses (Sem: 5-8)

GENERAL PHYSICS OPTION: (25-26 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (10-11 credits)
Select 6-7 credits from items a, b, and/or c (Sem: 7-8)
a. PHYS 406(3), PHYS 411(3), PHYS 412(3), PHYS 413(3), PHYS 443(3), PHYS 461(3), PHYS 479(3), PHYS 496(3) or PHYS 497(3)
b. PHYS 402(4) or PHYS 458(4) (the course not selected below may be used)
c. ASTRO 410(3), ASTRO 440(3), or ASTRO 485(3) (only 3 credits of ASTRO courses may be used)
Select 4 credits from PHYS 402(4) or PHYS 458(4) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 3 credits of natural science (GN) courses that are not listed in the major (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 credits from program list; a maximum of 6 of the 12 credits may be from PHYS 496(1-18), SC 295(1-9), SC 395(1-9), or SC 495(1-9) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits of 4XX-level MATH from program list (Sem: 7-8)

MEDICAL PHYSICS OPTION: (24-25 credits)

This option prepares students for graduate study in medical physics, medical school, or bioengineering. The courses in option (b) below help satisfy the requirements for a minor in Bioengineering. Application for the BIOE minor must be made to the Department of Bioengineering.

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-16 credits)
Select from the following two sets of courses:

(a) BIOL 110 GN(4), and BIOL 240W GN(4), CHEM 210(2), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(3) (Sem: 3-8)
(b) B M B 251(3) or BIOL 230W GN(4) or BME 201(3); BIOL 141 GN(3) or BIOL 472(3); 9 credits of BIOE at the 300 or 400 level (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits from program list; a maximum of 6 of the 9 credits may be from PHYS 496(1-18), SC 295(1-9), SC 395(1-9) or SC 495(1-9) (Sem: 5-8)

NANOTECHNOLOGY/MATERIAL SCIENCE OPTION: (24-25 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
PHYS 412(3) (Sem: 7)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12-13 credits)
The courses in option (a) help satisfy the requirements for the Nanotechnology minor.
Select from the following two sets of courses:
(a) E SC 312(3), E SC 313(3) and select 6 credits from E SC 400-level courses
(b) MATSE 201(3), MATSE 430(3), MATSE 460(1); MATSE 402(3) or MATSE 436(3); select 3 credits from MATSE 400-level courses (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 credits from program list (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits of natural science (GN) courses that are not listed in the major (Sem: 5-6)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-06-096

Review Date: 04/09/2013

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