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(Archive) Physics (PHYS)

ARCHIVED FILE
Begin Date: Summer Session 1997
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Physics (PHYS) - (ARCHIVE)

PROFESSOR HOWARD GROTCH, Head of the Department

This major provides a sound program of technical and general education for students planning a career in physics and related fields. In addition to the traditional physics education offered in the General Physics option, three other options, Acoustics, Electronics, and Medical Physics, provide opportunities for students in special related areas of a more applied nature, while a fifth option, Teaching, provides opportunities for teaching physics in secondary schools.

The Department of Physics offers an honors program in physics.

For the B.S. degree in Physics, a minimum of 125 credits is required.

PHYSICS MINOR: Students must take PHYS 201 GN(4), 202 GN(4), 204 GN(4), 237(3), 400(3), 410(4), 419(3), and any of the following: PHYS 402(4), 457(1), 458(4), for a total of 26-29 credits.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(18-24 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 94-117 credits
(This includes 18-24 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses. In addition, the Teaching option includes 6 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 66 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (66 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 201 GN(4)[1], 202 GN(4)[1], 204 GN(4)[1], 237(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3), MATH 220 GQ(2), 231(2), 251(4) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 405(3), 406(3) (Sem: 5-6)
PHYS 400(3)[1], 410(4), 419(3)[1], 420(3), 444(2), 457W(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 31-48 credits

ACOUSTICS OPTION: 31-32 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (10 credits)
AERSP 308(3)[55] (Sem: 3-6)
PHYS 402(4), 443(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12-13 credits)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3)[63] (Sem: 3-6)
Select 9-10 credits from A E 458(3)[55], ACS 402(3), AERSP 412(3), CMDIS 430(3), E E 459(3)[55], E MCH 412(3)[55], M E 458(3)[55], PHYS 412(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 3 credits of ASTRO, B M B, BIOL, or CHEM from program list (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits from program list not in the area of science/technology (Sem: 7-8)

ELECTRONICS OPTION: 39 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18 credits)
CSE 271(3), E E 251(3), 317(3), 352(3), 368(3) (Sem: 3-6)
PHYS 412(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3)[63] (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits from E E 311(3)[55], 320(3), or 367(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from CSE 312(3), 412(3), 447(3), 471(3), 477(3), E E 412(3)[55], 413(3), 414(3), 418(3), 419(3), 420(3)[55], 432(3)[55], 438(3)[55], 453(3), 459(3), 485(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 credits from program list not in the area of science/technology (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits of ASTRO, B M B, BIOL, or CHEM from program list (Sem: 5-6)

GENERAL PHYSICS OPTION: 31 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (10 credits)
Select 6 credits from PHYS 401(3), 406(3), 411(3), 412(3), 413(3), 443(3), 461(3), or 496(1-18) (maximum of 3 credits) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 4 credits from PHYS 402(4) or 458(4) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 6 credits from program list (Sem: 3-6)
Select 9 credits of science/technology courses from program list. At least 6 credits must be in a discipline other than physics and at least 3 credits must be in one of ASTRO, B M B, BIOL, or CHEM(Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits from program list that are not science/technology courses (Sem: 5-8)

MEDICAL PHYSICS OPTION: 34-36 credits
This option enables the graduate to meet all of the academic requirements for a minor in bioengineering. Application for a certificate indicating the minor must be made to the Department of Bioengineering.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (16 credits)
CHEM 034(3), 035(3) (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 402(4) (Sem: 5-6)
BIOE 401(3), 402(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12-14 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4), 240W GN(4), 472(3); or B M B 251(3), 252(3), BIOL 141 GN(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from 400- or 500-level BIOE[57] courses (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from program list that are not science/technology courses (Sem: 5-8)

TEACHING OPTION: 51 credits
This option enables the graduate to meet all of the academic requirements for the Instructional I certificate for teaching at the secondary school level, which is provided by the Commonwealth. Students interested in this option should read carefully the section on Teacher Education Programs in this Bulletin.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (48 credits)[53]
EDPSY 014(3), EDTHP 115(3), PSY 002 GS(3), 426(3), S T S 200 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
C I 295(2), 412W(3), 495C(3), 495E(15) (Sem: 5-8)
BIOL 011 GN(3), 012 GN(1), SCIED 411(3), 412(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)[53]
Select 3 credits from EDTHP 401(3), 416(3), 430(3), or 440(3) (Sem: 7-8)

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[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[53] A grade of C or better per course is required for teacher certification.
[55] The listed non-mathematical prerequisite for AERSP 308(3) is satisfied by PHYS 402(4), 419(3), and 443(3); for A E 458(3) by ACS 402(3) or PHYS 443(3); for E E 459(3) by PHYS 402(4), 419(3), and 443(3); for E MCH 412(3) by PHYS 419(3) and 443(3); for M E 458(3) by AERSP 308(3) and PHYS 420(3); for E E 311(3) by replacing E SC 314(3) with PHYS 412(3); for E E 320(3), 412(3), and 420(3) by replacing E E 330(4) with PHYS 400(3); for E E 432(3) and 438(3) by replacing E E 330(4) with PHYS 400(3); for E E 459(3) by PHYS 402(4), 419(3), and 443(3).
[57] Student must have seventh-semester status and a minimum GPA of 3.50.
[63] CMPSC 101 GQ(3) may be substituted when CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3) are not available.


The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1997

Blue Sheet Item #: 25-03-060

Review Date: 11/24/98

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