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Physics (PHYS) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Spring Semester 2005
End Date: Fall Semester 2006 -UCA

Physics - ARCHIVE

University Park, Eberly College of Science (PHYS)

PROFESSOR JAYANTH R. BANAVAR, 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.

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 012 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 123 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18-24 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: 97-117 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): 68 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (64 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3)[1], CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), CHEM 015 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) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 405(3), MATH 406(3) (Sem: 5-6)
PHYS 400(3)[1], PHYS 410(4), PHYS 419(3)[1], PHYS 420(3), PHYS 444(2), PHYS 457W(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (4 credits)
MATH 230(4), or MATH 231(2) and MATH 232(2) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 31-51 credits

ACOUSTICS OPTION: (28-29 credits)

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

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
CMPSC 101 GQ(3) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CSE 103 GQ(4)[63] (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits from A E 458(3)[55], ACS 402(3), AERSP 412(3), CSD 230(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 natural science (GN) courses that are not listed in the major (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits from program list (Sem: 7-8)

ELECTRONICS OPTION: (36-37 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18 credits)
CSE 271(3), E E 210(4), E E 310(4), E E 350(4) (Sem: 3-6)
PHYS 412(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
CMPSC 101 GQ(3) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CSE 103 GQ(4)[63] (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits from E E 311(3)[55], E E 320(3), or E E 367(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from CSE 472(3), CSE 473(3), CSE 447(3), CSE 471(3), CSE 477(3), E E 412(3)[55], E E 413(3), E E 414(3), E E 418(3), E E 419(3), E E 420(3)[55], E E 432(3)[55], E E 438(3)[55], E E 453(3), E E 459(3), E E 485(3) (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)

GENERAL PHYSICS OPTION: (28-30 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (13-15 credits)
Select 6-7 credits from items a, b, and/or c (Sem: 7-8)
a. PHYS 401(3), PHYS 406(3), PHYS 411(3), PHYS 412(3), PHYS 413(3), PHYS 443(3), PHYS 461(3), or PHYS 496(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 3-4 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ(3) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CSE 103 GQ(4)[63] (Sem: 5-6)
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 12 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)

MEDICAL PHYSICS OPTION: (31-33 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), CHEM 035(3) (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 402(4) (Sem: 5-6)
BIOE 401(3), BIOE 402(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12-14 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 240W GN(4), BIOL 472(3); or B M B 251(3), B M B 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 (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from program list (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), PSY 426(3), S T S 200 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
C I 295(2), C I 412W(3), C I 495C(3), C I 495E(15) (Sem: 5-8)
BIOL 011 GN(3), BIOL 012 GN(1), SCIED 411(3), SCIED 412(3) (Sem: 7-8)

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

[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), PHYS 419(3), and PHYS 443(3); for A E 458(3) by ACS 402(3) or PHYS 443(3); for E E 459(3) by PHYS 402(4), PHYS 419(3), and PHYS 443(3); for E MCH 412(3) by PHYS 419(3) and PHYS 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), E E 412(3), and E E 420(3) by replacing E E 330(4) with PHYS 400(3); for E E 432(3) and E E 438(3) by replacing E E 330(4) with PHYS 400(3); for E E 459(3) by PHYS 402(4), PHYS 419(3), and PHYS 443(3).
[57] Student must have seventh-semester status and a minimum GPA of 3.50.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2005

Blue Sheet Item #: 33-01-391

Review Date: 8/31/04

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