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Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Physics (PHYBD) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2000
End Date: Fall Semester 2006 -UCA

Physics - ARCHIVE

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (PHYBD)

The major provides education in the fundamentals of physics and selected advanced topics to prepare graduates for graduate education or for careers in industry. Students have opportunities to participate in research with faculty. In addition to the traditional physics education offered in the General physics option, the option in applied physics, Computational Physics, provides preparation for careers in technological fields.

For the B.S. degree in Physics, a minimum of 123 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

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 ELECTIVES)

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

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

ELECTIVES: 1 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 95 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): 67 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (67 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), CHEM 015 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4) (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)
CSE 103GQ(4), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4), PHYBD 400(3), PHYBD 419(3), PHYBD 420(3), PHYBD 421W(3), PHYBD 458(4), PHYBD 494(3) (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 28 credits

COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS OPTION: (28 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (10 credits)
CSE 120(3) (Sem: 1-8)
MTHBD 423(3), PHYBD 402(4) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 3 credits from CMPBD 410(3), CMPBD 411(3), or CMPBD 460(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 12 credits from EE BD 326(4), EE BD 471(3), EE BD 473 (3), ME BD 241(3), ME BD 423(3), MTHBD 424(3), PHYBD 410(3), PHYBD 412(3), PHYBD 444(l), PHYBD 494(1-3), and/or PHYBD 495(1-3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from a division-approved list (Sem: 1-8)

GENERAL PHYSICS OPTION: (28 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
PHYBD 410(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from MTHBD 422(3), MTHBD 423(3), MTHBD 424(3), PHYBD 402(4), PHYBD 412(3), PHYBD 444(l), PHYBD 494(1-3), and/or PHYBD 495(1-3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (13 credits)
Select one of the following two sequences:
a. Select 8 credits of a foreign language (Proficiency demo by examination or course work to the level of the second semester in a foreign language is required. If fewer than 8 credits are needed to reach the required proficiency, students choose selections from a division-approved list to make a total of 8 credits.) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 5 credits from a division-approved list (Sem: 1-8)
b. CSE 120(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from CMPBD 410(3), CMPBD 411(3), or CMPBD 460(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 7 credits from a division-approved list (Sem: 1-8)

[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: Summer Session 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-04-014C

Review Date: 01/30/01

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