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(Archive) Physics (PHYBD)

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Begin Date: Spring Semester 1996
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Physics (PHYBD) - (ARCHIVE)

The major in Physics provides preparation in the fundamentals of physics along with a background in a select group of advanced courses that will help prepare graduates for further education in graduate school or for careers in industry. The advanced-level courses include most of the fundamental areas of physics, such as electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics, and classical and quantum mechanics. In addition, students have an opportunity to participate in research with a faculty member.

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

PHYSICS MINOR: Students must take PHYS 201 GN(4)[1][15], 202 GN(4)[1], 204 GN(4)[1][16], 237(3)[1], and select 7 credits from any 400-level PHYBD courses for a total of 22 credits. (The 400-level PHYBD courses cannot include PHYBD 494, 496, 497, nor more than 1 credit of PHYBD 444.)

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(18 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: 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.)

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)
ENGL 202C GWS(3), PHYS 201 GN(4)[1][15], 202 GN(4)[1], 204 GN(4)[1][16], 237(3)[1] (Sem. 1-4)
MATH 220 GQ(2), 230(4), 251(4) (Sem. 3-4)
PHYBD 400(3), 410(3), 419(3), 420(3), 421W(3), 458(4), 494(3) (Sem. 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from MTHBD 422(3), 423(3), 424(3), PHYBD 402(4), 412(3), 444(1), 494(1-3) (Sem. 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (17 credits)
Select one of the following sequences:
a. Select 6 credits from a school-approved list (Sem. 3-6)
Select 8 credits in French or German and CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3) (Proficiency demonstrated by examination or course work to the level of the second semester in either foreign language is required. If fewer than 8 credits are needed to reach required proficiency, students choose selections from a school-approved list to make a total of 8 credits.) (Sem. 3-6)
b. Select 7 credits from a school-approved list (Sem. 3-6)
CMPSC 211(3), CSE103(4), 120(3) (Sem. 3-6)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[15] It is recommended that students complete MATH 140 GQ(4) before scheduling PHYS 201 GN(4).
[16]
PHYS 203 GN(3) plus PHYBD 205(1) are equivalent to PHYS 204 GN(4).


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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: Spring Semester 1996

Blue Sheet Item #: 24-01-245

Review Date: 6/8/99 (General Education Update)

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