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(Archive) Physics (PHYS)

ARCHIVED FILE
Begin Date: Fall Semester 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 2001

Physics (PHYS) - (ARCHIVE)

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.

For the B.S. degree in Physics, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

PHYSICS MINOR: Students must take PHYS 201 GN(4), 202 GN(4), 204 GN(4) or PHYS 211 GN(4), 212 GN(4), 213 GN(2), 214 GN(2), and PHYS 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. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

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)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(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): 66 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (54 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 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)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
PHYS 201 GN(4)[1], 202 GN(4)[1], 204 GN(4)[1] or PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], 212 GN(4)[1], 213 GN(2)[1], 214 GN(2)[1] (Sem: 1-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 31-51 credits

ACOUSTICS OPTION: 31 credits

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

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3)[63] (Sem: 3-6)
Select 9 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 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: 39 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18 credits)
CSE 271(3), E E 210(4), 310(4), 350(4) (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 (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits of natural science (GN) courses that are not listed in the major (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 3 credits of natural science (GN) courses that are not listed in the major (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits of science/technology courses from program list. These credits must be in the same discipline, other than Physics (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), 395(1-9), or 495(1-9) (Sem: 3-8)

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 (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.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1999

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-01-077

Review Date: 04/26/00 (General Education information updated)

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