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Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 444 Topics in Contemporary Physics (2) Modern research topics and career opportunities in physics; employment, graduate education, and tailoring the physics curriculum to meet career goals.

PHYS 444 Topics in Contemporary Physics (2)

A course required of all Physics majors, designed to be taken in the Spring semester of the junior year. Introduces students to modern research areas in physics at Penn State and elsewhere. Provides background on career choices available with an undergraduate physics degree, including employment opportunities, planning for graduate study, and tailoring the physics curriculum to meet career goals. The course structure is typically comprised of talks by Penn State faculty, outside visitors, students panels, and other information speakers, with students writing short and long reports using the class presentations discussions, and research from outside sources (research journals, internet, etc.) as background material.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 237 and 3 credits of physics at the 400 level

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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