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The Department of Physics is designed to enhance the student intellectual skills through the study of Physics. The curriculum is designed to reflect both the integral character of Physics in liberal arts and its essential role in engineering and technology. It prepares students with theoretical constructs to solve engineering and technology related programs, and focuses on the principles modern and classical Physics.


Students graduating with a degree in Physics will:

  1. Know basic principles and theories of physics;
  2. Develop essential skills such as critical thinking, logical reasoning, problem analysis and solution, and the techniques in experimental physics, which are necessary for success in graduate and professional schools and for careers in industry and teaching; and,
  3. Appreciate and understand the significance of the principles of physics in our daily lives.

Requirements for the Major in Physics

A major in Physics will consist of 35 credit hours, including 20 in Physics (15 required and 6 electives) and 15 credit hours of Mathematics courses, as indicated in the curriculum chart. A minimum grade of C must be made in all courses in the major area.

The Physics electives must be chosen from the following courses:

PHY 333 Electronics 4
PHY 335 Thermal Physics 3
PHY 445 Solid State Physics 3
PHY 435 Optics 3
PHY 455 Quantum Mechanics 3

Requirements for the Minor in Physics

A minor in Physics consists of 18 credit hours of Physics courses. The required courses for a minor in Physics are the following:

PHY 241Physics I 4
PHY 242Physics II 4
PHY 251Modern Physics4
 Physics Electives3

Physics Curriculum and Suggested Program

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