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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physics (B.S.)

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Bachelor of Science

The undergraduate program in physics is designed to give students a thorough but flexible training in the fundamental aspects of classical and modern physics. Lecture material is reinforced and complemented by closely integrated laboratory work. The varied course offerings provide several options from which students may choose according to their interests and abilities.

A student who intends to major in physics must complete successfully PHYS 111, PHYS 123 L, PHYS 112, PHYS 124 L, MACT 131 and MACT 132 with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in these courses. To change from any other major to physics the student should have completed the above courses, in addition to an overall and concentration GPA’s not less than 2.5.

A total of 132 credit hours is required for the bachelor’s degree in physics distributed as follows:

Core Curriculum (30-42 credits)

The science requirement of the core curriculum electives is met within the physics concentration requirements.

Concentration electives (21 credits):

To be taken from the 300 or 400 level courses in physics and mathematics. 500-level courses may be used towards the B.Sc. degree, upon the approval of the academic advisor.

General Electives (0-12 credits)

Thesis Requirement (3 credits)


In special cases, and with advisor’s approval, another 400-level course may be substituted for the Senior Thesis and Seminar.

Instrumentation option (21 - 27 credits)

Students may choose the instrumentation option within the bachelor’s degree program by following the required sequence of courses listed below. While retaining the fundamentals of the conventional degree in physics, this option prepares students to meet the needs of an expanding and increasingly vital area of sciences and engineering.

Concentration Electives (0-6 credits)

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