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2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Physics, with a specialization in Solar Energy (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science

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

Physics students can either obtain a bachelor’s degree in Physics or a bachelor’s degree in Physics with a specialization in Solar Energy.

The Solar Energy specialization is in alignment with both national and international trends that emphasize the importance of renewable energy in general and solar energy in particular. While retaining the fundamentals of the conventional degree in Physics, this specialization provides students with basic and applied knowledge in the solar energy field.

A student who intends to major in Physics or to change from any other major must successfully complete the following courses with a minimum average GPA of 2.5: PHYS 1011 ; PHYS 1012 ; PHYS 1021 ; PHYS 1022 ; MACT 1122 .

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

Core Curriculum (33 credits)

The remaining 7 credit hours required to satisfy the core are fulfilled by the concentration Science/lab (4 crs) and the capstone projects

  (3 crs).


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

General Electives (9 credits)

Concentration Electives (21 credits):

Students have to fulfill 21 credits from the elective courses listed below. Up to 9 credits of the physics concentration electives can be taken from upper division (300 and 400 level) courses in mathematics

For the Solar Energy specialization, the student has to complete at least 12 credits from group B and at least 6 credits from group C