Physics and Astronomy
 

Physics

Physics
BS
Hours62 - 65 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

No more than 3 hours of D credit is allowed in major courses.
requirement 2 Complete 1 option
requirement 4 Complete 1 option
Senior thesis:
Complete a senior thesis, including the following:
A. Choose a research mentor and group as early as possible, starting with information in Phscs 191 and 291, and discussion with faculty, your advisor and senior thesis coordinator. It is best to start as a freshman or sophomore. Interdisciplinary work in other departments or in internships is possible.
option 4.1 Complete 2.0 hours from the following course(s)
B.
requirement 5
Students are required to take the Physics "Major Field Test" the last semester before they graduate. The test is a standardized assessment of undergraduate physics written by ETS (Educational Testing Service). The ETS website contains a description of the exam and sample problems: http://www.ets.org/mft/about/content/physics. Results of the exam do not appear on the transcript or affect the GPA. Students should contact the Physics undergraduate secretary to make arrangements for taking the exam; typically it's done in the Testing Center before final exams begin.
Note 1: Students planning careers in experimental, applied, or industrial physics should complete Stat 201.
Note 2: All students will benefit, through courses or individual study, by learning programming skills and numerical methods beyond what you are taught in C S 142 and our computational physics courses. Consider the following: C S courses, Math 410, Me En 373.
Note 3: Students planning graduate school in physics should learn complex analysis. Consider the following: Math 332, Phscs 601, 602.
Program Outcomes: 

Physics Theory and Application

Apply principles from the primary physical theories (classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and optics) to model and solve representative problems analytically and computationally.

Experimental and Computational Skills

Design and conduct experiments, build scientific equipment, write scientific programs to simulate physical systems, and analyze data.

Effective Communication

Communicate professionally to a technical audience both orally and in writing. Be able to understand scientific ideas by reading books and journal articles.

Professional Ethics

Understand scientific ethical practices and demonstrate them in the conduct of scientific research.

Research and Professional Preparation

Conduct experimental, theoretical or computational research under the direction of a mentor to contribute to the generation of new knowledge or technologies, and prepare to do this professionally.