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Physics 

Chair: Dr. Joelle Murray, jmurray, x2427, Graf 105 (Fall 2014)
Dr. Michael Crosser, mcrosse, x2425, Graf 103 (Spring 2015)
Transfer Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Heath, jheath, x2267, Graf 101
First-Year student contact: Dr. Jennifer Heath, jheath, x2267, Graf 101
Dr. Joelle Murray, jmurray, x2427, Graf 105

In the Department of Physics, students can choose between physics and applied physics majors, or the 3-2 engineering program.  In addition to developing a strong theoretical knowledge of physics, students practice hands-on skills by completing independent projects and research. Graduates frequently go on to earn advanced degrees in areas such as physics, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, and materials science.  Careers pursued by alumni include academia, engineering, research and development, medicine, patent law, and secondary education.  In addition to courses geared toward science majors, the Physics Department offers a variety of elective courses, meant for any student with an interest in understanding the physical world.

GUIDELINES FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS: 

FALL SEMESTER:

  • PHYS 210 Introduction to Mechanics, PHYS 210L (Laboratory), PHYS 210D (Discussion)
  • MATH 170 Calculus I (or MATH 175 Calculus II)

*Students who are not ready to take MATH 170 Calculus I should postpone PHYS 210 to spring term and take MATH 150 Pre-calculus. 

JANUARY TERM:

  • MATH 175 Calculus II

SPRING SEMESTER:

  • PHYS 211 Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism, PHYS 211L, PHYS 211D
  • MATH 175 Calculus II 

MAJOR/MINOR SPECIFIC ADVISING INFORMATION:

PHYSICS CORE:

43 credits in the Physics Department, including 210, 211, 215, 220, 385, 386, 420, 440, 441, 475, 489, and 490, and six elective credits chosen from 025, 303, 315, 316, 325, 370.  The Physics major also requires completion of CHEM 210, and MATH 170, 175, and 200.

Minor:
20 credits in the department including 210, 211, and 10 credits in courses that apply to either the Physics or Applied Physics major. Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to count toward the minor.

APPLIED PHYSICS CORE:

43 credits in the Physics Department including 025, 210, 211, 215, 220, 252, 253, 315, 385, 386, 489, and 490, and eight elective credits chosen from 303, 316, 325, 370, 420, 440, 441, 475.  The Applied Physics major also requires completion of CHEM 210, and MATH 170, 175, and 200.