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Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

Goals for Majors and Minors

Goals for the Physics Major

The Department of Physics aims for ongoing assessment of its programs by the faculty of the department. The department measures student achievement of desired learning objectives through performance in formal course exams, labs, projects, presentations, and a senior thesis based on independent research. To the extent possible, students are tracked and surveyed after leaving Linfield College, to determine how their experience in the department has helped them establish careers. These data are helpful in maintaining high-quality programs and in keeping our focus on research involvement for all students.

In successfully completing a major in physics or applied physics, students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the foundational principles and methods in physics,
  • understand that physics is a process, not just a body of knowledge, and implement the process of scientific inquiry
  • communicate scientific knowledge effectively both orally and in writing, and
  • leave Linfield with an appreciation for the power and elegance of physics and the ability to achieve science-related goals.

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The physics major is available as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

For a major in Physics: 43 credits in the department, consisting of 37 credits in the core courses of 210, 211, 215, 220, 385, 386, 420, 440, 441, 475, 489, 490, and six elective credits chosen from the following list: 025, 303, 315, 316, 325, 370. The Physics major also requires MATH 170, 175, and 200, and CHEM 210. Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to count toward the major.

For a major in Applied Physics: 43 credits in the department, consisting of 35 credits in the core courses of 025, 210, 211, 215, 220, 252, 253, 315, 385, 386, 489, and 490, and eight elective credits chosen from the following list: 303, 316, 325, 370, 420, 440, 441, 475. Core courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to count toward the major. The Applied Physics major also requires MATH 170, 175, and 200, and CHEM 210. Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to count toward the major.

For a minor in Physics: 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.

For Oregon Initial Teaching Licensure in Physics, a student must complete the Linfield Teacher Education Program requirements. In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education courses no later than his/her sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration.