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  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 University Catalog

Physics – Major


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Physics is the fundamental science of nature, encompassing the tiniest and largest things in the world—and every scale in-between. In past centuries, physicists have unraveled laws governing the forces of nature and explored the structure of matter at the deepest level. Today some of the most exciting discoveries in physics are at the nanoscale—the realm of atoms and molecules—and apply to biological materials as well as other types of substances.

USciences offers a unique bachelor of science in physics degree. The program is exceptional in offering one of the few undergraduate physics programs in the region with biophysics, medical physics, pre-med, astrophysics, and materials science tracks. These tracks provide focus to upper-level courses and offer an applied interdisciplinary connection with current issues in industry, medicine, and research. The culmination of the student learning experience in the program is a capstone senior-level research course sequence where each student is matched with a physics faculty mentor to complete a project and develop and deliver a formal seminar presentation.

Students who obtain a bachelor of science in physics degree could potentially go on to engineering, medical, graduate, teaching, and other professional schools, as well as a career in industry or any other pursuit in which knowledge of physics is a prerequisite. By concentrating in the medical physics or biophysics degree track, students will get a heavier emphasis in biological sciences that would benefit them in careers as a medical physicist, biomedical researcher, or imaging/MRI professional. In the materials science track, students will receive a heavier focus on new materials and nanostructures useful in the development of new biomedical technologies, cancer research, alternative sources of energy, the next generation of computers, and engineering functions. By concentrating in the astrophysics track, students will learn about the applications of physics to astronomical bodies and the universe itself. Finally, students electing the pre-med track will be especially well prepared for medical school.

Students in the physics program will:

  • Understand the discipline-specific knowledge in physics.
  • Be able to integrate knowledge of physics with knowledge from other disciplines.
  • Have strong physics reasoning and problem-solving skills and be able to apply these skills to the solution of theoretical and applied problems.
  • Have strong skills in applying experimental methods.
  • Be able to read and understand scientific literature.
  • Be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with both professionals and non-professionals.
  • Be able to work effectively within a team and to assume a leadership role.
  • Have a broad educational background.

Physics Degree Requirements – No Track Selected


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education.

The minimum number of credit hours to earn a BS in physics with the general track is 128. In addition to the University’s general education requirements, the following are needed for the program:

Footnote:


Students taking PY 330 or PY 335 will receive credit toward the major only if they complete an additional mathematical research project.

Physics/Biology/Chemistry Elective (3 credits)


Choices for Physics Electives: any of the Physics Electives listed above

Unrestricted Electives (9 credits)


Additional Requirement


In order to earn a degree from Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Sample Physics Curriculum Plan (No Track Selected)


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education. 

First Year


Fall Semester


  • Humanities or Social Sciences General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 14


Credits/Semester: 16


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 6
  • Physics Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Physics Elective Credits: 6
  • Physics/Chemistry/Biology Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Total Minimum Credits for BS in Physics: 128


Physics Degree Requirements – Astrophysics Track


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education

The minimum number of credit hours to earn a BS in physics with the astrophysics track is 128. In addition to the University’s general education requirements, the following are needed for the program:

Astrophysics Track Requirements (9 credits)


Footnote:


Students taking PY 330 or PY 335 will receive credit toward the major only if they complete an additional mathematical research project.

Unrestricted Electives (9 credits)


Additional Requirement


In order to earn a degree from Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Sample Physics Curriculum Plan (Astrophysics Track)


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education

First Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 14


Credits/Semester: 16


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Physics Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Total Minimum Credits for Physics Degree with Astrophysics Track: 128


Physics Degree Requirements – Biophysics Track


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education

The minimum number of credit hours to earn a BS in physics with the biophysics track is 132. In addition to the University’s general education requirements, the following are needed for the program:

Unrestricted Elective (3 credits)


Additional Requirement


In order to earn a degree from Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Sample Physics Curriculum Plan (Biophysics Track)


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education

First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 16


Total Minimum Credits for Physics Degree with Biophysics Track: 132


Physics Degree Requirements – Materials Science Track


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education

The minimum number of credit hours to earn a BS in physics with the materials science track is 128. In addition to the University’s general education requirements, the following are needed for the program:

Materials Science Track Requirements (9 credits)


Physics/Biology/Chemistry Elective (3 credits)


Footnote:

Students taking PY 330 or PY 335 will receive credit toward the major only if they complete an additional mathematical research project.

Unrestricted Electives (9 credits)


Additional Requirement


In order to earn a degree from Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Sample Physics Curriculum Plan (Materials Science Track)


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education

First Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 14


Credits/Semester: 16


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Physics/Chemistry/Biology Elective Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Total Minimum Credits for BS in Physics with Material Science Track: 128


Physics Degree Requirements – Medical Physics Track


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education

The minimum number of credit hours to earn a BS in physics with the medical physics track is 132. In addition to the University’s general education requirements, the following are needed for the program:

Physics/Biology/Biochemistry Elective (3 credits)


Footnote:

Students taking PY 330 or PY 335 will receive credit toward the major only if they complete an additional mathematical research project.

Unrestricted Elective (3 credits)


Additional Requirement


In order to earn a degree from Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Sample Physics Curriculum Plan (Medical Physics Track)


Students entering in Catalog Years 2016 and beyond (graduating classes of 2020 and beyond) - with general education

First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 3
  • Physics/Biology/Biochemistry Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Total Minimum Credits for BS in Physics with Medical Physics Track: 129


Physics Degree Requirements – Pre-Med Track


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education

The minimum number of credit hours to earn a BS in physics with the pre-med track is 130. In addition to the University’s general education requirements, the following are needed for the program:

Physics/Biology/Biochemistry Elective (3 credits)


Footnote:

Students taking PY 330 or PY 335 will receive credit toward the major only if they complete an additional mathematical research project.

Statistics Elective (3 credits)


Unrestricted Elective (3 credits)


Additional Requirement


In order to earn a degree from Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Sample Physics Curriculum Plan (Pre-Med Track)


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education

First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 
  • Statistics Elective Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Humanities or Social Sciences General Education Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 18


Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement Credits: 3
  • Physics/Biology/Biochemistry Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 13


Total Minimum Credits for BS in Physics with Pre-Med Track: 130


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