Physics is the foundation for most science and engineering disciplines. By understanding the behavior of matter and energy at a fundamental level, physicists are equipped to further our knowledge of the universe through research and to apply knowledge to new technologies and engineering.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the physics major are able to:
PLO 1: Use mathematical methods to solve quantitative physics problems
PLO 2: Use qualitative reasoning to explain physics phenomena
PLO 3: Draw conclusions from experimental data with measurement uncertainty
PLO 4: Use laboratory apparatus to conduct experiments and collect data
PLO 5: Analyze features of physical models (e.g., by approximation methods, computational methods, etc.)
PLO 6: Reconcile scientific and biblical worldviews
The study of physics focuses on broad topics such as matter, energy, gravitation, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear structures, the theory of relativity, and quantum mechanics.
The physics major is appropriate for students who plan to teach physics, work in industrial or government engineering or research, or pursue graduate studies in physics or a variety of related disciplines. Some specific career options include work in materials science, space exploration, aerospace, technical instrumentation, fundamental research, and the computer industry. A physics major is also an excellent stepping-stone for further studies in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields such as medical physics, engineering, meteorology, hydrology, geophysics, or economics.
A minimum of 40 physics units, 3 engineering units, 16 mathematics units, 4 chemistry units, and 4 computer science units are required for the physics major.
|PHYC 161||Physics for Science and Engineering I 1||5|
|PHYC 162||Physics for Science and Engineering II||5|
|PHYC 263||Physics for Science and Engineering III||5|
|PHYC 300||Physics Research Seminar 2||1|
|PHYC 361||Electricity and Magnetism||3|
|PHYC 370||Waves and Optics||3|
|PHYC 380||Classical Mechanics||4|
|PHYC 431||Computational Methods for Physics||3|
|PHYC 440||Quantum Mechanics||3|
|PHYC 470||Writing 3: Advanced Laboratory 3||3|
|PHYC 499||Physics Thesis 2||2|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Electrical Circuits and Systems|
|MATH 165||Calculus I||3|
|MATH 166||Calculus II||3|
|MATH 167||Sequences and Series||1|
|MATH 268||Multivariable Calculus||3|
|MATH 269||Vector Calculus||2|
|MATH 270||Ordinary Differential Equations||4|
|CHEM 151||General Chemistry I 1||4|
|Computer Science Course|
|CS 120||Introduction to Computer Science I||4|
Meets the General Education Natural Science requirement.
Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.