The physics program is designed to equip students to:
- Use mathematical methods to solve quantitative physics problems.
- Use qualitative reasoning to explain physics phenomena.
- Draw conclusions from experimental data with measurement uncertainty.
- Use laboratory apparatus to conduct experiments and collect data.
- Use technology, numerical calculations, and approximation methods to model physical phenomena.
- Reconcile scientific and biblical worldviews.
- Evaluate the role of scientist in informing society's uses of technology and scientific knowledge.
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 39 physics units, 3 engineering units, 17 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||3|
|PHYC 430||Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering||3|
|PHYC 440||Quantum Mechanics||3|
|PHYC 470||Writing 3: Advanced Laboratory 3||3|
|PHYC 499||Physics Thesis 2||1-4|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|MATH 161||Calculus I||5|
|MATH 162||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 263||Multivariable Calculus||4|
|MATH 270||Ordinary Differential Equations||4|
|CHEM 151||General Chemistry I 1||4|
|Computer Science Courses|
|CS 120||Introduction to Computer Science I||4|
Meets the General Education Natural Science requirement.
Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.