Undergraduate Programs

PROGRAMS IN PHYSICS

Physics is the most fundamental of the natural sciences. It touches on important philosophical questions in its theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, and it uses mathematics, computers, and high technology instrumentation as tools for research. For students who complete a major in physics, the rewards are a deep understanding of nature, unusual flexibility in the choice of a career, and exceptional strength and stability in the job market.

Career Opportunities

Creighton's physics programs are designed to combine a solid foundation in physics with adaptability to a wide range of student interests and career objectives. Our programs lay the foundation for careers in fields such as astronomy, astrophysics and space exploration, atomic physics, biophysics, computer science and technology, electronics and photonics, elementary particle physics, holography, laser physics, mathematical physics, medical physics, nuclear physics, optics, solid state physics, superconductivity - to name just a few.

There are graduates of Creighton's physics programs enjoying successful careers in all of the above fields, as well as medical doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers who chose physics as their major at Creighton.

Our physics majors are prepared for entry-level positions in government or industry, or they can pursue graduate study in any of the many specialties of physics. Our majors are also accepted for graduate study in a variety of engineering fields, including electrical engineering. The acceptance rate for Creighton physics majors applying to graduate or professional schools is over 95%.

B.S. PHY - Major in Physics

THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS (B.S. PHY) Major in Physics 48-50 Credits

This degree program provides a strong foundation for careers in the rapidly developing high-technology industries. It is highly recommended as preparation for graduate work in physics. It also prepares students for graduate study in most engineering fields without requiring the early specialization, typical of undergraduate engineering programs, that can greatly reduce career options.

Program Goals Learning Objectives

1.  Students will have a knowledge of the information in each of the major areas of physics, and of the interrelation between these major areas of physics. 

1A.  Students will demonstrate an improved understanding of the fundamental concepts in each of the major areas of physics.

1B.  Students will be able to use concepts and techniques from more than one area of physics together to solve problems. 

2.  Students will have mastered the skills appropriate to the discipline of physics. 

2A.  Students will demonstrate a conceptual problem solving ability.

2B.  Students will demonstrate a proficiency in the application of mathematics to physics.

2C.  Students will demonstrate a proficiency in the design, measurement and analysis techniques required in the laboratory.

2D.  Students will demonstrate the ability to work as members of a team.

2E.  Students will synthesize current knowledge and apply or extend it to new situations.

2F.  Students will successfully analyze the ethical component of issues from the physical sciences.

2G:  Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively present the results of quantitative studies.

3.  Students can succeed in professional careers  3A.  Students will be well prepared for graduate study

 

Course Requirements: Students must complete the Physics courses listed here. In addition, they must complete the following courses:

Six additional credits from the Advanced Lecture Electives courses listed above.

And either

CHM 203/204 General Chemistry I with lab (4 credits), and
CHM 205/206 General Chemistry II with lab (4 credits)

(Or, choose two courses from the following:)

MTH 529 Linear Algebra (3 credits)
MTH 543 Numerical Analysis (3 credit)
MTH 545 Differential Equations (3 credits)
MTH 561 Mathematical Statistics I (3 credits)

Additional coursework in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, or other sciences is recommended. Courses selected will depend on specific career goals.

B.S. PHY - Major in Physics: 4-Year Plan

This 4-year plan satisfies the requirements for the B.S. in Physics degree with a major in Physics as well as the core requirements in four years. There is plenty of room for students to customize the degree according to their interests.

Freshman Year

B.S. in Physics Major: 4-Year Plan

Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
PHY 201/213/221 & 205 LM 4 PHY 202/214/222 & 206 LM 4
Calculus I or II 4 Calculus II or III 4
RSP 1 Foundations: Critical Issues 3
Foundations: Composition 3 Foundations: Oral Communications 1
Foreign Language 4 Foundations: Theology 3
  16   15
Sophomore Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Modern Physics 3 Classical Mechanics 3
Research Methods 2 Electronics Lab 1
Calculus III or Physics Elective 3 Linear Algebra & Differential Equations 3
Foundations: Philosophy 3 Explorations: Ethics 3
Explorations: History 3 Explorations: Biblical Traditions 3
  14   13
Junior Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Quantum Mechanics 3 Electricity and Magnetism 3
Thermodynamics 3 Optics and Lab 4
(Differential Equations) (3) Research 1
Research 1 Explorations: Fine Arts 3
Understanding Social Science 3 Explorations: Literature 3
  10 (13)   14
Senior Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Physics Elective 3 Physics Seminar 1
Research Capstone 1 Physics Elective 3
Intersections 3 Physics Elective 3
Doing Social Science 3 Ultimate Questions 3
  10   10

 

 

 

*Students who need to take a pre-calculus math course may begin calculus in the second semester. General physics is then begun in the second semester or in the first semester of the sophomore year.

The courses listed below are suggested to fill in or expand the program. The list is not intended to be exhaustive. Choices will depend on the specific career plans and interests of the student.

  • General Chemistry I-II (CHM 203-206)
  • Computer Programming I (CSC 221)
  • Differential Equations (MTH 545)
  • Mathematical Statistics l-ll (MTH 561-562)

B.S. Major in Physics

THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.) MAJOR IN PHYSICS 36 Credits

This program provides the necessary preparation for entry-level work as a physicist in government or industry. It also prepares students for entry-level work or graduate study in a wide variety of interdisciplinary science and engineering fields including astronomy and astrophysics, computational physics, geophysics, planetary science, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering, etc. Also, the program is highly recommended for any career in which a liberal arts degree with a concentration in physics may be desirable - scientific writing and reporting, criminology, patent law, scientific equipment sales, high-school physics teaching (when combined with the required education courses) - to name just a few. Students should work closely with their advisors in choosing electives to prepare for specific career goals.

Biomedical Physics Track

The biomedical physics track offers three specializations: Pre-Biomedical Engineering, Pre-Medical Physics, and Pre-Biophysics. Each of them is designed for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in those areas or related fields.

Program Goals Learning Objectives

1.  Students will have a knowledge of the information in each of the major areas of physics, and of the interrelation between these major areas of physics. 

1A.  Students will demonstrate an improved understanding of the fundamental concepts in each of the major areas of physics.

1B.  Students will be able to use concepts and techniques from more than one area of physics together to solve problems. 

2.  Students will have mastered the skills appropriate to the discipline of physics. 

2A.  Students will demonstrate a conceptual problem solving ability.

2B.  Students will demonstrate a proficiency in the application of mathematics to physics.

2C.  Students will demonstrate a proficiency in the design, measurement and analysis techniques required in the laboratory.

2D.  Students will demonstrate the ability to work as members of a team.

2E.  Students will synthesize current knowledge and apply or extend it to new situations.

2F.  Students will successfully analyze the ethical component of issues from the physical sciences.

2G:  Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively present the results of quantitative studies.

Course Requirements: The following Physics courses are required for all majors.

Either

  • PHY 213 General Physics I (3 credits)
  • PHY 205 LM General Physics I Lab (1 credit)
  • PHY 214 General Physics II (3 credits)
  • PHY 206 LM General Physics I Lab (1 credit)

Or

  • PHY 221 Mathematical Modeling of the Physical World I (3 credits)
  • PHY 205 LM General Physics I Lab (1 credit)
  • PHY 222 Mathematical Modeling of the Physical World II (3 credits)
  • PHY 206 LM General Physics I Lab (1 credit)

(All of the following:) 

  • PHY 301 Modern Physics (3 credits)
  • PHY 397 Resarch Methods (2 credits)
  • PHY 303 Electronics Laboratory (1 credit)
  • PHY 331 Physical Optics (3 credits)
  • PHY 332 Optics Laboratory (1 credit)
  • PHY 471 Classical Mechanics (3 credits)
  • PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)
  • PHY 491 Physics Seminar (1 credit)
  • PHY 531 Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
  • PHY 541 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
  • PHY 497 Directed Independent Research (1 credit) 
  • PHY 499 Research Capstone (1 credit)

(Advanced Lecture Elective: Choose 3 credits from the following:)

  • PHY 351 Physics in Medicine (3 credits)
  • PHY 353 Introduction to Biological Physics (3 credits)
  • PHY 522 Electric Circuits (3 credits)
  • PHY 551 Mathematical Physics (3 credits)
  • PHY 552 Computational Physics (3 credits)
  • PHY 558 Relativity: The Special and General Theories (3 credits)
  • PHY 559 Gravitation and Cosmology (3 credits)
  • PHY 561 Nuclear Physics (3 credits)
  • PHY 563 High Energy Nuclear Physics (1 credit)
  • PHY 571 Solid State Physics (3 credits)
  • PHY 587 Laser Physics (3 credits)
  • PHY 595 Special Topics (3 credits)

Requisite Courses: The courses listed above require the calculus sequence MTH 245, 246, 347 (12 credits)

Additional coursework in physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, biology, or other sciences is recommended. Choices will depend on the specific career plans and interests of the students.

B.S. Major in Physics: 4-Year Plan

This 4-year plan satisfies the requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in physics as well as the core requirements in four years. There is plenty of room for students to customize the degree according to their interests.

Freshman Year

Physics Major: 4-Year Plan

Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
PHY 201/213/221 & 205 LM 4 PHY 202/214/222 & 206 LM 4
Calculus I or II 4 Calculus II or III 4
RSP 1 Foundations: Critical Issues 3
Foundations: Composition 3 Foundations: Oral Communications 1
Foreign Language 4 Foundations: Theology 3
  16   15
Sophomore Year
 
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Modern Physics 3 Optics & Lab 4
Research Methods 2 Electronics Lab 1
Calculus III or Physics Elective 3 Explorations: Ethics 3
Foundations: Philosophy 3 Explorations: Biblical Traditions 3
Explorations: History 3 Explorations: Understanding Social Science 3
  14   14
Junior Year
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Thermodynamics 3 Electricity and Magnetism 3
Research 1 Classical Mechanics 3
Doing Social Science 3 Explorations: Fine Arts 3
Explorations: Literature 3    
MTH 350: Diff. Eq. and Linear Algebra 3    
  13   9
Senior Year
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Quantum Mechanics 3 Physics Capstone 1
ResearchSeminar 1 Physics Elective 3
Intersections 3 Ultimate Questions 3
       
  7   7
 

 

 

 

*Students who need to take a pre-calculus math course may begin calculus in the second semester. General physics is then begun in the second semester or in the first semester of the sophomore year.

**The minimum requirements for the physics concentration are stated here.

The courses listed below are suggested to fill in or expand the program. The list is not intended to be exhaustive. Choices will depend on the specific career plans and interests of the student.

  • General Chemistry I-II (CHM 203-206)
  • Computer Programming I (CSC 221)
  • Applied Linear Algebra (MTH 529)
  • Differential Equations (MTH 545)
  • Mathematical Statistics l-ll (MTH 561-562)

B.S. Major in Physics: 4-Year Plan (Pre-med)

This 4-year plan is designed to rigorously prepare students for taking the MCAT after the junior year as well as to earn a B.S. with a major in physics in four years.

Freshman Year
 
Physics Major: 4-Year Plan (Pre-med)
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
PHY 201/213/221 & 205 4 PHY 202/214/222 & 206 4
Calculus I or II 4 Calculus II or III 4
General Chemistry & Lab 4 General Chemistry & Lab 4
RSP 1 Foundations: Critical Issues 3
Foundations: Composition 3 Foundations: Oral Communications 1
  16   16
Sophomore Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Modern Physics 3 Optics 3
Organic Chemistry & Lab 4 Organic Chemistry & Lab 4
General Biology & Lab 4 General Biology & Lab 4
Foundations: Philosophy 3 Foreign Language 4
Foundations: Theology 3 Understanding Social Science 3
  17   18
Junior Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Thermodynamics 3 Classical Mechanics 3
Research Methods 2 Electronics Lab 1
Electronics Lab 1 Optics Lab 1
Calculus III 3 Genetics 3
Math Stats I 3 Biochemistry 3
Physiology 3 Doing Social Science 3
Explorations: Literature 3 Explorations: Ethics 3
  17   17
Senior Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Quantum Mechanics 3 Physics of Medicine/Bio Physics 3
Research Capstone 1 Electricity and Magnetism 3
Research 1 Physics Seminar 1
Explorations: Biblical Traditions 3 Ultimate Questions 3
Explorations: Fine Arts 3 Intersections 3
Explorations: History 3    
  14   13
 

 

§Students should consult with their physics major advisor and a pre-health science advisor when choosing additional courses and planning their schedule.

*Students who need to take a pre-calculus math course may begin calculus in the second semester. General physics is then begun in the second semester or in the first semester of the sophomore year.

B.S. Major in Physics: Biomedical Physics Track

As of Spring 2016, the Physics Department now offers a biomedical physics track within the B.S. major in physics degree! There are three specializations within the track:

  • Pre-Biomedical Engineering
  • Pre-Medical Physics
  • Pre-Biophysics

  Biomedical Physics Track Core (16 credit hours)

PHY 201

Physics for the Life Sciences I 1

3

PHY 202

Physics for the Life Sciences II 1

3

PHY 205

General Physics Lab I

1

PHY 206

General Physics Lab II

1

PHY 301

Modern Physics

3

PHY 397

Research Methods

2

PHY 491

Physics Seminar

1

PHY 497

Directed Independent Research

1

PHY 499

Research Capstone

1

 

 

 

Biophysics Lecture Elective (3 credit hours)

 

Select three credit hours from the following:

3

PHY 351

Physics in Medicine

 

PHY 353

Introduction to Biological Physics

 

Additional 19 hours of upper division coursework from BIO (3 credit hours minimum, 300 level and above), CHM, PHY (6 credit hours minimum, 400 level or above), and MTH

 

This can be satisfied by completing one of the following specializations:

 

 

Pre-Biomedical Engineering Specialization

19

 

CHM 321

Organic Chemistry I Lecture

3

 

 

CHM 322

Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

 

 

BIO 362

Cell Structure and Function

3

 

 

MTH 350

Applied Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

3

 

 

PHY 471

Classical Mechanics

3

 

 

PHY 553

Computational Physics

3

 

 

PHY Elective

Any additional PHY courses numbered 400 or above

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Medical Physics Specialization

19

 

BIO 449

Animal Physiology

3

 

 

BIO 333

Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy

4

 

 

MTH 347

Calculus III

3

 

 

PHY 471

Classical Mechanics

3

 

 

PHY 531

Quantum Mechanics

3

 

 

PHY 561

Nuclear Physics

3

 

 

 

Pre-Biophysics specialization

20

 

CHM 321

Organic Chemistry I Lecture

3

 

 

CHM 322

Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

 

 

CHM 323

Organic Chemistry II Lecture

3

 

 

CHM 324

Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

 

 

CHM 371

Biochemistry

3

 

 

BIO 362

Cell Structure and Function

3

 

 

PHY 553

Computational Physics

3

 

 

PHY 541

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

3

 

 

Total Credits

38-39

           

 

 

1PHY 213 General Physics I/PHY 214 General Physics II  OR PHY 221 Advanced General Physics I:Modeling the Physical World/PHY 223 Project Physics Laboratory I and PHY 222Advanced General Physics II:Modeling the Physical World/PHY 224 Project Physics Laboratory II can be substituted for the PHY 201 General Physics for the Life Sciences I/PHY 202 General Physics for the Life Sciences II requirement.

Requisite Courses (24 credit hours): BIO 201 & 205 - General Biology: Organismal & Population (lecture & laboratory), BIO 202 & 206 - General Biology: Molecular & Cellular (lecture & laboratory),  CHM 203 General Chemistry I, CHM 204 General Chemistry I Laboratory, CHM 205 General Chemistry II (or CHM 285 Advanced General Chemistry II), CHM 206 General Chemistry II Laboratory (or CHM 286 Chemistry and Statistical Analysis Laboratory),  MTH 245 Calculus I, MTH 246 Calculus II

B.S. Major in Applied Physical Analysis

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Applied Physical Analysis: 36 Credits

 

The Bachelor of Science program in Applied Physical Analysis is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to prepare students for a career involving the quantitative analysis of data. The program includes programs in physics, mathematics and computer science. It is intended to provide the background required for graduate study in engineering. Special opportunities for hands-on experience in solar energy technology are available.
 
Program Goals Learning Objectives

1.  Students will gain an understanding of the physical world

1A.  Students will demonstrate an improved understanding of the fundamental concepts in each of the major areas of physics.

2. Students will gain an understanding of the application of statistical analysis to physical measurements. 

2A.  Students will articulate ways in which statistics are applied to the analysis of physical measurements.

3.  Students develop the ability to effectively present the results of quantitative studies 3A.  Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively present the results of quantitative studies.
4.  Students can succeed in professional careers and programs in applied quantitative analysis. 4A.  Students will be well prepared for graduate study.

 

Course Requirements

Four credits from the following:

PHY 211 General Physics I 4 hours
PHY 221 Modeling the Physical World I 3 hours
PHY 223 Physics Project Laboratory I 1 hour

 

Four credits from the following:

PHY 212 General Physics II 4 hours
PHY 222 Modeling the Physical World II 3 hours
PHY 224 Physics Project Laboratory II

1 hour

 

All of the following:

PHY 471 Classical Mechanics 3 hours
PHY 591 Seminar in Engineering 1 hour
MTH 545 Differential Equations 3 hours
MTH 561 Mathematical Statistics I 3 hours
MTH 562 Mathematical Statistics II 3 hours

 

Three credits from the following:

CSC 221 Introduction to Computer Programming 3 hours
PHY 553 Computational Physics 3 hours

 

Three credits from the following:

ERG 481 Senior Project in Energy Studies I 3 hours
PHY 497 Directed Independent Research 3 hours

 

Nine credits from the following:

CSC 222 Object-Oriented Programming 3 hours
CSC 321 Data Structures 3 hours
CSC 414 Computer Organization 3 hours
CSC 421 Algorithm Design and Analysis 3 hours
CSC 533 Programming Languages 3 hours
CSC 548 Software Engineering 3 hours
CSC 590 Special Topics 3 hours
ERG 211 Design and Rapid Prototyping I 1 hour
ERG 212 Design and Rapid Prototyping II 1 hour
ERG 241 Introduction to Energy Transfer 3 hours
ERG 251 History and Technology of the Western World 2 hours
ERG 311 Design and Rapid Prototyping III 1 hour
ERG 312 Design and Rapid Prototyping IV 1 hour
MTH 529 Linear Algebra 3 hours
MTH 543 Numerical Analysis 3 hours
MTH 546 Partial Differential Equations 3 hours
MTH 551 Differential Geometry 3 hours
MTH 555 Chaotic Dynamical Systems 3 hours
MTH 563 Mathematical Statistics III 3 hours
MTH 571 Operations Research 3 hours
MTH 572 Fuzzy Logic 3 hours
MTH 573 Probabilistic Models 3 hours
MTH 575 Introductory Stochastic Processes 3 hours
PHY 301 Modern Physics 3 hours
PHY 303 Electronics Laboratory 1 hour
PHY 331 Physical Optics 3 hours
PHY 332 Optics Laboratory 1 hour
PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism 3 hours
PHY 491 Physics Seminar 1 hour
PHY 521 Electronics for Scientists 3 hours
PHY 522 Electric Circuits 3 hours
PHY 531 Quantum Mechanics 3 hours
PHY 541 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3 hours
PHY 551 Mathematical Physics 3 hours
PHY 553 Computational Physics 3 hours
PHY 561 Nuclear Physics 3 hours
PHY 562 Nuclear Instruments and Methods 2 hours
PHY 571 Solid State Physics 3 hours
PHY 572 Solid State Laboratory 3 hours
PHY 587 Laser Physics 3 hours

Requisite Courses:  MTH 245, 246, 347
 

Applied Physical Analysis Major: 4-Year Plan

This 4-year plan is designed to earn a B.S. with a major in Applied Physical Analysis in four years. The plan leaves significant freedom for the student to specialize according to their interests.

Freshman Year
 
Applied Physical Analysis Major: 4-Year Plan
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
PHY 201/213/221 & 205 4 PHY 202/214/222 & 206 4
Calculus I or II 4 Calculus II or III 4
RSP 1 Foundations: Critical Issues 3
Foundations: Composition 3 Foundations: Oral Communications 1
Foreign Language 4 Foundations: Theology 3
  16   15
Sophomore Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Calculus III or MTH 350 3 APA Elective 3
Computer Science/Comp. Physics 3 Explorations: Ethics 3
Foundations: Philosophy 3 Explorations: Fine Arts 3
Explorations: Literature 3 Foreign Language 4
Explorations: History 3    
  15   13
Junior Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
APA Elective (or MTH 350) 3 Classical Mechanics 3
Math Stats I 3 Math Stats II 3
Research Methods 2 Research 1
Engineering Seminar 1 Doing Social Science 3
Understanding Social Science 3    
Explorations: Biblical Traditions      
  15   10
Senior Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Research Capstone 1 APA Elective (3)
(APA Elective) (3) Ultimate Questions 3
Intersections 3    
       
       
  4 (7)   3 (6)
 

 

Applied Physical Analysis Major: 4-Year Plan (Pre-med)

This 4-year plan is designed to rigorously prepare students for taking the MCAT after the junior year as well as to earn a B.S. with a major in Applied Physical Analysis in four years.

Freshman Year
 
Applied Physical Analysis Major: 4-Year Plan (Pre-med)
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
PHY 201/213/221 & 205 4 PHY 202/214/222 & 206 4
Calculus I or II 4 Calculus II or III 4
General Chemistry & Lab 4 General Chemistry & Lab 4
RSP 1 Foundations: Critical Issues 3
Foundations: Composition 3 Foundations: Oral Communications 1
  16   16
Sophomore Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Calculus III or MTH 350 3 Organic Chemistry & Lab 4
Organic Chemistry & Lab 4 General Biology & Lab 4
General Biology & Lab 4 Foreign Language 4
Foundations: Philosophy 3 Explorations: Ethics 3
Foundations: Theology 3 Explorations: History 3
  17   18
Junior Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
APA Elective (or MTH 350) 3 Classical Mechanics 3
Math Stats I 3 Math Stats II 3
Research Methods 2 Research 1
Physiology 3 Genetics 3
Understanding Social Science 3 Biochemistry 3
Explorations: Literature 3 Doing Social Science 3
  14 (17)   16
Senior Year
4-Year Plan: Physics Major
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Computer Science/Comp. Physics 3 APA Elective 3
Engineering Seminar 1 (APA Elective) (3)
APA Elective 3 Ultimate Questions 3
Research Capstone 1 Intersections 3
Explorations: Fine Arts 3    
Explorations: Biblical Traditions 3    
  14   9 (12)
 

 

Specific Requirements for Admission to the Physics Major

To declare a major in Physics, a student must have completed one of the general physics sequences: PHY 211 and PHY 212 or PHY 213 and PHY 214 or PHY 221 and PHY 212 or received an "A" or "B" in PHY 211, PHY 213, or PHY 221.

Physics Minors

Minor in Physics

The physics minor offers students the opportunity to obtain a thorough introduction to the theoretical and experimental methods extensively used by physical scientists and engineers. In addition to exploring the historical and philosophical development of physics from the Greeks to the modern era, the physics minor emphasizes the development of practical quantitative problem solving skills which are valuable for all students regardless of major.

Minor in Biological Physics

The Biological Physics minor provides an opportunity to apply the concepts and methods of the physicist to advance our understanding of the life sciences. Students pursuing careers in medicine or the life sciences can use this minor to improve their preparation for the interdisciplinary nature of modern science.

 

Declaring a Minor

A student may not declare a minor until he or she has been accepted into a Major. Please visit the minor declaration form to declare a minor. Note that eighteen credits of coursework are required to complete a minor.  Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses toward the minor.

Requirements for Physics Minor

Minor in Physics

Program Goals Learning Objectives

1.  Students will have a knowledge of the information in each of the major areas of physics.

1A.  Students will demonstrate an improved understanding of the fundamental concepts in each of the major areas of physics

2.  Students will have mastered the skills appropriate to the discipline of physics.

2A.  Students will demonstrate a conceptual problem solving ability.

2B.  Students will demonstrate a proficiency in the application of mathematics to physics.

2C.  Students will demonstrate basic proficiency in laboratory measurement and analysis techniques.

2D.  Students will demonstrate the ability to work as members of a team.

Course requirements 18 credits

All of the following (13 credits)

  • PHY 213 (or 201 or 221) & PHY 205 General Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHY 214 (or 202 or 222) & PHY 206 General Physics II (4 credits)
  • PHY 301 Modern Physics (3 credits)
  • PHY 397 Research Methods (2 credits)

Six credits from the following courses:

  • PHY 331 Physical Optics (3 credits)
  • PHY 332 Optics Laboratory (1 credit)
  • PHY 471 Classical Mechanics (3 credits)
  • PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)
  • PHY 491 Seminar (1 credit)
  • PHY 493 Directed Independent Readings (1-2 credit(s))
  • PHY 495 Directed Independent Study (1-2 credit(s))
  • PHY 497 Directed Independent Research (1-2 credit(s))
  • PHY 531 Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
  • PHY 541 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
  • PHY 562 Nuclear Instruments and Methods (2 credits)
  • PHY 595 Special Topics (3 credits)

Note Only a total of two credits from PHY 493, 495 and 497 may be applied toward the minor.

Requirements for Biological Physics Minor

Minor in Biological Physics

Program Goals Learning Objectives

1.  Students will have a knowledge of the information in each of the major areas of physics.

1A.  Students will demonstrate an improved understanding of the fundamental concepts in each of the major areas of physics

2.  Students will have mastered the skills appropriate to the discipline of physics.

2A.  Students will demonstrate a conceptual problem solving ability.

2B.  Students will demonstrate a proficiency in the application of mathematics to physics.

3.  Students will understand how physics can improve our understanding of biology and medicine. 3A.  Students will be able to apply physics principles to biological and medical situations.

Course requirements 18 credits

  • PHY 213 (or 201 or 221) & PHY 205 General Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHY 214 (or 202 or 222) & PHY 206 General Physics II (4 credits)
  • PHY 301 Modern Physics (3 credits)
  • PHY 351 Physics in Medicine OR PHY 353 Introduction to Biological Physics (3 credits)
  • BIO 211 General Biology: Molecular and Cellular (4 credits)

Teacher Certification

Teacher Certification

Students who think they may teach Physics in secondary schools must consult with the Education Department, with the Physics Department, and with the appropriate agency in the state in which they intend to teach.

The Physics Major