Jul 07, 2020  
2017-2018 Academic Catalogue 
2017-2018 Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Physics, B.A.

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Kara Beauchamp (chair), Brian Johns, Niloofar Kamran, Derin Sherman


Students planning for graduate work are also strongly encouraged to take MAT 234 - Complex Variables (1) , and CHE 323 - Physical Chemistry I (1)  and CHE 324 - Physical Chemistry II (1) .

Teaching Certification:

Students who are interested in pursuing K-12 certification to teach science should seek admission to the Teacher Education Program. See the Education  department section for application and certification information.


Physics majors conduct individual experimental projects of their own design in small groups during the advanced lab course. Following the advanced lab, students will conduct a literature search on the background of their experiment in more depth and then write an individualized paper, with emphasis on their particular contribution to the project. The paper must be submitted to their capstone advisor no later than two blocks after the start of the advanced lab. The student will revise the paper until it is accepted by the department. If it appears that the student is making insufficient progress towards the completion of the individual paper, then the student and Registrar will be notified that the student is in danger of not completing the major requirements. Once the paper is approved, students are then required to present their findings in a public presentation. If the presentation is judged unacceptable, then the student will have the opportunity to give another presentation privately to the department.

The Physics curriculum facilitates a wide range of interests from professional to cultural; graduate work in physics, astronomy, geophysics, medicine, meteorology, environmental engineering, business administration, law, health physics, and computer science. B.S.S. candidates and students contemplating an individualized major in the physical sciences are invited to discuss possible curricula with the Department.


PHY 116 , PHY 121 , PHY 123 , and PHY 125  have no formal prerequisites; PHY 141  and PHY 142  ask only reasonable facility in algebra and trigonometry.

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