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Catalog 2003-2004
Physics (BS)
School of Theoretical and Applied Science

Requirements of the Major
Requirements of the Minor

Physics Website
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Convener: Philip Anderson
Advisors: Daniela Buna
Willliam Makofske

About the Major

Physics is known as the most fundamental of all sciences: it encompasses both the life sciences and the physical sciences. Physics is to the present what natural philosophy is to the past: it is at the root of every field of science. Physics is a study of matter and energy which underlies the study of all natural phenomena from subnuclear particles, atoms, and molecules, to stars and galaxies. Its principles and concepts are embodied not only in other sciences such as biology, chemistry, astronomy, and geology, but find practical applications in engineering, medicine, and all areas of modern technology. Physics today offers an unlimited scope of study and career opportunities in such areas as electronics, atomic, nuclear, and sub-nuclear physics, solid-state and low-temperature physics, optics, acoustics, relativity, quantum electronics, astrophysics, biophysics, and chemical physics, as well as a whole range of applied technology fields.

The Physics major is designed to offer students a broad theoretical and practical background providing a pivotal point for its graduates either to enter graduate school for further study and research or to pursue a professional career in private industry, government, or teaching.

Advanced course offerings provide experience in electronics; mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetic theory and optics; relativity, atomic, and quantum theory; nuclear, sub-nuclear, and solid state physics; and computer science.

The faculty encourages and supports independent undergraduate research projects in computer studies, electronics, alternate energy sources and technologies, and optics. Facilities include well-equipped laboratories in electronics, advanced physics, computer science, instrumentation, optics, and a machine shop.

Majors in Physics are encouraged to take more than the minimum Requirements of the Major and to consider additional courses in microprocessors, computer modeling, energy system design, and mathematics, depending on their particular interests. There are also opportunities through cooperative education for students to gain credit and work experience in local industrial and research laboratories.

The major is offered by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and leads to a B.S. degree.

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