Brief Description of the Physics Department

The department of Physics seeks to: (1) act as a source of insight into the nature and history of the science of physics for the general student; (2) provide training in the elements of physics for secondary school science teachers; (3) give a thorough background in general physics for the science or technology major, whatever his specialty; and (4) provide the physics major with a firm, effective foundation for professional advancement, graduate study, and a successful career as a research scientist.

The Department offers a program for majors in physics which requires a minimum of forty-two credit hours in physics. The details of the program are usually developed according to the career interests of the students in consultation with the departmental advisor. A minimum three-semester sequence in calculus is suggested. Before graduation, majors must pass a comprehensive, departmental examination. The examination is given each semester for seniors, and may be repeated.

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