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  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Physics


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Kirk Korista, Chair
Main Office:  1120 Everett Tower
Telephone:  (269) 387-4940
Fax:  (269) 387-4939


Manual Bautista
Clement Burns
Zbigniew Chajecki
Sung Chung
Michael Famiano
Thomas Gorczyca 
Charles Henderson
Asghar Kayani
Elena Litvinova
Arthur McGurn
Paul Pancella
Lisa Paulius
Alvin Rosenthal
David Schuster
John Tanis

The Department of Physics offers three programs of study leading to a major in physics. Two of these are in the Liberal Education Curriculum. The Physics Major and the Geophysics Major (sponsored jointly by the Departments of Geosciences and Physics) are programs that prepare students for graduate study in physics or physics-related fields or for professional employment in applied physics fields. The Secondary Education Curriculum Physics Major prepares students to teach physics at the high school level.

Any student contemplating majoring or minoring in physics should contact the Department of Physics as early as possible. This is especially true for transfer students from community colleges in regard to transfer credit and course of study. Students will want to contact the department undergraduate advisor regarding courses, employment opportunities, and graduate study in physics.

A student majoring in physics may qualify for departmental honors in physics by fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Complete six credit hours of 5000 level physics courses OR complete a senior honors thesis project in physics with the Lee Honors College.
  2. Attain a cumulative grade point average of at 3.5 or higher in the required physics courses and an accumulated overall grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

Minor programs are available in physics, secondary education physics, and astronomy.

All students majoring or minoring in physics are required to complete the introductory courses PHYS 2050, PHYS 2060, PHYS 2070, PHYS 2080, PHYS 3090, and PHYS 3100 with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

For all students, in all cases in which a course is listed as a prerequisite for a physics course, a grade of “C” or better must be earned in that course or the prerequisite is not satisfied. This includes math courses which are prerequisites.

5000-level courses are offered only to advanced physics majors. Department policy requires that undergraduates enrolling in these courses have successfully completed all prerequisite studies prior to enrollment. The department recommends that physics majors who plan to enter a graduate college complete course work in 5000-level physics and/or mathematics.

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