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Major Requirements: PHYS241, 242, 271, 272, 277, 377, 411, 430, 431, 477, 481, 495 plus an additional 12 credits numbered 300 and above.
Cognate Courses: MATH141, 142, 215, 240, 286; CHEM131, 132; and CPTR125 or CPTR151.
Physics majors desiring secondary-teaching certification should also consult with the School of Education.
Recommended Electives: ELCT141, 142, TCED250
Offered by the biology and physics departments
BIOL165, 166, 371; 372 or BCHM421*; PHYS241, 242, 271, 272, 277, 377, 411, 416, 430 or CHEM431 and 441, PHYS431, 495
*A student may earn a minor in chemistry by selecting BCHM421 or CHEM431 and 441.
Cognate Courses: CHEM131, 132, 231, 232, 241, 242; MATH141, 142, 286.
Recommended Electives: BCHM422, 430; CHEM432,442; ELCT141, 142; MATH215, 240.
Senior Thesis: All Physics and Biophysics majors do some
original research in collaboration with an established physicist on campus
or at another university, industrial, or national laboratory.
If students enroll for 3 credits of PHYS495 or HONS497, they
may prepare a Senior Thesis. Undergraduate Research Assistant
(URA) scholarships are available through the Office of Scholarly
Research when students collaborate with Andrews Physics faculty.
Students electing to take a BS: Biophysics should consult with the chair of the Physics Department. Biophysics majors who are interested in secondary teaching need to select electives to meet certification requirements and should consult with the School of Education early in their programs.
BS: Physics Education-30
Major Requirements: PHYS241, 242, 271, 272, 277, 377, 411, 430, 431, 481, 495 plus an additional 6 credits numbered 300 and above in consultation with advisor. Cognate Courses: MATH141, 142, 240, 286
This major is available only to those who are obtaining secondary
Physics as a Second Major-30
Major Requirements: PHYS241, 242, 271, 272, 277, 377, 411 (or ENGR285 and PHYS412), 430, 431 or ENGR435, 481, 495 plus an additional 3.5–6 credits numbered 300 and above in consultation with advisor.
Cognate Courses: MATH141, 142, 240, 286
This major is available only as a second major, to those taking a
major in another field.
MS: Mathematics and Science
The Master of Science: Mathematics and Science is designed for students who wish to acquire a breadth of knowledge which cannot be achieved within any one discipline among mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. Such a degree may be useful for secondary or middle-school teachers who teach mathematics and science subjects, but who do not desire a traditional MAT
program; for those who wish to develop skills in areas of overlap in these disciplines; for those who wish to study the interrelationships among the disciplines; and for those who wish further preparation for careers in industry or government.
In addition to the general requirements for admission to and enrollment in graduate degree programs outlined in this bulletin, students must meet departmental requirements. For more information click here.