Undergraduate Catalog
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Department of Physical Sciences

Dr. James Musser, Head
McEver Hall, Room 109
(479) 968-0361
jmusser@atu.edu
Fax: (479) 964-0837

Professors:
Baker, Bhuiyan, Hardcastle, Hemmati, Robertson
Associate Professors:
Hilliard, Kondrick, Lasey, Musser, Patton
Assistant Professors:
Duke, Gajewski, Harris, Hart, Mebi, Sierra, Shojaei, Stringle, Young
Instructors:
Fulmer, Lauffart

The Department of Physical Sciences offers majors and minors in chemistry, engineering physics, geology, physical science, nuclear physics, and physics. Students interested in teaching science in secondary schools should follow the curriculum in science set forth in this catalog under the physical science for teacher licensure curricula, College of Education.

The description and curricula for each of the various degree programs in the physical sciences are listed below. Note that for every degree program in this department, there is a non-course requirement involving an exit interview with the Department Head as part of the formal process for graduation.

Chemistry

The program and all of the degrees are certified by the American Chemical Society. The chemists of today are involved in the development of a multitude of new materials such as plastics, drugs, and agricultural products. Research chemists are conducting studies of the fundamental nature of matter which lead to expanded knowledge in medicine and biology. Each course in chemistry stresses laws, theories, and applications in the lecture portion and offers students the opportunity to gain experience in well equipped laboratories.

Chemistry is one of the highly recommended courses of study for students interested in pursuing careers in a variety of professional endeavors such as the health sciences: medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and para-medical fields.

Chemistry majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all chemistry courses (CHEM), including transfer credits, in order to satisfy graduation requirements.

Biochemistry Option

The Biochemistry option is designed to provide the background needed for students seeking entrance into professional medical or dental schools. It will also greatly benefit students seeking technical jobs that require multidisciplinary training in biology and chemistry as well as an abundance of science laboratory skills.

Curriculum in Chemistry
Biochemistry Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 BIOL 1114 Principles of BiologyT 4
MATH 2914 Calculus IT 4 MATH 2924 Calculus IIT 4
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4 CHEM 2134 General Chemistry IIT 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
PHYS 2014 Physical Principles I or PHYS 2114 General Physics IT 4 PHYS 2024 Physical Principles II or PHYS 2124 General Physics IIT 4
COMS 2003 Microcomputer Applications or COMS 2803 Programming in CT 3 CHEM 3245 Quantitative Analysis 5
CHEM 3254 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4 CHEM 3264 Mechanistic Organic Chemistry 4
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 BIOL 2014 Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 2124 Principles of Zoology 4 BIOL 3034 Genetics 4
CHEM 3301 Chemistry Seminar 1 CHEM 3423 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 3344 Principles of Biochemistry 4 CHEM 3363 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
Elective2,T 4
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
 
Senior
Fall Spring
BIOL 3074 Human Physiology or BIOL 3174 Physiological Ecology 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
CHEM 3324 Physical Chemistry I 4 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
CHEM 4414 Instrumental Analysis 4 BIOL 4033 Cell Biology 3
Elective2 4 CHEM 4401 Chemistry Seminar 1
Elective2 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 13
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.
2German, Statistics, and Technical Communications are encouraged. (Electives must include sufficient upper-division courses to result in 40 upper division hours) (upper division = 3000-4000 level).
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

 

Environmental Option

Chemistry also offers an Environmental option. The objective of this curriculum is to bring together the disciplines of chemistry, biology, and geology as applied to the environment. Emphasis will be on interdisciplinary approaches to environmental studies.

Curriculum in Chemistry
Environmental Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
MATH 2243 Calculus for Business and Economics 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 ECON 2003 Principles of Economics IT 3
PHSC 1004 Principles of Environmental ScienceT 4 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4 CHEM 2134 General Chemistry IIT 4
CHEM 3313 Environmental Chemistry 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 PHYS 2024 Physical Principles IIT 4
MATH 2163 Introduction to Statistical Methods or PSY 2053 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3 CHEM 2111 Environmental Seminar 1
COMS 2003 Microcomputer Applications or COMS 2803 Programming in C 3 CHEM 3245 Quantitative Analysis 5
PHYS 2014 Physical Principles IT 4 CHEM 3264 Mechanistic Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 3254 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 14
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
ENGL 2053 Technical Writing 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
BIOL 2124 Principles of Zoology 4 BIOL 2134 Principles of Botany 4
GEOL 1014 Physical GeologyT 4 BIOL 3043 Conservation 3
CHEM 3353 Fundamentals of Toxicology 3 CHEM 3111 Environmental Seminar 1
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 14
 
Senior
Fall Spring
BIOL 3054 Microbiology 4 CHEM 4111 Environmental Seminar 1
BIOL 3114 Principles of Ecology 4 CHEM 4951-4 Undergraduate Research in Chemistry or CHEM 4991-4 Special Problems in Chemistry 1-4
GEOL 3083 Hydrogeology 3 ElectiveT 6-9
CHEM 4414 Instrumental Analysis 4  
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 11
 
1See appropriate choices, alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

 

General Option

The General option is specifically designed with a minimum of required courses so that students, in cooperation with their faculty academic advisors, can exercise a maximum degree of flexibility in tailoring programs to meet their individual aspirations. By judiciously choosing electives, individuals can enrich these minimum chemistry requirements to prepare for futures in law, technical marketing, environmental science, computer science, technical writing, toxicology, education, technical illustration, engineering, health sciences, and business.

Curriculum in Chemistry
General Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 BIOL 1114 Principles of BiologyT 4
MATH 2914 Calculus IT 4 MATH 2924 Calculus IIT 4
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4 CHEM 2134 General Chemistry IIT 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
PHYS 2014 Physical Principles I or PHYS 2114 General Physics IT 4 PHYS 2024 Physical Principles II or PHYS 2124 General Physics IIT 4
COMS 2003 Microcomputer Applications or COMS 2803 Programming in CT 3 CHEM 3245 Quantitative Analysis 5
CHEM 3254 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4 CHEM 3264 Mechanistic Organic Chemistry 4
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
CHEM 3301 Chemistry Seminar 1 CHEM 3344 Principles of Biochemistry 4
CHEM 3324 Physical Chemistry I 4 Elective4,T 5
CHEM 3423 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry 3
Science Elective2 3
Elective4,T 1
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
 
Senior
Fall Spring
CHEM 4414 Instrumental Analysis 4 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
CHEM Elective3 3 CHEM 4401 Chemistry Seminar 1
Elective4 9 CHEM Elective3 3
Elective4 9
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.
2Science electives from BIOL, GEOL, PHYS, PHSC (excluding BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological Science, PHSC 1013 Introduction to Physical Science, and PHSC 1021 Physical Science Laboratory), and excluding CHEM.
3Excluding CHEM 1113 A Survey of Chemistry and CHEM 1111 Survey of Chemistry Laboratory.
4German, Statistics, and Technical Communications are encouraged. (Electives must include sufficient upper-division courses to result in 40 upper division hours) (upper division = 3000-4000 level).
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

 

Professional Option

The Professional option is especially recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or related fields or those persons wishing to seek employment in industry as chemists.

Curriculum in Chemistry
Professional Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 BIOL 1114 Principles of BiologyT 4
MATH 2914 Calculus IT 4 MATH 2924 Calculus IIT 4
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4 CHEM 2134 General Chemistry IIT 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
PHYS 2114 General Physics IT 4 PHYS 2124 General Physics IIT 4
MATH 2934 Calculus III 4 CHEM 3245 Quantitative Analysis 5
COMS 2003 Microcomputer Applications or COMS 2803 Programming in CT 3 CHEM 3264 Mechanistic Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 3254 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
Total Hours 18 Total Hours 16
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
CHEM 3301 Chemistry Seminar 1 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
CHEM 3324 Physical Chemistry I 4 CHEM 3334 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHEM 3423 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry 3 Elective3 6
CHEM Elective2 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16
 
Senior
Fall Spring
CHEM 3344 Principles of Biochemistry 4 CHEM 4424 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM 4401 Chemistry Seminar 1 CHEM 4952-4 Undergraduate Research in Chemistry or CHEM 4992-4 Special Problems in Chemistry 2-4
CHEM 4414 Instrumental Analysis 4 Elective3 7-5
CHEM 4433 Advanced Topics in Chemistry 3
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 13
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.
2Excluding CHEM 1113 A Survey of Chemistry and CHEM 2204 Organic Physiological Chemistry.
3German, Statistics, and Technical Communications are encouraged. (Electives must include sufficient upper division courses to result in 40 upper division hours) (upper division = 3000-4000 level)
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

 

Minor Chemistry

The minor in chemistry is designed for science majors who would like to further their studies in chemistry and for students who cannot complete a major in chemistry, but for employment opportunities, would like to gain basic knowledge and competencies in chemistry. The minor in chemistry requires the core chemistry courses:

*CHEM 2124 General Chemistry I, CHEM 2134 General Chemistry II
* CHEM 3245 Quantitative Analysis
* CHEM 3254 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, CHEM 3264 Mechanistic Organic Chemistry

Geology

The science of geology seeks to develop an understanding of the Earth’s physical and chemical processes, environmental systems, and natural resources. Geologists work in a variety of areas, discovering new sources of fossil fuels, minerals, and economically important rocks. Volcanoes, earthquakes, landforms, surface and subsurface water, earth history, and fossils are all subjects for study. Also, geologists may work as members of an interdisciplinary team in planning construction projects, sanitary landfills, mine land reclamation, and other environmentally-oriented projects. Employment opportunities for geologists exist in private industry, state and federal government agencies, and teaching at all levels.

Geology students may follow programs designed to prepare them for entry into graduate school, employment in the geotechnical field, or secondary school earth science teaching. The best opportunities exist for students who continue their education and complete the master’s or doctor’s degree in geology. Major oil and gas companies generally require the master’s degree for an entry-level position. Also, excellent employment opportunities are available in the environmental geotechnical field.

The geology major will study for a bachelor of science degree. This degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours with a minimum of 43 semester hours in geology (professional option), or a minimum of 36 semester hours in geology (environmental option). Students interested in teaching as a profession should follow the Physical Science for Teacher Licensure curriculum listed under teacher licensure curricula, College of Education. Additional departmental courses and related courses may be specified for geology majors following particular emphasis programs, and for some emphasis programs, substitutions of the above list may be required. Strongly recommended are calculus and/or statistics.

The geology program is fully interdisciplinary, and the student and his/her advisor can “build” an academic program through selection of appropriate electives to suit the special needs and interests of the student.

Curriculum in Geology
Environmental Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
MATH 1113 College AlgebraT 3 CHEM 2124 General Chemistry I 4
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 COMS 1003 Introduction to Computer Based SystemsT 3
PHSC 1004 Principles of Environmental ScienceT 4 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
GEOL 1014 Physical GeologyT 4 GEOL 2024 Historical Geology 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
ENGL 2053 Technical Writing 3 BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological ScienceT 4
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 COMS 2003 Microcomputer Applications 3
CHEM 2134 General Chemistry II 4 GEOL 2111 Environmental Seminar 1
GEOL 3014 Mineralogy GEOL 3164 Petrology 4
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
 
Junior
Fall Spring
BIOL 3043 Conservation or Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 6
PHYS 2014 Physical Principles IT 4 PHYS 2024 Physical Principles IIT 4
GEOL 3023 Geological Field Techniques 3 GEOL 3004 Structural Geology 4
GEOL 3044 Geomorphology or GEOL 3153 Environmental Geology 4-3 GEOL 3111 Environmental Seminar 1
Total Hours 13-14 Total Hours 15
 
Senior
Fall Spring
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 GEOL 3174 Computer Applications in Geology 4
BIOL 3043 Conservation or Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3 GEOL 4043 Geochemistry 3
GEOG 2833 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 GEOL 4111 Environmental Seminar 1
GEOL 3153 Environmental Geology or GEOL 3044 Geomorphology 3-4 Science Elective2 6
GEOL 3083 Hydrogeology 3
Total Hours 15-16 Total Hours 14
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.*
2Electives in Physical or Life Sciences and Mathematics (Geology, Biology, Chemistry, and Math).
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Curriculum in Geology
Petroleum Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological ScienceT 4 CHEM 2124 General Chemistry I 4
MATH 1113 College AlgebraT 3 MATH 1203 Plane Trigonometry T 3
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
GEOL 1014 Physical GeologyT 4 GEOL 2024 Historical Geology 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
CHEM 2134 General Chemistry II 4 GEOG 2833 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOL 2001 Seminar 1 MATH 2914 Calculus I 4
GEOL 3014 Mineralogy 4 GEOL 3164 Petrology 4
GEOL 3044 Geomorphology 4
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 6 PHYS 2024 Physical Principles IIT 4
PHYS 2014 Physical Principles IT 4 GEOL 3004 Structural Geology 4
GEOL 3001 Seminar 1 GEOL 3124 Invertebrate Paleontology or GEOL 4023 Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 3-4
GEOL 3023 Geological Field Techniques 3 GEOL 3174 Computer Applications in Geology or GEOL 4034 Subsurface Geology 4
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15-16
 
Senior
Fall Spring
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 6 GEOL 3124 Invertebrate Paleontology or GEOL 4023 Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 3-4
GEOL 3153 Environmental Geology 3 GEOL 3174 Computer Applications in Geology or GEOL 4034 Subsurface Geology 4
GEOL 4001 Seminar 1 GEOL 4043 Geochemistry 3
General Elective 4
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 10-11
 
Ninth Semester - Summer (after Junior or Senior year)
GEOL 40062 6    
Total Hours 6    
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.*
2GEOL 4006 (6 credit hours of field geology) must be completed during the summer after Junior or Senior year
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Curriculum in Geology
Professional Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Biological Science1,T 4 CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
MATH 1113 College AlgebraT 3 MATH 1203 Plane TrigonometryT 3
GEOL 1014 Physical GeologyT 4 GEOL 2024 Historical Geology 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 9
CHEM 2134 General Chemistry IIT 4 GEOL 3124 Invertebrate Paleontology
or Elective(3000-4000 level)4
4
GEOG 2833 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 GEOL 3164 Petrology 4
GEOL 2001 Seminar 1  
GEOL 3014 Mineralogy 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
 
Junior
Fall Spring
PHYS 2014 Physical Principles IT 4 PHYS 2024 Physical Principles IIT 4
GEOL 3001 Seminar 1 GEOL 3004 Structural Geology 4
GEOL 3023 Geological Field Techniques 3 GEOL 3124 Invertebrate Paleontology
or Elective (3000-4000 level)4
4
GEOL 3044 Geomorphology
or Elective (3000-4000 level)4
4 GEOL 4023 Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
or Elective (3000-4000 level)4
3-4
MATH/COMS Elective2 3-4    
Total Hours 15-16 Total Hours 15-16
 
Senior
Fall Spring
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
GEOL 3153 Environmental Geology 3 GEOL 3174 Computer Applications in Geology 4
GEOL 4001 Seminar 1 GEOL 4023 Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
or Elective (3000-4000 level)4
3
GEOL 3044 Geomorphology
or Elective (3000-4000 level)4
4
Total Hours 11 Total Hours 10
 
Ninth Semester - Summer (after Junior of Senior year)
GEOL 40063 6    
Total Hours 6    
 
1See appropriate choices, alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.
2COMS 1003 Introduction to Computer Based Systems, COMS 1103, MATH 2914 Calculus I, or MATH 2163 Introduction to Statistical Methods.
3GEOL 4006 (6 credit hours of field geology) must be completed during the summer after Junior or Senior year.
4Must complete both the GEOL class and one elective (GEOL course offered in alternating years).
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor Geology

The minor in geology is primarily designed for students who are majoring in disciplines where a broader background in geology can aid in recognizing and addressing geological hazards, natural disasters, environmental issues, natural resource management, conservation, and land use planning. The minor in geology requires 20 hours of courses:

*GEOL Electives (11 hours)
*GEOL Electives (9 hours of 3000 or 4000 level)
*no more than one credit hour can be a seminar course or special problem

Physics

The physics curriculum is designed to serve the needs of students in the fields of engineering, medicine, and other sciences. The junior and senior courses are tailored for students who desire a concentration in physics for a bachelor of science degree in physical science and/or wish to pursue graduate study in areas such as physics, meteorology, and astronomy.

To qualify for a bachelor of science degree in physical science, the student must take eight hours in chemistry, three hours in computer and information science, 25 hours in mathematics, and a minimum of 30 hours in physics. Twenty-two semester hours in these courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. A minimum of 38 hours must be taken in the Department of Physical Sciences.

Curriculum in Physics

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
MATH 1914 PrecalculusT 4 MATH 2914 Calculus IT 4
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4 CHEM 2134 General Chemistry IIT 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
COMS 2803 Programming in C 3 Biological Science1,T 4
Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
MATH 2924 Calculus IIT 4 MATH 2934 Calculus III 4
PHYS 2114 General Physics IT 4 PHYS 2124 General Physics IIT 4
Elective3 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
MATH 3243 Differential Equations I 3 ELEG 2111 Electric Circuits Laboratory 1
ELEG 2103 Electric Circuits I 3 ELEG 2113 Electric Circuits II 3
PHYS 3023 Mechanics or PHYS 3213 Modern Physics 3 PHYS 3133 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism
or PHYS 4013 Quantum Mechanics
3
PHYS 4113 Advanced Physics Laboratory
or PHYS Elective (3000-4000)4
3 PHYS Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Elective3 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Senior
Fall Spring
PHYS 3213 Modern Physics or PHYS 3023 Mechanics 3 PHYS 4013 Quantum Mechanics
or PHYS 3133 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism
3
PHYS 4113 Advanced Physics Laboratory
or PHYS Elective (3000-4000)4
3 PHYS 4951-4 Undergraduate Research in Physics
or PHYS 4991-4 Special Problems in Physics and Astronomy
1-4
MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3 MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3
Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 Elective(3000-4000 level)3 6-3
Elective3 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.
2Excluding MATH 3003 Foundations of Number Systems, MATH 3033 Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics, and MATH 4113 History of Mathematics.
3Seven hours of electives must be from physical sciences, biology, engineering, computer science.
4Must complete both the PHYS 4113 Advanced Physics Laboratory and 3 hours PHYS electives (PHYS course offered in alternating years).
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Nuclear Physics

The nuclear physics curriculum is designed to provide a baccalaureate degree program for persons employed or those interested in employment in the nuclear power industry. The program provides a combination of courses which form a firm theoretical foundation for those presently employed as nuclear power plant operators. Students without nuclear power industry experience or training will, in addition to the theoretical education provided through the program, receive sufficient training to enter nuclear power plant specific training. Graduates will also be prepared to enter a graduate school in nuclear physics or nuclear engineering.

Curriculum in Nuclear Physics

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 MCEG 2023 Engineering Materials 3
MATH 2914 Calculus IT 4 MATH 2924 Calculus IIT 4
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4 CHEM 2134 General Chemistry IIT 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Social Sciences1,T 6 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
COMS 2803 Programming in CT 3 Biological Science1,T 4
MATH 2934 Calculus III 4 MATH 3243 Differential Equations I 3
PHYS 2114 General Physics IT 4 PHYS 2124 General Physics IIT 4
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 14
 
Junior
Fall Spring
ELEG 2103 Electric Circuits I 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
MCEG 3313 Thermodynamics I 3 ELEG 2111 Electric Circuits Laboratory and ELEG 2113 Electric Circuits II 4
MCEG 3503 Basic Nuclear Engineering 3 MCEG 3523 Radiation Health Physics
or PHYS 3033
3
PHYS 3213 Modern Physics
or PHYS elective (3000-4000)2
3 MCEG 4403 Mechanics of Fluids and Hydraulics 3
PHYS 4113 Advanced Physics Laboratory or PHYS elective (3000-4000)2 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
 
Senior
Fall Spring
MCEG 4323 Power Plant Systems 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
PHYS 3143 or ELEG 3103 Electronics I 3 MCEG 4443 Heat Transfer 3
PHYS 3213 Modern Physics or PHYS elective (3000-4000)2 3 PHYS 4951-4 Undergraduate Research in Physics or PHYS 4991-4 Special Problems in Physics and Astronomy 1-4
PHYS 4113 Advanced Physics Laboratory or PHYS elective (3000-4000)2 3 Engineering Elective 3
Elective 3 PHYS Elective (3000-4000 level) 6-3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.
2Must complete both the PHYS class and one PHYS upper division elective (PHYS course offered in alternating years). (upper division = 3000-4000 level courses).
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

 

Engineering Physics

Students graduating with an engineering physics degree will be well qualified for jobs requiring highly technical skills and theoretical knowledge. Also, the degree program will prepare students for graduate studies in the fields of physics and engineering. However, those interested in employment immediately after graduation will have numerous alternatives for career choices. Job opportunities for an engineering physics graduate could include employment in industries such as: McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, Texas Instruments, Honeywell, Microsoft, Polaroid, Union Carbide, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Entergy, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Dow Chemical. Also, government agencies such as NASA, National Bureau of Standards, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, etc., provide additional employment opportunities for engineering physics graduates.

To qualify for a baccalaureate degree in engineering physics, the student must complete eight hours in chemistry, three hours in computer and information science, 18 hours in mathematics, 33 hours in physics (including the core physics courses), and 26 hours in engineering.

Curriculum in Engineering Physics

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
MATH 2914 Calculus IT 4 MATH 2924 Calculus IIT 4
COMS 2803 Programming in CT 3 MCEG 2023 Engineering Materials 3
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4 CHEM 2134 General Chemistry IIT 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 6
PHYS 2114 General Physics IT 4 PHYS 2124 General Physics IIT 4
MATH 2934 Calculus III 4 MATH 3243 Differential Equations I 3
Biological Science1,T 4 Elective 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 3
ELEG 2103 Electric Circuits I 3 ELEG 2111 Electric Circuits Laboratory 1
PHYS 3023 Mechanics or PHYS 3213 Modern Physics 3 ELEG 2113 Electric Circuits II 3
PHYS 4113 Advanced Physics Laboratory4 or MATH (3000-4000 level)2 3 PHYS 4003 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics or PHYS 3003 Optics 3
PHYS 4213 Advanced Topics in Physics and Astronomy or MCEG 3013 Mechanics of Materials3 3 PHYS 4013 Quantum Mechanics or PHYS 3133 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
 
Senior
Fall Spring
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 ELEG 4951/MCEG 4951 Undergraduate Research in Electrical Engineering or ELEG 4991/MCEG 4991 Special Problems in Engineering 1
PHYS 3213 Modern Physics or PHYS 3023 Mechanics 3 MCEG 4403 Mechanics of Fluids and Hydraulics3 3
PHYS 4113 Advanced Physics Laboratory 4 or MATH (3000-4000 level)2 3 MCEG 4443 Heat Transfer 3
PHYS 4213 Advanced Topics in Physics and Astronomy or MCEG 3013 Mechanics of Materials3 3 PHYS 3133 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism or PHYS 4013 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHYS 4951 Undergraduate Research in Physics or PHYS 4991 Special Problems in Physics and Astronomy 1 PHYS 4003 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics or PHYS 3003 Optics 3
ELEG/MCEG Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 ELEG/MCEG Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.
2Excluding MATH 3003 Foundations of Number Systems, MATH 3033 Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics,and MATH 4113 History of Mathematics.
3PHYS 3023 Mechanics and PHYS 4003 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics will satisfy the prerequisites for MCEG 3013 Mechanics of Materials and MCEG 4403 Mechanics of Fluids and Hydraulics for engineering physics majors.
4Must complete both the PHYS class and one MATH upper division elective (PHYS course offered in alternating years).
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

 

Minor Engineering Physics

The minor in engineering physics is for engineering students or physical science students wishing to obtain additional background to support their major degree and enhance their employment opportunities. The minor in engineering physics requires 20 hours of courses:

*PHYS Electives (11 hours)
*PHYS Electives (9 hours of 3000 or 4000 level)
*No more than one credit hour can be a seminar course or special problem

Physical Science

The baccalaureate degree in physical science offers a program of study in which the student can elect a major emphasis in the physical sciences department. The curriculum is designed with enough flexibility so that students may prepare for a number of professions that require technical skills and a broad physical sciences background. It is well suited for students anticipating the teaching of science in the secondary schools and for students planning a military career as it affords a desirable general scientific background.

To qualify for a baccalaureate degree in physical science, the student must complete the following minimum number of semester hours: eight hours in biology, eight hours in chemistry, eleven hours in physics, four hours in geology, and eleven hours in mathematics. The student must also complete additional hours in four of the following subject areas: chemistry, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, and physical science (PHSC 1004 Principles of Environmental Science, PHSC 1013 Introduction to Physical Science,PHSC 1021 Physical Science Laboratory, GEOL 1004 Essentials of Earth Science may not be counted in these hours).

Curriculum in Physical Science

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
BIOL Elective 4 Social Sciences1,T 3
MATH 1113 College AlgebraT 3 MATH 2914 Calculus IT 4
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4 CHEM 2134 General Chemistry IIT 4
PHSC 1001 Orientation to Physical Science 1 PHSC 1011 Orientation to Physical Science II 1
Total Hours 15 Total Hour 15
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
MATH 2924 Calculus IIT 4 BIOL Elective 4
PHYS 2014 Physical Principles I or PHYS 2114 General Physics IT 4 PHYS 2024 Physical Principles II or PHYS 2124 General Physics IIT 4
GEOL 1014 Physical GeologyT 4
Total Hours 18 Total Hours 14
 
Junior
Fall Spring
COMS 2803 Programming in C 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
PHYS 3213 Modern Physics or Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 PHSC/MATH/ENGR Elective2 3
PHSC 3053 Astronomy 3 PHSC/MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 6
PHSC/MATH/ENGR Elective2 3 Elective 3
PHSC/MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 4  
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
 
Senior
Fall Spring
PHYS 3213 Modern Physics or Elective(3000-4000 level)3 3 PHSC 3033 Meteorology 3
Elective(3000-4000 level) 11 PHSC/MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 7
Elective 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 13
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". A specific general education core course does not have to be taken in the semester listed, any other part of the general education core at any time is acceptable as well.
2Excluding GEOL 1004 Essentials of Earth Science, MATH 3003 Foundations of Number Systems, MATH 3033 Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics, MATH 4113 History of Mathematics, PHSC 1004 Principles of Environmental Science, PHSC 1013 Introduction to Physical Science, and PHSC 1021 Physical Science Laboratory.
3Must complete both the PHYS class and one upper division elective (PHYS course offered in alternating years) (upper division = 3000-4000 level)
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

 

Minor Physical Science

The minor in physical science is for students wishing to obtain additional background to enhance their employment opportunities. The minor in physical science requires 20 hours of courses:

*Electives (11 hours chosen from CHEM, GEOL, PHSC, or PHYS)
*Electives (9 hours of 3000 or 4000 level chosen from CHEM, GEOL, PHSC, or PHYS)
*No more than one credit hour can be a seminar course or special problem