Undergraduate Catalog
Colleges

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:
Kondrick, Lasey, Musser, Patton
Assistant Professors:
Duke, Gajewski, Gann, Harris, Hart, Mebi, Shojaei, 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

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 BIOL 1114T 4 PHYS 2014 or PHYS 2114T 4 PHYS 2024 or PHYS 2124T 4
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 COMS 2003 or COMS 2803T 3 CHEM 3245 5
PHSC 1001 1 PHSC 1011 1 CHEM 3254 4 CHEM 3264 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 BIOL 2014 4 BIOL 3074 or BIOL 3174 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
BIOL 2124 4 BIOL 3034 4 CHEM 3324 4 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
CHEM 3301 1 CHEM 3423 3 CHEM 4414 4 BIOL 4033 3
CHEM 3344 4 CHEM 3363 3 Elective2 4 CHEM 4401 1
Elective2,T 4 Elective2 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 13
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 BIOL 1114T 4 PHYS 2024 or PHYS 2124T 4 PHYS 2014 or PHYS 2114T 4
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 CHEM 3245 5 COMS 2003 or COMS 2803T 3
PHSC 1011 1 PHSC 1001 1 CHEM 3254 4 CHEM 3264 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 BIOL 3074 or BIOL 3174 4
BIOL 2124 4 BIOL 2014 4 BIOL 4033 3 CHEM 4401 1
BIOL 3034 4 CHEM 3301 1 CHEM 3363 3 CHEM 4414 4
Elective2,T 4 CHEM 3324 4 CHEM 3423 3 Elective2 4
CHEM 3344 4 Elective2 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 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.
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

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3 PHYS 2024T 4
MATH 2243 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 MATH 2163 or PSY 2053 3 CHEM 2111 1
PHSC 1001 1 ECON 2003T 3 COMS 2003 or COMS 2803 3 CHEM 3245 5
PHSC 1004T 4 PHSC 1011 1 PHYS 2014T 4 CHEM 3264 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4 CHEM 3254 4
CHEM 3313 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 14
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 BIOL 3054 4 CHEM 4111 1
ENGL 2053 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 BIOL 3114 4 CHEM 4951-4 or CHEM 4991-4 1-4
BIOL 2124 4 BIOL 2134 4 GEOL 3083 3 ElectiveT 6-9
GEOL 1014T 4 BIOL 3043 3 CHEM 4414 4  
CHEM 3353 3 CHEM 3111 1
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 11
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 COMS 2003 or COMS 2803T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3 MATH 2163 or PSY 2053 3 BIOL 2124 4
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 PHSC 1001 1 CHEM 2111 1 PHYS 2014T 4
MATH 2243 3 PHSC 1004T 4 CHEM 3245 5 CHEM 3254 4
PHSC 1011 1 CHEM 2134T 4 CHEM 3313 3
CHEM 2124T 4
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 2053 3 ECON 2003T 3 BIOL 3054 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
BIOL 2134 4 BIOL 3043 3 CHEM 4111 1 GEOL 3083 3
PHYS 2024T 4 BIOL 3114 4 CHEM 4951-4 or CHEM 4991-4 1-4 CHEM 4414 4
CHEM 3111 1 GEOL 1014T 4 ElectiveT 3-6 ElectiveT 3
CHEM 3264 4 CHEM 3353 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 13
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

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 BIOL 1114T 4 PHYS 2014 or PHYS 2114T 4 PHYS 2024 or PHYS 2124T 4
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 COMS 2003 or COMS 2803T 3 CHEM 3245 5
PHSC 1001 1 PHSC 1011 1 CHEM 3254 4 CHEM 3264 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 CHEM 4414 4 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
CHEM 3301 1 CHEM 3344 4 CHEM Elective3 3 CHEM 4401 1
CHEM 3324 4 Elective4,T 5 Elective4 9 CHEM Elective3 3
CHEM 3423 3 Elective4 9
Science Elective2 3
Elective4,T 1
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 BIOL 1114T 4 PHYS 2024 or PHYS 2124T 4 PHYS 2014 or PHYS 2114T 4
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 CHEM 3245 5 COMS 2003 or COMS 2803T 3
PHSC 1011 1 PHSC 1001 1 CHEM 3254 4 CHEM 3264T 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 CHEM 4414 4
CHEM 3344 4 CHEM 3301 1 CHEM 4401 1 CHEM Elective3 3
Elective4,T 5 CHEM 3324 4 CHEM Elective3 3 Elective4 9
CHEM 3423 3 Elective4 9
Science Elective2 3
Elective4,T 1
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 15 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, PHSC 1013, and PHSC 1021), and excluding CHEM.
3Excluding CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111.
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

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 BIOL 1114T 4 PHYS 2114T 4 PHYS 2124T 4
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 MATH 2934 4 CHEM 3245 5
PHSC 1001 1 PHSC 1011 1 COMS 2003 or COMS 2803T 3 CHEM 3264 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4 CHEM 3254 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 18 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 CHEM 3344 4 CHEM 4424 4
CHEM 3301 1 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 CHEM 4401 1 CHEM 4952-4 or CHEM 4992-4 2-4
CHEM 3324 4 CHEM 3334 4 CHEM 4414 4 Elective3 7-5
CHEM 3423 3 Elective3 6 CHEM 4433 3
CHEM Elective2 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 13
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 BIOL 1114T 4 PHYS 2124T 4 PHYS 2114T 4
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 CHEM 3245 5 MATH 2934 4
PHSC 1011 1 PHSC 1001 1 CHEM 3254 4 COMS 2003 or COMS 2803T 3
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4 CHEM 3264 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 18
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 CHEM 4424 4 CHEM 3344 4
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 CHEM 3301 1 CHEM 4952-4 or CHEM 4992-4 2-4 CHEM 4401 1
CHEM 3334 4 CHEM 3324 4 Elective3 7-5 CHEM 4414 4
Elective3 6 CHEM 3423 3 CHEM 4433 3
CHEM Elective2 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 12
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 and CHEM 2204.
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:

*General Chemistry CHEM 2124, CHEM 2134
*Quantitative Analysis CHEM 3245
*Organic Chemistry CHEM 3254, CHEM 3264

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

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 ENGL 2053 3 BIOL 1014T 4
MATH 1113T 3 CHEM 2124 4 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
PHSC 1001 1 COMS 1003T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3 COMS 2003 3
PHSC 1004T 4 PHSC 1011 1 CHEM 2134 4 GEOL 2111 1
GEOL 1014T 4 GEOL 2024 4 GEOL 3014 GEOL 3164 4
 
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
BIOL 3043 or Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 6 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 GEOL 3174 4
PHYS 2014T 4 PHYS 2024T 4 BIOL 3043 or Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3 GEOL 4043 3
GEOL 3023 3 GEOL 3004 4 GEOG 2833 3 GEOL 4111 1
GEOL 3044 or GEOL 3153 4-3 GEOL 3111 1 GEOL 3153 or GEOL 3044 3-4 Science Elective2 6
  GEOL 3083 3
Total Hours 13-14 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15-16 Total Hours 14
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 ENGL 2053 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 PHSC 1001 1 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
BIOL 1014T 4 PHSC 1004T 4 CHEM 2134 4 COMS 2003 3
COMS 1003T 3 CHEM 2124T 4 GEOL 2024 4 GEOL 3014 4
MATH 1113T 3 GEOL 1014T 4 GEOL 2111 1
PHSC 1011 1
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 6 BIOL 3043 or Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3 PHYS 2024T 4 BIOL 3043 or Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3
GEOL 3004 4 GEOG 2833 3 GEOL 3174 4 GEOL 3083 3
GEOL 3111 1 PHYS 2014T 4 GEOL 4043 3 GEOL 3153 or GEOL 3044 3-4
GEOL 3164 4 GEOL 3023 3 GEOL 4111 1 Science Elective2 3
GEOL 3044 or GEOL 3153 4-3 Science Elective2,T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17-16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12-13
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.*
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

Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
BIOL 1014T 4 CHEM 2124 4 CHEM 2134 4 GEOG 2833 3
MATH 1113T 3 MATH 1203 T 3 GEOL 2001 1 MATH 2914 4
PHSC 1001 1 PHSC 1011 1 GEOL 3014 4 GEOL 3164 4
GEOL 1014T 4 GEOL 2024 4 GEOL 3044 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 6 PHYS 2024T 4 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 6 GEOL 3124 or GEOL 4023 3-4
PHYS 2014T 4 GEOL 3004 4 GEOL 3153 3 GEOL 3174 or GEOL 4034 4
GEOL 3001 1 GEOL 3124 or GEOL 4023 3-4 GEOL 4001 1 GEOL 4043 3
GEOL 3023 3 GEOL 3174 or GEOL 4034 4 General Elective 4
 
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15-16 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

Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 9
Biological Science1,T 4 CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4 GEOL 3124 or Elective(3000-4000 level)4 4
PHSC 1001 1 PHSC 1011 1 GEOG 2833 3 GEOL 3164 4
MATH 1113T 3 MATH 1203T 3 GEOL 2001 1  
GEOL 1014T 4 GEOL 2024 4 GEOL 3014 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
PHYS 2014T 4 PHYS 2024T 4 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
GEOL 3001 1 GEOL 3004 4 GEOL 3153 3 GEOL 3174 4
GEOL 3023 3 GEOL 3124 or Elective (3000-4000 level)4 4 GEOL 4001 1 GEOL 4023 or Elective (3000-4000 level)4 3
GEOL 3044 or Elective (3000-4000 level)4 4 GEOL 4023 or Elective (3000-4000 level)4 3-4 GEOL 3044 or Elective (3000-4000 level)4 4
MATH/COMS Elective2 3-4    
Total Hours 15-16 Total Hours 15-16 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, COMS 1103, MATH 2914, or MATH 2163.
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

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 COMS 2803 3 Biological Science1,T 4
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
MATH 1914T 4 MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 MATH 2934 4
PHSC 1001 1 PHSC 1011 1 PHYS 2114T 4 PHYS 2124T 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4 Elective3 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 PHYS 3213 or PHYS 3023 3 PHYS 4013 or PHYS 3133 3
MATH 3243 3 ELEG 2111 1 PHYS 4113 or PHYS Elective (3000-4000)4 3 PHYS 4951-4 or PHYS 4991-4 1-4
ELEG 2103 3 ELEG 2113 3 MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3 MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3
PHYS 3023 or PHYS 3213 3 PHYS 3133 or PHYS 4013 3 Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 Elective(3000-4000 level)3 6-3
PHYS 4113 or PHYS Elective (3000-4000)4 3 PHYS Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 Elective3 3
Elective3 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 COMS 2803 3 Biological Science1,T 4
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
MATH 1914T 4 MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 MATH 2934 4
PHSC 1011 1 PHSC 1001 1 PHYS 2124T 4 PHYS 2114T 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4 Elective3 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 PHYS 4013 or PHYS 3133 3 PHYS 3213 or PHYS 3023 3
MATH 3243 3 ELEG 2111 1 MATH Elective (3000-4000 level) 2 3 PHYS 4113 or PHYS Elective (3000-4000)4 3
ELEG 2103 3 ELEG 2113 3 Elective(3000-4000 level) 3 3 PHYS 4951-4 or PHYS 4991-4 1-4
PHYS 3133 or PHYS 4013 3 PHYS 3023 or PHYS 3213 3 Elective3 3 MATH Elective (3000-4000 level) 2 3
PHYS Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 PHYS 4113 or PHYS Elective (3000-4000)4 3 Elective(3000-4000 level)3 6-3
Elective3 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12 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, MATH 3033, and MATH 4113.
3Seven hours of electives must be from physical sciences, biology, engineering, computer science.
4Must complete both the PHYS 4113 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

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 6 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 MCEG 2023 3 COMS 2803T 3 Biological Science1,T 4
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 MATH 2934 4 MATH 3243 3
PHSC 1001 1 PHSC 1011 1 PHYS 2114T 4 PHYS 2124T 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 14
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ELEG 2103 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 MCEG 4323 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
MCEG 3313 3 ELEG 2111 and ELEG 2113 4 PHYS 3143 or ELEG 3103 3 MCEG 4443 3
MCEG 3503 3 MCEG 3523 or PHYS 3033 3 PHYS 3213 or PHYS elective (3000-4000)2 3 PHYS 4951-4 or PHYS 4991-4 1-4
PHYS 3213 or PHYS elective (3000-4000)2 3 MCEG 4403 3 PHYS 4113 or PHYS elective (3000-4000)2 3 Engineering Elective 3
PHYS 4113 or PHYS elective (3000-4000)2 3 Elective 3 PHYS Elective (3000-4000 level) 6-3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 6 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 MCEG 2023 3 COMS 2803T 3 Biological Science1,T 4
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 MATH 2934 4 MATH 3243 3
PHSC 1011 1 PHSC 1001 1 PHYS 2124T 4 PHYS 2114T 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4  
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 14
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 MCEG 4403 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 MCEG 4323 3
MCEG 3313 3 MCEG 3503 3 MCEG 4443 3 ELEG 3103 or PHYS 3143 3
MCEG 3523 or PHYS 3033 3 ELEG 2111 and ELEG 2113 4 PHYS 4951-4 or PHYS 4991-4 1-4 PHYS 3213 or PHYS elective (3000-4000)2 3
ELEG 2103 3 PHYS 3213 or PHYS elective (3000-4000)2 3 Engineering Elective 3 PHYS 4113 or PHYS Elective (3000-4000)2 3
PHYS 4113 or PHYS Elective (3000-4000)2 3 Elective 3 PHYS Elective (3000-4000 level) 6-3
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 13-16 Total Hours 18-15
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

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 6
PHSC 1001 1 PHSC 1011 1 PHYS 2114T 4 PHYS 2124T 4
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 MATH 2934 4 MATH 3243 3
COMS 2803T 3 MCEG 2023 3 Biological Science1,T 4 Elective 2
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3 ELEG 4951/MCEG 4951 or ELEG 4991/MCEG 4991 1
ELEG 2103 3 ELEG 2111 1 PHYS 3213 or PHYS 3023 3 MCEG 44033 3
PHYS 3023 or PHYS 3213 3 ELEG 2113 3 PHYS 4113 4 or MATH (3000-4000 level)2 3 MCEG 4443 3
PHYS 41134 or MATH (3000-4000 level)2 3 PHYS 4003 or PHYS 3003 3 PHYS 4213 or MCEG 30133 3 PHYS 3133 or PHYS 4013 3
PHYS 4213 or MCEG 30133 3 PHYS 4013 or PHYS 3133 3 PHYS 4951 or PHYS 4991 1 PHYS 4003 or PHYS 3003 3
ELEG/MCEG Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 ELEG/MCEG Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 6 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 6
COMS 2803T 3 MCEG 2023 3 PHYS 2124T 4 PHYS 2114T 4
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 MATH 2934 4 MATH 3243 3
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4 Biological Science1,T 4 Elective 2
PHSC 1011 1 PHSC 1001 1
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 18 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3 MCEG 44033 3 ELEG 4951/MCEG 4951 or ELEG 4991/MCEG 4991 1
ELEG 2103 3 ELEG 2111 1 MCEG 4443 3 PHYS 3023 or PHYS 4013 3
PHYS 3003 or PHYS 4003 3 ELEG 2113 3 PHYS 3003 or PHYS 4003 3 PHYS 41134 or MATH (3000-4000 level)2 3
PHYS 3133 or PHYS 4013 3 PHYS 3023 or PHYS 3213 3 PHYS 3133 or PHYS 3213 3 PHYS 4213 or MCEG 30133 3
PHYS 41134 or MATH (3000-4000 level)2 3 PHYS 4951 or PHYS 4991 1 ELEG/MCEG Elective (3000-4000 level) 6
PHYS 4213 or MCEG 30133 3
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 13 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, MATH 3033,and MATH 4113.
3PHYS 3023 and PHYS 4003 will satisfy the prerequisites for MCEG 3013 and MCEG 4403 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, PHSC 1013,PHSC 1021, GEOL 1004 may not be counted in these hours).

Curriculum in Physical Science

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
BIOL Elective 4 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
MATH 1113T 3 MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 BIOL Elective 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4 PHYS 2014 or PHYS 2114T 4 PHYS 2024 or PHYS 2124T 4
PHSC 1001 1 PHSC 1011 1 GEOL 1014T 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hour 15 Total Hours 18 Total Hours 14
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
COMS 2803 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 PHYS 3213 or Elective(3000-4000 level)3 3 PHSC 3033 3
PHYS 3213 or Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 PHSC/MATH/ENGR Elective2 3 Elective(3000-4000 level) 11 PHSC/MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 7
PHSC 3053 3 PHSC/MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 6 Elective 3
PHSC/MATH/ENGR Elective2 3 Elective 3
PHSC/MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 4  
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 13
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
BIOL Elective 4 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
MATH 1113T 3 MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 GEOL 1014T 4
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4 PHYS 2024 or PHYS 2124T 4 PHYS 2014 or PHYS 2114T 4
PHSC 1011 1 PHSC 1001 1 BIOL Elective 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 18
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
COMS 2803 3 PHSC 3053 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 PHYS 3213 or Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3
PHSC/MATH/ENGR Elective2 3 PHYS 3213 or Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 PHSC 3033 3 PHSC/MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 4
PHSC/MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 3 PHSC/MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 6 PHSC/MATH Elective (3000-4000 level)2 4 Elective(3000-4000 level) 8
Elective 6 PHSC/MATH/ENGR Elective2 3 Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13 Total Hours 15
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, MATH 3003, MATH 3033, MATH 4113, PHSC 1004, PHSC 1013, and PHSC 1021.
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