Major in Physics (B.A.)
PHY 260Careers in Engineering and Physics Seminar1
PHY 292
PHY 292D
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHY 296
PHY 297
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
PHY 302
PHY 303
Electronics
and Electronics Lab
4
PHY 312
PHY 313
Modern Physics
and Modern Physics Lab
4
PHY 320Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering4
Electives from 300- or 400-level physics courses, at least 4 credits of which are not counted for another major12
MAT 124MCalculus 14
MAT 125Calculus 24
MAT 222Differential Equations3
MAT 223Multivariable Calculus3
Major *47
General Education49-50
Electives25-26
Total Credits122

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B.A. in Physics 2018-2019: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 292
PHY 292D
General Physics I and General Physics I Lab
4GES 160 Inquiry Seminar3PHY 296
PHY 297
General Physics II and General Physics II Lab
4
MAT 124M Calculus 14 MAT 125 Calculus 24
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3 GES 130 Christianity Western Culture4
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Leisure and Lifetime Sport (Q) course 1
 14 3 13
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 302
PHY 303
Electronics and Electronics Lab
4Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3PHY 312
PHY 313
Modern Physics and Modern Physics Lab
4
PHY 260 Careers in Engineering and Physics Seminar1 MAT 222 Differential Equations3
MAT 223 Multivariable Calculus3 World Cultures (U) course 3
GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4 Second Language (S) course1 4
Elective 3  
 15 3 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 320 Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering4Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 2PHY 300- or 400- Elective2 4
THE 201 Christian Theology3 Physics elective- 300 or 400 level course or Electricity and Magnetism4
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Electives 6
Elective 6  
 16 2 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 300- or 400- Elective2 4Interim Off PHY 300- or 400-level Elective2 4
Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Elective (Physics course recommended) 4 Elective (Science course recommended) 4
Elective 3 Elective 3
  Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 14 0 14-17
Total Credits 122-125

This program assumes a student will us MAT124M and PHY292/292D to meet the general education Mathematics and Laboratory Science requirements.

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim may be split between fall and spring for the state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Physics 2018-2019: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 292
PHY 292D
General Physics I and General Physics I Lab
4GES 147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4PHY 296
PHY 297
General Physics II and General Physics II Lab
4
MAT 124M Calculus 14 MAT 125 Calculus 24
GES 145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 GES 244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3
 15 4 15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 302
PHY 303
Electronics and Electronics Lab
4Elective 3PHY 312
PHY 313
Modern Physics and Modern Physics Lab
4
PHY 260 Careers in Engineering and Physics Seminar1 MAT 222 Differential Equations3
MAT 223 Multivariable Calculus3 World Cultures (U) course 3
GES 246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Second Language (S) Course 4
 12 3 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 320 Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering4Cross Cultural Experience (Z) course 3PHY 300- or 400-level Elective2 4
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
Electives 6 Elective (Physics course recommended) 4
  Elective 6
 13 3 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 300- or 400-level elective2 or Electricity and Magnetism4Interim Off PHY 300- or 400-level elective or Electricity and Magnetism4
Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Elective (Physics course recommended) 4 Elective (Science course recommended) 4
Elective 3 Elective 3
  Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 14 0 14-17
Total Credits 122-125

This program assumes a student will us MAT124M and PHY292/292D to meet the general education Mathematics and Laboratory Science requirements.

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim may be split between fall and spring for the state grant purposes only.)

PHY 102 • Physics of Everyday Life 3 Credits.

Explores how physics concepts can be used to understand everyday phenomena in the world around us. Topics include mechanics, waves (including sound and light), thermodynamics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Lecture demonstrations and laboratories stress a clear understanding of observed phenomena.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 102D is required. Offered: Interim.

PHY 102D • Physics of Everyday Life-Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 102.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 102 is required. Offered: Interim.

PHY 112 • Introduction to Astronomy 3 Credits.

The concepts, techniques, and tools of astronomy and astrophysics for nonscience students. Includes historical overview; identification of constellations; telescopes; the nature of light, atomic spectra, and structure; the nuclear physics of stars; the life cycle of stars; and current theories of the fate of the universe.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 112D is required. Offered: Fall.

PHY 112D • Introduction to Astronomy Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 112. Includes optics, atomic spectra, and observations with simple instruments and telescopes.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 112 is required. Offered: Fall.

PHY 202 • Introductory Physics I 3 Credits.

Mechanics, thermal properties of matter and mechanical waves.
Prerequisites: MAT 123M, MAT 124M, or solid understanding and competency in high school mathematics as demonstrated by at least one of the following: a Math ACT score of at least 23, 519 on the Math portion of the SAT, a Math Placement Test score of at least 3. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 202D is required. Offered: Fall

PHY 202D • Introductory Physics I Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 202.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 202 is required. Offered: Fall.

PHY 206 • Introductory Physics II 3 Credits.

Electricity and magnetism, sound waves, optical phenomena, and modern physics.
Prerequisites: PHY 202/202D. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 207 is required. Offered: Spring

PHY 207 • Introductory Physics II Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 206.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 206 is required. Offered: Spring.

PHY 260 • Careers in Engineering and Physics Seminar 1 Credit.

Focus on developing careers in high-technology fields such as engineering and physics. Emphasis on exploring some of the wide variety of specific careers possible through methods such as video, lecture, tours, and guest speakers. Development of practical professional skills such as writing resumes and cover letters, accumulating connections and experience, and developing techniques for interviewing.
Prerequisites: PHY 296/297. Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in engineering.

PHY 292 • General Physics I 3 Credits.

Kinematics, mechanics, oscillations, fluids, and conservation principles.
Prerequisites: MAT 124M (may be taken concurrently). Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 292D is required. Offered: Fall

PHY 292D • General Physics I Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 292.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 292 is required. Offered: Fall.

PHY 296 • General Physics II 3 Credits.

Electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, sound waves, and optics.
Prerequisites: PHY 292/292D (with a grade of C or better); MAT 125 (may be taken concurrently). Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 297 is required. Offered: Spring

PHY 297 • General Physics II Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 296.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 296 is required. Offered: Spring.

PHY 302 • Electronics 3 Credits.

Fundamentals of digital and analog electronics intended for scientists and engineers.
Prerequisites: PHY 296/297 (grade of C or better); MAT 124M. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 303 is required. Offered: Fall

PHY 303 • Electronics Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 302. Extensive laboratory exercises and a choice of projects provide hands-on experience with circuits using transistors, operational amplifiers, logic gates, flip-flops, and other devices.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 302 is required. Offered: Fall.

PHY 312 • Modern Physics 3 Credits.

Relativity, quantum theory, atomic structure, nuclear structure, and elementary particles.
Prerequisites: PHY 296/297 (grade of C or better); MAT 223. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 313 is required. Offered: Spring

PHY 313 • Modern Physics Lab 1 Credit.

Atomic and nuclear laboratory experiments accompanying PHY 312.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 312 is required. Offered: Spring.

PHY 320 • Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering 4 Credits.

Development of skill in mathematical techniques useful in the solution of physics and engineering problems. Included are vector analysis; line and surface integrals; Fourier analysis; partial differential equations; and linear algebra topics such as basis, dimension, matrices, eigenvalues/eigenvectors.
Prerequisites: MAT 222; MAT 223. Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in engineering.

PHY 332 • Optics 3 Credits.

Principles of geometrical and physical optics.
Prerequisites: PHY 312/313; MAT 223. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 333 is required. Offered: Spring, even # years

PHY 333 • Optics Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 332 emphasizing physical optics measurements, laser technology, and holography.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 332 is required. Offered: Spring, even # years.

PHY 340 • Mechanics 4 Credits.

Particle dynamics, conservative motion, central forces, accelerated coordinate systems, and Lagrange’s equations of motion.
Prerequisites: PHY 296/297 (grade of C or better); MAT 222; MAT 223. Offered: Fall.

PHY 352 • Computer Methods in Physics and Engineering 3 Credits.

Application of the computer to solving applied problems of interest to physicists and engineers. Computer techniques are developed for numerical methods, simulation models, and data acquisition and control in the laboratory.
Prerequisites: MAT 223; PHY 296/297, and PHY 302/303 (grade of C or better) or consent of instructor. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 353 is required. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in engineering.

PHY 353 • Computer Methods in Physics and Engineering Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 352.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 352 is required. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in engineering.

PHY 365 • Physics Research Seminar 1 Credit.

An introduction to research in physics and the development of scientific writing skills. Emphasis placed on preparing for departmental research experiences such as PHY 490 and external research experiences such as those found in industry, summer fellowship programs, and graduate schools.
Prerequisites: PHY 260; PHY 312/313; junior standing; a major in the physics department. Offered: Spring

PHY 400 • Electricity and Magnetism 4 Credits.

Electro- and magnetostatics, electric and magnetic fields, and electromagnetic waves.
Prerequisites: PHY 296/297 (grade of C or better); MAT 222; MAT 223. Offered: Fall, odd # years

PHY 410 • Thermodynamics 4 Credits.

Laws of thermodynamics, conditions for thermodynamic equilibrium, and fundamentals of statistical mechanics.
Prerequisites: PHY 296/297 (grade of C or better); MAT 223. PHY 312/313 is strongly recommended. Offered: Spring, odd # years

PHY 422 • Fluid Mechanics 3 Credits.

Laws of statics, kinematics, and dynamics applied to fluid mechanics. Integral and differential conservation laws for mass, momentum, and energy. Dimensional analysis, viscous pipe flow, boundary layers, separated flows, and potential flow.
Prerequisites: PHY 296/297 (grade of C or better); MAT 223. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 423 is required. Offered: Fall, odd # years. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in engineering.

PHY 423 • Fluid Mechanics Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 422.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 422 required. Offered: Fall, odd # years. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in engineering.

PHY 424 • Materials and Devices 3 Credits.

Theory and application of condensed matter and materials. Physical origin of electrical, optical, mechanical, thermal, and magnetic properties. Particular emphasis on devices such as pn junction diodes, LEDs, solar cells, piezoelectrics, liquid crystals, nanostructures, and sensors. An accompanying lab explores characterization of materials and design, fabrication, and testing of devices.
Prerequisites: PHY 302/303 or PHY 312/313. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 425 is required. Offered: Fall, even # years. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in engineering.

PHY 425 • Materials and Devices Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory component of PHY 424.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 424 required. Offered: Fall, even # years. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in engineering.

PHY 432 • Topics in Contemporary Optics 3 Credits.

Fourier optics, theory of coherence, quantum optics, nonlinear optics, and the physics of lasers.
Prerequisites: PHY 312/313; MAT 222; MAT 223. Concurrent registration in PHY 433 is required. Offered: Spring, odd # years

PHY 433 • Topics in Contemporary Optics Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PHY 432.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in PHY 432 is required. Offered: Spring, odd # years.

PHY 440 • Quantum Mechanics 4 Credits.

Concepts and techniques of quantum mechanics.
Prerequisites: PHY 312/313; MAT 222; MAT 223. Offered: Fall, even # years

PHY 450 • Topics in Applied Physics and Engineering 3-4 Credits.

Topics selected from various fields of engineering and applied physics for the purpose of illustrating the practical application of physical principles. Emphasis on developing the skills and viewpoints commonly used by engineers and industrial physicists. The field of engineering or applied physics is announced prior to registration.
Prerequisites: PHY 302 and PHY 352 (may be taken concurrently); MAT 222. Repeatable course: Course may be repeated when a different topic is emphasized. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in Engineering. Offered: Occasionally.

PHY 481 • Internship in Physics 1-4 Credits.

A practical experience in an off-campus professional setting in which the student applies the skills and perspectives of a physicist. Designed by student in consultation with a faculty member.
Prerequisites: Major in applied physics or physics; junior or senior standing. Offered: Fall, spring

PHY 490 • Research 3 Credits.

An opportunity for individual student projects under the supervision of the faculty.
Prerequisites: Senior standing; PHY 365; major in physics department. Offered: Fall, spring