2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 16, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

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Physics (B.S.)



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Program Coordinator/Contact

Yung Huh, Interim Department Head
Department of Physics
Daktronics Engineering Hall 255
605-688-5428

Program Information

Physics is the foundation of almost all of the science and engineering disciplines. The curriculum in Physics has the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of student interests including engineering, physical science, mathematics, biological science, or health sciences. Graduates find careers in physics research, education, engineering, medicine, nuclear medicine, law, science journalism or alternatively many other choices.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Physics major, students will:

  • be prepared for either productive employment following graduation or able to pursue advanced degrees in physics or physics related disciplines.
  • compare favorably in the theoretical and technical knowledge with students completing similar programs nationally.
  • have developed a basic understanding of the theoretical and mathematical underpinnings of the discipline.
  • have learned the crucial elements of experimentation including experiment design, equipment building and operation, data collection, data and uncertainty analysis, and results interpretation and dissemination.
  • know how to apply technical knowledge and use appropriate scientific tools to solve problems as both individuals and as team members.
  • have a basic understanding of contemporary issues and professional/ethical responsibilities within a local and global context.

Academic Requirements

The program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above for all physics courses and a GPA 2.0 or above in PHYS 211-213 (or PHYS 111-113) and PHYS 331.

Course Delivery Format

Physics students learn through hands-on and face to face learning in lecture, laboratory, and field based experiences.

Requirements for Physics Major: 120 Credits


Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences

System General Education Requirements


Department of Physics Requirements


Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

  • Natural Sciences  Credits: 10+
    • Any two lab sciences.
    • Coursework must include 2 prefixes.
    • MATH and STAT courses do not count toward the science requirement.
  • AHSS 111 - Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details.

Major Electives


Select one elective group based on career objectives.  Credits: 36

Group 1: Professional and Applied Physics


Group 3: Flexible Emphasis


Electives


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120


Summary of Program Requirements


Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences

System General Education Requirements 33 Credit Hours
Department of Physics Requirements* 13+ Credit Hours
Major Requirements 84 Credit Hours
Electives** 0 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet


The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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