Physics

Degree Requirements

Physics Studies

Summer Research. The department encourages physics students to apply for summer research grants. Recent students have been accepted at the University of Alaska, The Pennsylvania State University and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Academic year internship and research opportunities are also valuable, but more difficult to arrange.

Learning goals:

  • Students will demonstrate analytic thinking in physics.
  • Students will develop effective communication skills in physics.

Requirements for the Major in Physics. Susquehanna offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs in physics. The department strongly recommends the Bachelor of Science program for students interested in graduate school or industrial employment. Majors can pursue an interdisciplinary interest, such as biophysics, by carefully choosing electives. The Bachelor of Arts is a good choice for students preparing to teach secondary school.

The Bachelor of Science degree requires the following courses completed with grades of C- or better:

semester hours

32

semester hours in physics, including PHYS:204–205 and PHYS:301–302

20

semester hours in mathematics

 

(all courses from MATH:111 Calculus I up to and including MATH:353 Differential Equations)

12

4 semester hours from CHEM:101, CHEM:103, or CHEM:111, and 8 additional hours in approved biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, or computer science courses

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires the following courses completed with grades of C- or better:

semester hours

32

semester hours in physics, including PHYS:204–205 and PHYS:301–302

16

semester hours in mathematics courses consisting of MATH:111 Calculus I, MATH:112 Calculus II, MATH:201 Linear Algebra and MATH:211 Multivariable Calculus

12

4 semester hours from CHEM:101, CHEM:103, or CHEM:111, and 8 additional hours in approved biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, or computer science courses

Minor in Physics. Students consult with their major adviser and a physics faculty member to design minor programs. The minor requires with grades of C- or better 18 semester hours in physics, including PHYS:204–205. Suggested additional courses for computer science majors are PHYS:101 and PHYS:303. Suggestions for mathematics majors are PHYS:301–302 and PHYS:401.

Honors. The departmental honors program recognizes superior work in the physics courses. To enter the program, majors must do the following:

  • Write a request to the department one month before senior registration,
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 3.25 GPA in physics, and
  • Demonstrate scholarly work in the field by completing at least four semester hours of PHYS:550 Research Physics or PHYS:500 Independent Study.

Teaching Certification. Students interested in elementary or secondary education as a career must meet certain state-mandated requirements. Additional information is available in the education section.



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