2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Physics

College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Physics
(907) 474-7339
www.uaf.edu/physics/

B.A., B.S., M.S., M.A.T., Ph.D. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: 130 credits

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The science of physics is concerned with the nature of matter and The science of physics is concerned with the nature of matter and energy in all physical systems, from elementary particles to the structure and origin of the universe. Physics, together with mathematics and chemistry, provides the foundation for work in all fields of the physical sciences and engineering, and contributes greatly to other disciplines such as the biosciences and medicine.

The undergraduate curriculum provides a solid foundation in classical and modern physics, with emphasis on both its experimental and theoretical aspects. A student completing this curriculum can be well prepared for advanced study in physics and related sciences, and for other careers that also require refined abilities in problem solving.

The Physics Department is also responsible for the baccalaureate degree programs in general science and applied physics. These programs are also described in this catalog.

Major—B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:
    1. Complete the following:*

      PHYS 113—Concepts of Physics 1 credit

      PHYS 211X—General Physics 4 credits

      PHYS 212X—General Physics 4 credits

      PHYS 213X—Elementary Modern Physics 4 credits

      PHYS approved electives 20 credits
    2. Complete the following:

      MATH 200X—Calculus** 4 credits

      MATH 201X—Calculus** 4 credits

      MATH 202X—Calculus 4 credits

      MATH electives at the 300-level or above 6 credits
  4. Minimum credits required 130

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Satisfies core curriculum or B.A. degree requirements, but not both.

Major—B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, these courses are suggested: CHEM 105X and CHEM 106X; GEOS 101X; BIOL 105X.)
  2. Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*

    PHYS 113—Concepts of Physics 1 credit

    PHYS 211X—General Physics 4 credits

    PHYS 212X—General Physics 4 credits

    PHYS 213X—Elementary Modern Physics 4 credits

    PHYS 311—Mechanics 4 credits

    PHYS 312—Mechanics 4 credits

    PHYS 313—Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics 4 credits

    PHYS 331—Electricity and Magnetism 3 credits

    PHYS 332—Electricity and Magnetism 3 credits

    PHYS 381W,O—Physics Laboratory 3 credits

    PHYS 382W—Physics Laboratory 3 credits

    PHYS 411—Modern Physics 4 credits

    PHYS 412—Modern Physics 4 credits

    PHYS 445—Solid State Physics and Physical Electronics 4 credits

    PHYS 462—Geometrical and Physical Optics 4 credits
  4. Complete the following program (major) requirements:

    MATH 200X—Calculus** 4 credits

    MATH 201X—Calculus** 4 credits

    MATH 202X—Calculus 4 credits

    MATH 302—Differential Equations 3 credits

    MATH electives at the 300-level or above*** 9 credits
  5. Minimum credits required 130

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Satisfies core curriculum or B.S. degree requirements, but not both.
*** Suggested electives: MATH 314, 421 and 422.
Note: Other courses suggested to fulfill minimum credit requirements: ES 201, 307 and 308.

Requirements for physics teachers (grades 7 - 12)

  1. Complete all the requirements of the Physics B.A. or B.S. degree.
  2. All prospective physics teachers must complete the following:

    CHEM 105X and CHEM 106X—General Chemistry 8 credits

    MATH 302—Differential Equations 3 credits

    PHYS 311 and PHYS 3112—Mechanics 8 credits

    PHYS 313—Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics 4 credits

    PHYS 331 and PHYS 332—Electricity and Magnetism 6 credits

    PHYS 381W,O and PHYS 382W—Physics Laboratory 6 credits

    PHYS 411 and PHYS 412—Modern Physics 8 credits

    PHYS 445—Solid State Physics and Physical Electronics 4 credits

    PHYS 462—Geometrical and Physical Optics 4 credits
  3. All prospective science teachers must complete one of the following:

    PHIL 380—Conceptual Foundations of Science (3)
    or PHIL 382—Science & Technological Limits (3)
    or PHIL 481—Philosophy of Science (3) 3 credit

Note: We strongly recommend that prospective secondary science teachers seek advising from the UAF School of Education early in your undergradutae degree program, so that you can be appropriately advised of the state of Alaska requirements for teacher licensure. You will apply for admission to the UAF School of Education’s post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program, a one-year intensive program, during your senior year.

Minor

  1. Complete the following:

    PHYS 103X-104X—College Physics (8)
    or PHYS 211X-212X—General Physics (8) 8 credits
  2. Complete the following:

    PHYS 213X—Elementary Modern Physics 4 credits

    Electives at the 300-400-level 8 credits
  3. Minimum credits required 20

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