Physics

College of Natural Science 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: 120 credits

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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 bachelorâ€™s degree programs in general science and applied physics. These programs are also described in this catalog.

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

PHYS 113--Concepts of Physics--1 credits

PHYS 211X--General Physics--4 credits

PHYS 212X--General Physics--4 credits

PHYS 213X--Elementary Modern Physics--4 credits

PHYS 301--Introduction to Mathematical Physics--4 credits

PHYS approved electives--20 credits - 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--3 credits - Minimum credits required--120 credits

- Complete the
following:*

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.

** Satisfies core curriculum or B.A. degree requirements, but not
both.

- 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.)
- Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
- Complete the following program (major) requirements:*

PHYS 113--Concepts of Physics--1 credits

PHYS 211X--General Physics--4 credits

PHYS 212X--General Physics--4 credits

PHYS 213X--Elementary Modern Physics--4 credits

PHYS 220--Introduction to Computational Physics--4 credits

PHYS 301--Introduction to Mathematical Physics--4 credits

PHYS 313--Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics--4 credits

PHYS 341--Classical Physics I: Particle Mechanics--4 credits

PHYS 342--Classical Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism--4 credits

PHYS 343--Classical Physics III: Vibration and Waves--4 credits

PHYS 381W,O--Physics Laboratory--3 credits

PHYS 382W--Physics Laboratory--3 credits

PHYS 421--Quantum Mechanics--4 credits

PHYS 462--Geometrical and Physical Optics--4 credits

PHYS 471--Advanced Topics in Physics I**--3 credits

PHYS 472--Advanced Topics in Physics II**--3 credits - Complete the following program (major) requirements:

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 - Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.

** Student must take at least three emphasis topics from 471 and
at least three application topics from 472

*** 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)

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

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

PHYS 113--Concepts of Physics--1 credits

PHYS 211X--General Physics--4 credits

PHYS 212X--General Physics--4 credits

PHYS 213X--Elementary Modern Physics--4 credits

PHYS 220--Introduction to Computational Physics--4 credits

PHYS 301--Introduction to Mathematical Physics--4 credits

PHYS approved electives--16 credits

MATH electives--3 credits - 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 credits

Note: We strongly recommend that prospective secondary science teachers seek advising from the UAF School of Education early in your undergraduate 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 Educationâ€™s post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program, a one-year intensive program, during your senior year.

Minor

- Complete the
following:

PHYS 103X-104X--College Physics (8)

or PHYS 211X-212X--General Physics (8)--8 credits - Complete the following:

PHYS 213X--Elementary Modern Physics--4 credits

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