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PHYSICS PROGRAM  

Faculty
Wayne K. Meshejian, M.S., Assistant Professor of Physics and Area Coordinator of Physics
Michelle Parry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics
Charles D. Ross, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics and Program Director of Pre-Engineering
 

The physics major at Longwood provides fundamental training in several areas of physics so that graduates may pursue graduate study or careers in research, industry, teaching, or engineering. Those who wish to major in physics may choose from the following options:  

1.

traditional physics major for students interested in preparation for graduate work or careers in research or industry.

2.

pre-medical/biophysics concentration for students interested in preparation for medical school or graduate work in biophysics.

3.

pre-engineering for students interested in cooperative engineering programs.

     A minimum of 32 semester hours credit in physics is required for all physics majors. Many physics majors elect to double major in both physics and some other discipline. Also, a student majoring in another field may choose to minor in physics. The minor program requires 24 semester hours in physics. No grade below C- in physics courses is accepted for the major or minor in physics.

PHYSICS MAJOR, B.A., B.S. DEGREE  

A.  General Education Core Requirement. 33 credits.
See General Education Requirements 

B. Additional Degree Requirements for B. S. Degree (beyond science courses).
  MATH 261 The Differential and Integral Calculus/4 credits  
  Social Science/3 credits
Additional requirements of B.A. Degree
C. Major Requirements. 46 or 50 credits.
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I/4 credits
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II/4 credits
MATH 262 The Differential and Integral Calculus/4 credits  
MATH 361 Calculus III/3 credits
MATH 460  Differential Equations/3 credits
PHYS 102 General Physics/4 credits 
or PHYS 201 University Physics/4 credits  
and PHYS 202 University Physics/4 credits 
PHYS 321 Modern Physics/4 credits
PHYS 331   A.C. and D.C. Circuits/4 credits  
PHYS 332 Classical Electricity and Magnetism/4 credits  
PHYS 341 Electronics/4 credits  
PHYS 352 Mechanics/4 credits  
Physics Elective/4 credits
Recommended elective for all physics majors:  CMSC 204 Introduction to Computer Programming/3 credits 
D. Secondary Teaching Endorsement, grades 6-12. 45 credits. 
Additional Endorsement Requirements:
SCED 352 Science for Secondary Teachers/3 credits  
BIOL 121 The Unity of Life/4 credits 
EASC 300 The Dynamic Planet/3 credits  
See professional education requirements.  

    *For additional endorsement to teach Biology
Minor in Biology/24 hours. See Minor in Biology

    *For additional endorsement to teach Chemistry
Minor in Chemistry/24 hours. See Minor in Chemistry  

    *For additional endorsement to teach Earth Science
Minor in Earth Science/24 hours. See Minor in Earth Science  

   *Students seeking an endorsement in these areas must meet criteria established by the State Department of Education.

E. Total credits required for B.S. in Physics  - 120
Total credits required for B.S. in Physics with Secondary Teaching Endorsement  - 131/136
Total credits required for B.S. in Physics with Secondary Teaching  Endorsement and an endorsement in either Biology, Chemistry or Earth Science  - 157/161

PHYSICS MAJOR, B.S. or B.A. DEGREE
Pre-Medicine and Biophysics Concentration  

A.  General Education Core Requirement. 33 credits.
See General Education Requirements   

B.   B. S. Degree Additional Degree Requirements (beyond science courses).
MATH 261             The Differential and Integral Calculus/4 credits
Social Science elective/3 credits.  

C. Major Requirements. 74-78 credits.
BIOL 121 The Unity of Life/4 credits  
BIOL 122  The Diversity of Life/4 credits
BIOL 304 Microbiology/4 credits  
or BIOL 412   Biochemistry/4 credits  
BIOL 306 Vertebrate Biology/4 credits  
BIOL 324  Genetics/4 credits  
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I/4 credits  
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II/4 creditss  
CHEM 305    Organic Chemistry I/4 credits  
CHEM 306 Organic Chemistry II/4 credits  
MATH 262 The Differential and Integral Calculus/4 credits
MATH 361   Calculus III/3 credits  
MATH 460  Differential Equations/3 credits  
PHYS 102   General Physics/4 credits  
or PHYS 201   University Physics/4 credits  
and PHYS 202    University Physics/4 credits  
PHYS 321  Modern Physics/4 credits  
PHYS 322 Nuclear and Particle Physics/4 credits  
PHYS 331 A.C. and D.C. Circuits/4 credits  
PHYS 332 Classical Electricity and Magnetism/4 credits  
PHYS 341 Electronics/4 credits  
PHYS 352  Mechanics/4 credits  
Recommended elective for all physics majors: CMSC 204 Introduction to Computer Programming/3 credits.

D.   Total credits required for B.S. or B.A. in Physics with
  Pre-Medicine or Biophysics Concentration  - 120

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