Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Physics, Bachelor of Arts (BA) / Pre-Engineering (Pitt) (3+2) - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students in the Physics Program at SRU will be:

  • Proficient in the basic and advanced concepts of classical and modern physics.
  • Accomplished problem solvers capable of applying inductive and deductive logic, mathematical modeling, computational tools, and principles of physics to novel situations.
  • Skilled at constructing and assembling experimental apparatuses, conducting and analyzing measurements of physical phenomena, and drawing valid conclusions from experimental data.
  • Effective communicators, capable of presenting scientific results effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Prepared for a career in science, industry, and education or to pursue a graduate program in physics or related areas.

Related Links

Physics - Pre-Engineering PITT, BA Program Page

Physics and Engineering Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 3.00 or higher

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Modern Language RequirementWaived
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements58
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12
Electives17

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Goal3
Global Community
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Goal3
Science, Technology & Math
Select nine to ten credits of the following:9-10
General Chemistry I (Recommended) 1
General Chemistry I Lab (Recommended) 1
Goal–Sci (This requirement is waived)
Calculus I (Recommended) 1
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal (This requirement is waived)3
Subtotal36-37
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Subtotal9
Total Hours45-46

Note

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

This Requirement is Waived.
Total Hours0

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements 

Required Physics Courses
PHYS 140Engineering Graphics I 12
PHYS 141Engineering Graphics II 11
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab 14
PHYS 212General Physics II with Lab 13
PHYS 213General Physics III/ Lab 14
PHYS 314Statics 13
PHYS 331Mathematical Methods of Physics 13
or MATH 331 Mathematical Methods of Physics
Subtotal20
Major and Related Electives
Select nine credits of the following: 29
Dynamics 1
Physical Optics 1
Thermal Physics 1
Advanced Physics Laboratory 1
Optics Laboratory 1
Computational Physics 1
Electricity and Magnetism 1
Quantum 1
Organic Chemistry I 1
Organic Chemistry II 1
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
Physical Chemistry 1 1
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Geology 1
Earth History/Lab 1
Physical Geology Lab 1
Earth Materials and Processes/Lab 1
Structural Geology 1
Introduction to Hydrology/Lab 1
Selected Computer Languages 1
Advanced Programming Principles 1
Computer Organizatin and Architecture 1
Numerical Mathematics 1
Mathematical Statistics I 1
Subtotal9
Required Related Courses
CHEM 107General Chemistry I 1,33
CHEM 108General Chemistry II 1,33
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 1,31
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab 1,31
CPSC 140Introduction to Programming Principles 1,33
MATH 225Calculus I 14
MATH 230Calculus II 14
MATH 231Calculus III 14
MATH 240Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 13
MATH 301Differential Equations I 13
Subtotal29
Total Hours58

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

Students must take the following four courses:
CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
Select one of the following:4
Precalculus 1
Calculus I 1
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
or PHYS 211 General Physics I with Lab
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

PHYSICS PRE ENGINEERING - BA (6 62)
with University of Pittsburgh
This program is effective as of Fall 2016.
Revised 10.16.2020