Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Physics, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Pre Master of Education (7-12) - Rock 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-Masters of Education, BA Program Page

Physics and Engineering Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

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

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements45
Modern Language Requirements0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements39
Concentration Requirements15
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12
Electives35

* 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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 225Calculus I4
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal16
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4
Subtotal17
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours45

BA Modern Language Requirement

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

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

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 

  • 20 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 20 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Physics Courses
PHYS 212General Physics II with Lab 13
PHYS 213General Physics III/ Lab 14
PHYS 312Modern Physics 1 13
PHYS 314Statics 13
Select one of the following:3
Mathematical Methods of Physics 1
Mathematical Methods of Physics 1
Select one of the following:2
Advanced Physics Laboratory 1
Optics Laboratory 1
PHYS 412Modern Physics 2 11
Subtotal19
Required Physics Electives
Select two of the following:6
Dynamics 1
Thermal Physics 1
Computational Physics 1
Electricity and Magnetism 1
Quantum 1
Subtotal6
Related Field Work
CPSC 146Programming Principles 13
MATH 230Calculus II 1,24
MATH 231Calculus III 14
MATH 240Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 13
Subtotaal14
Total Hours39

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
MATH 125Precalculus 14
or MATH 225 Calculus I
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab 14
or PHYS 211 General Physics I with Lab
Total Hours12

Recommended Courses for Optional Physics Pre Masters in Education Major

SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
SEFE 338Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom3
BIOL 101General Biology3
or BIOL 105 Environmental Biology
EGEO 100Environmental Geology3
or EGEO 101 Physical Geology
PHYS 317Space Science3
Total Hours15

PHYSICS - BA (6 64)
w/optional Pre Masters in Education (PX)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 07-2019
UCC 2.5.2019 

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