Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Physics, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Computational Physics - 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 - Computational Physics, BS Program Page

Physics and Engineering Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

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

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements59
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12
Electives16

* 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
Calculus I (Recommended) 1
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal3
Subtotal36-37
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Subtotal9
Total Hours45-46

Note

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/Concentration Requirements

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 29 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 315Dynamics 13
PHYS 331Mathematical Methods of Physics 13
or MATH 331 Mathematical Methods of Physics
PHYS 381Advanced Physics Laboratory 12
PHYS 385Computational Physics 13
PHYS 412Modern Physics 2 11
PHYS 480Quantum 13
PHYS 490Independent Study 12
Subtotal27
Required Physics Electives
Select two of the following:6
Statics 1
Analog & Digital Electronics 1
Physical Optics 1
Thermal Physics 1
Electricity and Magnetism 1,2
Subtotal6
Related Field Work
CPSC 146Programming Principles 13
CPSC 246Advanced Programming Principles 13
CPSC 374Algorithms and Data Structures 13
MATH 230Calculus II 14
MATH 231Calculus III 14
MATH 240Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 13
MATH 301Differential Equations I 13
MATH 315Numerical Mathematics 13
Subtotal26
Total Hours59

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
MATH 225Calculus I 14
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab 14
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 - BS (6164)
Concentration in Computational Physics (COPH)
This program is effective as of Fall 2014.
Revised 8-2018