Physics, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Computational Physics
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.
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Curriculum Guide
GPA Requirement
Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher
Summary*
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Rock Studies 2 Requirements | 45 | |
Other Basic Requirements | 0-3 | |
Major/Concentration Requirements | 59 | |
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements | 12 | |
Electives | 16 |
* 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 2 Requirements
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
The Rock | ||
SUBJ 139 | Foundations of Academic Discovery ^{1} | 3 |
ENGL 102 | Critical Writing | 3 |
ENGL 104 | Critical Reading | 3 |
MATH 225 | Calculus I | 4 |
Select one of the following: | 3 | |
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice | ||
Ethics and Civil Discourse | ||
Civil Discourse and Democracy | ||
Subtotal | 16 | |
Integrated Inquiry | ||
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry | ||
Select 3 Credits | 3 | |
Humanities Inquiry | ||
Select 3 Credits | 3 | |
Social Science Inquiry | ||
Select 3 Credits | 3 | |
Natural Sciences Inquiry | ||
CHEM 107 | General Chemistry I | 3 |
CHEM 111 | General Chemistry I Lab | 1 |
Physical Sciences Inquiry | ||
PHYS 211 | General Physics I with Lab | 4 |
Subtotal | 17 | |
Thematic Thread | ||
Select 12 Credits ^{2} | 12 | |
Total Hours | 45 |
- ^{ 1 }
Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.
- ^{ 2 }
One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.
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.
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Complete one of the following: | 0-3 | |
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR | ||
Beginning Algebra | ||
Total Hours | 0-3 |
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION REQUIREMENT
Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation. Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career.
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
Code | Title | Hours |
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Required Physics Courses | ||
PHYS 212 | General Physics II with Lab ^{1} | 3 |
PHYS 213 | General Physics III/ Lab ^{1} | 4 |
PHYS 312 | Modern Physics 1 ^{1} | 3 |
PHYS 315 | Dynamics ^{1} | 3 |
PHYS 331 | Mathematical Methods of Physics ^{1} | 3 |
or MATH 331 | Mathematical Methods of Physics | |
PHYS 381 | Advanced Physics Laboratory ^{1} | 2 |
PHYS 385 | Computational Physics ^{1} | 3 |
PHYS 412 | Modern Physics 2 ^{1} | 1 |
PHYS 480 | Quantum ^{1} | 3 |
PHYS 490 | Independent Study ^{1} | 2 |
Subtotal | 27 | |
Required Physics Electives | ||
Select two of the following: ^{2} | 6 | |
Statics ^{1} | ||
Analog & Digital Electronics ^{1} | ||
Physical Optics ^{1} | ||
Thermal Physics ^{1} | ||
Electricity and Magnetism ^{1} | ||
Subtotal | 6 | |
Related Field Work | ||
CPSC 146 | Programming Principles ^{1} | 3 |
CPSC 246 | Advanced Programming Principles ^{1} | 3 |
CPSC 374 | Algorithms and Data Structures ^{1} | 3 |
MATH 230 | Calculus II ^{1} | 4 |
MATH 231 | Calculus III ^{1} | 4 |
MATH 240 | Linear Algebra and Differential Equations ^{1} | 3 |
MATH 301 | Differential Equations I ^{1} | 3 |
MATH 315 | Numerical Mathematics ^{1} | 3 |
Subtotal | 26 | |
Total Hours | 59 |
- ^{ 1 }
Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA
- ^{ 2 }
Students are encouraged to take PHYS 410.
- *
Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Students must take the following four courses: | ||
CHEM 107 | General Chemistry I ^{1} | 3 |
CHEM 111 | General Chemistry I Lab ^{1} | 1 |
MATH 225 | Calculus I ^{1} | 4 |
PHYS 211 | General Physics I with Lab ^{1} | 4 |
Total Hours | 12 |
- ^{ 1 }
Course can be counted as a Rock Studies 2 Requirement, but earns credit only once toward your 120-credits total.
PHYSICS - BS (6164)
Concentration in Computational Physics (COPH)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 02.2020
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
Recommended Four-Year Plan
First Year | ||
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Fall | Hours | |
ENGL 102 | Critical Writing | 3 |
ESAP 101 | FYRST Seminar ^{*} | 1 |
MATH 225 | Calculus I | 4 |
PHYS 211 | General Physics I with Lab | 4 |
SUBJ 139 | Foundations of Academic Discovery ^{1} | 3 |
Hours | 15 | |
Spring | ||
ENGL 104 | Critical Reading | 3 |
PHYS 213 | General Physics III/ Lab | 4 |
MATH 230 | Calculus II | 4 |
Rock Studies 2 Requirement | 3 | |
Hours | 14 | |
Second Year | ||
Fall | ||
CHEM 107 & CHEM 111 |
General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Lab |
4 |
CPSC 146 | Programming Principles | 3 |
MATH 231 | Calculus III | 4 |
PHYS 212 | General Physics II with Lab | 3 |
Declare a Thematic Thread ^{2} | ||
Hours | 14 | |
Spring | ||
CPSC 246 | Advanced Programming Principles | 3 |
MATH 240 | Linear Algebra and Differential Equations | 3 |
MATH 301 | Differential Equations I | 3 |
Rock Studies 2 Requirement | 3 | |
Rock Studies 2 Requirement | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Third Year | ||
Fall | ||
Free Elective | 3 | |
PHYS 312 | Modern Physics 1 | 3 |
PHYS 385 | Computational Physics | 3 |
Select one of the following: | 3 | |
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice | ||
Ethics and Civil Discourse | ||
Civil Discourse and Democracy | ||
Rock Studies 2 Requirement | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Spring | ||
PHYS 315 | Dynamics | 3 |
PHYS 375 | Thermal Physics | 3 |
PHYS 381 | Advanced Physics Laboratory | 2 |
MATH 315 | Numerical Mathematics | 3 |
CPSC 374 | Algorithms and Data Structures | 3 |
PHYS 412 | Modern Physics 2 | 1 |
Hours | 15 | |
Fourth Year | ||
Fall | ||
PHYS 490 | Independent Study (Computational Physics Research) | 1 |
PHYS 331 | Mathematical Methods of Physics | 3 |
Rock Studies 2 Requirement | 3 | |
Rock Studies 2 Requirement | 3 | |
Physics Elective | 3 | |
Free Elective | 3 | |
Hours | 16 | |
Spring | ||
PHYS 410 | Electricity and Magnetism | 3 |
PHYS 480 | Quantum | 3 |
PHYS 490 | Independent Study (Computational Physics Research) | 1 |
Rock Studies 2 Requirement | 3 | |
Technical Elective | 3 | |
Free Elective | 3 | |
Hours | 16 | |
Total Hours** | 120 |
- ^{ 1 }
Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.
- ^{ 2 }
Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.
- *
Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.
** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses. However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.
Major Code: 6164
Concentration: COPH
Revised: 12-2019