Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Physics, Bachelor of Arts (BA) / Dual Degree Pre-Engineering (PSU)

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 PSU, BA Program Page

Physics and Engineering Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 3.50 or higher


Rock Studies Requirements41
Modern Language RequirementsWaived
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements58
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

* 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
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
Additional Rock Studies Requirements
MATH 230Calculus II4
PHYS 213General Physics III/ Lab4
Total Hours41

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
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 Organization and Architecture 1
Numerical Mathematics 1
Mathematical Statistics I 1
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
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
MATH 125Precalculus 14
or MATH 225 Calculus I
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

with Penn State University (6 65)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 07.29.2021
UCC 2.5.2019