May 26, 2018  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Physics, B.S.


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The program in physics is designed to familiarize students with the techniques of mathematical and experimental physics that would be useful to them in an industrial research or engineering position; in physics teaching; as a general preparation for more advanced graduate work in any of the varied fields of physics; or in such disciplines as astronomy, space science, biophysics, computer science, engineering, geophysics, medicine, law, and oceanography.

Requirements for the Physics Major


Core Curriculum Requirements:


The general core curriculum requirements are 48-63 Credit Hours dependent on courses taken.

However, Natural Science Elective, Scientific Perspectives, Mathematical Perspectives, Oral Communication Flag, and Quantitative Reasoning Flag are satisfied by major courses, thereby leaving 39 - 48 Credit Hours outside of the major.

Mathematical Perspectives:


Scientific Perspectives, Natural Science Elective, Quantitative Reasoning and Oral Communication:


  • Included within the major.

Major Requirements:


68 - 69 credit hours in physics, as follows

Additional Major Requirements:


21-22 credit hours, as follows

17 hours of mathematics and computer science from:


Note(s):


  • Specific requirements are modifiable for the needs and interests of each individual student.
  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained within the major, as listed in Degree Works.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


B.S. Physics


This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


First Semester


  • PHYS 170 - University Physics I
  • PHYS 171 - Explorations in Physics I
  • MATH 170 - Calculus I
  • First Year Seminar
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition or ENGL 115 - Rhetoric

Total (14)

Second Semester


  • PHYS 172 - University Physics II
  • PHYS 173 - Explorations in Physics II
  • MATH 171 - Calculus II
  • CSCI 170 - Computer Science I
  • THEO 111 - Theological Foundations

Total (14)

Sophomore Year


First Semester


  • PHYS 242 - Circuit Analysis
  • PHYS 243 - Circuit Analysis Lab
  • PHYS 330 - Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 331 - Modern Physics I Lab
  • MATH 220 - Calculus III
  • Second Language I

Total (16)

Second Semester


  • PHYS 340 - Modern Physics II
  • PHYS 341 - Modern Physics II Lab
  • MATH 230 - Intro to Ordinary Diff Equat
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
  • Lit. & Moral Imagination 205
  • Second Language II

Total (16)

Junior Year


First Semester


  • PHYS 350 - Theoretical Mechanics I
  • PHYS 360 - Electromagnetism I
  • PHYS 355 - Advanced Physics Lab
  • Mathematics Elective *
  • CHEM/BIOL Elective + Lab

Total (15-16)

Second Semester


  • PHYS 382 - Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 364 - Physical Optics
  • PHYS 365 - Physical Optics Lab
  • PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives
  • Theological Perspectives elective
  • Historical Perspectives Elective

Total (16)

Senior Year


First Semester


  • PHYS 376 - Quantum Mechanics I
  • PHYS 395 - Physics Research
  • Physics, Engineering, Mathematics or Computer Science Elective **
  • Humanities elective
  • Social Sciences elective
  • DCR or General elective

Total (16)

Second Semester


  • PHYS 377 - Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHYS 398 - Physics Thesis
  • Physics Capstone elective
  • Creative Perspectives elective
  • Writing Intensive or General elective
  • E/RS or General elective  

Total (16)

Note(s):


*Students wishing to minor in Applied Mathematics should take MATH 222 as their math elective.  Student wishing to major or minor in Mathematics should take MATH 225 as their math elective.  One additional course above MATH 225 is then required for the Mathematics Minor. 

**Not required, but strongly recommended for students interested in attending a graduate program.

Scheduling Notes:


  • Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum ” requirements of the Catalog.
  • The E/RS Focus Elective, Diversity Curriculum Elective, and Writing Intensive Elective requirements may be used to satisfy another element of the core or the major.

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