
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 20192020
Physics, B.S.


Return to: College of Arts and Sciences 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:
See Undergraduate Core Curriculum
39 credit hours outside of major courses, assuming 103 language placement and that ER/S and DCR flags are satisfied in other core courses
Mathematical Perspectives, Scientific Perspectives, Natural Science Elective, Quantitative Reasoning, Writing, and Oral Communication Flags:
 Included within the major.
Major Requirements:
72 credit hours, including:
48 hours of physics and engineering courses:
3 hours of physics electives (capstone course), from:
21 hours of mathematics and computer science:
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. First Semester
 PHYS 170  University Physics I
 PHYS 171  Explorations in Physics I
 MATH 170  Calculus I
 CORE 100, First Year Seminar
 CORE 101, GOA
 Second Language 103 level
Total (14)
Second Semester
 PHYS 172  University Physics II
 ENGR 173  Explorations in Engineering
 MATH 171  Calculus II
 CSCI 170  Computer Science I
 THEO 111  Theological Foundations
 CORE 102, GOA
 Second Language 201 level
Total (17)
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
 ENGL 101  English Composition
Total (16)
Second Semester
 PHYS 340  Modern Physics II
 PHYS 341  Modern Physics II Lab
 ENGR 244  Electronics
 ENGR 245  Electronics Lab
 MATH 230  Intro to Ordinary Diff Equat
 PHIL 100  Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
Total (14)
First Semester
 PHYS 350  Theoretical Mechanics I
 PHYS 360  Electromagnetism I
 Mathematics Elective *
 PHYS 382  Thermodynamics
 Lit. & Moral Imagination 205
Total (15)
Second Semester
 PHYS 364  Physical Optics
 PHYS 365  Physical Optics Lab
 Physics, Engineering, Mathematics or Computer Science Elective **
 Theological Perspectives elective
 Historical Perspectives Elective
 General Elective
Total (16)
First Semester
 PHYS 376  Quantum Mechanics I
 PHYS 395  Physics Research
 PHYS 355  Advanced Physics Lab
 Creative Perspectives elective
 Social Sciences elective
 Diversity Flag or General elective
Total (15)
Second Semester
 PHYS 377  Quantum Mechanics II
 PHYS 398  Physics Thesis
 Physics Capstone elective
 Humanities elective
 PHIL 200  Philosophical Perspectives
 E/RS Flag (if needed)
Total (1316)
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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