Jun 25, 2022  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

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 is 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 are included within the major.

Major Requirements:


70 credit hours, including:

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


Depending on the language placement and how the DCR and ERS flags are satisfied additional hours need to be taken as electives to reach 120 hours.

B.S. Physics


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

Freshman Year


First Semester


  • ENGR 101 - Intro to Engineering
  • 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 (15)

Second Semester


  • PHYS 172 - University Physics II
  • ENGR 173 - Explorations in Engineering or PHYS 173
  • MATH 171 - Calculus II
  • THEO 111 - Theological Foundations
  • CORE 102, GOA
  • Second Language 201 level

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
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition

Total (16)

Second Semester


  • PHYS 355 - Advanced Lab  
  • ENGR 244 - Electronics
  • ENGR 245 - Electronics Lab
  • ENGR 180 - Intro to Mathlab
  • MATH 230 - Intro to Ordinary Diff Equations
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
  • Elective (3)

Total (16)

Junior Year


First Semester


  • PHYS 360 - Electromagnetism I
  • Mathematics Elective *
  • ENGR 370 - Fluid mechanics
  • Lit. & Moral Imagination 205
  • Historical Perspective elective

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • PHYS 364 - Physical Optics
  • PHYS 365 - Physical Optics Lab
  • PHYS 350 - Theoretical Mechanics
  • PHYS 382 - Thermodynamics
  • Program Elective
  • Theological Perspectives elective

Total (16)

Senior Year


First Semester


  • PHYS 376 - Quantum Mechanics I
  • PHYS 395 - Physics Research
  • PProgram Elective
  • Creative Perspectives elective
  • Social Sciences elective
  • Diversity Flag or elective

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • ENGR 342 - Material Science
  • PHYS 398 - Physics Thesis
  • Program Elective
  • Humanities elective
  • PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives
  • E/RS Flag (if needed)(3)

Total (13-16)

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. 

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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