
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 20232024
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
48 credit hours outside of major courses. Can be less depending on language placement and 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:
73 credit hours, including:
44 hours of physics and engineering courses:
9 hours of physics electives:
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 as upper division course offerings are subject to change.
Students Entering in Even Year
First Semester
 ENGR 101  Intro to Fabrication
 PHYS 170  University Physics I
 PHYS 171  Explorations in Physics I
 MATH 180  Differential Calculus
 CORE 100  First Year Seminar
 CORE 101  Goa I: Transition to Xavier
 ENGL 101  English Composition
Total (14)
Second Semester
 PHYS 172  University Physics II
 ENGR 173  Explorations in Engineering
 MATH 181  Integral Calculus
 Social Science Elective
 THEO 111  Theological Foundations
 CORE 102  Goa II: Beyond Your First Year
 Second Language 101
Total (16)
First Semester
 PHYS 242  Circuit Analysis
 PHYS 243  Circuit Analysis Lab
 PHYS 330  Modern Physics I
 PHYS 331  Modern Physics I Lab
 MATH 220  Multivariable Calculus
 Second Language 102
Total (17)
Second Semester
 PHYS 355  Advanced Lab
 ENGR 244  Electronics
 ENGR 245  Electronics Lab
 ENGR 180  Intro to Comp with MATLAB
 MATH 230  Intro to Ordinary Diff Equations
 PHIL 100  Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
 Second Language 201
Total (17)
First Semester
 PHYS 350  Theoretical Mechanics
 PHYS 360  Electromagnetism I
 Mathematics Elective *
 Program Elective
 Literature & the Moral Imagination
Total (15)
Second Semester
 PHYS 366  Optics: Phys & Enginering
 PHYS 367  Optics: Phys & Engineering Lab
 Program Elective
 Mathematics Elective *
 Theological Perspectives
 Historical Perspectives
Total (16)
First Semester
 Program Elective
 PHYS 395  Physics Research
 ENGR 370  Fluid Mechanics
 Creative Perspectives
 Diversity Curriculum Requirement (DCR) or General Elective
Total (13)
Second Semester
 ENGR 342  Material Science
 PHYS 398  Physics Thesis
 Humanities Elective
 Philosophical Perspectives
 Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS)
Total (13)
Student Entering in Odd Year
First Semester
 ENGR 101  Intro to Fabrication
 PHYS 170  University Physics I
 PHYS 171  Explorations in Physics I
 MATH 180  Differential Calculus
 CORE 100  First Year Seminar
 CORE 101  Goa I: Transition to Xavier
 ENGL 101 English Composition
Total (14)
Second Semester
 PHYS 172  University Physics II
 ENGR 173  Explorations in Engineering
 MATH 181  Integral Calculus
 THEO 111  Theological Foundations
 CORE 102  Goa II: Beyond Your First Year
 Social Science
 Second Language 101
Total (16)
First Semester
 PHYS 242  Circuit Analysis
 PHYS 243  Circuit Analysis Lab
 PHYS 330  Modern Physics I
 PHYS 331  Modern Physics I Lab
 MATH 220  Multivariable Calculus
 Second Language 102
Total (17)
Second Semester
 PHYS 355  Advanced Lab
 ENGR 180  Intro to Comp with MATLAB
 ENGR 244  Electronics
 ENGR 245  Electronics Lab
 MATH 230  Intro to Ordinary Diff Equations
 PHIL 100  Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
 Second Language 201
Total (17)
First Semester
 ENGR 370  Fluid Mechanics
 Program Elective
 Mathematics Elective *
 Literature & the Moral Imagination
 Philosophical Perspectives
Total (15)
Second Semester
 ENGR 342  Material Science
 Program Elective
 Mathematics Elective *
 Theological Perspectives elective
 Historical Perspectives
Total (15)
First Semester
 PHYS 350  Theoretical Mechanics
 PHYS 360  Electromagnetism I
 PHYS 395  Physics Research
 Creative Perspectives
 Diversity Curriculum Requirement (DCR)
Total (13)
Second Semester
 PHYS 366  Optics: Phys & Engineering
 PHYS 367  Optics: Phys & Engineering Lab
 PHYS 398  Physics Thesis
 Program Elective
 Humanities Elective
 Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS)
Total (14)
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.
 Block schedules serve as a recommendation of course sequences, however, special care must be taken to follow the course sequence of the courses within the major. Consult academic advisor to determine the courses offered and when.
 Consult with your academic advisor should you need to deviate from the suggested course sequence due to mathematics placement in MATH 169  Precalculus or a lower mathematics course.
 DCR & ER/S flags may double count with other core courses. Use “Attribute Type” when searching for courses.
 Core requirements for oral communications, quantitative reasoning, and writingintensive flagged courses are fulfilled within the Physics curriculum.
 A cumulative average of 2.0 is required in the major courses for graduation.
 A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree. Credit hours required may vary between students due to incoming academic credit, core courses double counting, or mathematics and second language placement results but 120 credit hours must be obtained for graduation.

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