The physics program includes a core of physics courses that will give students the quantitative problem solving skills that are the hallmark of a physics degree. For students wishing to continue to graduate school in physics, the faculty in physics at RWU engage in research and have been active in incorporating students into their work. The physics major also allows students who choose to work in industry to select electives from a variety of departments to tailor their degree plan to any of the number of fields open to physics graduates.
After completing the requirements for a B.S. in Physics, students will be able to:
1. Construct mathematical solutions to quantitative problems at the advanced undergraduate level from the four major branches of physics: classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics/statistical physics.
2. Communicate the major ideas of physics to a non-technical audience.
3. Communicate both advanced and fundamental concepts and ideas in physics to a technical audience.
4. Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge of disciplines outside of physics that prepares the student for further work either in industry or academia.
5. Apply the principles of problem solving used in physics to real world scenarios to find innovative solutions.
Majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Physics must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210 . In addition, they must complete the following courses and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.
Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better in these courses.
Students must take at least 6 credit hours of additional physics (PHYS) courses with 3 credit hours at the 300 level or above.
Additional Elective Courses
Students must take an additional 6 credit hours selected from the list of approved out of department electives or any physics (PHYS) courses at the 300 level or above. Some of the courses listed have prerequisites below the 300-level which may be taken as part of a student’s free electives.