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Degree Requirements

The Physics Department at Thomas More College offers a challenging curriculum designed to prepare the student for further work and study in business, industry, and graduate school. The program develops the student's appreciation and problem solving abilities in such areas as Dynamics, Electromagnetic theory, Thermal Physics, Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics.

Students learn Physics not only in the small, personalized atmosphere of lecture courses, but also through hands on experimentation provided by the laboratory and research components of the curriculum. Research projects are chosen by the student in consultation with a faculty mentor. Projects are possible in computer interfacing, electronics, observational astronomy, among other concentrations. Computer programming abilities are developed as part of both lecture and laboratory courses.

The student who successfully completes the four-year Bachelor of Science in Physics program will graduate with a B.S. in Physics, an A.A. in Mathematics, and possess the theoretical and experimental background necessary to pursue a professional career in Physics-related fields.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics is a program designed for those students who plan on entering the job market immediately after graduation. This program allows the student the flexibility of designing a Learning Plan that will enhance the student's marketability after graduation. The student, with the input and assistance of potential employers and the Physics faculty, will develop a personalized plan of study, consisting of at least 15 credit hours of courses in an area that will complement the required Physics and Mathematics courses in the program.

Students in Physics meet the Core Requirement in computer literacy by mastering skills integrated into required courses in the Physics curriculum. Beginning with the first courses in Physics, students will develop skills in the use of word processing and spreadsheet programs.

Students must earn a C or better in all major and support courses required for the major to graduate.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN MATHEMATICS

  • Physics (44 hours): PHY 141/141L, 142/142L, 241/241L, 242, 251, 312, 321, 322, 416, 432, 490, 491, 498; 6 elective hours from PHY courses numbered 300 or higher
  • Mathematics (25 hours): MAT 151, 152, 201, 202, 220, 310 and three elective hours in Mathematics at or above MAT 231
  • Supporting Courses Recommended: CHE 111, 113 (both possibly with labs); PHY 311
  • Students must earn a C or better in all major and support courses required for the major to graduate. 
  • Students meet the Core Requirement in computer liter­acy by mastering skills integrated into required courses in the Physics curriculum.  Beginning with the first courses in Physics, students will develop skills in the use of word processing and spreadsheet programs.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PHYSICS
  • Physics (33 hours): PHY 141/141L, 142/142L, 241/241L, 242, 312, 321, 322, 490, 491, 498 and 6 hours from Physics courses numbered 200 or higher excluding those cross-listed as NSC/PHY.
  • Mathematics (19 hours): MAT 151, 152, 201, 202, 220
  • Learning Plan (15 hours minimum):  A sequence developed by the student and advisor
  • Students must earn a C or better in all major and support courses required for the major to graduate.
  • Students meet the Core Requirement in computer liter­acy by mastering skills integrated into required courses in the Physics curriculum.  Beginning with the first courses in Physics, students will develop skills in the use of word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • The requirements for a BS in physics are sufficient to attain an AA in Mathematics.  If one wishes to instead receive a BA in Mathematics, the additional requirements include 18 hours: MAT 231, 306, 340, 405, 411, and either MAT 406 or 421, plus 3 hours (in addition to MAT 310 which is required for the BS in physics) from MAT courses numbered 206 or higher excluding MAT 205 and 208.  Three hours from this list will have been satisfied by the physics requirement of “3 hours of MAT numbered 231 or higher.”  Please contact a Physics faculty member for a proposed schedule and for advice on how to complete the requirements on a timely schedule.

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN PHYSICS

  • Physics (23 hours): PHY 141/141L, 142/142L, 241/241L and 9 hours chosen from PHY 242, 251, 311, 321, 322
  • Mathematics (12 hours) MAT 151, 152, 201