Degree Requirements

Physics Major, BA

Thirteen courses including:

PHY 121 – General Physics I

PHY 122 – General Physics II

PHY 245 – Modern Physics

PHY 351 – Mechanics I

PHY 362 – Electromagnetic Fields I

PHY 363 – Electromagnetic Fields II

PHY 395 – Comprehensive Laboratory I

PHY396 – Comprehensive Laboratory II

Two elective physics courses above PHY 122

MAT 145 – Calculus I

MAT 146 – Calculus II

MAT 245 – Calculus III

PHY 327 – Special Functions of Mathematical Physics

or MAT 369 – Modeling and Differential Equations in Biological and Natural Sciences

Graduation Skills

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major.

The graduation skill in Speaking (S) is met by completing one of the following courses—COM 111, COM 115, or MAT 201 Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

Physics Major, BS

Eighteen courses including:

PHY 121 – General Physics I

PHY 122 – General Physics II

PHY 245 – Modern Physics

PHY 261 – Electronics

PHY 351 – Mechanics I

PHY 352 – Mechanics II

PHY 362 – Electromagnetic Fields I

PHY 363 – Electromagnetic Fields II

PHY 395 – Comprehensive Laboratory I

PHY 396 – Comprehensive Laboratory II

PHY 486 – Quantum Physics

One Physics course above PHY 122

CHM 115 – General Chemistry I

CHM 116 – General Chemistry II

MAT 145 – Calculus I

MAT 146 – Calculus II

MAT 245 – Calculus III

PHY 327 – Special Functions of Mathematical Physics

or MAT 369 – Modeling and Differential Equations in Biological and Natural Sciences

Graduation Skills

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT) and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. Consult your department chair or academic advisor for requirements for meeting the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) graduation skill.

The graduation skill in Speaking (S) is met by completing the following course—COM 115

Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

Physics Major with Concentration in Space Physics, BS

72 credits. It is the same as the BS major, with the addition of PHY 320 – Introduction to Space Science and PHY 420 – Plasma Physics, and the omission of the elective Physics course.

Departmental Honors

A GPA of 3.50 in physics and 3.30 overall. An original research project on a significant topic in Physics with an oral presentation and written report. Project proposals should be made to the department by Sept. 30 of the senior year.

Other Requirements

In planning their courses of study, students are encouraged to work closely with members of the Physics faculty.

Normally, students should have MAT 145, 146, and PHY 121, 122 during the first year, and MAT 245 and 369 (or PHY 327) during the sophomore year.

Teaching Licensure Major

The State of Minnesota has specific licensing requirements for teachers that may differ slightly in emphasis from the Augsburg major requirements. The state requirements may also be subject to change after publication of this catalog.

Students therefore should consult with the Augsburg Department of Education to identify current Minnesota teacher licensure requirements.

Physics Minor

Seven courses including:

PHY 121 – General Physics I

PHY 122 – General Physics II

MAT 145 – Calculus I

MAT 146 – Calculus II

Three elective physics courses above PHY 122

Society of Physics Students

The Augsburg chapter of the Society of Physics Students provides students the opportunities of membership in a national physics society and of participating in the physics community on a professional basis. Membership in the society is open to all students interested in physics.

Sigma Pi Sigma

Membership in the Augsburg chapter of this national physics honor society is open to those students who have completed the equivalent of a minor in physics, have a GPA of 3.00 in physics and overall, and rank in the upper third of their class.

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