Degree Requirements

Physics Major, BA

  • 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
  • PHY 396 – 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

  • 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.

Physics Major with Concentration in Biophysics, BS

It is the same as the Physics BS major, with the addition of PHY 317 – Biophysics, one independent project (PHY, CHM, BIO, or MAT 499), and one elective from the following (in place of one elective above PHY122):

  • BIO 253 – Introductory Cellular Biology
  • BIO 355 – Genetics
  • BIO 369 – Biochemistry
  • BIO 471 – Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • BIO 475 – Neurobiology
  • BIO 476 – Microbiology
  • BIO 486 – Immunology
  • CHM 353 – Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM 367 – Properties of Polymers
  • CHM 368 – Quantum Chemistry, Molecular Structure, and Spectroscopy
  • CHM 464 – Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 470 – Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHM 481 – Instrumental Analysis
  • MAT 369 – Modeling and Differential Equations in Biological and Natural Sciences
  • PHY 327 – Special Functions of Mathematical Physics
  • PHY 430 – Introduction to Solid State Physics

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. Final project submissions are due to April 1st.

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.

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.

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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