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Degree Requirements 2021-2022

Physics Major, BA

  • PHY 121 and PHY 121L – General Physics I
  • PHY 122 and PHY 122L – General Physics II
  • PHY 245 and PHY 245L – Modern Physics
  • PHY 351 – Classical Mechanics
  • PHY 365 – Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHY 395 – Comprehensive Laboratory I
  • PHY 396 – Comprehensive Laboratory II
  • PHY 484 – Quantum Mechanics Supplement
  • CHM 368 – Physical Chemistry: Microscopic Theory
  • MAT 145 and 145L – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 and 146L – Calculus II
  • MAT 245 – Calculus III
  • One of PHY 327 or MAT 369
    • PHY 327 and PHY 327L – Special Functions of Mathematical Physics
    • MAT 369 – Modeling and Differential Equations in Biological and Natural Sciences
  • Eight elective credits, with at least four in physics, chosen from:
    • PHY 261 and 261L – Electronics
    • PHY 317 and 317L – Biophysics
    • BIO 473 and 473L – Physiology of Humans and Other Animals
    • BIO 475 and 475L – Neurobiology
    • CHM 362 – Physical Chemistry: Macroscopic Theory
    • CHM 430 – Advanced Thermodynamic and Separation Lab
    • CHM 450 – Advanced Spectroscopy and Computational Chemistry Lab
    • CHM 481 – Instrumental Analysis
    • CHM 482 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • CSC 345 – Principles of Computer Organization
    • CSC 431 – Introduction to A I  Robotics
    • MAT 273 – Statistical Modeling
    • MAT 355 – Numerical Mathematics and Computation
    • MAT 369 – Modeling and Differential Equations in Biological and Natural Sciences (if not used in place of PHY 327 above)

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, HON 130, 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 and 121L – General Physics I
  • PHY 122 and 122L – General Physics II
  • PHY 245 and 245L – Modern Physics
  • PHY 261 and 261L – Electronics
  • PHY 351 – Classical Mechanics
  • PHY 365 – Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHY 395 – Comprehensive Laboratory I
  • PHY 396 – Comprehensive Laboratory II
  • PHY 484 – Quantum Mechanics Supplement
  • CHM 115 and 115L – General Chemistry I and lab
  • CHM 116 and 116L – General Chemistry II and lab
  • CHM 368 – Physical Chemistry: Microscopic Theory
  • MAT 145 and 145L – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 and 146L – Calculus II
  • MAT 245 – Calculus III
  • One of PHY 327 or MAT 369
    • PHY 327 and 327L – Special Functions of Mathematical Physics
    • MAT 369 – Modeling and Differential Equations in Biological and Natural Sciences
  • Eight elective credits, with at least four in physics, chosen from:
    • PHY 317 and 317L – Biophysics
    • BIO 473 and 473L – Physiology of Humans and Other Animals
    • BIO 475 and 475L – Neurobiology
    • CHM 362 – Physical Chemistry: Macroscopic Theory
    • CHM 430 – Advanced Thermodynamic and Separation Lab
    • CHM 450 – Advanced Spectroscopy and Computational Chemistry Lab
    • CHM 481 – Instrumental Analysis
    • CHM 482 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • CSC 345 – Principles of Computer Organization
    • CSC 431 – Introduction to A I  Robotics
    • MAT 273 – Statistical Modeling
    • MAT 355 – Numerical Mathematics and Computation
    • MAT 369 – Modeling and Differential Equations in Biological and Natural Sciences (if not used in place of PHY 327 above)

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 one of the following courses—COM 111, COM 115, HON 130, or MAT 201.

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

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

Physics Major with Concentration in Biophysics, BS

It is the same as the Physics BS major, with PHY 317 replacing the required PHY elective, the addition of one independent project (PHY, CHM, BIO, or MAT 499), and one additional elective from the following:

BIO 253 and 253L – Introductory Cellular Biology

BIO 255 and 255L – Genetics

BIO 369 and 369L – Biochemistry

BIO 471 and 471L – Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology

BIO 475 and 475L – Neurobiology

BIO 476 and 476L – Microbiology

BIO 486 and 486L – Immunology

CHM 280 and 280L – Quantitative Analytical Chemistry

CHM 464 – Advanced Organic Chemistry

CHM 481 – Instrumental Analysis

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 November 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.

  • PHY 121 and 121L – General Physics I
  • PHY 122 and 122L – General Physics I
  • PHY 245 and 245L – Modern Physics
  • PHY 351 – Classical Mechanics
  • PHY 365 – Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHY 395 – Comprehensive Laboratory I
  • PHY 396 – Comprehensive Laboratory II
  • SCI 490 – Integrated Science or other approved Keystone
  • Two additional physics courses above 122; PHY 261 recommended
  • MAT 145 and 145L – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 and 146L – Calculus II
  • MAT 245 – Calculus III
  • PHY 327 and 327L – Special Functions of Mathematical Physics
  • CHM 115 and 115L – General Chemistry I and lab
  • CHM 116 and 116L – General Chemistry II and lab

Physics Minor

  • PHY 121 and 121L – General Physics I
  • PHY 122 and 122L – General Physics II
  • MAT 145 and 145L- Calculus I
  • MAT 146 and 146L – Calculus II
  • Three elective physics courses (12 credits) numbered 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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