Apr 20, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics: Professional Concentration, B.S.


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About the Physics: Professional Concentration Bachelor's Program


The professional concentration provides a traditional curriculum for students majoring in physics and is intended to prepare them for graduate study or employment in the private or government sector as a physicist. A typical sequence of courses begins with PHYS 1408 , PHYS 2401 , PHYS 2402 , and PHYS 3304  for a total of 15 hours at the introductory level. These are usually followed by the intermediate and advanced sequences,  PHYS 2305 , PHYS 3305 , PHYS 3306 , PHYS 3401 , PHYS 4302 , PHYS 4304 , PHYS 4307 , and PHYS 4308 . Students desiring to pursue advanced degrees are recommended to take advanced topic courses.

The required mathematics courses for physics majors are MATH 1451 , MATH 1452 , MATH 2450 , MATH 3350  and MATH 3351 . MATH 3354  and MATH 4354  may be substituted for MATH 3350  and MATH 3351 . Students planning to pursue an advanced degree in physics should consult the physics undergraduate advisor about appropriate additional courses. Majors in this concentration are strongly encouraged to minor in mathematics.

Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 14


Spring


Total: 15


Second Year


Fall


Total: 14


Spring


Total: 16


Third Year


Fall


Total: 16


Spring


Total: 15


Fourth Year


Fall


Total: 15


Spring


Total: 15


Total Hours: 120


Professional concentration students are strongly encouraged to minor in mathematics, as assumed in the curriculum above.

* Choose from the university’s core curriculum .
Physics electives are offered in alternate years. Consult the current Physics Undergraduate Handbook at www.phys.ttu.edu for current scheduling.

Foreign Language


A student must complete 6 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is credit for the freshman level. This credit can be determined through a credit by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements  for further explanation.

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