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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

Chair: Sankoorikal L. Varghese (251) 460-6224   
Professors: Clark, Jenkins, Varghese    
Associate Professors: Sanders, Gapud, Godang   
Assistant Professor: Scott, Burress   
Senior Instructors: Boleman, Novovic   
Professor Emeritus: Helminger   

Department of Physics web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/physics/

The curriculum in the Department of Physics serves three groups of students: those preparing for careers in physics, those pursuing professional fields such as medicine and engineering, and those electing physics and astronomy as part of the natural-science requirement for Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degrees. The degree program in physics allows for flexibility to the extent that the serious student can select related courses in biology, chemistry, geology, computer science, and engineering to prepare for a career in such interdisciplinary areas as biophysics, geophysics, oceanography, and environmental science. Three options for a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics are offered. One option (the Premedical Option) is for those students pursuing medicine as a career. Sample programs and requirements for each option follow. Students pursuing a degree in Physics also must have a minor in another discipline. In addition, the Department of Physics offers a double major with the Meteorology program within the Department of Earth Sciences.    

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience, as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.

All Physics majors must demonstrate technology proficiency by taking the JagSkills training modules for Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint and must present the certification found on the "My Progress" page of JagSkills to pass the PH 303 laboratory.   
The Physics Pre-Medical Option requires a minimum of 129 hours, while the other Physics options require a minimum of 120 hours.   
Sample Program for BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHYSICS (Option A)   
First Year   

Physics 107    
1
Physics 201   
4
Chemistry 131    
4
Chemistry 132   
4
Math 125   
4
Math 126   
4
Comm: EH 101   
3
Comm: EH 102   
3
CAS 100    
2
Total    
15
Total   
14

Second Year

Physics 202   
4
Physics 303   
4
Math 227   
4
Math 238   
3
Social Sciences   
3
Art/Humanities   
3
CIS 210 or 227   
3
Social Sciences   
3
Total   
14
Comm: CA 110    
_3
Total    
16
Third Year   
Physics 366   
3
Physics 367   
3
Physics 385 (W)   
3
Physics 411   
3
Physics elective   
3
Art/Humanities   
3
Art/Humanities   
3
Social Sciences   
3
Social Sciences   
_3
Electives    
_4
Total   
15
Total    
16

Fourth Year

Physics 348   
3
Physics 349   
3
Physics 448   
3
Physics 449   
3
Physics elective   
3
Physics 463   
3
Language   
3
Language    
3
Electives   
_3
Art/Humanities   
_3
Total   
15
Total   
15

Totals:

Hours
Physics Electives:
Option A        
Physics   
46
PH 301   
Mathematics   
15
PH 346   
Chemistry   
8
PH 354   
CAS   
2
PH 390        
Art/Humanities   
12
PH 494    
Social Sciences    
12
PH 499   
Communication   
9
Language   
6
CIS   
3
Electives   
7
Total    

120

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN PHYSICS (Option A)   
Option A is designed for a student anticipating graduate study in Physics. This option gives the student a solid foundation in basic Physics. Physics course requirements include: PH 107, PH 201, PH 202, PH 303, PH 348, PH 349, PH 366, PH 367, PH 385(W), PH 411, PH 448, PH 449, and PH 463. 6 hours of Physics electives must be taken from among the following: PH 301, PH 346, PH 354, PH 390, PH 494 or PH 499. The following additional technical courses are required: CH 131 and CH 132 and CIS 210 or 227. In addition, the following math courses are prerequisites for upper division Physics courses: MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, and MA 238. With the exception of PH 303 and PH 448, which are offered every year, all upper division Physics courses are offered every other year.   
All Physics majors will be required to take an assessment test, at no cost to the student, and an exit interview before graduation as directed by the department.    

Sample Program for BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHYSICS (Option B)

First Year   
Physics 107    
1
Physics 201   
4
Chemistry 131   
4
Chemistry 132    
4
Math 125   
4
Math 126   
4
Comm: EH 101   
3
Comm: EH 102   
_3
CAS 100    
2
Total    
15
Total   
14
Second Year   
Physics 202   
4
Physics 303   
4
Math 227   
4
Math 238    
3
Social Sciences   
3
Art/Humanities   
3
CIS 210 or 227   
3
Social Sciences    
3
Total   
14
Comm: CA 110   
_3
Total   
16
Third Year   
Physics 366   
3
Physics 411    
3
Physics 385 (W)    
3
Physics Electives   
3
Physics 354   
3
Art/Humanities   
3
Art/Humanities   
3
Social Sciences   
3
Social Sciences   
3
Physics Electives   
_3
Total   
15
Total   
15
Fourth Year   
Physics 348   
3
Physics 463   
3
Physics 448    
3
Language   
3
Physics Elective    
3
Art/Humanities   
3
Language   
3
Electives    
7
Electives   
_3
Total   
16
Total   
15
Totals:    
Hours
Physics Electives:
Option B    
Physics    
43
PH 301   
Mathematics   
15
PH 346   
Chemistry   
8
PH 390    
CAS 100    
2
PH 349        
Art/Humanities   
12
PH 367    
Social Sciences    
12
PH 449    
Communication   
9
PH 494   
Language   
6
PH 499   
CIS   
3
Electives   
10
Total   
120
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN PHYSICS (Option B)   
Option B is designed for a student intending no graduate study in Physics. This option emphasizes applied Physics and has a large number of elective hours so that the student may tailor an interdisciplinary degree. Physics course requirements include: PH 107, PH 201, PH 202, PH 303, PH 348, PH 354, PH 366, PH 385(W), PH 411, PH 448, and PH 463. Nine hours of Physics electives must be taken from among the following: PH 301, PH 346, PH 349, PH 367, PH 390, PH 449, PH 494, and PH 499. The following additional technical courses are required: CH 131 and CH 132 and CIS 210 or 227. In addition, the following math courses are prerequisites for upper division Physics courses: MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, and MA 238. With the exception of PH 303 and PH 448, which are offered every year, all upper division Physics courses are offered every other year.    
All Physics majors will be required to take an assessment test, at no cost to the student, and an exit interview before graduation as directed by the department.    
Sample Program for BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHYSICS   
(Premedical Option)   

First Year   
Physics 107   
1
Physics 201    
4
Chemistry 131   
4
Chemistry 132   
4
Math 125   
4
Math 126   
4
Biology 121    
4
CAS 100    
2
Comm EH101    
_3
Comm EH 102   
_3
Total   
16
Total   
17
Second Year   
Physics 202   
4
Physics 303   
4
Math 227   
4
Math 238   
3
Biology 122    
4
Chemistry 201   
4
Art/Humanities   
_3
Art/Humanities   
3
Total   
15
Elective   
_3
Total   
17
Third Year   
Physics 366    
3
Physics 463   
3
Physics 385 (W)    
3
Physics elective   
3
Chemistry 202   
4
Biology 301 or BMD 350    
3
Art/Humanities   
3
Art/Humanities   
3
Social Sciences   
_3
Social Sciences   
_3
Total   
16
Total   
15
Fourth Year   
Physics 348    
3
Language   
3
Physics 448    
3
Social Sciences   
3
Physics Elective   
3
CA 110   
3
Language   
3
Electives   
_8
Social Sciences   
3
Total   
17
Total   
15
Totals:   
Hours

Physics Electives:
Premedical Option

Physics   
34
PH 346   
Math   
15
PH 349    
Chemistry   
16
PH 354   
Biology   
11
PH 367    
Art/Humanities   
12
PH 390   
Social Sciences   
12
PH 411   
CAS   
2
PH 449        
Communication   
9
PH 494   
Language   
6
PH 499       
Electives   
11
Total   
128
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN PHYSICS (Premedical Option)   
The Premedical Option is designed for a student intending a career in a health profession field such as Medicine. Physics course requirements include: PH 107, PH 201, PH 202, PH 303, PH 348, PH 366, PH 385(W), PH 448 and PH 463. Six hours of Physics electives must be taken from among the following: PH 346, PH 349, PH 354, PH 367, PH 390, PH 411, PH 449, PH 494 and PH 499. The following additional technical courses are required: CH 131, CH 132, CH 201, CH 202, BLY 121, BLY 122 and BLY 301 or BMD 350. In addition, the following math courses are prerequisites for upper division Physics courses: MA 125, MA 126, MA 227 and MA 238. With the exception of PH 303 and PH 448, which are offered every year, all upper division Physics courses are offered every other year.   
All Physics majors will be required to take an assessment test, at no cost to the student, and an exit interview before graduation as directed by the department.    
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICS MAJORS (All Options)    
Areas I, II, and IV of the General Education Requirements for Physics are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that Area III requirements (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above.    

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN PHYSICS

A minimum of 20 semester hours in Physics, including PH 303, and at least six additional hours at the 300 level or above.   
GENERAL COMMENTS   
PH 114 and PH 115 with either PH 201 or PH 202 may be substituted for PH 201 and PH 202 with the prior approval of the physics department chair.   
The sequences PH 114, PH 115 and PH 201, PH 202 may not both be taken for credit.   
DOUBLE MAJOR IN METEOROLOGY AND PHYSICS    
The Meteorology program, with the Department of Earth Sciences, and the Department of Physics jointly offer a double major in Meteorology and Physics. This curriculum is intended for students who anticipate graduate study in Atmospheric Science, yet wish a very strong background in Physics. As constructed, this curriculum will require the student to complete an extra seven (7) hours over the maximum 128 hours required for either major alone. The changes from the current Option B Physics curriculum for a student intending to pursue graduate study in Meteorology include: removal of six (6) Physics Elective hours, two courses, and the addition of PH 366. Requirements removed from the regular Meteorology curriculum are the completion of Meteorology electives and the satisfaction of one of the four Meteorology Tracks; the Physics Major will replace the normal requirements for a Meteorology track and the electives. Only Meteorology-Physics double majors may have these track and elective requirements waived. The double major satisfies the minor requirement for the College of Arts and Sciences.    
SAMPLE PROGRAM FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN METEOROLOGY    
(Double Major in Physics)   

First Year   
Math 125    
4
Math 126    
4
Comm: EH 101    
3
Comm: EH 102    
3
Comm: CA 110    
3
Physics 201    
4
Physics 107    
1
Arts/Humanities   
_3
CAS 100    
2
Total   
14
Arts/Humanities   
_3
Total    
16
Second Year   
Math 227    
4
MA 238    
3
Social Sciences    
3
Social Sciences   
3
Language   
3
Language   
3
Physics 202    
4
Physics 303    
4
MET 353    
_4
MET 341    
_3
Total   
18
Total   
16
Third Year   
Statistics 315    
3
Art/Humanities   
3
CIS 210 or 227    
3
Physics 367    
3
Art/Humanities   
3
Physics 411    
3
Physics 366    
3
MET 357    
2
MET 354   
_3
MET 355   
_3
Total   
15
Total   
14
Fourth Year   
Chemistry 131    
4
Chemistry 132    
4
Social Sciences    
3
Social Sciences   
3
Physics 348    
3
Physics 463    
3
MET 454    
_6
MET 455    
_6
Total   
16
Total   
16
Fifth Year    
Physics 448    
3
Physics 385   
_3
Total   
6
Summer before 4th or 5th year    
MET 456    
_3
MET 356   
_3
Total   
3
Total   
3
Totals:   
Hours
Physics   
34
Mathematics/Stat   
18
Meteorology   
33
Chemistry   
8
CAS   
2
Art/Humanities   
12
Social Sciences   
12
Communication   
9
Language   
6
CIS   
_3
Total   
137
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN METEOROLOGY (Double Major in Physics)    
The Meteorology/Physics Double Major is designed for a student intending graduate study in Atmospheric Science, yet giving him/her a very strong Physics background. For students anticipating studying graduate physics PH 349, and PH 449 and some physics elective courses are strongly recommended. The course requirements for the Meteorology Major are MET 353, MET 341, MET 354, MET 355, MET 356, MET 357, MET 454, and MET 455 with an additional writing course in meteorology (MET 456 (W)). For students ultimately planning to find employment with the National Weather Service, GY 475, MET 492 electives are highly recommended. GY 475, MET 456(W), and MET 356 are only offered in the summer. The course requirements for the Physics Major are: PH 107, PH 201, PH 202, PH 303, PH 348, PH 366, PH 367, PH 385 (W), PH 411, PH 448, and PH 463. The following additional technical courses are required in Mathematics and Statistics: MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 238 and ST 315. Chemistry: CH 131 and CH 132 and Computer and Information Sciences: CIS 210 or 227.    
All Physics majors will be required to take an assessment test, at no cost to the student, and an exit interview before graduation as directed by the department.   
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICS/METEOROLOGY DOUBLE MAJORS    
Areas I, II, and IV of the General Education Requirements for Physics/Meteorology Double Major are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that Area III requirements (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above.    

DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL PHYSICS (PH) COURSES   

College of Arts and Sciences   

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