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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

Chair: Sankoorikal L. Varghese (251) 460-6224
Professors: Clark, Jenkins, Scott, Varghese
Associate Professors: Sanders, Gapud
Assistant Professor: Godang
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.

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
Electives
_3
Total
17

Second Year

Physics 202
4
Physics 303
4
Math 227
4
Math 238
3
Art/Humanities
3
Art/Humanities
3
Social Sciences
3
Social Sciences
3
CIS 210 or 227
_3
Comm: CA 110
_3
Total
17
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
_6
Total
15
Total
18

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
Electives
_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
15
Total

128

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
Electives
_3
Total
17
Second Year
Physics 202
4
Physics 303
4
Math 227
4
Math 238
3
Art/Humanities
3
Art/Humanities
3
Social Sciences
3
Social Sciences
3
CIS 210 or 227
_3
Comm: CA 110
_3
Total
17
Total
16
Third Year
Physics 366
3
Physics 411
3
Physics 385 (W)
3
Physics Electives
3
Physics 354
3
Art/Humanities
3
Physics Elective
3
Social Sciences
3
Art/Humanities
3
Electives
_3
Social Sciences
_3
Total
15
Total
18
Fourth Year
Physics 348
3
Physics 463
3
Physics 448
3
Language
3
Physics Elective
3
Electives
_9
Language
3
Total
15
Electives
_3
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
18
Total
128
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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