Physics, Minor
Program Description
Introduction
A minor in physics is offered for students who are interested in a broad foundation in classical and modern physics. For students majoring in physical sciences, geographic information science, engineering and technology, the physics minor offers a solid foundational base in the application of fundamental physical laws in their disciplines. It provides training in computation and applied mathematics for computer science and mathematics students.
Substitutions
Students majoring in technical areas may ask the Physics faculty to support a Degree Plan Exceptions Form to list Course Substitutions in their pursuit of a physics minor. Possibilities include:
Program Requirements
Code | Title | Hours |
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Required Courses | ||
PHYS 2425 | University Physics I | 4 |
PHYS 2426 | University Physics II | 4 |
Select 12-13 hours of upper-level physics courses of the following: ^{1} | 12-13 | |
Modern Physics I ^{^} | ||
Mechanics I ^{^} | ||
Electromagnetism ^{^} | ||
Thermodynamics ^{^} | ||
Mathematical Methods for Physicists ^{^} | ||
Quantum Physics ^{^} | ||
Nuclear Physics ^{^} | ||
Advanced Physics Lab ^{^} | ||
Selected Topics ^{^} | ||
Total Hours | 20-21 |
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The upper-level physics courses are offered from one of the members of the Texas Physics Consortium (possibly from TAMUCC) via live two-way video conference.
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Blended offering
Prerequisites
Students pursuing a minor in physics may need to take one or more of the following prerequisite courses:
Code | Title | Hours |
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MATH 2413 | Calculus I | 4 |
MATH 2414 | Calculus II | 4 |
MATH 2415 | Calculus III | 4 |
MATH 3315 | Differential Equations | 3 |
Courses
This is one of two courses in the introduction to astronomy sequence which emphasizes the nature of astronomical phenomena over the mathematical analysis of them. This course will focus mostly on the nature of light, the nature and evolution of stars, the material between the stars, the Milky Way Galaxy, external galaxies, and the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole. Fall.
This is one of two courses in the introduction to astronomy sequence which emphasizes the nature of astronomical phenomena over the mathematical analysis of them. This course introduces astronomical phenomena related to the Solar System such as apparent motion of the Sun, phases of the Moon and apparent and true motion of the planets. Main focus will be on the objects comprising the Solar System: planets, their moons, asteroids, comets and trans-Neptunian bodies. A portion of the course will be dedicated to the formation and development of the Solar System and other, extrasolar planetary systems. The course also will touch the aspects of human exploration of the Solar System and the role of technology in our learning and understanding of the Solar System. This includes the history and the basics of robotic and manned spaceflights. Offered every Spring and Summer.
Introduction to Newtonian physics. Topics include Aristotelian physics and its overthrow, Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, and the motion of particles, rigid bodies and fluids. The idea of the universe as a law-governed system will be developed. Laboratory activities provide introduction to empirical methods in science. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: (MATH 1314, 1316^{*}, 1324^{*}, 1325^{*}, 1442, 2312^{*}, 2413^{*}, 2414^{*}, 2415^{*}, minimum score of 21 in 'ACT1 Math', minimum score of 550 in 'SAT Math', minimum score of 21 in 'ACT Math' or minimum score of 550 in 'SAT1 Mathematics').
^{*} May be taken concurrently.
Introduction to oscillatory and wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism. The classical theory of fields will be used to study electric and magnetic phenomena, including light, and their role in modern technology. Laboratory activities provide introduction to empirical methods in science. Fall, Spring, Summer.
A calculus based introduction to Newtonian physics. Topics include Aristotelian physics and its overthrow, Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, and the motion of particles, rigid bodies, and fluids. The idea of the universe as a law-governed system will be developed. Laboratory activities provide introduction to empirical methods in science. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: MATH 2413.
Calculus based introduction to oscillatory and wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism. The classical theory of fields will be used to study electric and magnetic phenomena, including light, and their role in modern technology. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Fundamentals of classical mechanics. Topics include particle dynamics in one, two and three dimensions: conservation laws; dynamics of a system of particles; motion of rigid bodies; central force problems; accelerating coordinate systems; Newton's theory of gravitation; Lagrange's and Hamilton's formulations of classical mechanics. This course is offered through the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC). See their website (http://www.tarleton.edu/tpc/ ) for details. Fall.
Electrostatics; Laplace's equation; the theory of dielectrics; magnetostatic fields; electromagentic induction; magnetic fields of currents; Maxwell's equations. This course is offered through the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC). See their website (http://www.tarleton.edu/tpc/) for details. Fall.
Concept of temperature, equations of state; the first and the second law of thermodynamics; entropy; change of phase; the thermodynamics functions. This course is offered through the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC). See their website (http://www.tarleton.edu/tpc/) for details. Fall.
A course in special relativity and elementary quantum mechanics. Topics include relativistic description of space-time, relativistic energy and momentum, the uncertainty principle, Schrödinger's equation, observables and operators, bound states, potential barriers, and the quantum description of the hydrogen atom. This course is offered through the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC). See their website (http://www.tarleton.edu/tpc/) for details. Fall, Spring.
Subject materials will be chosen from Electromagnetic Field Theory, Thermodynamics, Mathematical Methods of Physics, Waves and Optics, Advanced Modern Physics, Quantum Theory, Computational Physics, Geophysics, Environmental Physics and Medical Physics. May be repeated for credit if topics selected are different. This course will be used for upper-level physics electives offered from other Texas Physics Consortium (TPC) schools. See their website (http://www.tarleton.edu/tpc/) for details. Fall, Spring. Prerequisites vary.
The Major Field Test (MFT) in Physics is a national examination given to physics students in their last semester. It is a graduation requirement for all students in the Texas Physics Consortium students obtaining the Joint BS in Physics. Students enroll in this course during the semester that they plan to take the MFT and graduate. There is no cost to the student for either this course or for the MFT.
Prerequisite: PHYS 4162^{*} and 4337^{*}.
^{*} May be taken concurrently.
The first half of a two semester sequence. The student will work with a faculty member to develop and conduct a senior research project including a search of the relevant literature and presentation of the proposed research idea. This course is offered through the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC). See their website (https://web.tarleton.edu/tpc/) for details. Fall.
Prerequisite: PHYS 3334.
The second half of a two semester sequence. The student will work with a faculty member to conduct a senior research project including giving an oral presentation of the final results and writing up the results in a form suitable for publication. This course is offered through the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC). See their website (https://web.tarleton.edu/tpc/) for details. Spring.
Prerequisite: PHYS 4161.
Mathematical techniques from the following areas: infinite series; integral transforming; applications of complex variables; vectors, matrices, and tensors; special functions; partial differential equations; Green's functions; perturbation theory; integral equations; calculus of variations; and groups and group representatives. This course offered through the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC). See their website (https://web.tarleton.edu/tpc/) for details. Spring.
Prerequisite: MATH 3315^{*}.
^{*} May be taken concurrently.
The Schroedinger equation; one dimensional systems; the Heisenberg uncertainty principle; magnetic moments and angular momentum; two and three dimensional systems; approximation methods; spin. This course is offered through the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC). See our website (https://web.tarleton.edu/tpc/) for details. Fall.
The study of nuclear phenomena and properties including mass, stability, magnetic moment, radioactive decay processes and angular momentum. The use of nuclear techniques as applied to other scientific fields including electronics and medicine. This course is offered through the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC). See our website (https://web.tarleton.edu/tpc/) for details. Spring.
A laboratory course focusing on experimental design, advanced data analysis and reduction, and experimental laboratory techniques and instrumentation. Experiments will be drawn from a variety of physics areas. This course is offered through the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC). See our website (https://web.tarleton.edu/tpc/) for details. Spring.
Prerequisite: PHYS 3334^{*}.
^{*} May be taken concurrently.
Requires a formal proposal of study to be completed in advance of registration and to be approved by the supervising faculty, the Chairperson, and the Dean of the College.