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  Jan 19, 2018
2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics Major: Concentration II, B.S.

Concentration II is for students who desire a major in physics, such as those planning to teach physics at the secondary level or those with interests in engineering, meteorology or careers not specifically scientific or technical. Concentration II requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of physics and astronomy, of which at least 15 must be in the 300 and 400 levels from lecture courses not cross-listed. In the case that a student transfers to an engineering school (as in the dual-degree engineering program; see below), a number of the physics hours may be transferred back, subject to the approval of Berry’s physics department.

Requirements: 49 hours

Physics Major

Physics, originally called natural philosophy, is the study of the physical world. Astronomy is the scientific study of the heavens and began as an independent discipline but came to be closely linked with physics in the 20th century. Physicists and astronomers use experiments and observations to study matter and energy, and to analyze the results and formulate theories using mathematics. Logical thinking and problem solving are emphasized. Aims of the department of physics are to

  1. Prepare physics majors for graduate schools or jobs in government laboratories or industry,
  2. Guide dual-degree engineering students through their three years of education at Berry,
  3. Provide courses in physics and astronomy as a service to other departments,
  4. Help in preparing secondary-school teachers of science, and
  5. Provide scientific training for individuals who enjoy physics and astronomy but want to work in other fields.

Students planning to become certified to teach physics in public secondary schools must complete either concentration in the physics major and a major in secondary education . Students will be assigned an advisor for both majors.

Physics/Astronomy Electives: 5 hours

5 additional hours of physics and astronomy, which may include any 100-level astronomy or physics classes except PHY 111  or PHY 112 .