# Physics (Major, Minor)

Brian Christy, Ph.D.

## Degrees offered

Minor

## Campuses

The Mathematics/Physics/Computer Information Systems Department of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Business offers a Major and Minor in Physics to students in the Women's College. Recognizing the role our field plays in other disciplines, we offer courses for department majors and non-majors that serve the students of NDMU in the Catholic Liberal Arts tradition. As an integral part of the liberal arts, we provide the students at NDMU with an understanding of the physical world, quantitative and technologically based knowledge, and enable our students to become leaders in their future professions.

**Summary**

**Women's College**

Physics represents humanity's most profound attempt to understand the universe in which we live by studying the events and interactions that occur in nature and by trying to comprehend the truths or laws that govern these physical processes. As the most fundamental and all-inclusive of the sciences, physics naturally forms an educational base from which students may enter many diverse occupations and careers. Graduates are employed at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center the U.S. Department of Energy, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center, Thornton Tomasetti, and the Peace Corps. Among the institutions where graduates have pursued advanced studies are Rochester University, Princeton University, Drexel University, George Washington University, University of Delaware, Delaware State, and Boston College.

Students majoring in physics must earn a 2.0 GPA in all courses required for the major.

Physics Majors may add an additional Major in a discipline such as Mathematics, Computer Studies or Chemistry, or Minor in one of several fields.

A student may fulfill the General Education Requirement in natural science by taking PHY-101, 111 (College of Adult Undergraduate Studies), 132 (College of Adult Undergraduate Studies), or 155. The cooperative program with neighboring colleges provides concentrators with a wide choice of upper-level courses and a variety of faculty viewpoints.

**Programs of Study**

**Required Courses for a Major in Physics**

PHY-101 and PHY-102 General Physics I, II (8)

PHY-201 Modern Physics (3)

PHY-316L Classical Mechanics (3)

PHY-314 Quantum Mechanics (3)

PHY-315 Electricity and Magnetism (3)

PHY-463 Investigations in Physics (1-4)

2 or 3 upper electives (7+credits) chosen in consultation with your advisor

CST 200, 300 or 400 level

EDU/SPE 300 or 400 level

EGR 200, 300 or 400 level (Loyola or other BSEP school)

MAT 300 or 400 level

PHY 300 or 400 level

Credit is earned for PHY 463 by completing one of the following:

- Internship
- Teaching Apprenticeship
- Research Experience

CHM-111 General Chemistry II (4)

CST-171 Programming Concepts or CST-295 C++ Programming (3)

MAT-212, MAT-213 Calculus II, III (7)

MAT-214 Calculus of Vector Fields (1)

MAT-243 Linear Algebra (3)

MAT-315 Differential Equations (3)

**Required Courses for a Minor in Physics **

MAT-212 Calculus II (4)

PHY-101 and PHY-102 General Physics I, II (8)

PHY-201 Modern Physics (3)

Plus one other course in mathematics, physics or computer science at the 200-level or higher (3)

**Four-Year Plan**

Below is a sample Program of Study for the Physics Major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall | Spring | ||
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First year |
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PHY-101 General Physics I | 4 | PHY-102 General Physics II | 4 |

MAT-211 Calculus I | 4 | MAT-212 Calculus II | 4 |

ENG-101 College Writing | 3 | MAT-243 Linear Algebra or CST-171 Program Concepts |
3 |

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar | 4 | Foreign Language | 3 |

[15 credits] | [14 credits] | ||

Second year |
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PHY-201 Modern Physics | 3 | PHY-316L Classical Mechanics* | 3 |

MAT-213 Calculus III | 3 | CHM-111 General Chemistry II | 4 |

CHM-110 General Chem I | 4 | CST-171 Program Concepts or MAT-243 Linear Algebra |
3 |

General Education/Electives | 6 | General Education | 3 |

[16 credits] | MAT-214 Calculus of Vector Fields | 1 | |

[14 credits] | |||

Third year |
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PH 314 Quantum Mechanics* or | 3 | Program Electives | 6 |

PH 315 Electricity & Magnetism I* | 3 | MAT 315 Differential Equations | 3 |

Gen Education/Electives | 9 | Physical Education | 1 |

[15 credits] | PHYS 330+ | 3 | |

[16 credits] | |||

Fourth year |
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PH 315 or PH 314 | 3 | Program Electives | 3 |

Gen Education/Electives | 12 | Gen Education/Electives | 9 |

PHYS 463 | 1-4 | ||

[15 credits] | [13-17 credits] | ||

*Notes:*

+ *Need to take at least two Physics courses at level 300 or higher [excluding PHY 463]’*

*Depending on transfer credit and courses chosen, students must complete between 28-46 credit hours of General Education coursework. Please consult with the faculty advisor for your particular situation and which courses to take that best align with your interests and career path’*

*‘Students are required to take 120 credit hours total in order to earn the degree. Consult the faculty advisor for which courses are most appropriate to select based on interests and career goals.’*

*Need to take at least two physics courses at level 300 or higher*

* *Courses with a designation of "L" are taught at Loyola. Notre Dame students take the courses through the cooperative program. For more information, contact the Program Chair.*

## Courses

### CHM-111 General Chemistry II

Focuses on fundamental chemical concepts and principles with emphasis on inorganic compounds. Explores descriptive and quantitative aspects of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions, basic thermodynamics, electrochemistry, equilibrium, acids and bases, and kinetics. Laboratory is coordinated with lecture and emphasizes basic techniques such as titration, spectroscopy, and quantitative and qualitative analysis, along with inorganic synthesis and calculator-based experiments. Three lectures, one discussion period and one laboratory each week. High school algebra required. Prerequisites: CHM-110 with a minimum grade of C or permission of Chair. Permission of the instructor is required to enroll in CHM-111 if the prerequisite CHM-110 was not fulfilled at Notre Dame. [ 4 credits ]

### CST-171 Programming Concepts

Introduces computer programming using the Python programming language. Emphasizes programming structures such as decisions, repetitions, sub procedures, functions, and arrays using program design with object-oriented concepts. Students learn to write a variety of program types to meet various business needs. Satisfies the technological competency requirement. [3 credits]

### CST-295 C++ Object-Oriented Programming

### MAT-211 Calculus I

Introduces functions, limits, continuity, differential calculus of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, as well as basic integration techniques. Applications are considered throughout the course with an emphasis on the life sciences. Weekly laboratory is an integral part of the course. Graphing calculators used to explore topics covered. Fulfills the General Education Requirement in Mathematics Prerequisite: Placement in MAT 211 or successful completion of MAT-107. [4 credits]

### MAT-212 Calculus II

### MAT-213 Calculus III

### MAT-214 Calculus of Vector Fields

### MAT-243 Linear Algebra

### MAT-315 Differential Equations

### PHY-101 General Physics I

### PHY-102 General Physics II

### PHY-201 Modern Physics

### PHY-314 Quantum Mechanics

Develops the ideas of Quantum Mechanics using Schrodinger's Equation as applied to several interesting situatins, both 1D and 3D, as well as the mathematical formalisms utilized to derive the results. Applications involve atomic physics and other topics contingent upon time and interest. Prerequisites: PHY-201 and MAT-212. [ 3 credits ]