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prior consultation with the instructor. Includes a comprehensive written report and oral
presentation. Prerequisites: EGR 231, EGR 271, EGR 311, and one additional EGR 300-level
course, Senior standing or permission of instructor.

Physics (PHY)

Major: CSC 140 (Foundations of Computer Science), EGR 270 (Electronic Instrumentation),
MAT 120 (Calculus of a Single Variable Part II) or 121 (Calculus of a Single Variable), 122
(Calculus of Several Variables), 221 (Linear Algebra), and 236 (Differential Equations); PHY 161,
162, 263, 312 and three additional course credits in Physics at or above the 300 level, for a
minimum of 14 courses. Students planning for graduate work in Physics or Engineering should
include PHY 305, 321, 322, and 334. Students planning for graduate work are also strongly
encouraged to take MAT 234 (Complex Variables), and CHE 323 and 324 (Physical Chemistry I
and II).

Teaching Certification: Students who are interested in pursuing K-12 certification to teach
science should seek admission to the Teacher Education Program. See the Education
department section for application and certification information (pages 109-111).

Minor: A minimum of five course credits in Physics which include PHY 161, 162, 263, 265, and
at least one course in Physics at or above the 300 level.

Capstone: Physics majors conduct individual experimental projects of their own design in
small groups during the advanced lab course. Following the advanced lab, students will conduct
a literature search on the background of their experiment in more depth and then write an
individualized paper, with emphasis on their particular contribution to the project. The paper
must be submitted to their capstone advisor no later than two blocks after the start of the
advanced lab. The student will revise the paper until it is accepted by the department. If it
appears that the student is making insufficient progress towards the completion of the
individual paper, then the student and Registrar will be notified that the student is in danger of
not completing the major requirements. Once the paper is approved, students are then required
to present their findings in a public presentation. If the presentation is judged unacceptable,
then the student will have the opportunity to give another presentation privately to the

The Physics curriculum facilitates a wide range of interests from professional to cultural;
graduate work in physics, astronomy, geophysics, medicine, meteorology, environmental
engineering, business administration, law, health physics, and computer science. B.S.S.
candidates and students contemplating an individualized major in the physical sciences are
invited to discuss possible curricula with the Department.

Note: PHY 116, 121, 123, and 125 have no formal prerequisites; 141 and 142 ask only reasonable
facility in algebra and trigonometry.

116. Energy & Society (W)
Our modern society depends critically on the conversion of stored energy sources, like coal, oil,
and natural gas, into useful forms of energy such as electricity, transportation, and heat. This
course will explore the societal impacts of this energy use on human health, the environment,
and the economy. We will also explore energy production and consumption patterns around the
world. Students will engage in critical reading, discussion, and several different types of

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