This degree offers a broad background in basic physics to students pursuing a second major or minor in any discipline, including arts, humanities, and social sciences.
In addition to completing the required courses, students are encouraged to take advantage of any of the many research opportunities available at Valpo.
B.A. students in physics at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical-thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions. General-education requirements for the B.A. (.pdf) »
Requirements for the Major
The following courses constitute the minimum 28 credits required for the major.
It is assumed that students will acquire competency in at least one computer programming language (FORTRAN, C, C++).
|Core Courses||28 credits|
|PHYS 141||Newtonian Mechanics||3 credits|
|PHYS 141L||Experimental Physics I||1 credit|
|PHYS 142||Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves||3 credits|
|PHYS 142L||Experimental Physics II||1 credit|
|PHYS 243||Physics: Atoms and Nuclei||3 credits|
|PHYS 245||Experimental Physics III||1 credit|
|PHYS 246||Data Reduction and Error Analysis||1 credit|
|PHYS 250||Mechanics||3 credits|
|PHYS 281||Electricity and Electronics||3 credits|
|PHYS 345||Experimental Physics IV||1 credit|
|PHYS 360||Thermal Physics||3 credits|
|PHYS 371||Electromagnetic Fields||3 credits|
|PHYS 445||Senior Research in Physics
(With departmental approval, PHYS 481-483 or PHYS 497 may be substituted.)
|PHYS 499||Physics and Astronomy Colloquium||0 credits|
|Additional Recommended Courses:
Physics and astronomy courses investigate the fundamental laws that explain the interactions of matter and energy.
Pre-Medical Arts Programs
A major in physics is an appropriate preparation for admission into professional schools and programs such as medicine, dentistry, hospital administration, medical technology, optometry, public health, veterinary medicine, and other allied health fields.