Jun 20, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics (B.S.)


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Program: B.S.
Department of Physics  
College of Arts and Sciences

Kettler Hall 126B ~ 260-481-6306


The Physics program can prepare you for careers in science and industry or teaching. It can also prepare you for graduate study in physics, medical physics, engineering, law, and medicine.  Within the physics program, there are four possible concentrations in addition to the “standard” Physics major:  Biomedical Physics; Computational Physics; Engineering Physics; and Optoelectronics and Photonics Physics.   You may also earn a Research Certificate by participating in research.  For details on these programs, see Program Descriptions  in this Catalog.

For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach Physics in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree  Program and the School of Education  page in this catalog.  Note:  The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Arts and Sciences.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  • reason about physically significant problems conceptually and mathematically.
  • solve complex physical problems using sophisticated mathematical techniques.
  • interpret mathematical solutions conceptually and physically.
  • investigate physical phenomena using multiple approaches.
  • use computation and computer modeling to investigate physical phenomena and solve physical problems.
  • communicate in appropriate scientific media and forms.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

  • Physics 15200 must be repeated if a grade of C- or below is received
  • A grade of C- or above in all supporting courses is required
  • A maximum of one grade below C- is allowed except for in supporting courses
  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses taken for the major.

To earn the B.S. with a major in Physics, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above:

General Education Requirements: Credits 33


  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details.
  • Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description.  Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major.  A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne College Requirements link above.  Go to Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree.

English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6


  • See Part A in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree for Speaking requirement

International Language: Credits 8


  • See Part B in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree

General Electives


  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120

Total Credits: 120


Student Responsibility


You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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