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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived 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 ~ ipfw.edu/physics/

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

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

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: Optoelectronics and Biomedical Physics, Engineering Physics and Computational Physics. If your are interested in high school teaching, you may be interested in physical science teaching certification as an alternative to the Physics Teaching program (listed separately in this Bulletin). 

You may also earn a Research Certificate by participating in research.  See description listed separately in Part 5   of this Bulletin.

To earn the B.S. with a major in physics, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), in addition to the following requirements:

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

English Writing and Speaking

  • See Arts and Sciences Part A for Speaking requirement 

Foreign Language

  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part B Credits: 8

General Elective Courses

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120

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