2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

Physics Majors and Minors

Major in Physics (B.S.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements 59-65

    PHY 2110, General College Physics I (4)

    CSC 1020, Intro to Computer Science (3) 

0

 
    CEM 1610, CEM 1620 General Chemistry II (4, 4)

0

 
    MTH 1210, Calculus I (4) 

0

 
    CAS 4015, Capstone (1)  

0

 
Major Requirements   

 30

    PHY 1050, Freshman Physics Seminar 

1

 
    PHY 2120, General College Physics II 4  
    PHY 3110, Analytical Mechanics 4  
    PHY 3120, Electricity and Magnetism
    PHY 4010, Advanced Physics Laboratory
    PHY 4210, Quantum Mechanics I
    PHY 4220, Quantum Mechanics II
    PHY 4410, Survey of Advanced Physics
4
2
4
4
4
 
    PHY 3700, Research in Physics I 1  
    PHY 4700, Research in Physics II
    PHY 4050, Physics Senior Capstone
1
1
 
Minor Requirements  

18

Electives 15-21
Total   128

ENGINEERING PHYSICS

Belmont’s Engineering Physics program offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of the physical world and development of new technology.  Through this rigorous physics program students can combine the strengths of physics and engineering to provide basic tools for solving practical problems.  This program offers extensive experience with laboratory methods, instrumentation, materials and data analysis. This major is appropriate for students wanting to pursue careers in industry, either directly after undergraduate studies, or following graduate school in engineering or physics.
  

Major in Engineering Physics (B.S.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements   59-65
    PHY 2110, General College Physics I (4)

 0

 
    CSC 1020, Intro to Computer Science (3)

 0

 
    CEM 1610, CEM 1620 General Chemistry II (4, 4)

 0

 
    MTH 1210, Calculus I (4)  

 0

 
    CAS 4015 Capstone (1)

 0

 
Major Requirements   36
    PHY 1050, Freshman Physics Seminar

1

 
    PHY 2120, General College Physics II
    PHY 2250, Electronics and Circuit Theory
4
4
 
    PHY 3110, Analytical Mechanics 4  
    PHY 3120, Electricity and Magnetism
    PHY 4210, Quantum Mechanics I
    PHY 4220, Quantum Mechanics II
    PHY 4250, Instrumentation
4
4
4
4
 
    PHY 3700, Research in Physics I 1  
    PHY 4700, Research in Physics II 1  
    PHY 4050, Physics Senior Capstone

1

 
    Physics electives from 3000 and higher level 4  
Minor Requirements   18
Electives   9-15
Total   128
     
 
Minor in Physics Hours
    PHY 1110, 1120, Basic College Physics I, II or
    PHY 2110, 2120, General College Physics I, II
8  
    Physics Electives from 2000 level or higher (excluding PHY 2110 and 2120) 10  
Total   18
 
Minor in Physical Science Hours
    PHY 1110, 1120, Basic College Physics I, I 8  
    CEM 1610, 1620, General College Chemistry I, II 8  
    Eight hours chosen from the following 8  
        PHY 2230 or 3240, Introduction to Modern Physics or Atomic Physics
        PHY 2240, Introductory Medical Physics    
        CEM 3410, Analytical Chemistry I    
        CEM 3310, 3320, Organic Chemistry I, II    
Total   24

Medical Physics

The Medical Physics program is designed for students interested in pursuing a physics-related career in the health sciences. The program is interdisciplinary, offering a diverse curriculum combining courses from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Computer science areas. Medical Physics is designed particularly to prepare students who want to pursue graduate careers in nuclear medicine, radiation oncology and diagnostic radiology.

This program requires no minor. As a career in medical physics requires a post baccalaureate degree, students need an undergraduate background that will make them competitive for admission and success in advanced degree programs. Students graduating from this program will receive a B.S. degree in Medical Physics on graduation.

Major in Medical Physics ( B.S.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements
Includes the following Science and Mathematics requirements: 
59-65
    MTH 1210, Calculus I (4)  0
    BIO 1110, Principles of Biology (4)  0
    CEM 1610 and 1620, General Chemistry I & II (4,4)  0
    CSC 1020, Intro to Computer Science (3)  0
    CAS 4015, Capstone (1)  0
Major Requirements   57
    PHY 1050, Freshman Physics Seminar
    PHY 2110, 2120, General College Physics I, II
1
8
 
    PHY 2240, Introduction to Medical Physics 4  
    PHY 2250, Electronics and Circuit Theory 4  
    PHY 3120, Electricity and Magnetism 4  
    PHY 4210, Quantum Mechanics I
    PHY 4220, Quantum Mechanics II
4
4
 
    MTH 1151, Elem. Statistics for the Sciences
    MTH 1220, Calculus II
3
4
 
    MTH 2210, Calculus III 4  
    MTH 2240, Differential Equations 3  
    BIO 1120, Principles of Biology II
    BIO 2110, Medical Terminology
4
1
 
    Option A
    BIO 2230, Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    BIO 2240, Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4
4
 

    Option B
    CEM 3310, Organic Chemistry I
    CEM 3320, Organic Chemistry II

4
4

 
    PHY 4050, Physics Capstone

General Electives 6-12
Total   128

No minor required in the Medical Physics major