Degree Programs

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Program Description

Dual Degree Programs

B.A. Major in Physics

B.A. Major in Engineering Physics

Minor in Physics

Secondary Certification in Physics

 


 Program Description

Physics, the fundamental natural science, provides explanations for a large number of physical phenomena through the use of a small number of general concepts, principles, and theories.  The study of physics contributes to an understanding of the physical world and develops the ability to reason analytically.  The physics department at Southwestern College provides undergraduate instruction in a broad range of physics courses designed to fulfill the needs and interests of a variety of students.  Students who take advantage of all of the physics course offerings are introduced to the core subfields of physics.  Physics program graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue careers in physics, engineering, physics education, and related fields.

Physics courses at Southwestern are set in a liberal arts context.  As a result, the historical, philosophical, and cultural implications of physics are considered in the program, and physics majors are required to express the concepts of physics in writing and in oral presentations.

The physics department provides two semesters of introductory physics at two separate levels; algebra and trigonometry based instruction (College Physics) for students majoring in other fields (i.e. biology) and calculus based instruction (General Physics) for physics majors and others needing a more mathematically rigorous treatment. All intermediate and advanced courses in physics require General Physics. In addition, the B.S. in Chemistry, the B.A. in Mathematics, and most engineering schools require General Physics.

Because of prerequisites in intermediate and advanced courses, students considering physics as a major should take two semesters of Calculus their freshman year and Calculus 3, Differential Equations, and two semesters of General Physics their sophomore year. After completion of these courses the student will be prepared to take upper level courses in physics during their junior and senior years.
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Dual Degree Programs

Southwestern College offers two dual-degree programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering in cooperation with the University of Texas at El Paso.

B.S. Degree Option - Students who complete the undergraduate dual-degree program receive a B.A. degree in Engineering Physics from Southwestern College and a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UTEP.  Participants attend Southwestern College for three years and then transfer to UTEP for an additional two years of concentrated engineering study in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Master's Degree Option - Upon completion of all requirements for the B.A. major in Engineering Physics at Southwestern College, with three additional years of successful study in the graduate program at UTEP, both the B.A. in Engineering Physics and a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering will be awarded.

Students interested in the dual-degree programs should contact Dr. Bob Gallup (6200) in the physics department for additional information.

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B.A., Major in Physics

Major requirements:

211 General Physics 1
212 General Physics 2
213 General Physics 3
310 Mathematical Physics
320 Modern Physics

Two of the following laboratory courses:

380 Optics
440 Mechanics
470 Electricity and Magnetism

One of the following:

410 Thermal and Statistical Physics
480 Quantum Mechanics

Cognate requirements:

In mathematics:

222 Calculus 1
223 Calculus 2
224 Calculus 3
321 Ordinary Differential Equations
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B.A., Major in Engineering Physics

Major requirements:

211 General Physics 1
212 General Physics 2
213 General Physics 3
310 Mathematical Physics
320 Modern Physics

One of the following laboratory courses:

380 Optics
470 Electricity and Magnetism

Cognate requirements:

In Mathematics:

222 Calculus 1
223 Calculus 2
224 Calculus 3
321 Ordinary Differential Equations

In Chemistry:

111 General Chemistry 1
112 General Chemistry 2

In Computer Science:

212 Programming 1

In Engineering:

Completion of a two-year program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, or a three-year graduate program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso.
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Minor in Physics

Requirements:

In Physics:

211 General Physics 1
212 General Physics 2
213 General Physics 3
320 Modern Physics

In Mathematics:

222 Calculus 1
223 Calculus 2
224 Calculus 3
321 Ordinary Differential Equations
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Secondary Certification in Physics

Requirements:

In addition to the requirements for the physics major, the student must satisfy all the requirements for Kansas teacher certification as listed in the Education section of the Southwestern College catalog and complete the following courses:

In Integrative Studies (LAS):

280 History of Science

In Chemistry:

111 General Chemistry 1
112 General Chemistry 2
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