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Physics Major

Division of Natural Sciences

Want to pursue a graduate degree in physics or a physics-related career in industry? Get your degree in physics from BC.

Physics Major

For students planning on graduate study in physics or engineering or a physics-related career in industry.

Required courses:

During the first term Kinematics Newtons laws of motion conservation laws rotational motion periodic motion and fluid mechanics. During the second term Thermodynamics electricity magnetism optics and modern physics. A combination of lectures and learning by inquiry are employed. Computers are used for data acquisition data analysis and mathematical modeling. Three hours in class one hour in recitation and two hours in lab per week. Prerequisite MATH 130 or 132 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 131 132 respectively.

Unit(s): 4

During the first term Kinematics Newtons laws of motion conservation laws rotational motion periodic motion and fluid mechanics. During the second term Thermodynamics electricity magnetism optics and modern physics. A combination of lectures and learning by inquiry are employed. Computers are used for data acquisition data analysis and mathematical modeling. Three hours in class one hour in recitation and two hours in lab per week. Prerequisite MATH 130 or 132 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 131 132 respectively. PHYS 221is prerequisite to PHYS 222. General Education Natural & Physical Science

Unit(s): 4

Analog electronics including diode and transistor operation mathematical circuit analysis operational amplifier applications. Two hours in class and six hours in lab per week. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 4

A survey of 20th century physics. Topics include relativity wave-particle dualism Schroedinger equation wave functions spectra nuclear physics and elementary particles. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Kinematics and dynamics in one two and three dimensions including oscillating systems central force motion Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics motion of rigid objects and wave motion. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132. Alternate years offered 2014-2015

Unit(s): 3

Electrostatics scalar potential electric fields and energy in conductors and dielectrics electric currents magnetic fields and energy leading up to Maxwells equations and from there to electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Classical and modern experiments give the student a basic understanding of experimental methods. Involves several lectures and extensive lab work. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Discussion and presentation of papers by students and faculty on problems of current interest in physics. Prerequisite Senior standing with a major in Physics Applied Physics Physics and Mathematics or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

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An Honors Project is one in which a student researches a subject by examination of relevant literature or by experimentation or both the student reports the results in an accurately documented and well-written paper or appropriate representation of the work. Whenever the study deals with the subject of an established course the student is expected to go well beyond the usual work of the course in research and in assimilation of the results as revealed in the report. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or above may register for an Honors Project. One desiring to pursue an Honors Project must submit a written description of his or her proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day of the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the conclusion of the Honors Project the supervising professor files with the Registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished and with the Library Director a copy of the written paper or appropriate representation of the work. It is the students responsibility to provide the materials for the library in compliance with specifications approved by the Council on Education. The Library Director arranges for binding and storage.

Unit(s): 3

Study of differential calculus of a single variable. Applications of the derivative are made to curve sketching max-min problems and linear approximation and IHopitals Rule. Also included are applications of the Intermediate Value Theorem and Mean Value Theorem. Credit may not be received for both MATH 130 and 131. Prerequisites MATH 120 or satisfactory performance on placement test

Unit(s): 3

Study of integral calculus of a single variable. Included are techniques of integration and numerical methods of integration. Applications of the integral are made to computing area volume arc length and selected topics. Prerequisite MATH 131

Unit(s): 3

Continuation of Calculus I and II. Included are Taylor polynomials infinite series and polar coordinates. Also included is an introduction to multivariate calculus and multiple integrals. Prerequisites MATH 132

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to multivariate calculus. Included are calculus of vector-valued functions and motion in space limits continuity and partial derivatives of functions of several variables vector fields Greens Theorem The Divergence Theorem and Stokes Theorem. Prerequisites MATH 210 and 231

Unit(s): 3

And 9 additional credits from PHYS courses numbered 300 or above.

Activities and Clubs

Join the Society of Physics Students, Bridgewater College Chapter

  • Develop leadership skills as you plan meetings, events and trips designed to promote the awareness of physics
  • Conduct science demonstrations at area elementary schools
  • Be part of a chapter that has been recognized as an “Outstanding Chapter” in the nation

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with a degree in physics?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • East Carolina University (Medical Physics)
  • James Madison University (Computer Science)
  • Old Dominion University (Physics)
  • University of Tennessee (Physics)
  • University of Virginia (Mechanical Engineering)

Or pursue a career as a:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Design Engineer
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Physicist
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Teacher

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in the field of physics from the Society of Physics Students.

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Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Philip Spickler
540-828-5767
pspickler@bridgewater.edu