BA in Physics

General

Program Description

If you have a passion for challenging coursework, practical applications, and problem-solving, a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics may be a great option.

You will discover a strong interrelationship among mathematics, computer science, and physics, reflecting the faculty’s longstanding focus on helping the student find the right program for their skills and interests. The department merges coursework with laboratory activities, practical internships, and opportunities for teaching and leadership. Courses emphasize in-depth group activities, enabling you to tackle challenging projects while developing your interpersonal communication skills. These experiences will provide a solid foundation for future employment or graduate study.

Wartburg supports and encourages undergraduate research and design projects utilizing innovative technology, including virtual reality displays and 3-D visualization software.


Program Fast Facts

The physics program provides in-depth instruction for physics majors with a special emphasis in physics education and preparation for graduate school. Small class size encourages informal interaction between faculty and students. The physics program provides laboratory and research equipment that includes microcomputers, electromagnets, oscilloscopes, lasers, vacuum pumps, multichannel fast Fourier transform analyzer, and telescopes.

  • Students will know models for thinking about mechanical, electromagnetic, atomic/quantum, and relativistic systems.
  • Students will be able individually and in teams to use numerical, computational, mathematical, and visual tools to analyze and solve problems.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively to articulate, design, conduct, and communicate results of experiments.


Requirements

14 course credits:

  • CH 113 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CH 114 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CS 120 Introduction to Computers and Programming
  • MA 250 Applied Calculus
  • MA 251 Foundational Differential Calculus
  • MA 252 Foundational Integral Calculus
  • MA 255 Multivariable Calculus
  • PHY 203 Classical Physics I
  • PHY 204 Classical Physics II
  • PHY 207 Modern Physics
  • PHY 460 Perspectives in Physics

Four PHY course credits numbered 300 or above. PHY 399 does not count toward this requirement and only one credit counts from PHY 371, PHY 372 or PHY 455-PHY 456.

Last updated Jul 2018

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