Bachelor of Science in Physics
Trevecca Nazarene University
USD 28,590 / per semester *
Earliest start date
* per 12-18 credit hours
Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in physics equips you with a strong balance of classroom learning, laboratory experience, and hands-on research involvement. Special grant funding and faculty collaborations allow you to take part in robust and unique research opportunities including near-space research, electron microscopy, digital electronics, and solar telescope engagement.
- Benefit from our small professor-to-student ratio which allows for tailored and interactive instruction from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience, and who make an effort to know you personally.
- Take advantage of incredible internships and job opportunities available in the exciting Nashville market.
- Participate in exciting and unique research opportunities using state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
What to Expect
Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in physics program combines an academically rigorous liberal arts foundation with a strong foundation in physics. Coursework can be tailored to match your goals and passions, and small class sizes allow you to engage on a deeper level with your professors, classmates, content, projects, and research.
You’ll work closely with dedicated faculty who actively collaborate with other universities and corporations to expand your scope of learning and provide valuable network contacts. The unique research opportunities at Trevecca include, but are not limited to, near-space research, electron microscopy, digital electronics, and solar telescope engagement.
For the past four years, Trevecca has collaborated with Neocera and the University of Maryland on a federally funded project. This magnetic imaging research program provides you the opportunity to work with a SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) to help develop new circuit analysis tools for the semiconductor industry.
Our physics faculty have also been awarded corporate and government funding to support our near-space research program which launches high-altitude balloons to over 120,000 feet and tracks them with our custom-designed GPS tracking and telemetry systems. As part of this program, you can design and conduct experiences, develop electronics and software, and participate in launch, tracking, and recovery.
Why Choose Trevecca?
Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.
Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers, and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth.
As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your physics degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you, your faith, and your goals.
General Education — 42 or 43 hours
Exceptions: The Laboratory Science and Mathematics components of the General Education curriculum are fulfilled by required major and support courses. Issues in Science is waived in lieu of upper-division physics courses.
Major — 40 hours
- PHY 2110 General Physics I 4
- PHY 2120 General Physics II 4
- PHY 2030/EEC 2030/ITI 2030 Digital Logic I 4 or PHY 2500/EEC 2500 Circuits I 4
- PHY 2550/MAT 2550 Mathematical Methods for Physical Science and Engineering 3
- PHY 2560 Projects in Physics or Engineering I 1-3 or PHY 3333 Faculty-Led Academic Research Experiences (FLARE) 1-3
- PHY 3140 Modern Physics 4
- PHY 3200/EEC 3200 Electromagnetics I 3
- PHY 3300 Intermediate Mechanics 4
- PHY 3335/BIO 3335/CHE 3335 Junior Seminar in Physics 1
- PHY 4010 Thermodynamics 4
- PHY 4200/EEC 4200 Electromagnetics II 3
- PHY 4335/BIO 4335/CHE 4335 Senior Seminar in Physics 1
- PHY 4400 Quantum Mechanics 3
Choose one of the following — 1 hour
- PHY 4330 Special Projects in Physics 1-3
- PHY 4340 Research Projects in Physics II 1-3
- PHY 4350 Senior Design Project 1-3
- PHY 4510 Career Internship in Physics 1-3
Required Support Courses — 22 hours
- CHE 1040 General Chemistry I 4
- EEC 2150 Engineering Programming I 3
- MAT 1510 Calculus I 4
- MAT 1520 Calculus II 4
- MAT 2510 Calculus III 4
- MAT 3020 Differential Equations 3 or MAT 3090 Linear and Matrix Algebra 3
It is recommended, though not required, that students take both MAT 3020 Differential Equations and MAT 3090 Linear and Matrix Algebra.
Mathematics Minor — 18 hours
The 18 hours will be fully completed as part of the support course requirements together with MAT 2550/PHY 2550 Mathematical Methods for Physical Science and Engineering.
Additional Minor and/or General Electives — 15-16 hours
Total Credit Hours: 120
With your degree from Trevecca, you’ll be well-prepared to enter any number of fields from astronomy to healthcare to engineering, energy, or technology. Your degree positions you to continue on to graduate studies or to pursue roles such as:
- Research scientist/analyst
- Patent agent
- Data scientist
- Computational scientist
- Solar physicist
- Health physicist
- Aerospace systems engineer
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