Department of Physics

Main Departmental Office

Physics Building, 110

P.O. Box 311427

Denton, TX 76203-1427

(940) 565-2626

Fax: (940) 565-2515

Samuel E. Matteson, Chair

Faculty

Professors Deering, Duggan, Golden, Grigolini, Kobe, Matteson, McDaniel, Roberts, Sybert, West. Associate Professors Harrison, Hu, Kowalski, Littler, Mueller, Ordonez, Perez, Sears, Ward, Weathers. Assistant Professors Fanelli, Shiner.

Introduction

From advancing state-of-the-art processes in the semiconductor industry to developing computer software for simulating exotic phenomena, physicists and engineering physicists are helping to expand the frontiers of both basic science and high technology. The diversity of work conducted by physicists and engineering physicists occurs because physical science and engineering disciplines are based, to a large extent, on physics principles. A bachelor's degree in physics or engineering physics also prepares students for graduate work in astrophysics, biophysics, computational physics, medical physics and other subfields and interdisciplinary fields in physics.

Programs of Study

The department offers the following undergraduate and graduate programs:

Doctor of Philosophy, all with a major in physics.

Substitutions in the BA or BS degree programs may be made only with the written consent of the department chair. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all advanced-level courses is required for graduation with a degree in physics or engineering physics.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research opportunities are available for undergraduate students interested in physics and engineering physics. Students should consult the undergraduate adviser.

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Physics

The BA with a major in physics is designed for students planning to teach physics in public school, taking a double major or desiring a liberal arts education with a science concentration.

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirement s" in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

2. Major Requirements: 27 hours in physics to include: PHYS 1710/1730 (or 1410/1430 and 1420/1440), 2220/2240, 3010/3030; plus 15 more hours of advanced level physics courses.

3. Other Course Requirements: MATH 1710, 1720 and 2730; and CHEM 1410/1430 and 1420/1440.

4. Electives: See four-year plan.

Bachelor of Science in Physics

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements (excluding foreign language and natural and life sciences).

2. Major Requirements:

3. Minor: A minor in engineering technology is required for Option II.

4. Other Course Requirements: MATH 1710, 1720, 2700, 2730 and 3410; CHEM 1410/1430 and 1420/1440; and CSCI 1110.

5. Electives: See four-year plan.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 130 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the "General University Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements (excluding foreign language and natural and life sciences).

2. Major Requirements: At least 31 semester hours in physics to include: PHYS 1710/1730, 2220/2240, 3010/3030, 3210, 3310, 4110, 4210 and 4310; plus 4 hours of advanced-level physics courses and at least 30 hours of engineering technology to include: ENGR 2220, 2520, 3260 and 3960; ELET 3970; plus 14 hours chosen from ELET 2720 and 2750, MEET 3650, 3660, 3940 and 4350, and MFET 1220, 2450 and 3250.

3. Other Course Requirements: MATH 1710, 1720, 2700, 2730 and 3410; CHEM 1410/1430 or 1413/1430, and 1420/1440 or 1423/1440; and CSCI 1110.

4. Electives: See four-year plan.

Mathematics Requirements

Students who must schedule physics courses with mathematics prerequisites must plan their mathematics programs carefully. Freshmen should note mathematics placement procedures described in the Department of Mathematics section of this catalog. Physics majors who are advised to take MATH 1650 prior to 1710 may count this course as elective credit.

Minor in Physics

A minor in physics consists of a minimum of 18 hours of physics courses, including 10 advanced hours.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach physics in secondary schools must earn a major and degree in their academic discipline and complete required courses in secondary education. Students must apply for the teacher education program in the College of Education in Matthews Hall 105, and meet all course GPA and state requirements for certification.

Option 1 Single Teaching Field in Physics (36 hours; BA only). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: PHYS 1710/1730, 2220/2240 and 3010/3030; plus 15 hours chosen from: PHYS 3120, 3220, 3310, 3420, 4110, 4160, 4210, 4220, 4310, 4420, 4500 and 4600; plus 9 advanced hours approved by the department.

Option 2 First Teaching Field in Physics (31 hours; BA only). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: PHYS 1710/1730, 2220/2240, and 3010/3030; plus 15 hours chosen from: PHYS 3120, 3220, 3310, 3420, 4110, 4160, 4210, 4310, 4420, 4500 and 4600; plus 4 advanced hours approved by the department.

Option 3 Second Teaching Field in Physics (31 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: PHYS 1710/1730, 2220/2240, 3010/3030; plus 19 hours advanced PHYS.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Major in Physics

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

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BS in Physics

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

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BS in Engineering Physics

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

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