2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Aug 17, 2018  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, BA

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Director of Undergraduate Studies

201 Physics Building


Cristian Armendariz-Picon, Marina Artuso, Stefan Ballmer, Steven Blusk, Mark Bowick, Duncan Brown, Simon Catterall, JiJi Fan, Martin B. Forstner, Kenneth Foster, Jay Hubisz, Matthew LaHaye, John Laiho, Edward D. Lipson, M. Lisa Manning, M. Cristina Marchetti, Alan Middleton, Liviu Movileanu, Britton Plourde, Carl Rosenzweig, Peter Saulson, Eric A. Schiff, Jennifer Schwarz, Tomasz Skwarnicki, Mitchell Soderberg, Paul Souder, Sheldon Stone, Gianfranco Vidali, Scott Watson

Physicists idealize the behavior of matter and energy in terms of mathematical representations called the “fundamental laws of nature” and seek to explain the properties of nuclei, atoms, molecules, and systems of these particles (gases, liquids, crystals, etc.). Undergraduate courses provide a background in classical physics, quantum mechanics, and laboratory techniques.

The department offers coursework leading to either a B.A. or a B.S. degree. The major leading to the B.S. degree is modeled on the recommendations of the American Physical Society for students intending to pursue graduate work in physics. Students submit a petition to receive a B.S. in physics and should consult the director of undergraduate studies concerning required courses. For information about certification to teach physics at the secondary school level, see “Education/Arts and Sciences (dual program)” in this section of the catalog.

Other information about physics can be found on the Internet at physics.syr.edu.

B.A. Degree Requirements

The B.A. degree in physics is an important accomplishment for students considering careers in such widely varying areas as law, journalism, corporate management, and teaching. In all of these fields a liberal education incorporating serious study of a scientific discipline is an asset.

  • Development of analytical and computational skills through the study of advanced undergraduate physics.
  • Development of written and verbal communication skills, including the specialized skills required for the communication of technical information.
  • Development of a broad understanding of the role of science and technology in modern life. The bachelor of arts degree requires completion of at least 30 credits of physics and astronomy courses.

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