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Physics

Dr. C. Jeff Martoff, Chair

Dr. Zbigniew Dziembowski, Advisor
Barton Hall, Room A225
215-204-7639
zbig.dziembowski@temple.edu

The Physics Department offers B.A. and B.S. degree programs, both of which provide excellent preparation for graduate studies.

The B.S. program provides for a broadening of the more applied aspects of a student's training and is recommended particularly for those intending to enter industry with a bachelor's degree. Both the B.S. and the B.A. programs are options for those planning careers in the medical or life sciences.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

Calculus I, II, III; Calculus-based Physics I, II; and Physics 2101, 2502, 2701, 3101, 3301, 3302, 4101, 4302, 4796.  In addition to these, one course must be chosen from: Physics 2501, 3701, 4301. 


YEAR 1 – Fall        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
QB

QB
Physics

Physics
1061

2021
Elementary Classical Physics I
     or
General Physics I
4

4


SB
Subtotal     8  

YEAR 1 – Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Mathematics

Mathematics
1042

1942
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
Physics

Physics
1062

2022
Elementary Classical Physics II
     or
General Physics II
4

4


SB
Subtotal     8  

YEAR 2 – Fall        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Math 2043 Calculus III 4  
Physics 2501* Computing for Scientists 3  
Subtotal     7  

YEAR 2 – Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 2101 Classical Mechanics 3  
Physics 2502 Mathematical Physics 4  
Physics 2701 Introduction to Modern Physics 4  
Subtotal     11  

YEAR 3 – Fall        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 3101 Analytical Mechanics 3  
Physics 3301 Electricity and Magnetism 4  
Subtotal     7  

YEAR 3 – Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 3302 Classical Electromagnetism 3  
Physics 3701* Introduction to Quantum Mechanics    
Subtotal     3  

YEAR 4 – Fall        
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 4101 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory 3  
Physics 4301* Electronics    
Physics 4302 Optics 3  
Subtotal     6  

YEAR 4 – Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 4796 Experimental Physics 3 WI
Subtotal     3  
*One course chosen from: Physics 2501, 3701, 4301    

Credits in Coursework for B.A. in Physics 53
Core / Elective Credits 70
Total Credits for B.A. Degree 123

 

Bachelor of Science Requirements

Calculus I, II, III; Calculus-based Physics I, II; Physics 2101, 2501, 2502, 2701, 3101, 3301, 3302, 3701, 4101, 4302, 4796; Math 3041; two required science or mathematics electives.  In addition to these, two courses must be chosen from: Physics 4301, 4701, 4702.


YEAR 1 – FALL and YEAR 1- SPRING    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Identical to B.A. Requirements 

YEAR 2 – Fall        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Math 2043 Calculus III 4  
Math 3041 Differential Equations I 3  
Physics 2501 Computing for Scientists 3  
Subtotal     10  

YEAR 2 – Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 2101 Classical Mechanics 3  
Physics 2502 Mathematical Physics 4  
Physics 2701 Introduction to Modern Physics 4  
Subtotal     11  

YEAR 3 – Fall        
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 3101 Analytical Mechanics 3  
Physics 3301 Electricity and Magnetism 4  
Required Elective Elective Two courses in biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, mathematics, or advanced physics chosen in consultation with an advisor 6-8  
Subtotal     14-16  

YEAR 3 – Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 3302 Classical Electromagnetism 3  
Physics 3701 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 3  
Subtotal     6  

YEAR 4 – Fall        
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 4101 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory 3  
Physics 4301* Electronics 3  
Physics 4302 Optics 3  
Subtotal     9  

YEAR 4 – Spring      
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 4701* Introduction to Solid State Physics    
    (Note: Physics 4701 is offered in even-numbered years.)    
Physics 4702* Introduction of Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics 3  
    (Note: Physics 4702 is offered in odd-numbered years.)    
Physics 4796 Experimental Physics 3 WI
Subtotal     6  
*Two courses chosen from: Physics 4301, 4701, 4702.    


Credits in Coursework for B.S. in Physics 72-74
Core / Elective Credits 49-51
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123

Minor Requirements

Students wishing to minor in Physics should take 8 semester hours of Calculus-based Physics I, II (Physics 1061-1062 or equivalent), Electricity and Magnetism (Physics 3301) or Introduction to Electromagnetic Fields and Waves (Electrical Engineering 3712), Introduction to Modern Physics (Physics 2701), and 6 additional semester hours of Physics courses at or above the 2000 level, chosen with the approval of the Undergraduate Physics Advisor.

 

Minors in Electrical and Mechanical Science

These minors are designed for Physics majors considering graduate work in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or exploring career opportunities in branches of Engineering close to Physics. The student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better in these minors. Students who are interested in Engineering/Applied Physics but do not have time for a full minor should nevertheless review these minors and consult with the Physics Advisor about the possibility of taking courses in Engineering. Since Physics and Engineering Core Curricula overlap significantly, a Physics major can often learn an interesting Engineering specialty by taking a relatively modest number of courses.

Requirements for the Electrical Science Minor

Requirements for the Electrical Science Minor are: EE 2312, EE 2322, EE 3512, plus a minimum of 9 semester hours of 2000- and 3000-level electives, chosen in consultation with an advisor in the Electrical Engineering Department. (The EE 2322 lab largely duplicates the labs for Physics 3301 and Physics 4301 and is therefore not required.)  The following example elective sequence emphasizes solid state devices and might be of particular interest to a Physics major: EE 2612/2613 and EE 3312/3313.

Requirements for the Mechanical Science Minor

Requirements for the Mechanical Science Minor are: Engineering 2331, Engineering 2333 or 2332, ME 3301 and ME 3305 Lab, plus a minimum of 11 semester hours of 2000- and 3000-level electives, chosen in consultation with an advisor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Five-year Master's Program

Five-Year B.A. or B.S./M.A.

This program allows a talented student to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years. A physics major may apply for the program during the junior or senior year. Please consult the advisor for details.

Five-Year Master’s/Secondary Education Certification Program

This is a combined program between the College of Science and Technology and the College of Education.  For more information, see the following website:

www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_programs/schools_colleges/ed/intro/generalinfo/ed_generalinfo.shtm#teacher

Distinction in Major

A student who wishes to graduate with distinction in the major must complete all courses required for the physics major with a GPA of 3.5 or better, and carry out an independent study or undergraduate thesis project. Consult the Undergraduate Physics Advisor for more details.

 

 

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