Undergraduate Bulletin for 1998-99

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College of Arts and Sciences
Program Descriptions


Janet M. Yamron, Adviser
(215) 204-8301
Academic Advising Center
(215) 204-7971

B.A. Major Requirements

All students who plan to enter the College of Arts and Sciences for the music major (non-performing) curriculum must pass a Theory Entrance Examination before enrolling in the program. Contact Linda White, at the College of Music (215-204-8598), to arrange for the examination. Applications are processed by the College of Music.

The curriculum for music majors will generally be the following requirements:

Freshman Year 1st s.h. 2nd s.h.
Aural Theory 0041, 0042 2 2
Intro. to Th. & Lit. 0045 2 0
Secondary Piano 0005, 0006 1 1
Choral Ensemble 1 1
Theory C143 0 3
Composition C050 3 0
Intellect. Heritage X051 0 3
Physics C067 3 0
Mathematics C055 0 3
Arts/Related Arts 3 3
  15 16
Sophomore Year    
Aural Theory 0141, 0142 2 2
Theory 0144, C243 3 3
Secondary Piano 0105, 0106 1 1
Choral Ensemble 1 1
Music in History 0160, 0161 2 2
Individual and Society 3 0
Intellectual Heritage X052 3 0
Related Arts 0 3
Music Elective 0 2
  15 14
Junior Year    
Choral Ensemble 1 1
Conducting 0123, 0124 1 1
Counterpoint 0343 0 2
Orchestration 0242 2 0
Music in History W260, W261 3 3
American Culture 0 3
Mathematics 3/4 0
Foreign Language 0061, 0062 3 3
*Academic Elective 3 0
Science B/Computer Application C315 0 3
  16/17 16
Senior Year    
International Studies 3 3
*Academic Elective 3 3
American Music C086 3 0
Hist. Am. Pop & Jazz 0135 0 3
Conducting 0330, 0331 2 2
Music Elective 3 3
Music Electives 0 2
Choral Ensemble 1 0
  15 16

Total: 123 credits needed for graduation.

*One additional course in Humanities 0100-0399 required; two Social/Natural Sciences or Mathematics 0100-0399 required.

Students with a major in music must take at least 60 semester hours in CAS courses.

Courses taken in the major count toward the requirement to take 45 semester hours in upper-level courses.

Minor Requirements

A minor in music consists of a minimum of 21 semester hours. Students wishing to minor in music must successfully complete Music Studies 0041 and C143. The remaining 16 credits may be chosen in the following distribution:

  1. A minimum of seven credits must be chosen from the approved list of music history, music theory, and music literature courses.
  2. As many as nine credits may be chosen from the approved list of applied (performing) music lessons and ensembles. However, the applied music courses are optional and are not required for the minor. These remaining nine credits can be selected from either or both of the two categories. Contact the Associate Dean for the list of approved courses.

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David Welker, Chair
(215) 204-6063

The Philosophy Department offers a B.A. degree program. The program is designed to provide a solid foundation for various professions in business, government, and professional schools (such as law), as well as an excellent background for the further study of philosophy.

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

To minor in philosophy, a minimum of 18 semester hours must be completed including:

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Donald Neville, Adviser
(215) 204-8479

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. program are an option for those planning careers in the medical or life sciences.

B.A. Major Requirements

An introductory sequence in Classical Physics with calculus (Physics C087-C088, or 0121-0122, or C081-C082). Three terms of calculus (Mathematics C085-0086, and 0127, or equivalents).

Intermediate level courses in Optics (0171), Mathematical Physics (0184), Electricity and Magnetism (0187), and Introduction to Modern Physics (0188), and the corresponding labs (0187L, 0188L).

Advanced level courses in Mechanics (0201-0202), Electromagnetism (0211), Experimental Physics (0215), and Thermodynamics (0231).

In addition, one course chosen from Electronics (0221), Computing for Scientists (0161), and Quantum Mechanics (0306). Students planning to go to graduate school in Physics are strongly urged to take Physics 0306 and Physics 0321 or 0341.

B.S. Major Requirements

An introductory sequence in Classical Physics with calculus (Physics C087-C088, or 0121-0122, or C081-C082). Three terms of calculus (Mathematics C085-0086, and 0127, or equivalents).

Intermediate level courses in Computing for Scientists (0161), Optics (0171), Mathematical Physics (0184), Electricity and Magnetism (0187), and Introduction to Modern Physics (0188), and the corresponding labs (0187L, 0188L).

Advanced level courses in Mechanics (0201-0202), Electromagnetism (0211), Experimental Physics (0215), Thermodynamics (0231), Quantum Mechanics (0306) and any two of the following courses: Electronics (0221), Introduction to Solid State Physics (0321), or Introduction to Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics (0341).

In addition, Mathematics 0251 (Ordinary Differential Equations) and two courses in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, or Advanced Physics, chosen in consultation with the undergraduate physics adviser.

Also offered is an interdisciplinary B.S. in Mathematics/Physics. The physics requirements for this degree are the same as the requirements for the B.S. degree listed above, except omit Physics 0221,0321,and 0341. The mathematics requirements for the interdisciplinary degree are those listed in the Mathematics section under the heading "Common Requirements," plus Mathematics W205 (Modern Algebra). It is possible to substitute certain advanced mathematics courses for Physics 0184. For more details on this program, see the Undergraduate Physics Adviser, Dr. Neville.

Minor Requirements

Students wishing to minor in physics should take eight semester hours of introductory physics with laboratory (Physics C087-C088 or equivalent), Electricity and Magnetism with laboratory (Physics 0187 and 0187L) or Introduction to Electromagnetic Fields and Waves (Electrical Engineering 0220), Introduction to Modern Physics with laboratory (Physics 0188 and 0188L), and six additional semester hours of physics courses at or above the 0100 level, chosen with the approval of the Undergraduate Physics Adviser.

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 adviser about the possibility of taking courses in engineering. Since physics and engineering core curricula overlap significantly, often a physics major can learn an interesting engineering specialty by taking a relatively modest number of courses.

Requirements for the Electrical Science minor are: EE 0161, EE 0165, EE 0210, plus a minimum of nine semester hours of 0200 and 0300 level electives, chosen in consultation with an adviser in the Electrical Engineering Department. (The labs for Engrg. 0163 and EE 0165 largely duplicate labs for Ph. 0187 and Ph. 0221 and are not required.) The following example elective sequence emphasizes solid state devices and might be of particular interest to a physics major: EE 0254/0255 and EE 0256/0257.

Requirements for the Mechanical Science minor are: Engrg. 0134 or 0131, Engrg. 0133, Engrg. 0234, ME 0231, plus a minimum of nine semester hours of electives. The elective courses can follow one of three tracks. The thermodynamics and combustion track comprises ME 0154, 0371, 0381, and 0372. The electro-mechanical systems and control track comprises EE 0063 and 0066, ME 0221, and ME 0322 or Engrg. 0382. The computer aided manufacturing track comprises Engrg. 0310, ME 0375, and MET 0152.

Five-year Master's Program

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 adviser for details.

Distinction in Major

A student who wishes to graduate with distinction in 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 adviser for more details.

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Political Science

Bernard Mennis, Department Chair
(215) 204-7536

The Department of Political Science offers a B.A. degree in a major designed to have two essential purposes. The first, reflected in the four required courses, is to expose the student to the principal intellectual concerns and subfields of the discipline. These include the subjects of American, comparative, and international politics, and the distinctive intellectual orientations of political philosophy.

The second purpose of major requirements is then to allow students considerable flexibility to pursue subjects of their choice in more advanced courses in political science. Thus, in addition to the subfields named above, they may also take courses in public policy and administration and urban politics.

Major Requirements

The requirement for the political science major is 10 courses in political science including four required courses: Political Science C051 (American Political System), Political Science C052 (Foreign Governments and Politics) or Political Science C053 (International Politics), Political Science W101 (Political Philosophy) which fulfills the department's capstone writing requirement, and Political Science 0103 (Evidence, Proof, and Knowledge). The additional six political science courses may be selected from any of the total political science offerings numbered 0100 or above. Not more than two supervision-type courses may count toward the six elective courses, and these include P.S. 0371, 0372, 0373, 0382, 0383, and 0384.

Students can specialize in their programs by concentrating their course work in one of the following six areas: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, political theory, public policy and administration, and urban politics.

Minor Requirements

Students may earn a minor in political science by completing six s.h. of political science from C051, C052, C053, 0101, or 0103 and 12 s.h. of political science at the level of courses numbered 0100 or above except 0101 and 0103.

Distinction in Major Honors Program

The Honors Program in Political Science is open to departmental majors who exhibit particular promise in their field. The program enables majors to study in small, participatory seminars and to develop the analytic and research skills necessary for graduate or professional school and for careers in political research. Offerings rotate among faculty members and consist of advanced topics in one of the major fields of political science (international relations, American politics, political theory, comparative politics, and public policy).

Completion of the Distinction in Major Program involves taking two of the four honors seminars offered to juniors and seniors: PS 0291, 0292, 0391, and 0392. Listings of the specific seminar offerings and instructors for the next two years are available during each spring priority registration. Prerequisites are a 3.2 cumulative average, a 3.3 average in political science, completion of two of the four required political science courses, and admission by the departmental Honors Coordinator. Students may apply to the Honors Coordinator for admission beginning the spring of their sophomore year (for the fall junior semester). While applications will be accepted as late as spring of the junior year (in order to take the two senior honors seminars), earlier admission insures a wider choice of seminar offerings over the course of a student's junior and senior year in the program.

Joint Program in Political Economy

Susan Wolcott, Contact person,
8th floor, Ritter Annex
(215) 204-8887

Richard Deeg, Contact person,
Political Science
4th floor, Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-7123

The purpose of the political economy program is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to study more intensely the relationship between the political and economic spheres of society. The program is based on the belief that a focused examination of this relationship provides us with a better understanding of several social phenomena; chief among these is a better understanding of public policy choices and the policymaking process, as well as a better understanding of how government actions affect the process of economic change.

For these reasons the political science and economics departments offer an interdisciplinary program leading to a B.A. degree with additional specialization in political economy. The program is open to all matriculated undergraduate students. Applicants need not be declared majors in either economics or political science. The political economy program provides an excellent preparation for graduate study in the social sciences and for the study of law.

B.A. Major Requirements

The program consists of two components: required University Core courses at the lower-division level and elective courses at the upper-division level.

University Core-all students must take the following core courses:

OR in lieu of the above two courses students may take

AND either of the following:

Elective courses-all students must successfully complete (grade of C- or better) four courses from the following list. Two of the four courses must be in economics, and two courses must be in political science. Students should select courses that correspond to their own substantive interests. Students should plan their schedules well in advance, since many courses are not offered each semester.


Political Science

Five-year Master's Program

Political Science majors can graduate with both the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years. Students in their junior year may apply for admission to the M.A. program if they have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and 1100 on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative Examinations. As seniors, they will take two graduate Core courses for undergraduate credit and complete their undergraduate requirements. This is followed by 24 s.h. of graduate courses and Comprehensive Examinations. Students should contact the Graduate Chair for admission procedures and current program information.

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