Discontinued Program - Physics and Geophysics

Program:
Physics and Geophysics
Program Code:
7001 Physics and Geophysics
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
SS01
End Term:
FS09
Department:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Natural Science

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate Programs
Physics and Geophysics

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in physics and geophysics is designed to provide a thorough foundation in the field of physics, considerable background in the geological sciences and mathematics, and a balanced program in the liberal arts. The degree program is designed for those with an interest in graduate study in the geological sciences or employment in the environmental or energy sector.

A Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics is also available and is administered by the Department of Geological Sciences. For additional information, refer to the Department of Geological Sciences section of this catalog.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and Geophysics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Geophysics.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Physics and Geophysics major is met by completing Physics 431, 440, and 451. Those courses are referenced in item 3. b. (1) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement. Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Physics or Astronomy (44 or 45 credits):  
      (1) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        BS 110 Organisms and Populations 4
        BS 111 Cells and Molecules 3
        ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
        MMG 205 Allied Health Microbiology 3
        PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
        PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
        ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
      (2) One of the following pairs of courses (7 credits):  
        (a) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
          CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
        (b) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
          CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
      (3) All of the following courses (15 credits):  
        CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
        MTH 132 Calculus I 3
        MTH 133 Calculus II 4
        MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
        MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
      (4) All of the following courses in the Department of Geological Sciences (19 credits):  
        GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth 4
        GLG 304 Physical and Biological History of the Earth 4
        GLG 411 Hydrogeology 4
        GLG 470 Principles of Modern Geophysics 3
        GLG 471 Applied Geophysics 4
    b. The following courses in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (33 to 35 credits):  
      (1) All of the following courses (27 credits):  
        PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
        PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
        PHY 215 Thermodynamics and Modern Physics 3
        PHY 321 Classical Mechanics I 3
        PHY 410 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
        PHY 431 Optics I 3
        PHY 440 Electronics 4
        PHY 451 Advanced Laboratory 3
        PHY 471 Quantum Physics I 3
        PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
      (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
        PHY 193H Honors Physics I-Mechanics 3
      (3) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
        PHY 294H Honors Physics II-Electromagnetism 3
        The completion of Geological Sciences 470 and 471, or Physics 390 and 490, fulfills the department’s capstone course requirement.