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.  



Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Physics and Geophysics, BS (7001)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS10

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
WRA: 1. WRA: 1 course from WRA110, WRA115, WRA120, WRA125, WRA130, WRA135, WRA140, WRA145, WRA150, WRA195H, LBS133, AL192, AL192H
Alternate: 2 courses
At least 1 course from WRA110, WRA115, WRA120, WRA125, WRA130, WRA135, WRA140, WRA145, WRA150, WRA195H, LBS133, AL192, AL192H
At least 1 course from AL201
James Madison Writing: 3. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 4. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Conditions:
University Tier I Writing: A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 1 (subrule)
University Tier I Writing: Students who receive a 1.0 or 1.5 in Tier I Writing must take AL201 or repeat the course to meet the 2.0 minimum grade requirement. (Applies to Requirement(s) 1)

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Biology, Physiology or Genetics
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Biology, Physiology or Genetics: 1 course from BS110, BS111, ENT205, MMG205, PLB105, PSL250, ZOL141

Requirement 12: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Chemistry Pair
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Chemistry Pair: A total 2 courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
CEM141, CEM142
CEM151, CEM152

Requirement 13: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Chemistry Lab
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Chemistry Lab: 1 course from CEM161

Requirement 14: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Calculus I and II
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Calculus I and II: 2 courses from MTH132, MTH133

Requirement 15: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Multivariable Calculus
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Multivariable Calculus: 1 course from MTH234

Requirement 16: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Differential Equations
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Differential Equations: 1 course from MTH235

Requirement 17: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Dynamic Earth
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Dynamic Earth: 1 course from GLG201

Requirement 18: Major - Physics and Geophysics - History of the Earth
Major - Physics and Geophysics - History of the Earth: 1 course from GLG304

Requirement 19: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Hydrogeology
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Hydrogeology: 1 course from GLG411

Requirement 20: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Modern Geophysics
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Modern Geophysics: 1 course from GLG470

Requirement 21: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Applied Geophysics
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Applied Geophysics: 1 course from GLG471

Requirement 22: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Physics Lab for Scientists I and II
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Physics Lab for Scientists I and II: 2 courses from PHY191, PHY192

Requirement 23: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Thermodynamics and Modern Physics
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Thermodynamics and Modern Physics: 1 course from PHY215

Requirement 24: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Classical Mechanics
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Classical Mechanics: 1 course from PHY321

Requirement 25: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Thermal and Statistical
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Thermal and Statistical: 1 course from PHY410

Requirement 26: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Optics
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Optics: 1 course from PHY431

Requirement 27: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Electronics
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Electronics: 1 course from PHY440

Requirement 28: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Advanced Laboratory
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Advanced Laboratory: 1 course from PHY451

Requirement 29: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Quantum Physics
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Quantum Physics: 1 course from PHY471

Requirement 30: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Electricity and Magnetism
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Electricity and Magnetism: 1 course from PHY481

Requirement 31: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Physics Sequence I
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Physics Sequence I: 1 course from PHY183, PHY193H

Requirement 32: Major - Physics and Geophysics - Physics Sequence II
Major - Physics and Geophysics - Physics Sequence II: 1 course from PHY184, PHY294H

Requirement 33: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 34: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 35: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.