The physics teaching minor satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in physics. Students must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program. See the education department listing for requirements.
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Physics electives: 8 credits *
PHY 160SN -
Introduction to the science of astronomy. The basic tools and concepts in
astronomy and the underlying physics are discussed. Topics will include the
investigational methods in astronomy and the underlying physics are
discussed. Topics will include investigational methods in astronomy and an
emphasis on our Solar System. Additional topics may include stars, galaxies,
and cosmology. Students are expected to be able to articulate a Christian
perspective of our place in the universe. Prerequisite: C- or higher in either MAT109QR or MAT127, or ACT math score
of 22 (SAT550 or above) or permission of instructor. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Science and the Natural World)
Note: There is a laboratory/observation component to this course.
PHY 211SN -
Classical Physics I
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Science and the Natural World) Though all
students are welcome in this calculus-based, IGE physics course, this is the
first of a two course sequence designed for math, science, and engineering
majors and others who have taken or are taking calculus and intend to apply
to medical or graduate school. This course includes the following topics:
kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, gravity, oscillations,
Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT 112, or consent of the department chair.
PHY 212 -
Classical Physics II
A continuation of Classical Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetism.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY211 with a grade of C- or better.(4 credits)
PHY 370 -
An introduction to the physics of the 20th century. Topics will include
special relativity, introduction to quantum theory, the Schrodinger
equation, the hydrogen atom and many-electron atoms.
Note: There is a laboratory component to this course.
Prerequisites: successful completion of PHY212 & MAT211 with a grade of C-
or higher, or permission of instructor.
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
Total credits required: 24
* Elective courses at 200-level (and above).