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  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 University catalog

Physics, Department of


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Department Chair

Jim Feagin

Department Office/Website

McCarthy Hall 611
657-278-3366
physics.fullerton.edu

Faculty

Wylie Ahmed, Kwang-Ping Cheng, Greg Childers, Jim Feagin, Heidi Fearn, Leigh Hargreaves, Murtadha Khakoo, Geoffrey Lovelace, Michael Loverude, Gina Passante, Jocelyn Read, Josh Smith, Ionel Tifrea, Keith Wanser

Introduction

Physics is the natural science that deals with the properties and interactions of matter and radiation. As such, physics provides the fundamental basis for all other sciences, and for applied science fields such as engineering and the health sciences. Many physicists engage in research designed to expand the frontiers of physical knowledge; others engage in the application of physics concepts in industry and in private and government laboratories.

The physics major program can provide the education necessary for the student to continue studies at the graduate level that, in turn, lead to the master’s and doctoral degrees. Alternatively, the physics major program can provide the education necessary for the student to work immediately upon graduation with the bachelor’s degree, either in industry or government labs, in applied physics fields, or in teaching at the secondary school level. Our optional emphasis in business provides students with experience in starting or managing a technology-oriented business.

Students are encouraged to obtain research experience by working with faculty in their ongoing research efforts. Independent Study provides practical work experience that integrates classroom studies with the needs and methods of modern industrial science.

Degree Descriptions

The Bachelor of Science in Physics is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of fundamental physics and its applications. Students will develop the skills of investigation and experimentation required to analyze data and solve physical science problems using analytical, computational, graphical and mathematical methods. The curriculum provides undergraduate students with a foundation for entry into a variety of applied physics and physics-related jobs in industry or government labs, and prepares them for teaching at the secondary school level or for post-graduate education in physics and astronomy.

The Master of Science in Physics is designed to develop and deepen students’ knowledge of fundamental physics and its applications. Students will learn advanced mathematical, computational and experimental techniques that prepare them to expand the frontiers of physics knowledge and apply physics concepts and methods in technical settings. The curriculum prepares students for entry into doctoral programs in physics and astronomy, as well as for entry or professional advancement into government or industrial professions requiring advanced or specific physics knowledge.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered

Programs

    Bachelor of ScienceMaster of ScienceNon-Degree

    Courses

      Astronomy

      Courses are designated ASTR as in the class schedule.

      Physics

      Courses are designated as PHYS in the class schedule. A “C” (2.0) or better is required in all prerequisite courses. Prerequisite requirements with exception of the grade requirement may be waived by the instructor of the course if the instructor is satisfied that the student is qualified to undertake the course.

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