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Physics Curriculum

The Doane College Physics Department offers a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics and a Physics Minor. There are two possible tracks for the physics major: one is for students pursuing careers in science, engineering, and technology areas, and the other is for students wishing to teach physics in high school.  The department also teaches courses in the Foundational Areas of Knowledge part of the Core Curriculum.
 
Requirements for the Physics Major:
 
Complete 1 or 2.
1. Complete the following:
a. A minimum of 35 credits in physics with a cumulative grade point 
average of 2.00 or above.
b. PHY 201, 202 (preferred) or PHY 107, 108.
c. PHY 225 within two semesters of completing item “b” above.
d. PHY 302, 306, 314, 325, 435 (or 4 credits of 471).
e. Four additional credits in physics at the 300-400 level.
f. The senior project sequence: 395, 495, 496. RES 495 and 496 for 1 
credit each may be substituted for PHY 495 and 496.
g. Cognates CHM 125, IST 145, MTH 235, 236, 329, 337.
 
2. Students seeking secondary education certification in physics must complete 
the following:
a. A minimum of 24 credits in physics with a cumulative grade point 
average of 2.80 or above.
b. PHY 201, 202 (preferred) or PHY 107, 108.
c. PHY 225 within two semesters of completing “b” above.
d. PHY 302, 306, 314, 325.
e. Cognates AST 103, 103L (or GEO 103), BIO 120, CHM 125, IST 145, 
MTH 235, 236, 337, NSI 322, 324, 326, 327.
f. One additional teaching major or subject endorsement.
g. All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.
 
Requirements for the Physics Minor:
 
1. Complete a minimum of 20 credits in physics as follows:
a. PHY 107, 108 (or 201, 202).
b. A minimum of at least 12 additional credits in physics at the 300-400 
level.
2. Complete the cognates MTH 235, 236.
 

Courses Offered by the Physics Department:

PHY-107&108 Introductory Physics (4-4).  Read more

PHY-201 & 202 General Physics (4-4). Read more

PHY-225 Sophomore Exam (0). Read more

PHY-302 Electricity and Magnetism (4).Read more

PHY-306 Mechanics (4).  Read more

PHY-308 Heat and Thermodynamics(4). Read more

PHY-312 Optics (4).  Read more

PHY-314 Modern Physics (4).  Read more

PHY-318 Statics (4).  Read more

PHY-325 Electronics (4).  Read more

PHY-405 Quantum Mechanics (4). Read more

PHY-435 Mathematical Methods for Physics (4).   Read more

PHY-395 Physics Research I (1).  Read more

PHY-495 Physics Research II (1).   Read more

PHY-496 Senior Seminar in Physics (1).  Read more

AST-103 Introductory Astronomy (3).   Read more

AST-103L Astronomy Laboratory (1).   Read more

PHS-105 Principles of Physical Science (4).  Read more