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    The Physics/Physics Education Program

     

    The physics program at Saint Vincent College offers an excellent education in one of the most important research fields of our time. Students can learn about and specialize in renewable energy, nuclear physics, the cosmos, our climate and much more. Our expert faculty teaches and mentors students, providing theoretical knowledge and giving practical experience in our state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories. After graduating with a degree in physics, our students continue their education in graduate school or begin a successful career in the field.

     

    • Our students have a 100-percent acceptance to graduate programs in Physics and Engineering, with regular financial aid awards. About 60 percent of our students go to graduate school in Physics and Engineering. Among the graduate schools, our students have obtained offers at the University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame, College of William and Mary and Purdue University. 
    • The department has an excellent record in the area of Summer Fellowship and Research offers. Among the places where our students did their training are: Duke University, Michigan State University, NASA, Pennsylvania State University, Bucknell University and Naval Research Labs. 
    • The department also has an excellent record in teacher placement. Among the places where our students teach Physics and Math are: Greater Latrobe School District, Greensburg Salem, Hempfield Area, Derry Area, Connellsville, Penn Trafford and Franklin Regional. 
    • In addition, the department has an excellent record in placing students in industrial jobs. Among places where our students work are: FBI, Lawrence Livermore Lab, Westinghouse, Microsoft, Naval Submarine Program, PPG, Alcoa and UPMC. 
    • Many of our students have published their research work with their professors in some of the most prestigious physics journals. Among such journals are the American Journal of Physics and the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.

    Physics and Physics Education Learning Objectives 

    • Students will have knowledge of the fundamental theoretical fields of physics.
    • Students will have understanding and practice of experimental nature of physical science.
    • Students will have the capability to perform independent research.
    • Students will be able to obtain entrance to and perform in graduate and professional schools.
    • Physics Education students will be successful in gaining an education certification and procurement of positions in secondary schools.

    B.S. in Physics | B.S. in Physics Education | Physics Minor 

    All majors must complete college core curriculum.

    College Core (48 credits):
    TH 119 First Theology (freshman year) - 3 credits
    Theology (200 Level) - 3 credits
    Theology (300 Level) - 3 credits
    History (100 Level) - 3 credits
    History (200 Level) - 3 credits
    PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits
    Philosophy Elective (PL 215 Ethics suggested) - 3 credits
    Natural Science 100 level with lab - 4 credits
    Natural Science 200 level with lab - 4 credits
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric (freshman year) - 3 credits
    English Elective (Literature Course) - 3 credits
    English Elective - 3 credits
    Fine Arts (100 Level) - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    First-Year Seminar (additional hour) - 1 credit

    Major Requirements for B.S. in Physics (68 credits):
    PH 100 Physics Seminar - 1 credit
    PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
    PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
    PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 114 General Physics II Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 211 Modern Physics I - 3 credits
    PH 213 Modern Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 215 Thermodynamics - 3 credits
    PH 221 Classical Mechanics - 3 credits
    PH 241 Optics - 3 credits
    PH 243 Optics Laboratory -1 credit
    PH 244 Advanced Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 252 Electromagnetic Fields - 3 credits
    PH 261 Electronics - 3 credits
    PH 263 Electronics Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 311 Modern Physics II - 3 credits
    PH 322 Quantum Mechanics - 3 credits
    PH 341 Condensed Matter Physics - 3 credits
    PH 370 Mathematical Physics - 3 credits
    PH 381 Research - 1 credit
    MA 111-113 Calculus I-III - 12 credits
    MA 114 Differential Equations - 4 credits
    CH 101, 103 General Chemistry I and Laboratory - 4 credits
    CH 102, 104 General Chemistry II and Laboratory - 4 credits

    A thesis is required in the senior year.

     

    Major Requirements for a B.S. in Physics Education (68 credits): 

    NSCI 100 Astronomy - 3 credits
    NSCI 101 Astronomy Laboratory - 1 credit
    NSCI 135 Physical Geology - 3 credits
    NSCI 136 Physical Geology Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 100 Physics Seminar - 1 credit
    PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
    PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
    PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 114 General Physics II Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 211 Modern Physics I - 3 credits
    PH 213 Modern Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 215 Thermodynamics - 3 credit
    PH 221 Classical Mechanics - 3 credits
    PH 241 Optics - 3 credits
    PH 243 Optics Laboratory - 1  credit
    PH 244 Advanced Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 261 Electronics - 3 credits
    PH 263 Electronics Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 322 Quantum Mechanics - 3 credits
    PH 381 Research - 1 credit
    MA 111-113 Calculus I-III - 12 credits
    MA 114 Differential Equations - 4 credits
    CH 101, 103 General Chemistry I and Laboratory - 4 credits
    CH 102, 104 General Chemistry II and Laboratory - 4 credits
    BL 150, 151 General Biology and Laboratory - 4 credits

    A thesis is required in the senior year.

    See Education Department (insert link) for Education course requirements.

    Requirements for a Physics Minor (19 credits): 

    PH 111 General Physics - 3 credits
    PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
    PH 113 General Physics Laboratory I - 1 credit
    PH 114 General Physics Laboratory II - 1 credit
    In addition, select 11 credits from courses numbered above PH 200, including at least one of the following:
    PH 213 Modern Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 243 Optics Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 244 Advanced Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 263 Electronics Laboratory - 1 credit
    MA 111-112 Calculus I-II are prerequisites for General Physics.
    MA 113-114 Calculus III-IV are recommended electives.