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Physics course catalog


LEE CARKNER, Professor
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State

JOSHUA DYER, Associate Professor
B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Michigan State

NATHAN H. FRANK, Associate Professor
B.A., Concordia College; Ph.D., Michigan State

JAMES VAN HOWE, Associate Professor
B.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Cornell

WILLIAM PETERSON, Professional Faculty Instructor
B.S., Ph.D., University of Iowa

B.S., Michigan State; Ph.D., Minnesota

JAMES W. WETZEL, Visiting Assistant Professor
B.S., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Major in Physics

42 credits, including 211, 212, 213, 366, 368 (or 367 and 421), 12 elective credits at the 300-400 level, 4 credits of chemistry at 131 level or above, and 10 credits of MATH-160, MATH-220, and MATH-260. Students may NOT major in both Engineering-Physics and Physics.

Major for Teaching Physics

28 credits, including PHYS-211, PHYS-212, PHYS-213, PHYS-360, PHYS-366, and PHYS-368 and two of the following: PHYS-300, PHYS 339, PHYS-313. See the Director of Secondary Education for more details. 100-level courses do not count toward the major. Required supporting courses (40 credits): ASTR-145; BIOL-130 and BIOL-140; CHEM-131 and CHEM-132; GEOL-101 and GEOG-105; MATH-160, MATH-220, MATH-230, and MATH-260.

Minor in Physics

16 credits, including 211, 212, 213, 366, and 368

Major in Engineering Physics

42-44 credits, including 211, 212, 213, 366, 368 (or 367 and 421), ENGR-180, ENGR-375, and 6 credits of ENGR-310 and PHYS-360, or 8 credits of PHYS-339 and PHYS-377, or 8 credits of CHEM-321 and CHEM-322, 4 credits of chemistry at 131 level or above, and 10 credits of MATH-160, MATH-220, and MATH-260.

The above sequence involves a selection of one of three engineering tracks: chemical, mechanical, or electrical. A student interested in mechanical or civil engineering would take PHYS-310, and PHYS-360, students interested in electrical or computer engineering would take PHYS-339 and PHYS-377, while students interested in chemical engineering would take CHEM-321 and CHEM-322.

Students may NOT major in both Physics and Engineering Physics (11-12-09.)

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.

Courses (PHYS)

Augustana junior awarded $5,000 physics scholarship

Augustana junior John P. McDonaugh has been awarded a $5,000 Rossing Physics Scholarship for 2019 -2020.

Lee Carkner

'Season of Light' planetarium show Dec. 8-14

John Deere Planetarium at Augustana College will present its annual holiday program, "Season of Light," on Dec. 8-14.


Sit back, way back, for ‘astronomical spectacle’

An extensive renovation of Augustana's John Deere Planetarium will create an immersive theater experience with a new full-dome digital projector.