Physics, B.S./M.S.
Credits: 152: 122UG/30GD
CIP Code: 400801
Program Description
The Accelerated Dual Degrees in Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Physics curriculum provide graduates an understanding of basic and advanced principles of physics together with the knowledge of analytical, computational, and mathematical concepts to solve complex scientific problems of importance to the society. The flexibility of the curriculum provides opportunities for the development of initiatives and skills for careers in research and technology.
Admissions Requirements
Applicants to the Accelerated Dual Degrees in Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Physics must meet the General Admissions Requirements of Clark Atlanta University as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. Students are admitted based on their academic achievement in secondary school. Students must have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.25 and minimum scores of 1100 on the composite Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) out of 1600 or 22 on the American College Testing (ACT) out of 36.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Physics will be able to:
- Solve calculus-based problems in mechanics, electromagnetism, and optics.
- Integrate physical concepts for the analysis of complex problems cutting across multidisciplinary STEM areas.
- Analyze and model physical systems by utilizing mathematical approximations and methods.
- Effectively communicate concepts of related physics topics phenomena, analyses, and conclusions.
Degree Requirements
In addition to the General Degree Requirements as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, students must satisfy all the requisite major and cognate courses with minimum final grades of "C” for award of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics. For award of the Master of Science Degree in Physics, students must complete at least thirty (30) credits of graduate coursework in the major field and defend an acceptable thesis.
At the beginning of the second semester of the third year of study, students must apply for admission to the graduate program. During their fourth year of study, students may begin graduate coursework and research while completing undergraduate degree requirements. Summer research activities may be required depending on the objectives of students' research projects. During the fifth year of study, students engage exclusively in graduate study.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to continue in the program. At any point during matriculation in this program, students may elect to pursue the traditional Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics.
Code | Title | Hours |
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Required Undergraduate Courses | ||
CPHY 121 | Physics I: Mechanics | 3 |
CPHY 121L | Physics I: Mechanics Lab | 1 |
CPHY 122 | Physics II: Elec & Magnetism | 3 |
CPHY 122L | Physics II:Electricity&Mag.Lab | 1 |
CPHY 123 | Physics III:Optics/Modern Phys | 3 |
CPHY 123L | Physics III: Optics&Mod.PhyLab | 1 |
CPHY 211 | Modern Physics | 3 |
CPHY 321 | Mathematical Physics I | 3 |
CPHY 322 | Mathematical Physics II | 3 |
CPHY 331 | Classical Mechanics | 3 |
CPHY 332 | Electromagnetic Theory | 3 |
CPHY 411 | Thermo & Statistical Mechanics | 3 |
CPHY 412 | Intro to Quantum Mechanics | 3 |
CPHY 421 | Undergraduate Research I | 3 |
CPHY 422 | Undergraduate Research II | 3 |
CPHY XXX | Physics Elective ^{1} | 3 |
CPHY XXX | Physics Elective ^{1} | 3 |
CPHY XXX | Physics Elective ^{1} | 3 |
Undergraduate Physics Electives | ||
Select nine credits of the following: | 9 | |
CPHY 301 | ||
CPHY 312 | ||
CPHY 341 | ||
CPHY 375 | ||
Internship | ||
CPHY 442 | ||
CPHY 450 | ||
Cognate Courses | ||
CCIS 253 | Intro. to Comp. Sim/Analysis | 3 |
CMAT 111 | Calculus I | 4 |
CMAT 112 | Calculus II | 4 |
CMAT 211 | Calculus III | 4 |
CMAT 214 | Linear Algebra | 3 |
CMAT 212 | Differential Equations | 3 |
Total Hours | 78 |
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Physics Electives must be at the 300-400 level.
General Education Courses
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Area A: Humanities/Fine Arts | ||
CPHI 105 | Critical Thinking | 3 |
CHIS 201 | United States,Africa & World | 3 |
or CHIS 211 | History of the United States | |
CHIS 202 | United States, Africa & World | 3 |
or CHIS 212 | History of the United States | |
Area B: Social/Behavioral Sciences | ||
CPSY 211 | General Psychology | 3 |
Area C: Natural Sciences/Mathematics/Statistics | ||
CCHE 111 | Gen Chem 1 & Recitation | 4 |
CCHE 111L | General Chemistry Lab | 0 |
CCHE 111R | 0 | |
CCHE 112 | Gen Chem II Lec & Recitation | 4 |
CCHE 112HL | Honors General Chemistry Lab | 0 |
CCHE 112HR | 0 | |
Area D: Communications | ||
CENG 105 | College Composition I | 3 |
CENG 106 | College Composition II | 3 |
CENG 201 | Intro to World Literature I | 3 |
or CENG 202 | Intro to World Literature II | |
Area E: Financial/Technological | ||
CCIS 105 & 105L | Programming Principles I and Programming Principles I Lab | 4 |
CECO 107 | Introduction to Economics | 3 |
Total Hours | 36 |
Free Electives: 15 Credits
Note: Free Electives should be chosen in consultation with the advisor depending, on the choice of minor or stackable credentials.
Other University Requirements
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
CGED 100 | First Year Seminar | 1 |
CGED 101 | 1st-Year Seminar | 1 |
Total Hours | 2 |
Graduate Courses
Code | Title | Hours |
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Required Graduate Courses | ||
CPHY 501 | Classical Mechanics | 3 |
CPHY 503 | Electrodynamics | 3 |
CPHY 515 | Quantum Mechanics I | 3 |
CPHY 516 | Quantum Mechanics II | 3 |
CPHY 520 | Thermo & Statistical Mechanics | 3 |
CPHY 531 | Mathematical Methods I | 3 |
CPHY 532 | Mathematical Methods II | 3 |
CPHY 603 | Thesis Research (I) | 3 |
CPHY 603 | Thesis Research (II) | 3 |
CPHY XXX | Physics Elective ^{1} | 3 |
Graduate Elective | ||
Select one of the following: | 3 | |
CPHY 504 | ||
Solid State Physics | ||
CPHY 545 | ||
CPHY 550 | ||
Physics of Surfaces | ||
CPHY 570 | ||
CPHY 585 | ||
CPHY 586 | ||
Thesis Consultation | ||
CPHY 605 | ||
CPHY 606 | ||
CPHY 607 | ||
CPHY 610 | ||
Special Topics in Physics | ||
Total Hours | 33 |
Plan of Study for Accelerated Dual Degrees in Physics, B.S./M.S.
(Students who are not prepared to complete calculus in their first year of study should arrange a revised plan of study in consultation with an advisor.)
First Year | ||
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First Semester | Hours | |
CPHI 105 | Critical Thinking (Area A) | 3 |
CENG 105 | College Composition I (Area D) | 3 |
CGED 100 | First Year Seminar | 1 |
CMAT 111 | Calculus I | 4 |
CPHY 121 | Physics I: Mechanics | 3 |
CPHY 121L | Physics I: Mechanics Lab | 1 |
Hours | 15 | |
Second Semester | ||
CCIS 105 & 105L |
Programming Principles I and Programming Principles I Lab (Area E) |
4 |
CENG 106 | College Composition II (Area D) | 3 |
CGED 101 | 1st-Year Seminar | 1 |
CMAT 112 | Calculus II | 4 |
CPHY 122 | Physics II: Elec & Magnetism | 3 |
CPHY 122L | Physics II:Electricity&Mag.Lab | 1 |
Hours | 16 | |
Second Year | ||
First Semester | ||
CCIS 253 & CCIS 106L |
Intro. to Comp. Sim/Analysis and Programming Principles II Lab |
3 |
CCHE 111 | Gen Chem 1 & Recitation (Area C) | 4 |
CCHE 111L | General Chemistry Lab (Area C) | 0 |
CCHE 111R | Area C | 0 |
CMAT 211 | Calculus III | 4 |
CPHY 123 | Physics III:Optics/Modern Phys | 3 |
CPHY 123L | Physics III: Optics&Mod.PhyLab | 1 |
Hours | 15 | |
Second Semester | ||
CENG 201 or CENG 202 |
Intro to World Literature I (Area D) or Intro to World Literature II |
3 |
CCHE 112 | Gen Chem II Lec & Recitation (Area C) | 4 |
CCHE 112L | General Chemistry II Lab (Area C) | 0 |
CCHE 112R | Area C | 0 |
CMAT 212 | Differential Equations | 3 |
CPHY 211 | Modern Physics | 3 |
CPSY 211 | General Psychology | 3 |
Hours | 16 | |
Third Year | ||
First Semester | ||
CHIS 201 or CHIS 211 |
United States,Africa & World (Area A) or History of the United States |
3 |
CMAT 214 | Linear Algebra | 3 |
CPHY 321 | Mathematical Physics I | 3 |
CPHY 331 | Classical Mechanics | 3 |
Free Elective ^{1} | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Second Semester | ||
CHIS 202 or CHIS 212 |
United States, Africa & World (Area A) or History of the United States |
3 |
CPHY 322 | Mathematical Physics II | 3 |
CPHY 332 | Electromagnetic Theory | 3 |
CECO 107 | Introduction to Economics (Area E) | 3 |
Free Elective ^{1} | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Fourth Year | ||
First Semester | ||
CPHY 411 | Thermo & Statistical Mechanics | 3 |
CPHY 412 | Intro to Quantum Mechanics | 3 |
CPHY 421 | Undergraduate Research I | 3 |
CPHY XXX | Physics Elective ^{2} | 3 |
Free Elective ^{1} | 3 | |
CPHY 501 | Classical Mechanics | 3 |
Hours | 18 | |
Second Semester | ||
CPHY 422 | Undergraduate Research II | 3 |
CPHY XXX | Physics Elective ^{2} | 3 |
CPHY XXX | Physics Elective ^{2} | 3 |
Free Elective ^{1} | 3 | |
Free Elective ^{1} | 3 | |
CPHY 503 | Electrodynamics | 3 |
Hours | 18 | |
Fifth Year | ||
First Semester | ||
CPHY 515 | Quantum Mechanics I | 3 |
CPHY 520 | Thermo & Statistical Mechanics | 3 |
CPHY 531 | Mathematical Methods I | 3 |
CPHY 601 | Departmental Seminar | 0 |
CPHY 603 | Thesis Research | 3 |
Hours | 12 | |
Second Semester | ||
CPHY 516 | Quantum Mechanics II | 3 |
CPHY 532 | Mathematical Methods II | 3 |
CPHY 602 | Departmental Seminar | 0 |
CPHY 603 | Thesis Research | 3 |
CPHY XXX | Physics Elective ^{2} | 3 |
Hours | 12 | |
Total Hours | 152 |
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Free Electives should be chosen in consultation with the advisor, depending on the choice of minor or stackable credentials.
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Undergraduate Physics Electives must be at the 300-400 level and Graduate Elective must be at the 500 level and above.