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Physics

CHAIR: Creston A. King, Jr., Ph.D., Office: 453 Monroe Hall

WEB PAGE: cas.loyno.edu/physics/

The department is dedicated to the training of undergraduates and to the preparation of students for advanced studies. In designing the program, the department has taken into account the fact that a thorough understanding of the fundamental laws of nature and of the mathematical and experimental methods used in physics provide a solid background for graduate studies not only in physics but also in many other disciplines. The curriculum is quite flexible and adaptable to the individual interest of the student. The electives in the third and fourth years present an opportunity to the student to prepare for further study in areas such as oceanography, meteorology, computer science, technical management, science teaching, and medical physics.

The department’s facilities, located in Loyola’s Monroe Hall, are outstanding. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty research and in the undergraduate research participation program. This opportunity to work closely with the faculty using the sophisticated equipment of modern physics is one of the features of the department.

Without department approval, courses may not be taken out of sequence.

A bachelor of science degree in physics will be awarded to those students who complete all university and departmental requirements. A bachelor of science degree in physics (departmental honors) will be granted to those students who have satisfied the requirements for a B.S. in physics, obtained a grade point average of 3.0 or better in physics and math, and completed a thesis based on their senior year research.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE–PHYSICS

Freshman  
F
S
Major PHYS A110 — A111
4
4
Major PHYS A112 — A113
1
1
Major MATH A200
0
3
Adjunct MATH A257 — A258
4
4
Common Curriculum  
6
6
   
15
18
   
33
Sophomore  
F
S
Major PHYS A230 — A231
3
3
Major PHYS A228 — A410
3
3
Adjunct MATH A259* — A310*
3
3
Common Curriculum  
6
3
Foreign Language  
3
3
   
18
15
   
33
Junior  
F
S
Major PHYS A220 — A225
3
3
Major PHYS A300 — A301
3
3
Major PHYS A440 — A441
2
2
Major MATH A350*
3
0
Common Curriculum  
6
6
   
17
14
   
31
Senior  
F
S
Major PHYS A400 — A425
3
3
Common Curriculum  
6
6
Electives  
9
6
   
18
15
   
33
TOTAL: 130 cr. hrs.  

(View A&S Common Curriculum Requirements.)

* Or equivalent.

Specific Common Curriculum requirements are given in the beginning of this chapter under Curriculum Design. Refer to A&S Common Curriculum in the index for page number.

Engineering: Loyola students may acquire their pre-engineering training at Loyola and then complete their engineering studies at another accredited university. Upon successful completion of these two programs, the student will receive a bachelor of science degree from Loyola and a bachelor of science degree in his or her selected field of engineering at the other accredited university. Upon successful completion of pre-engineering studies at Loyola, the student will transfer to an accredited engineering school. Residency at the engineering institution will normally be for an additional two years in the field selected from aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, engineering science, industrial, mechanical, metallurgical, or nuclear engineering. Loyola presently has a "3-2" agreement with Tulane University’s School of Engineering.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE–PHYSICS WITH PRE-ENGINEERING OPTION

Freshman  
F
S
Major PHYS A110 — A111
4
4
Major PHYS A112 — A113
1
1
Adjunct MATH A257 — A258
4
4
Major MATH A200
0
3
Common Curriculum  
9
3
   
18
15
   
33
Summer  
Foreign Language  
6
Sophomore  
F
S
Major PHYS A230 — A231
3
3
Major PHYS A228
3
0
Major PHYS A410
0
3
Adjunct MATH A259* — A310*
3
3
Adjunct CHEM A105 — A106
3
3
Adjunct CHEM A107 — A108
1
1
Common Curriculum  
3
3
   
16
16
   
32
Junior  
F
S
Major PHYS A220 — A225
3
3
Major PHYS A300 — A301
3
3
Major PHYS A440 — A441
2
2
Adjunct MATH A350*
3
0
Common Curriculum
6
6
   
17
14
   
31
TOTAL: 102 cr. hrs.  

(View A&S Common Curriculum Requirements.)

* 300 level or higher math or equivalent math physics course.

Those students in chemical engineering will take one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of analytical chemistry.

Updated August 24, 2005