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Physics, B.S.

Requirements

A Bachelor's degree is physics provides the student with an understanding of the laws of nature and with the experimental and analytical techniques necessary to describe and solve problems in physical systems. The degree is most useful in preparing students for further graduate study in physics, astronomy, engineering or other science. However physics BS degree recipients have also entered graduate programs in law and medicine and other diverse programs. Those not intending to pursue advanced degrees find successful employment in a variety of careers, including education, computer science, electronics and related industries and more.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. Approval of department chair.
General Education Requirements: 26 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
Complete one of the following:  3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:   
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:   
  Biology  3
  Humanities Distribution  3
  Fine Arts Distribution  3
  Social/Behavioral Science  3
Discipline Core Requirements: 72 Credits
  PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
  PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab 1
  PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
  PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab 1
  PHYS 3110 Modern Physics I 3
  PHYS 3115 Introduction to Experimental Physics I 2
  PHYS 3120 Modern Physics II 3
  PHYS 3125 Introduction to Experimental Physics II 2
  PHYS 3230 Principles of Electronics for the Physical Sciences 3
  PHYS 3300 Mathematical Physics 3
  PHYS 3400 Classical Mechanics 3
  PHYS 3500 Thermodynamics 3
  PHYS 4210 Advanced Experimental Techniques 3
  PHYS 4300 Computational Physics 3
  PHYS 4410 Electrostatics and Magnetism 3
  PHYS 4600 Optics 3
  PHYS 490R Seminar (0.5 credits, taken 4 times) 2
  ECE 1020 Computer Engineering Problem Solving with MATLAB and LabVIEW 1
  MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
  MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
  MATH 2210 Calculus III 3
  MATH 2280 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Complete 9 credits from the following:  9
  ASTR 3050 Astrophysics I (3.0)  
  ASTR 3060 Astrophysics II (3.0)  
  PHYS 3310 Advanced Mathematical Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3350 Applications of LabVIEW in Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 4250 Nuclear Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 4420 Electrodynamics* (3.0)  
  PHYS 4510 Quantum Mechanics I* (3.0)  
  PHYS 4520 Quantum Mechanics II* (3.0)  
  PHYS 4700 Acoustics* (3.0)  
  PHYS 4800 Solid State Physics* (3.0)  
  PHYS 499A Senior Project* (2.0)  
  PHYS 499B Senior Thesis* (1.0)  
  PHYS 4350 Research Methods in Physics (3.0)  
  ASTR 4350 Research Methods in Astronomy (3.0)  
Elective Requirements: 22 Credits
Complete 22 credits from the following courses not used above (SEE ADVISOR). The selection of elective option coursework must present a coherent theme such as engineering physics, geophysics, environmental physics, computational physics, etc.  22
  BIOL 1610 College Biology I  (4.0)  
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory (1.0)  
  BIOL 1620 College Biology II (3.0)  
  BIOL 1625 College Biology II Laboratory (1.0)  
  Any BIOL course 3400 or higher except internship and independent study type courses.   
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I** (4.0)  
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0)  
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II** (4.0)  
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0)  
  Any CHEM course 2310 or higher except internship and independent study type courses.   
  Any CS course 1410 or higher except internship and independent study type courses.   
  Any EENG course 2700 or higher except internship and independent study type courses.   
  Any ENGR course 2010 or higher except internship and independent study type courses.   
  GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology (3.0)  
  GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Laboratory (1.0)  
  GEO 1220 Historical Geology (3.0)  
  GEO 1225 Historical Geology Laboratory (1.0)  
  Any GEO course 3080 or higher except internship and independent study type courses.   
  MATH 2270 Linear Algebra (3.0)  
  Any MATH course 3200 or higher except internship and independent study type courses.   
  ASTR 2040 Intermediate Astronomy (3.0)  
  ASTR 3050 Astrophysics I (3.0)  
  METO 3100 Climate and the Earth System (3.0)  
  PHYS 2500 Elementary Fluids and Thermal Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 2800 Introduction to Materials Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3310 Advanced Mathematical Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3350 Applications of LabVIEW in Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3800 Energy use on Earth (3.0)  
  PHYS 4100 Biophysics (3.0)  
  PHYS 4250 Nuclear Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 4420 Electrodynamics* (3.0)  
  PHYS 4510 Quantum Mechanics I* (3.0)  
  PHYS 4520 Quantum Mechanics II* (3.0)  
  PHYS 4700 Acoustics* (3.0)  
  PHYS 4800 Solid State Physics* (3.0)  
  PHYS 481R Physics Internship (1.0) (no more than 4 hours counted toward degree)  
  PHYS 489R Undergraduate Research in Physics (1.0) (no more than 3 hours counted toward degree)  
  PHYS 492R Topics in Physics (3.0) (may only be taken once toward degree credit)  
  PHYS 495R Independent Readings (no more than 3 hours counted toward degree) (1.0)  
  PHYS 499A Senior Project* (2.0)  
  PHYS 499B Senior Thesis* (1.0)  
  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy (3.0)  
and ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory (1.0)  
  ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology (3.0)  
and ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory (1.0)  
  ASTR 4350 Research Methods in Astronomy (3.0)  
  PHYS 4350 Research Methods in Physics (3.0)  
  See Physics Department academic advisor for possibly more complete and up to date list.   

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above with no grade lower than a "C" in core and elective requirement courses.
  3. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: * Suggested elective option for the student intent on continuing physics studies in graduate school. ** Strongly recommended for inclusion in any elective option.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Flexible delivery options (e.g., online, hybrid, live interactive, evening, weekend, education centers) are available for this degree. These vary by semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the semester you plan to enroll.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life or Person Health and Wellness 2
Fine Arts Distribution Fine Arts Distribution 3
Biology Distribution Biology Distribution 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: Matriculation to the Physics major requires department approval and completion of PHYS 2210 and PHYS 2220.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab 1
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing - Sci./Tech. 3
American Institution Elective American Institution Elective 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 2210  Calculus III 3
PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab 1
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
ECE 1020 Computer Engineering Problem Solving with MATLAB and LabVIEW 1
Humanities Distribution Humanities Distribution 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 2280 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 3110 Modern Physics I 3
PHYS 3115 Intro to Experimental Physics I 2
PHYS 3300 Mathematical Physics 3
Soc/Behavioral Elective Soc/Behavioral Elective 3
PHYS 490R Seminar 0.5
  Semester total: 14.5
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 3120 Modern Physics II 3
PHYS 3125 Intro to Experimental Physics II 2
PHYS 3400 Classical Mechanics 3
PHYS 3500 Thermodynamics 3
CHEM 1210 (Elective) Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 (Elective) Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
  Semester total: 16
Notes: See Program listing for a complete list of upper division physics electives and program options.
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 3230  Principles of Electronics for Phys. Sci. 3
PHYS 4300 Computational Physics 3
PHYS 4350 (Elective) Research Methods in Physics 3
CHEM 1220 (Elective) Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 (Elective) Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 490R Seminar 0.5
  Semester total: 14.5
Notes: See Program listing for a complete list of upper division physics electives and program options.
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 4210 Advanced Experimental Techniques 3
PHYS 4410 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS 4510 (Elective) Quantum Mechanics I  3
PHYS 4700 (Elective) Acoustics 3
PHYS 499A (Elective) Senior Project 2
PHYS 490R Seminar 0.5
  Semester total: 14.5
Notes: See Program listing for a complete list of upper division physics electives and program options.
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 4420 Elective) Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PHYS 4520 (Elective) Quantum Mechanics II 3
PHYS 4600 Optics 3
PHYS 4800 (Elective) Solid State Physics 3
PHYS 499B (Elective) Senior Thesis 1
PHYS 490R Seminar 0.5
  Semester total: 13.5
Notes: See Program listing for a complete list of upper division physics electives and program options.
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Department of Physics

Location:

PS 207

Telephone:

801-863-6295

Email:

kellie.hancock@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/physics/

Chair:

Phil Matheson

Chair UVU Email:

phil.matheson@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

The whole universe is a fair topic for study in physics. No facet is too small or too big to be considered. Physics is the assembly and application of the rational rules by which nature operates. Every action is played out according to its rules. Physicists seek to learn these rules and often apply them in solving problems in other scientific fields such as chemistry, biology and geology, engineering and in many areas of common human experience. Physicists are valued for their ability to rationally approach complex problems and to construct practical solutions. They find fulfilling and satisfying employment not only in research and teaching, but in business, industry, consulting and government. Typically half of all BS Physics degree recipients enter the work force immediately in such occupations as those just listed. The rest continue on to graduate school, not only in physics, but in engineering, computer science, medicine and even law or business programs.

Physicists and those trained in physics have been extraordinarily successful in the development of modern industries, including seminal innovations in electronics, optics, computer science, and in energy industries.

Physics at UVU is a very personal endeavor. The small size of our department means that a physics major will benefit by working closely with faculty and fellow students. The faculty will often act as personal tutors and mentors, providing opportunities in research and problem solving that may be more difficult to obtain in a larger department. Access to computing facilities and many types of research equipment is available. Our program seeks to match our students’ interests and meet the requirements of future employers.

Our department also has exceptional astronomy faculty and they have been very successful in preparing students for graduate work in astronomy and astrophysics.

In addition to a sound understanding of basic physics and problem solving, our students gain skills in:

Computational methods, numerical analysis and computer programming
Instrumentation, data collection and analysis
Electronics
Writing and presentation skills

 
 

Physics

  • Administrative Support: Kellie Hancock
  • Telephone: 801-863-6295
  • Email: kellie.hancock@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 179
 
 

Faculty

Bonnie Andersen(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Experimental Physics, University of Utah.

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Timothy Doyle(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics, M.S., Condensed Matter Physics, Ph.D., Computational Physics, Utah State University.

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Christian Draper(2010)

Lecturer

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics/Astronomy, M.S., Physics, Brigham Young University.

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Karl Haisch Jr.(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Physics, Michigan State University; M.S. Astronomy, Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Florida.

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Joseph Jensen(2009)

Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Astronomy, California Institute of Technology; M.S., Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Hawaii.

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Adam Johanson(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics & Astronomy, M.S., Astrophysics, Iowa State University.

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Philip Matheson(2001)

Professor

Department: Physics
Department Chair, Faculty



B.S., Physics, Arizona State University; Ph.D., Physics, Brigham Young University.

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Paul Mills(1982)

Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Physics, Brigham Young University.

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Kim Nielsen(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics, University of Copenhagen; M.S., University of Alaska; Ph.D., Physics, Utah State University.

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Alexander Panin(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics, M.S., Physics & Power Electronics, Moscow Physical Technical Institute; Ph.D., Spectroscopy, USSR Academy of Sciences.

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Raymond Perkins(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Physics, Brigham Young University.

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John Powell(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Physics
Faculty

Department: Physics

B.S., Physics, M.S., Physics, Ph.D., Physics & Astronomy, Brigham Young University.

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Cyrill Slezak(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.A., Physics & Music Performance, Adams State College; M.S., Ph.D., Physics, University of Cincinnati.

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Steven Wasserbaech(2002)

Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Mathematics, B.S., Physics, University of Utah; Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University.

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Paul Weber(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics & Mathematics, Bemidji State University; M.S., Physics, Ph.D., Experimental Particle Physics, University of Colorado.

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Careers

Careers:
Those pursuing advanced physics, or other advanced scientific degrees find employment in federally funded research labs, academic research institutions, industrial research laboratories, and in medical physics facilities such as hospitals and imaging centers. Those that terminate their education with a bachelor's degree find fulfilling careers in industry, engineering, education or government service. Frequently terminal-bachelor careers are focused in computer science, electronics or sciences involving precise measurements.

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