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Physics, Minor

Requirements

Must be admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU. A minor in physics represents a substantial investment in mastering the basics of physics and gaining suitable problem solving skills that may then be applied to other disciplines. The minor requires 20 credit hours of physics credit.

Total Program Credits: 20

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU. 
Discipline Core Requirements: 20 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
Complete a minimum of 5 credits from the following courses:  5
  ASTR 3050 Astrophysics I (3.0)  
  ASTR 3060 Astrophysics I(3.0)  
  PHYS 2500 Elementary Fluids and Thermal Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 2800 Introduction to Materials Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3120 Modern Physics II (3.0)  
  PHYS 3125 Introduction to Experimental Physics II (2.0)  
  PHYS 3230 Principles of Electronics for the Physical Sciences (3.0)  
  PHYS 3300 Mathematical Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3310 Advanced Mathematical Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3400 Classical Mechanics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3500 Thermodynamics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3800 Energy use on Earth (3.0)  
  PHYS 4210 Advanced Experimental Techniques (3.0)  
  PHYS 4250 Nuclear Physics   (3.0)  
  PHYS 4300 Computational Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 4410 Electrostatics and Magnetism (3.0)  
  PHYS 4420 Electrodynamics (3.0)  
  PHYS 4510 Quantum Mechanics I (3.0)  
  PHYS 4520 Quantum Mechanics II (3.0)  
  PHYS 4600 Optics (3.0)  
  PHYS 4700 Acoustics (3.0)  
  PHYS 4800 Solid State Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 490R Seminar (0.5)  
  METO 3100 Climate and the Earth System (3.0)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all minor courses.

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.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I  4
PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I  Lab  1
  Semester total: 5
Notes: A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all minor courses.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II  4
PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II  Lab  1
  Semester total: 5
Notes: A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all minor courses.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 3110 Modern Physics I 3
PHYS 3115 Introduction to Experimental Physics I 2
  Semester total: 5
Notes: A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all minor courses.
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Complete a minimum of 5 Credits from the following courses: 5
ASTR 3050 Astrophysics I (3.0)  
ASTR 3060 Astrophysics II (3.0)  
PHYS 2500 Elementary Fluids and Thermal Physics (3.0)  
PHYS 2800 Introduction to Materials Physics (3.0)  
PHYS 3120 Modern Physics II (3.0)  
PHYS 3125 Introduction to Experimental Physics II (2.0)  
PHYS 3230 Principles of Electronics for the Physical Sciences (3.0)  
PHYS 3300 Mathematical Physics (3.0)  
PHYS 3310 Advanced Mathematical Physics (3.0)  
PHYS 3400 Classical Mechanics (3.0)  
PHYS 3500 Thermodynamics (3.0)  
PHYS 3800 Energy Use on Earth (3.0)  
PHYS 4210 Advanced Experimental Techniques (3.0)  
PHYS 4250 Nuclear Physics (3.0)  
PHYS 4300 Computational Physics (3.0)  
PHYS 4410 Electrostatics and Magnetism (3.0)  
PHYS 4420 Electrodynamics (3.0)  
PHYS 4510 Quantum Mechanics I (3.0)  
PHYS 4520 Quantum Mechanics II (3.0)  
PHYS 4600 Optics (3.0)  
PHYS 4700 Acoustics (3.0)  
PHYS 4800 Solid State Physics (3.0)  
PHYS 490R Seminar (0.5)  
METO 3100 Climate and Earth Systems (3.0)  
  Semester total: 5
Notes: A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all minor courses.
  Degree total: 20

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:
A minor in physics can contribute to nearly any career, from scientist to teacher, from businessman to artist. A minor in physics establishes a foundation the principles by which nature functions and gives the student skills in rational problem solving in a manner not reproduced in other major programs. 

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