2014-2015 Catalog


Physics

Division I Chair: M. Saderholm

Program Chair : T. Hodge

Faculty: T. Hodge, T. Messina, and M. Veillette

 

https://www.berea.edu/phy/

 

The Physics program offers a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum that is designed to (a) prepare students to enter graduate schools or private industry en route to careers as professional physicists; (b) to provide a liberal arts degree to students who are interested in careers for which a background in physics is advantageous, such as engineering, medicine, computer science, and secondary science teaching; and (c) to provide service courses for majors in other sciences, including chemistry, pre-medicine, technology, and agriculture.  Our courses introduce students to the nature of scientific inquiry, grounded in problem solving that calls on both practical and quantitative reasoning skills. We are committed to the idea that students should conduct research as part of their undergraduate curriculum, both on campus and at other research institutions.

It is our mission to:

  1. Encourage students to become broadly educated in the liberal arts, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics and technology.
  2. Promote an understanding of and appreciation for the concepts, principles and methods of physics.
  3. Create a supportive academic environment in which students can develop both a fundamental knowledge of physics and the quantitative skills necessary to apply that knowledge.
  4. Provide an opportunity for students to explore the natural world through experimentation and to develop skills in the observation, analysis, and interpretation of experimental data.
  5. Encourage students to participate in significant research and internship experiences both on- and off-campus.
  6. Help students understand the connections between physics and other disciplines and provide opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary study.
  7. Help students develop skills in communicating the concepts and principles of physics to a wider audience.

A strong background in Physics is essential in any Engineering field, so the Program also offers a dual-degree 3-2 Engineering Program through which students can become certified engineers. The interdisciplinary Applied Science and Mathematics major (see separate program in this section of the Catalog & Student Handbook) is recommended for students planning to pursue the dual-degree program. In this program, a student attends Berea College for three to four years, and then completes the Engineering degree at the University of Kentucky (Lexington).

Physics Course Sequencing Table:

Please be aware that the table below represents current planning and is subject to change based on faculty availability and student interest.  It is not meant to represent any guarantee to the student that the courses will be offered in the term in which they are currently planned.

Course

Fall 14

Spring 15

Fall 15

Spring 16

Fall 16

Spring 17

PHY 111

X

 

X

 

X

 

PHY 127

X

X

X

X

X

X

PHY 128

X

X

X

X

X

X

PHY 130

X

 

X

 

X

 

PHY 221

 

X

 

X

 

X

PHY 222

PHY 320

 

X

 

X

 

X

PHY 321

 

X

 

 

X

 

PHY 330

 

 

 

 

X

 

PHY 335

 

 

 

 

 X

PHY 341

 X

 

X

 

 X

 

PHY 365

 

 

X

 

 

 

PHY 460

 

X

 

 

 

X

PHY 481

 

 

X

 

 

 

PHY 482

 

 

 

X

 

 

PHY 485

 

 

 

X

 

 

PHY 492