Department of Physics & Dual-Degree Engineering

Physics & DDEP Student Handbook (2017-2018)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHYSICS

A student pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics must complete a program of study that consists of the following four components: Introductory Sequence, Mathematics Requirements, Core Physics Courses, and Physics Electives.

1. Introductory Sequence – 12 credit hours

An introductory sequence of three (3) elementary courses is offered for students who need preparation prior to beginning the core physics courses.

PHY 154      Mechanics

PHY 253      Electricity and Magnetism

PHY 254      Optics and Modern Physics

2. Mathematics Requirements – 18 credit hours 

All physics majors are required to take the following five (5) mathematics courses.

MTH 161      Calculus I

MTH 162      Calculus II

MTH 263      Calculus III

MTH 271      Introduction to Linear Algebra

MTH 321      Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

3. Core Physics Courses – 18 credit hours

All physics majors are required to take the following seven (7) upper-level courses.

PHY 351      Junior Laboratory

PHY 353      Mathematical Physics I

PHY 360      Thermodynamics

PHY 361      Electromagnetic Theory

PHY 362      Classical Mechanics

PHY 363      Quantum Mechanics I

PHY 450      Senior Seminar

 4. Physics Electives – 9 credit hours

All physics majors are required to take three (3) upper-level courses from one of the following categories.

Traditional Electives

PHY 354      Mathematical Physics II

PHY 364      Quantum Mechanics II

PHY 367      Advanced Optics

PHY 452      Senior Laboratory

PHY 460      Special Problems in Physics

PHY 470      Special Relativity

PHY 473      Nuclear & Particle Physics

PHY 474      Solid-State Physics

Concentration in Astronomy

PHY 470          Special Relativity

ASTRO 3500   Quantitative Astronomy (offered at GSU)

PHYS 3021      Stellar Astrophysics (offered at Georgia Tech)

Concentration in Computational Physics

CSC 450            High-Performance Scientific Computing

CS 3510            Design and Analysis of Algorithms (offered at Georgia Tech)

PHYS 3266       Computational Physics (offered at Georgia Tech)

Concentration in Interdisciplinary Science (Applied Optics route) 

PHY 367            Advanced Optics

PHY 460            Special Problems in Physics (as Introduction to Lasers)

PHYS 3223       Geometric Optics (offered at Georgia Tech)

Concentration in Interdisciplinary Science (Biomedical Physics route) 

BIO 215/215L   Molecular Genetics

BMED 3310        Biotransport (offered at Georgia Tech)

PHYS 4251         Biophysics (offered at Georgia Tech)

Concentration in Physics Education

SEDU 316         Exceptional Learners (offered at Spelman)

SEDU 444         Curriculum & Methods (offered at Spelman)

SEDU 458         Student Teaching (offered at Spelman)

Concentration in Applications to Society (Law & Politics route) 

PSC 348             American Constitutional Law

PSC 350             Race and the Law

PSC 371             Public Management 

The concentration in Interdisciplinary Science may be pursued via the routes of accelerator physics, applied optics, biomedical physics, chemical physics, health sciences, or materials science.  The concentration in Applications to Society may be pursued via the routes of business & economics, law & politics, mass media, music, or sociology.  The list of elective courses will expand eventually to accommodate all these routes.  Note that suitable courses not listed here may be approved as electives according to the discretion of the Department Chair.

A student seeking to take traditional electives has no special action to take.  A student seeking to pursue one of various concentrations would choose three (3) upper-level courses appropriate for his desired concentration.  In choosing these three courses, the student would draw from the courses of relevant disciplines, whether physics or otherwise.  Then the student would select his concentration courses in consultation with his physics academic adviser.  Finally, the student would seek approval from the Department Chair to confirm his choice of concentration courses.

Each student pursuing a B.S. degree must complete a suitable introductory course from two science departments other than the department of his major.  By taking BIO 113 (Comprehensive Biology) and CHE 111 (Elementary Inorganic Chemistry), the major in physics satisfies this B.S. requirement.  Students may alternatively take higher-level courses in these disciplines. 

In summary, to complete a B.S. degree in Physics, a student must have:

  • A total of one hundred twenty (120) academic credit hours;
  • A total of thirty-nine (39) credit hours in physics as prescribed;
  • A total of eighteen (18) credit hours in mathematics as prescribed;
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.00;
  • Satisfactory completion of required courses in the Department;
  • Satisfactory completion of general-education courses required in the College’s general-education curriculum.

A Minor in Physics

Although the College does not have a set of specific course requirements for a minor, a number of students find it beneficial to take additional courses beyond the introductory sequence in physics.  A minor in physics is available to the student who completes 18 hours of relevant coursework at Morehouse College with no grade lower than C. The selection of courses beyond the introductory physics sequence should be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser and should take into consideration the student’s major, educational goals, and career goals.

Departmental Honors

A major in physics may be recommended for departmental honors by completing the following requirements: [1] eligibility for college honors (cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above); [2] an average of B or better in all core physics courses; [3] the successful completion of a faculty-supervised research project; and [4] the presentation of acceptable written or oral reports of the project results to the faculty.

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES UNDER DDEP

Upon completion of all DDEP requirements, the student is awarded two baccalaureate degrees: one from Morehouse and the other from his engineering institution.  The degree from Morehouse College is awarded according to one of two options.

Option I – B.S. in General Science

Under Option I, Morehouse grants a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science after successful completion of:

  • All general-education requirements at Morehouse College (see pages 65-66);
  • All necessary pre-engineering courses at Morehouse College (see pages 63-64);
  • The remaining program requirements at the engineering institution.

Option II – B.S. in Applied Physics, Mathematics, or Chemistry

Under Option II, Morehouse grants a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics, Chemistry, or Mathematics after successful completion of:

  • All general-education requirements at Morehouse College (see pages 65-66);
  • All necessary pre-engineering courses at Morehouse College (see pages 63-64);
  • All requirements for the chosen science major at Morehouse College;
  • The remaining program requirements at the engineering institution.

Students in the Dual Degree Engineering Program typically spend a minimum of three (3) years in pre-engineering at Morehouse College, followed by at least two (2) years in engineering at an affiliated institution.  However, DDEP is not time-driven – it is course-drivenThe DDEP student MUST complete all his general-educationand pre-engineering courses at Morehouse College BEFORE transferring to his engineering institution. In the event that an Option I student is unable to complete the requirements at the engineering institution, he must return to Morehouse College and complete requirements for a liberal-arts major before a baccalaureate degree can be awarded.

Because of the special nature of the Dual Degree Engineering Program, the baccalaureate degree will not be conferred by either Morehouse College or the engineering institution until all of the requirements established by both institutions have been satisfactorily completed.

In summary, to complete degree requirements in DDEP, a student must have:

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.80 at Morehouse College;
  • Satisfactory completion (minimum of 3.00 GPA) of pre-engineering courses;
  • Satisfactory completion of general-education courses (minimum of 2.50 GPA) required in the College’s general-education curriculum;
  • Satisfactory completion of requirements at the engineering institution.

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN APPLIED PHYSICS

In the fall of 1998, the Department of Physics established a major program in applied physics to meet the increasing interest in applied science and engineering among our students.  The Applied Physics Program involves a physics curriculum that complements various fields of engineering and extends the knowledge base in physics for students who pursue this major.  The Applied Physics Program is currently available only to DDEP students who are pursuing Aerospace, Architectural, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, or Nuclear Engineering.  All students pursuing these engineering fields should consider the Applied Physics Program.  It is attractive from the perspectives of both time and curriculum. 

A student pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics must complete a program of study that consists of the following three components: Pre-Engineering Requirements (same as for Option I), Core Physics Requirements (3 upper-level physics courses according to engineering field, see page 67), and Engineering Requirements (see below).

Engineering Requirements

At the engineering institution, the student must take at least twelve (12) hours of upper-level (that is, junior or senior) engineering courses.  At least six (6) of these twelve hours must be at the senior level.  Moreover, the student must complete one upper-level laboratory course at the engineering institution.  Note that these requirements at the engineering institution are most likely part of his program there. 

Upon completion of all degree requirements, the student is awarded a B.S. degree in Applied Physics according to DDEP Option II.

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY AND BACHELOR OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

It is possible for students enrolled in Engineering, operated under a joint arrangement between Morehouse College and Georgia Institute of Technology, to earn a joint B.S. in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree.  The Chemistry requirements for this dual degree program are CHE 111-112, CHE 231-232, CHE 321-322, CHE 421-422, two additional 400-level chemical engineering courses offered at Georgia Institute of Technology, Auburn University, Boston University, or Rochester Institute of Technology, plus the mathematics and physics courses required under the B.S. in Chemistry program.  It is understood that the student must meet all other requirements of the engineering college as well as the requirements of the Dual-Degree Engineering Program.