Physics & Dual-Degree Engineering

Curriculum

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHYSICS
The requirement for a major in physics consists of twenty-seven (27) hours of courses in physics, eighteen (18) of which are specified, and twenty-one (21) hours of mathematics.

The program of study for a major in physics consists of two components:

Core Curriculum in Physics
Below are the six (6) upper division courses which all physics majors are required to take:

  • 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

 

Electives
Students majoring in Physics must choose any three of the
courses listed:

  • PHY 367 Advanced Optics
  • PHY 354 Mathematical Physics II
  • PHY 364 Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHY 369 Relativity
  • PHY 452 Senior Laboratory
  • PHY 460 Special Topics in Physics (Introduction to Lasers, Introduction to Nanoscience,

   Introduction to Nuclear & Particle, etc.)   

PHY 472 Nuclear & Particle Physics

  • PHY 474 Solid State Physics

All students majoring in physics are also required to take Physics 450, Senior Seminar (which is the caption courses for the physics core courses.  The following mathematics courses are required: MTH 161-162, 263, 271,  and 321.

A twelve (12) hour introductory sequence is offered for students who need preparation prior to beginning the core curriculum:

  • Introductory Sequence in Physics (12 hours)
  • PHY 154 Mechanics
  • PHY 253 Electricity & Magnetism
  • PHY 254 Optics & Modem Physics

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN APPLIED PHYSICS
To meet the increasing interest in applied science and engineering among our students, the Department of Physics established in the fall of 1998 a major program in Applied Physics. This Program is available only to dual degree engineering students with majors in either: Aerospace, Architectural, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, or Nuclear Engineering. It is designed to provide opportunity for engineering students to pursue a major at Morehouse College which has a stronger content coupling with engineering than other available programs. Uniquely, the Program gives credit toward the degree requirements at Morehouse.

The Applied Physics program involves a physics curriculum which complements the engineering major and extends the knowledge base in physics for students who pursue this major. It is a program which gives prominence to the applications of science. All students with majors in an engineering discipline should consider the Applied Physics Program. It is attractive from both the perspectives of time and curriculum.

The program of study for a major in applied physics consists of four components:

Physics - 21 hours

    Physics - 12-hour introductory sequence.
    PHY 154 Mechanics
    PHY 253 Electricity & Magnetism
    PHY 254 Optics & Modem Physics
    3 Upper Division Courses (9 hours)

Courses depend on engineering major and are complementary to the engineering major.

Mathematics -18 hours

    All students majoring in applied physics are required to take tile following
    mathematics courses:

    * MAT 161 Calculus I
    * MAT 162 Calculus II
    * MAT 263 Calculus III
    * MAT 271 Linear Algebra
    * MAT 321 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

Engineering Specific Coursework - 9 hours

Option I
Under Option I, the Bachelor of Science Degree is awarded in General Science from
Morehouse College along with the Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the engineering institution upon successful completion of: (1) all Core Curriculum requirements at Morehouse College, (2) all Pre-Engineering courses at Morehouse College, and (3) the remaining engineering requirements at the engineering institution.

Please note that all Core Curriculum and Pre-Engineering courses must be taken at Morehouse College.

Option II
Under Option II, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics is awarded from Morehouse College along with the Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the engineering institution. These degrees will be awarded upon successful completion of (I) all Core Curriculum requirements at Morehouse College; (2) all requirements for the Liberal Arts major chosen at Morehouse College; (3) all Pre-Engineering courses at Morehouse College and (4) the remaining engineering requirements at the engineering institution.

Please note that all Core Curriculum and Pre-Engineering courses must be taken at Morehouse College.

Formal application for transfer to one of the participating engineering schools cannot be made until the student has completed all pre-engineering courses listed below and all requirements for a discipline major at Morehouse, if applicable.

HBIO 111 General Biology
HCHE 111-112 General Chemistry Lecture and Lab
HCSC 110 Computer Programming I (C++) or (MatLab)
HEGR 101 Freshman Engineering Design
HEGR 103 Engineering Graphics
HEGR 205 Statics
** HEGR 206 Mechanics of Materials
** HGR 308 Dynamics
    * MAT 161-162 Calculus I & II
    * MAT 263 Calculus III
    * MAT 271 Linear Algebra
    * MAT 321 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

HPHY 154 Mechanics
HPHY 253 Electricity and Magnetism
HPHY 254 Optics and Modern Physics

** Either Mechanics of Materials or Dynamics.

In general, Dual Degree Engineering students are required to maintain a 2.80 grade-
point average (with a minimum 3.00 grade-point average in the Pre-Engineering courses, and a minimum 2.60 grade-point average in the Core Curriculum courses) to be eligible to continue in the Dual Degree Engineering Program and to enroll at one of the cooperating institutions.

Students will be required to select OPTION I or OPTION II when declaring an academic major. Official certification from the Registrar at Morehouse College is required in order to qualify to attend the 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 course requirements for any Option II major before a baccalaureate degree can be awarded.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN PHYSICS
Although the college does not have a formal requirement of 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 coursework with no grade below C.

The selection of courses beyond the introductory level should be made in consultation with the academic advisor and should take into consideration the student's major, educational goals, and career goals.