Physics

The B.S. degree in physics is intended for those entering graduate or professional schools in engineering and medicine. It is also excellent preparation for entry-level careers in physics, engineering and other allied fields. The Physics Major Program will prepare students for employment in a wide variety of jobs in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The program gives students a broad and deep level of physical insight, critical and analytically thinking, mathematical and computational facility, and experimental ability. This major may be combined with other programs such as Pre-Med or education for those students intending on a career in the medical profession or teaching.

A total of 58 credit hours of physics, mathematics, and chemistry are required. A minimum of 38 credit hours must be in physics. In addition, 20 credit hours are required in selected mathematics and chemistry courses. At the discretion of the physics department, a student’s four-year plan of study may include taking upper level physics coursework in conjunction with Taylor University classes. Access to these courses will be available either through internet-based technology or personal transportation. Taylor University is approximately 20 minutes away by car. Due to differences in academic calendars between IWU and Taylor University, fall semester courses will be preferentially (but not exclusively) selected and will require physics majors to start Taylor courses approximately one week earlier than their corresponding IWU courses. Taylor U. courses will not be transcribed as transfer courses but as IWU courses at Taylor U. Therefore these courses will not represent a challenge to the policy requiring the last 30 hours must be taken at IWU. Students are responsible for any additional fees and/or transportation costs to and from Taylor U.

Courses

One of the best ways to discover a degree program is to check out the course listings. By simply clicking on the course titles below, you can get a preview of the classes you will attend as a student at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Preview Your Classes

Core Courses

PHY-221,PHY-222,PHY-230,PHY-270,PHY-311,PHY-321,PHY-331,PHY-351,PHY-385,PHY-325,PHY-490,PHY-495

PHY-321 may be taught together with IWU CHE 440 Physical Chemistry I.
PHY-490 may be taught together with CHE 490 Chemistry Senior Seminar
Only two credits of Research in Physics may count toward the B.S. degree

Required Chemistry and Mathematics Courses

CHE-125,MAT-253,MAT-254,MAT-255,MAT-353

Electives

PHY-361,PHY-341,PHY-440,PHY-396,PHY-475

The courses above are not part of the 58 hours required in the major. However, they will be offered to allow students further specialization of their degree program.

Recommended Courses

CHE-126

Physics Minor

A physics minor provides an in-depth study of several major areas of physics, enabling students in different disciplines to understand and apply underlying principles. The problem solving skills developed through the study of physics are as important as the conceptual understanding of the nature of physical quality.

Courses

PHY-221,PHY-222,PHY-311,PHY-321,PHY-331,PHY-385

Electives

Choose 1 from below

CHE-440,CHE-450,PHY-230,PHY-341,PHY-351,PHY-361,PHY-495

Even Year Star Date Schedule

Fall Spring
Freshman PHY-221 (4 credits)
PHY-221L (0 credits)
MAT-253 (4 credits)
FYE Course (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (2-4 credits)
13-16 hours
PHY 222 (5 credits)
PHY 222L (0 credits)
MAT 254 (4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
15-17 hours
Sophomore PHY 270 (3 credits)
MAT 255 (4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
13-15 hours
PHY 331 (4 credits)
PHY 385 (4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
14-16 hours
Junior PHY 311 (3 credits)
PHY 350 (3 credits)
MAT 353 (3 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Elective (1-3 credits)
13-16 hours
PHY 230 (4 credits)
PHY 351 (3 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
13-15 hours
Senior CHE 125 (5 credits)
CHE 125 Lab (0 credits)
PHY 495 (1 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Elective (1-3 credits)
13-17 hours
PHY 325 (3 credits)
PHY 490 (1 credits)
PHY 495 (1 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (1-3 credits)
12-14 hours

Odd Year Star Date Schedule

Fall Spring
Freshman PHY-221 (4 credits)
PHY-221L (0 credits)
MAT-253 (4 credits)
FYE Course (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (2-4 credits)
13-16 hours
PHY 222 (5 credits)
PHY 222L (0 credits)
MAT 254 (4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
15-17 hours
Sophomore PHY 311 (3 credits)
PHY 350 (3 credits)
MAT 255 (4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
13-14 hours
PHY 230 (4 credits)
PHY 351 (3 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
13-15 hours
Junior PHY 270 (3 credits)
MAT 353 (3 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Elective (1-3 credits)
13-17 hours
PHY 325 (3 credits)
PHY 331 (3 credits)
PHY 385 (4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
13-14 hours
Senior CHE 125 (5 credits)
CHE 125 Lab (0 credits)
PHY 495 (1 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Elective (1-3 credits)
13-17 hours
PHY 490 (1 credits)
PHY 495 (1 credits)
Gen. Ed. (3-4 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (1-3 credits)
12-15 hours

Faculty

The faculty in the Physics department are exceptional teachers and excellent scholars. Below, you can see each of the full-time faculty and understand a bit more about what they teach and the research they are conducting.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about that individual.

Steven Smith; MS, PhD Assoc Prof; Physics steven.smith@indwes.edu View Profile
Roberto Ramos; MS PhD Assoc Prof; Physics | Blanchard Endowed Chair roberto.ramos@indwes.edu View Profile
Scott McCullough Associate Professor scott.mccullough2@indwes.edu View Profile
 
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