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2023-2024 Westminster College Catalog 
2023-2024 Westminster College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, B.S.

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The aim of the Department of Physics is to help students develop an understanding of the fundamental laws and behaviors of the physical universe and to practice the techniques used by scientists in acquiring such an understanding.

A physics major can prepare a student for careers such as secondary school teaching, industrial research, general engineering, or many other jobs that require technical problem solving skills. With the physics major and additional graduated study, students can prepare for careers in basic research, teaching at the college or university level, medical physics, specialized engineering fields, and combination fields such as biophysics.

Plus, four semester hours in Capstone from the following:


A student may substitute EDU 452 for one of PHY 351, PHY 352, or PHY 361 in the Physics Major requirements.

The All-College Honors Research Project will replace the capstone requirement for students majoring in physics, if successfully completed. Students do not need to register for the capstone course in the physics program and instead will take 8 credit hours of Honors Research (PHY 660 on up).  The 8 hours can be done in a variety of ways, dependent on the specific project.

Double Majors

Students who are majoring in Physics as a second major may complete one additional PHY course numbered 300 or above in place of capstone.

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