Physics & Astronomy

Degree Programs

The Physics & Astronomy Department at Washburn University offers bachelors degrees in physics and computational physics, as well as a minor in physics. Courses and other requirements for each major and the minor are listed below. Credits in the following classes will not be allowed toward a major or minor in physics:

PS 101 Introduction to Physics

PS 102 Introduction to Physics - Health

PS 120 Meteorology

PS 126 Physical Science for Elementary Ed.

AS 101 Introduction to Astronomy - Cosmology

AS 102 Introduction to Astronomy - Solar System

AS 103 Observational Astronomy

 

Bachelor of Arts Physics Major

To major in physics with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, one must satisfactorily complete 25 hours in Physics including 12 upper division hours. At least 6 hours of major courses in the Department must be taken in residence at Washburn University.

Bachelor of Science Physics Major

To major in Physics with a Bachelor of Science Degree, one must satisfactorily complete at least two upper division laboratory courses, pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination, and complete the following classes:

PS 261 College Physics I and

PS 262 College Physics II -or-

PS 281 General Physics I and

PS 282 General Physics II

PS 320 Electromagnetic Theory I

PS 330 Optics

PS 334 Thermodynamics

PS 335 Theoretical Mechanics I

PS 350 Modern Physics I

PS 360 Experimental Physics

PS 365 Introduction to Theoretical Physics

PS 366 Introduction to Computational Physics

Bachelor of Science Computational Physics Major

To major in Computational Physics with a Bachelor of Science Degree, one must pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination, and complete the following classes:

PS 261 College Physics I and

PS 262 College Physics II -or-

PS 281 General Physics I and

PS 282 General Physics II

PS 291 Elementary Computational Physics

PS 320 Electromagnetic Theory I

PS 330 Optics

PS 334 Thermodynamics

PS 335 Theoretical Mechanics I

PS 340 Electronics

PS 350 Modern Physics I

PS 365 Introduction to Theoretical Physics

PS 366 Introduction to Computational Physics

PS 368 Computational Physics Research

 

CM 111 Introduction to Structured Programming

CM 113 Visual Programming

CM 170 FORTRAN Programming

CM 244 C Programming

CM 245 Contemporary Programming Methods

CM 307 Data Structures and Algorithmic Analysis

CM 390 Special Topics in Computer Science

 

MA 151 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I

MA 152 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II

MA 153 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III

MA 206 Discrete Mathematics for Computing

MA 241 Differential Equations

MA 301 Linear Algebra

MA 343 Applied Statistics

MA 376 Numerical Analysis

Physics Minor

To minor in Physics at Washburn University, the student must complete 20 hours in physics which will consist of:

PS 261 College Physics I and

PS 262 College Physics II -or-

PS 281 General Physics I and

PS 282 General Physics II

In addition, the students must complete 10 hours of course work in Physics requiring the above classes (PS 261 and PS 262 or PS 281 and PS 282) as prerequisites. To count toward a minor, work must be grade "C" or better, and 25 percent of total minor hours must be taken in residence at Washburn University.