All courses in the General Physics major must be taken for a letter grade, with no exceptions. Elective courses may be taken as elective courses, but with no letter grade allowed. Any of these courses are normally taken in the second year.
The core courses cover the basics of physics in a way that will make the student excited about the subject matter. Courses are designed to teach students the theory of electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism. Core courses will give students an understanding of how all of these things work, and a foundation is laid for future study in the field.
There are some elective courses offered in core physics courses, which may be used in combination with a traditional major course, in order to fulfill an area of study. The elective courses are usually a combination of topics with general applicability.
Some of the elective core physics courses include the areas of astronomy, biophysics, and cosmology. Some of these areas of study are more advanced than others, but they are the basics of these subjects and will provide a solid foundation for further study in these areas.
Many students choose to use all of their core physics elective courses to fulfill a set of related goals, such as a PhD. Some may choose to complete their master’s degree with an emphasis in a specific area, such as cosmology. Other students choose to use some or all of their elective courses to earn a minor. An elective minor can be taken to satisfy one’s basic course requirements, or fulfill a broader need.
The four elective courses are intended to fill the remaining courses to meet the minimum requirement for a two-year course load in a traditional major, which is equivalent to a Bachelors degree. Any of these courses may be taken in conjunction with a specific course to add depth to the study of a specific topic. The courses may be used to fulfill the General Physics major requirement of a minimum of two hours each quarter.
Students who choose to use all elective courses to fulfill their General Science requirements should contact an advisor prior to beginning each of their first year courses. They should be advised on the exact number of credit hours needed to meet the minimum requirement for a Bachelor’s Degree, as well as any exceptions for specific course choices.
Core physics courses can be completed in a variety of ways. Students may complete these courses online, through correspondence, on campus classes, or in a class environment. Students are encouraged to research the course syllabus of each course, and ensure that they understand the concepts presented. before enrolling in the course.
Students should be encouraged to review the course outline and discuss it thoroughly with an advisor. Students should also prepare a written report for their advisor detailing their understanding and expectations from the course. This document will provide the advisor with detailed information about the student’s level of knowledge and ability, along with suggestions on how to improve the course.
The student’s advisor may suggest that the course be retaken if necessary, but at the student’s own discretion. It is expected that the student will not take a course for which they are unable to pass, and that the advisor will be notified about this. in a timely manner.
For most classes in a Bachelors program of General Science, the course requirements must be met by taking the class as scheduled. An elective course taken after a prerequisite has been fulfilled can be replaced by another elective course at the discretion of the student, with the advisor’s approval. If there are problems attending or completing a required class, the advisor may reassess the student’s requirements, and recommend alternative options.