Majors / Minors

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Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Majors Minors
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Description of Majors

Biochemistry (52 hours)

    The biochemistry major is an interdisciplinary major that applies the principles and methods of both biology and chemistry to understanding the molecular basis of life. The major requires a number of basic classes from each discipline with advanced courses in chemical instrumentation, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry, and allows the student to select additional courses necessary to pursue certain career objectives. Students considering a biochemistry major should begin their study with CHEM 2110 and BIOL 2210.

Chemistry (52 hours)

    The study of chemistry introduces students to the world of atoms and molecules, their composition and interactions. This study is recommended for chemistry majors and minors as preparation for graduate school, medical school, secondary-level teaching, or careers in government or industrial laboratories. It is also recommended for physics or biology students to supplement and complement their major fields of study. Students considering a chemistry major should begin their study with CHEM 2110.

Physics (34 hours)

    The purpose of study in physics is to obtain an understanding of the nature and order of the physical world while being exposed to the logical application of scientific methods in discovering this order. This study is recommended for physics majors and minors as preparation for graduate school, secondary-level teaching, or other employment; and for chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, and pre-medical students to supplement and complement their major fields of study. PHYS 2240 and 2250 introduce the concepts of physics and are designed primarily for science, pre-medicine, computer science, and mathematics majors. A minor or major in mathematics is essential for all physics majors who plan to pursue graduate school or careers in areas of applied physics. Students who plan to teach high school physics and physical science do not need a minor in math unless a math teaching certification is also desired. In general, the following courses or their equivalent should be taken as early as possible: MATH 2010, 2020, 3010, 3020, and 3100. Students planning to major in physics should consult the chair of the department as early as possible.

Computational Physics (49 hours)

    The solutions to certain physics problems can only be modeled with computers, and doing so re- quires a background in computer programming and numerical algorithms. A background in computer science, math, and physics is valuable in the workplace and is an excellent undergraduate background for anyone wishing to pursue graduate studies in any of the aforementioned disciplines. Furthermore, students wishing to pursue careers in industry will be prepared to meet the growing skill set needed to be successful in technical careers. All computational physics majors are required to complete a math minor that includes MATH 2010, 2020, 3010, and 3020.

Physical Science (50 hours)

    The purpose of study in the physical sciences is to obtain an understanding of the nature and order of the physical world while being exposed to the logical application of scientific methods in discovering this order. Students considering a career in secondary education may wish to pursue the physical science major instead of the more specialized physics or chemistry majors. The physical science major is not intended as a sufficient preparation for graduate studies in the fields of chemistry or physics, nor is it designed to prepare students for a scientific career in industry. It is strongly encouraged, but not required, that students also pursue the TeachScience complementary major as part of their studies.

Electrical Engineering (80 hours)

    Electrical Engineering students are exposed to the concepts of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism and how they apply to the generation of power, designing complex electrical systems, and the controlling of electromechanical machines. Students will have the opportunity to see various applications of Electrical Engineering to electronics, power systems, telecommunications, control systems, and advanced signal processing. Graduates of this program will be given a solid background in the theoretical and applied study of Electrical Engineering, having been exposed to various techniques and instrumentation. Students will also have the opportunity to expand their creative abilities through design courses that challenge them to engineer products with cost and resources in mind.

Mechanical Engineering (80 hours)

    Students in Mechanical Engineering will learn the principles and skills necessary to understand how heat and mechanical power can be used in the design and operation of machines and other tools. Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program will have a diverse background, with skills that can be transferred to other areas such as Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Students take courses in math, science, and engineering in order to learn how to solve the complex technological problems that face society. The Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides a broad background in the different areas of the discipline such as heat transfer, machine design, control systems, and manufacturing finance. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to discover the various specialty areas of the major through different elective courses including fracture mechanics, machinery dynamics, and applications to the aerospace industry.

TeachScience (complementary) (30 hours)

    This complementary major offers science students all of the learning and practical experiences needed to meet the state requirements for teacher certification. This major may only be combined with a catalog major in biology, chemistry, or physics, and cannot stand alone to meet graduation requirements. Program objectives include:
    • Emphasis on Christ-like servant ways in the development of a professional educator, strengthened by a liberal arts program.
    • Teaching as a mission to serve adolescents and young adults
    • The student’s completion of a traditional major in an area of science while pursuing advanced study in science and/or education
    • Unique combination of secondary school experience and content area instruction
    • Early opportunities for students to explore science teaching as a potential career
    • Entrance into the program at any stage in the student’s educational journey, based on individual needs and circumstances
    • Program completion within four years for most students.

    View the courses required for the TeachScience Complementary Major.


Description of Minors

Chemistry (16 hours)

    A chemistry minor includes General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry

Physics (16 hours)

    A physics minor includes General Physics and Modern Physics. Some mathematics skill pre-requisite courses are required.