Undergraduate Studies Catalog
Lake Shore Campus:
Professors: C. Brodbeck, A. Gangopadhyaya, J. Mallow (chairperson), G. Ramsey
Associate Professors: R. Bukrey, J. Dykla
Assistant Professors: D. Tribble, M. Udo
Adjunct Professor: R. Bernstein
Laboratory Instructor: T. Ruubel
The Physics Department aims to provide students with a knowledge and appreciation of the principles of physics and their applications as an integral part of a liberal arts education. By means of lecture, laboratory, and tutorial courses, the department develops in its students the intellectual habits of inquiry, observation and analysis.
An individualized program of study is offered for the physics major, accomplished through a faculty-student counseling program in which the student may choose from a variety of options and electives. The student may prepare for further study in physics, engineering, computer science or biophysics, or for entrance into the professional schools of medicine, dentistry or law, or for teaching physics in the secondary schools, or for service in industry or government.
Courses are also offered for students not specializing in physics. Such courses are designed to supplement other science curricula, to satisfy the pre-professional requirements of medicine and dentistry, and to fulfill the science requirement of the core curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Requirements for the Major in Physics: Fourteen courses totaling 37 credit hours as follows: 125, 126, 135, 136, 235, 236, 237, 238, 303, 305, 310, 314, 328 and 351. (College Physics or University Physics will be accepted in lieu of General Physics with departmental approval.) Majors in physics must also take the following related courses: CHEM 101, 102, 111, 112; MATH 161, 162, 263, 264. Students must meet with their advisor and obtain permission before registering for all physics majorsí courses.
Requirements for the Major in Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics: Eleven courses totaling 29 credit hours as follows: PHYS 125, 126, 135, 136, 235, 237, 314, 351, 315 or 352, 328, 361. (College Physics or University Physics will be accepted in lieu of General Physics with departmental approval). Students are also required to take the following courses in mathematics: MATH 161, 162, 212, 263, 264, 313, 351, 353, one other 300-level course, and one course in computer science: COMP 170. Students must meet with their advisor and obtain permission before registering for all physics majorsí courses.
Physics Courses (offered only on the Lake Shore
Requirements for the Minor in Physics: Eight courses totaling 18 credit hours as follows: 125, 126, 135, 136, 235, 236, 237 and 238. (College Physics or University Physics will be accepted in lieu of General Physics with departmental approval.) To complete the minor in physics, the following must also be taken: MATH 161, 162, 263 and 264. These should be taken concurrently with the physics courses.
Mathematics Readiness: Entering students with American College Test (ACT) mathematics scores of 25 or higher, or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) mathematics scores of 570 or higher, qualify to start the sequence of physics courses for the major in physics. Students who do not so qualify should consult the physics chairperson to determine the appropriate sequence of courses.
Grade Requirements: A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all physics courses required for the major or minor in physics.
Prerequisite Courses: PHYS 125 and 126 are basic prerequisites for all physics courses higher than 136. PHYS 111, 112 (or 113, 114) will be accepted in lieu of these courses with the permission of the department chairperson. Mathematics courses listed as prerequisites to a physics course may, with the permission of the chairperson, be taken concurrently with the physics course or may be excluded in special instances. Part II of a given course may not be taken before Part I.
Advanced Placement in Physics: Entering non-majors who have received scores of 4 or higher on the Physics B or Physics C Advanced Placement examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board are eligible to receive college credit for the corresponding lecture courses. A score of 4 or higher in the Physics C examination, plus departmental approval, are necessary for receipt of credit by majors. No credit is available for laboratory courses.
Requirements for Departmental Honors in Physics: In addition to the general requirements for the major, a student seeking departmental honors must complete three additional 300-level courses, earning an "A" or a "B," including two of the following: 315, 352 or 361. In addition, the student must present a physics-related seminar or talk during the senior year. The final requirement for graduation with departmental honors is departmental approval.
Notes on the Curriculum: The degree requirements show only the minimum requirements for the bachelor of science degree. The student should choose additional elective courses in consultation with his/her academic advisor. As an aid to planning, the Physics Department offers several tracks of study, each of which makes use of an appropriate choice and arrangement of electives to prepare a student for a particular career. A brief description of the tracks is given below. Detailed information concerning Physics tracks can be obtained at the Physics Department website at www.luc.edu/depts/physics.
Graduate Physics or Astronomy: Students who plan to undertake graduate study in physics or astronomy should take at least the following electives: PHYS 271, 315, 352 and 361. Additional math and computer science courses may also be recommended. These students should also take the advanced physics portion of the Graduate Record Examination, usually during the first semester of the senior year.
Dual Degree, Physics/Engineering: A student is able to earn two degrees: a bachelor of science, major in physics, from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor of science in engineering from an affiliated engineering school such as University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Seattle University, and Washington University, St. Louis. Students spend three years at Loyola, followed by two years at the school of engineering. Successful dual degree recipients have many career options because of their broad training in the liberal arts, physics and engineering.
Pre-Health Professions: In this track, Physics majors who are preparing for medicine, dentistry, or other health-related fields take physics, calculus, and chemistry courses in their first year and then arrange their schedules to take biology and organic chemistry courses in preparation for the professional school admissions tests in their junior year.
Biophysics: This track is designed for Physics majors planning careers in medical research, medical physics, biophysics, biomedical engineering, or biotechnology. Students take biology, physics, and mathematics courses in their first year, and follow up with special topics in biophysics and biochemistry in later years. This track also satisfies pre-health requirements.
Applied Physics: For Physics majors who plan to enter industry directly or to undertake graduate study in electrical engineering, computer engineering, engineering physics, or optoelectronics. In this track a sequence of electives, which includes four electronics courses with laboratories, is recommended.
Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics: The Physics Department in conjunction with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences offers an interdepartmental Bachelor of Science program for students who have strong interests in both physics and mathematics and their interrelationships.
Teacher Education: In cooperation with the School of Education, the Physics Department offers a program that leads to certification for teaching secondary-school physics in Illinois. Generally six years are required to complete this program. Other certification options are also available.
Business Minor: A student may earn a minor in a selected area of business administration such as marketing by taking a sequence of six business courses recommended by the selected department in the School of Business Administration. This track confers eligibility to apply to M.B.A. programs.
Pre-Engineering Program: In this option, a student completes the first two years of the Physics major at Loyola and then transfers to an engineering school to complete a bachelorís degree in engineering.
COURSES OF INSTRUCTION
(Course credit hours are indicated in parenthesis following the course title.)
101. Liberal Arts Physics. (3)
103. Planetary and Solar System Astronomy. (3)
104. Astronomy of Stars & Galaxies. (3)
105. Observational Astronomy. (3)
111. College Physics I. (3)
112. College Physics II. (3)
113. University Physics I. (4)
114. University Physics II. (4)
125. General Physics I. (4)
126. General Physics II. (4)
131. College Physics Laboratory I. (1)
132. College Physics Laboratory II. (1)
133. University Physics Laboratory I. (1)
134. University Physics Laboratory II. (1)
135. General Physics Laboratory I. (1)
136. General Physics Laboratory II. (1)
213. College Physics III. (3)
235. Modern Physics I. (3)
236. Modern Physics II. (3)
237. Modern Physics Laboratory I. (1)
238. Modern Physics Laboratory II. (1)
266. Digital Electronics Laboratory. (COMP
271. Mathematical Methods in Physics. (3)
303. Electronics I. (4)
304. Electronics II. (4)
305. Nuclear Physics Laboratory. (2)
310. Optics. (4)
314. Theoretical Mechanics I. (3)
315. Theoretical Mechanics II. (3)
328. Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics.
351. Electricity and Magnetism I. (3)
352. Electricity and Magnetism II. (3)
361. Quantum Mechanics. (3)
366. Microcomputer Design and Interfacing. (COMP
380-381. Special Topics. (3)
391. Research. (1-3)
Argonne Lab Research. (3)
398H-399H. Honors Tutorial. (3)