Physics

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Program Description 

The Physics major emphasizes a mathematical and conceptual understanding of the physical world. As one of the basic sciences, physics serves as the cornerstone of engineering. Physics supports and complements the other basic sciences of biology and chemistry. Physics majors at Rockhurst are empowered with critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills that are in high demand in our modern world. Physics majors leave Rockhurst with an understanding of a large number physical, real-world applications of physics.

Rockhurst offers a major and minor in Physics. The major track leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and consists of 18 upper-division credit hours of physics and a minimum of three hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics.

The Physics major is recommended for students considering graduate studies in research or applied physics.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the mathematical concepts needed to understand and learn physics.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze a broad range of physical phenomena using their understanding of selected topics from mechanics, quantum physics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral and written scientific communication, and will demonstrate that they can think critically and work independently.

Course Map 

Prospective Students 

Current Students 

Experiences 

  • Students have the opportunity to join the Society of Physics Students.
  • Students can also become involved in Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society.

Outcomes 

  • Graduate school in physics, chemistry, engineering or other non-technical areas (e.g., Business).
  • Industry careers in engineering or with an engineering firm.
  • Industry careers in programming or information technology.