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  Jan 23, 2018
 
2015-2016 USC Sumter Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Physics, B.S.



Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the physical phenomena and the use of scientific methods and theories.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively through written reports, which exhibit their ability to comprehend, analyze, and interrogate critically.
  • Students will demonstrate effective use of computers and other technology.

Basic Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degrees (120 Hours)


  1. Carolina Core Plus General Education Requirements
  2. Major
  3. Cognate or Minor Requirements
  4. Electives

1. Carolina Core Plus General Education Requirements


CMW: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Writing (6 Hours)


  • Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

ARP: Carolina Core Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (A Minimum of 12 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

Bachelor of Science degrees require a minimum of 12 hours, as specified by the major program, to include:

SCI: Carolina Core Scientific Literacy (8 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

  • Two 4-credit hour laboratory science courses.

GFL: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Communicate Effectively in More than One Language (0-9 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required for all baccalaureate degrees. Students can demonstrate this proficiency by successfully completing Phase II of the Proficiency Test or by successfully completing the 122 course, including the exit exam administered as part of that course.

It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.

GHS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (6 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

  • Two courses in History (HIST), at the 100 level, one U.S. History and one non-U.S. History

GSS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (6 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

AIU: Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)


Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements:

  • Up to two of these requirements may be met in overlay courses. At least one of these requirements must be satisfied by a course not applied elsewhere in general education. (3-9 hours)

CMS: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Speech (3 Hours)


INF: Carolina Core Information Literacy (0-3 Hours)


VSR: Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 Hours)


Other Required General Education Courses for the College of Arts and Sciences


Fine Arts and Humanities Requirements (3 Hours)


  • Bachelor of Science degrees require 3 Hours in the fine arts. (May be taken as Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding.)
  • Bachelor of Science degrees require an additional 3 Hours in the fine arts or humanities.

2. Physics Major


Major Prerequisites


The following courses fulfill some of the general education requirements and some cognates and must be completed for a major in physics:

Note:


A grade of C or higher is required in all physics, mathematics, and engineering courses.

Major Requirements


General Major (30-32 hours)


Physics (24 Hours)


    Experimental Physics (6-8 Hours)


    Experimental physics courses include but are not limited to:

      Intensive Major (36-40 Hours)


      • Select two courses from PHYS 500 and above in addition to the General Physics requirement.

      Intensive Major (Biophysics Concentration)


      Select one option from the following:

      Applied Major (Engineering Physics Concentration)


      Select one option from the following:

      Computer Option (50-51 Hours)


      Physics (31-32 Hours)


        Select one course from the following:


          Computer Science (16 Hours)


          Select one pair from the following:


            Economics (3 Hours)


              Electrical Option (54-57 hours)


              Physics (31-32 Hours)


                Select two courses from the following:


                  Electrical Engineering (18 Hours)


                  Computer Science (3 Hours)


                    Economics (3 Hours)


                      Mechanical Option (55-57 hours)


                      Physics (31-33 Hours)


                        Select three courses from the following:


                          Mechanical Engineering (21 Hours)


                            Economics (3 Hours)


                              3. Cognates


                              The required mathematics courses satisfy the cognate requirement.

                              4. Electives for B.S. Degrees


                              No courses of a remedial, developmental, skill-acquiring, or vocational nature may apply as credit toward degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences allows the use of the Pass-Fail option on elective courses. Further clarification of inapplicable courses can be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences.