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 Flexible, multiple tracks
 B.A., designed for liberal arts type student and double majors
 B.S., designed for students not necessarily going to graduate school
 B.S. with research option, for students going to graduate school

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 Required for B.A., B.S., B.S. with research
 Fall Spring
 Phys I (4) Phys II (4)
 Calc I (4) Calc II (4)
 Phys IV (4) Mechanics (3)
 Waves/Optics Lab (4) Linear Algebra (3)
 Calc III (4)
 Quantum I (3) Quantum II (3)
 EM I (3) EM II (3)
 Diff. Eq. (3) Elec. Lab ES2210 (4)
 Stat Mech (3) Research (3)
 Methods I (3) Methods II (3)
 Hours in Physics/ES: 25, 35, 47
 Hours in Math: 15, 18, 18
 Hours for USP requirements: 51* (must check details)

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 Key points
 Three tracks, no new courses required.
The BA track would also be the core of the physics plus and
astronomy majors. To satisfy any
hour requirements UW or we want to impose, we will add elective courses
(e.g., two for B.A. so > 30 credit hours in physics, one for
B.S.). Suggest these electives
can be outside of physics/astronomy from a list of courses we approve
that will include math, statistics, and engineering (again, helping
double majors).
 Physics III becomes primarily a labbased course (called Waves/Optics
Lab on the previous slide) that includes an introduction to
programming, with 1hour lecture a week. Extra wave topics can added to a
revamped Physics IV course.
Rather than combining the two courses into one, we retain the
course names/numbers and add the lab material and programming we want
in the program (and exclude COSC 1030).
Physics IV can be fall or spring.
 Drop the PDE and Complex Analysis upper division math courses. They’re not necessary for some career
paths, and we’d rather have students in the methods courses.
 The research requirement could be satisfied by an REU or other summer
research experience (perhaps with the requirement of a written or oral
report).

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 Other suggestions/comments
 Can we explicitly spend just 12 weeks in quantum I covering techniques
and then drop the linear algebra requirement? Then differential equations could be
moved into the sophomore year where it would be more useful.
 We should settle on the physics curriculum, which will also be the core
of physics plus and astronomy, before determining the curriculum for
those majors.
 The new USP requirement for upper division courses is 3, outside major
department. We should provide a
list of suggestions for students including, e.g., Philosophy of
Science, technical writing, statistics, Sociology of Science, etc. If clever, will enable double
counting.
 Set of choices will provide options in line with successful programs
outlined in SpinUp report while grad school bound students will take a
rigorous program similar to what we now offer.

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 Fall Spring
 None None
 ASTR 2310 (4) ASTR 2320* (4)
 ASTR 4610/5150 (3)
 ASTR 5150/4610 (3) ASTR elective (3)
 * We would like to propose 2320 to be added to make a twosemester
introductory astronomy sequence.
5150 (techniques) and 4610 (astrophysics) can be taught in
alternate years.
