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
Physics III becomes primarily a lab-based course (called Waves/Optics
Lab on the previous slide) that includes an introduction to
programming, with 1-hour 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
Can we explicitly spend just 1-2 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
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
Set of choices will provide options in line with successful programs
outlined in Spin-Up report while grad school bound students will take a
rigorous program similar to what we now offer.