Best fit for:
• First-time college students or transfers
• Students 18-22
• Residential students at our main campus
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A fundamental framework for the future.
Physics is the most fundamental science. It forms the basis for most other sciences and engineering disciplines. Physics provides a logical framework to build on the basic principles of nature that are derived from repeatable experiments.
An applied physics major will have a broad base of knowledge in physics and gain experience in mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, fluids, electrical circuits, relativity, and quantum mechanics. These topics provide the basis for virtually every engineering discipline, and prepare the student for a career in business, industry, or academia.
The results of physics impact our everyday lives in a host of ways. For example, physicists invented and played key roles in the development of radar, sonar, global positioning satellite systems, and night vision for the military; X-rays, CAT, and PET scans in medicine; fiber optics, transistors, radio, and internet in electronics; sensors for oil, gas, and mineral exploration.
What classes will I take?
PHYS 2110. General Physics I
PHYS 2120. General Physics II
PHYS 3100. Classical Mechanics
PHYS 3200. Modern Physics
PHYS 3300. Thermal and Statistical Physics
PHYS 3010. Advanced Physics Lab I
PHYS 3020. Advanced Physics Lab II
PHYS 3990. Philosophy and Methodology of Science
PHYS 4100. Materials
PHYS 4400. Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 4500. Fluids
PHYS 4600. Circuits
PHYS 4800. Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 4950. Science Seminar
PHYS 4980. Senior Research
MATH 2450. Calculus I
MATH 2460. Calculus II
MATH 2470. Calculus III
MATH 3000. Introduction to Differential Equations
In addition, 12 hours of math courses numbered 3000 or above are required.
Prepare to Make a Life
What can I do with a major in PHYSICS?
Piedmont students have gone on to pursue careers in:
- Nuclear Physics
- Optical Physics
- Public Relations