Physics at Aquinas College

Physics Minor

The physics minor is designed primarily for the individual seeking secondary certification in physics.

Minor Requirements: Twenty-four (24) semester hours

Required Courses:

  • PC201 (NL) or PC213 (NL)
  • PC202 or PC214
  • PC215
  • Elective courses may be chosen from
    • MS241
    • PC295 (NN)
    • PC310
    • CY311/ PC311
    • CY312 / PC312
    • PC398 PC399
    • PC400

Courses from other colleges may be substituted with the consent of the department chair. If secondary certification is sought, PC400 is required.

Courses

  • PC201 General Physics: Mechanics, Sound, Heat (4) NL

    Four (4) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab.

  • PC213 General Physics with Calculus: Mechanics, Sound, Heat (4)

    Four (4) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab. Prerequisite: MS121.

  • PC202 General Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Nuclear Physics (4)

    Prerequisite: PC201 or instructor approval.

  • PC214 General Physics with Calculus: Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Nuclear Physics (4)

    Four (4) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab. Prerequisite: PC213.

  • PC215 Modern Physics (4)

    A semester-long course that will complete the two-semester, general physics survey sequence. The topics covered will include the study of relativity, the wave nature of particles, quantum mechanics, chemical spectra, particle and low-energy nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PC201/202, or PC213/214.

  • MS241 Differential Equations (3) MS

    Study of the classification and solutions of ordinary differential equations with applications. Prerequisite: MS231.

  • PC295 Observational Astronomy (3) NN

    A semester-long survey of the historical milestones in the development of astronomical modeling, as well as a study of the solar system and its constituents. Stars, galaxies, and cosmological models of the universe are also considered in detail. Intended for students with no significant exposure to the study of astronomy.

  • PC310 Special Topics in Physics (3)

    Topics related to recent advancements in the field of physics.

  • CY311/312 Physical Chemistry I and II (4/4)

    A two-semester course in the theoretical principles of chemistry. Topics include thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, phase equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, and quantum chemistry. Three (3) hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week each semester. CY 311 offered fall of even-numbered years, CY 312 offered spring of odd-numbered years. Prerequisites for CY311: CY112 and MS122 with grades of C- or better. PC213 is also required but may be taken as a co-enrollment. Prerequisites for CY312: CY311 with a grade of C- or better. PC214 is also required but may be taken as a co-enrollment. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

  • PC311/312 Physical Chemistry (4/4)

    A two semester sequence. Topics include, but are not limited to, thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gasses, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: MS231, PC213, PC214

  • PC398 Readings in Physics (Variable)

    Individually-negotiated program of readings on a selected topic established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: approval of the department chairperson.

  • PC399 Independent Project (Variable)

    Independent project of defined nature established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: approval of the department chairperson.

  • PC400 Experimental Investigation and Design (4)

    A semester-long laboratory based course that will feature an in-depth exploration of five selected concepts in physics. Each topic will involve the study of the concept; an experimental design to investigate the concept; data collection and analysis. A formal report of the study and the experiment will be submitted. One of the concepts to be investigated will be self selected by the student and reported on at a seminar session held at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: PC201/202, or PC213/214.