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2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Physics (B.S.)


Return to: Part 5: Program Descriptions

Program: B.S.
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Kettler Hall 126B ~ 260-481-6306 ~ ipfw.edu/physics/


The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Will reason about physically significant problems conceptually and mathematically
  • Will solve complex physical problems using sophisticated mathematical techniques
  • Will interpret mathematical solutions conceptually and physically
  • Will investigate physical phenomena using multiple approaches
  • Will use computation and computer modeling to investigate physical phenomena and solve physical problems
  • Will communicate in appropriate scientific media and forms

The Physics program can prepare you for careers in science and industry or teaching. It can also prepare you for graduate study in physics, medical physics, engineering, law and medicine. Within the physics program, there are two possible concentration in addition to the “standard” Physics major: Optoelectronics and Biomedical Physics. You may also be interested in physical science teaching certification (listed separately in this Bulletin).

If you wish to transfer to physics from another degree program, you must have an average of C or better in all physics and mathematics courses you have completed and not more than one grade below C in those courses.

To remain in the degree program, you must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher in physics courses. You may take a minor of 24–30 credits in a second science or in engineering. For this minor, a plan of study is developed with your advisor. Typical minor programs chosen by physics majors are mathematics and electrical engineering.

You may also earn a Research Certificate by participating in research (listed separately in this Bulletin).

To earn the B.S. with a major in physics, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), in addition to the following requirements:

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


Foreign Language


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part B Credits: 8

One of the following: Credits: 3


  • Additional credits in mathematics

General Elective Courses


  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120


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