Medical Physics, Emphasis

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
MTH 229 Bison image  Cap graduation image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)5
Critical Thinking Course3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
Core II Communication3
MTH 229 Bison image  Cap graduation image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)5
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology (Natural/Physical Science)4
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
PHY 491 Bison image
& PHY 492 Bison image
Capstone
and Capstone
2
Major-Specific
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 211 Bison image University Physics I4
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
PHY 213 Bison image University Physics II4
PHY 300 Cap graduation image Electricity & Magnetism3
PHY 304 Cap graduation image Optics3
PHY 405 Cap graduation image Optics Lab2
PHY 308Thermal Physics3
PHY 320 Cap graduation image Intro Modern Physics3
PHY 330 Cap graduation image Mechanics3
PHY 360Medical Physics3
PHY 421Modern Physics Lab2
PHY 491 Bison image
& PHY 492 Bison image
Capstone
and Capstone (C)
2
PHY 442 Cap graduation image Quantum Mechanics3
PHY 445Math Methods of Physics3
PHY 446Math Methods of Physics II3
CHM 211 Bison image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I2
CHM 212 Bison image Principles Chemistry II3
CHM 218 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab II2
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
CHM 365Introductory Biochemistry3
BSC 120 Bison image Principles of Biology4
BSC 121 Bison image Principles of Biology4
PHY Elective3
Biological Physics (Recommended)
MTH 230 Bison image  Cap graduation image Calculus/Analytic Geom II4
MTH 231 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom III4

Major Information

  • Students are required to know and track their degree requirements for graduation or for entrance to a professional school.
  • In addition to the Core General Education requirements, the College of Science requires 3 hours of Calculus, and 40 hours of upper level credit.
  • Coursework listed as “elective” may vary for each student. Students are encouraged to use elective hours toward a 2nd minor or toward prerequisites.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to select courses that meet two or more Core or College requirements. For example, a writing intensive literature course could satisfy the Core II humanities requirement as well as the university writing intensive requirement.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change each semester. Please consult each semester’s schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Math is based on an ACT Mathematics score of 27 or higher. Students with an ACT Mathematics score less than 27 will be placed in the appropriate prerequisite mathematics and science courses.
  • In order to graduate, students must maintain a 2.00 Overall GPA and receive a grade of C or better in each course required for the major.

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Four Year Plan

A course of study in physics, resulting in a B.S. degree in physics, prepares students for a wide variety of opportunities, such as engineering careers in the private sector, careers in the health professions, employment in industry and government laboratories, advanced technology jobs in science and technology related fields, and careers as science teachers. The B.S. degree program is also excellent preparation for advanced degrees in physics, astronomy, engineering, medicine, or law. Medical Physics is designed for those who are interested in going to the medical school, or working in a biochemical physics field.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 211 Bison image University Physics I 4
MTH 229 Bison image  Cap graduation image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT) 5
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory 1
PHY 213 Bison image University Physics II 4
Core II Social Science 3
MTH 230 Bison image  Cap graduation image Calculus/Analytic Geom II 4
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
PHY 320 Cap graduation image Intro Modern Physics 3
PHY 421 Cap graduation image Modern Physics Lab 2
PHY 445 Math Methods of Physics 3
CHM 211 Bison image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
MTH 231 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom III 4
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
PHY 446 Math Methods of Physics II 3
CHM 212 Bison image Principles Chemistry II 3
CHM 218 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab II 2
PHY 304 Cap graduation image Optics 3
PHY 405 Cap graduation image Optics Lab 2
Multicultural or International (CT) 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
CHM 355 Organic Chemistry I 3
PHY 300 Cap graduation image Electricity & Magnetism 3
PHY 330 Mechanics 3
PHY 308 Thermal Physics 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
PHY 442 Cap graduation image Quantum Mechanics 3
PHY Elective: 3
Biological Physics (Recommended)  
CHM 356 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 361 Intro Organic Chm Lab 3
Core II Communication 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
PHY 491 Bison image Capstone 1
Core II Humanities 3
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
CHM 365 Introductory Biochemistry 3
Writing Intensive 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
PHY 492 Bison image Capstone 1
PHY 360 Medical Physics 3
BSC 121 Bison image Principles of Biology 4
Core II Fine Arts 3
Writing Intensive 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours120