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[ Note: all information below is taken from the 2008-2010 Moravian College Course Catalog. If you would like more up-to-date information, see the current Course Catalog, or contact Kelly Krieble. ]

The department provides the student with the opportunity to investigate and study those areas of physics and earth science which are essential for graduate study or for a related career in industry, government or secondary education. In the physics curriculum the emphasis is on :

  1. theoretical developments and problem solving at the appropriate level of mathematical sophistication.
  2. experimental investigations which stress physical principles and which make use of modern laboratory equipment and techniques.

Throughout the curriculum, extensive use is made of the College's computer facilities for the solution of problems and the analysis of experimental data. Departmental facilities include research equipment for independent study and Honors work and a complete machine shop to supplement experimental projects.


The Physics and Earth Science Department provides an opportunity to investigate and study those areas of physics essential for graduate work in physics or for a physics-related career in industry, government, or secondary education. In the physics curriculum, the emphasis is on theoretical developments and problem-solving at the appropriate level of mathematical sophistication; and on experimental investigation that stresses physical principles and that makes use of modern laboratory techniques and equipment.

Throughout the curriculum, extensive use is made of the College’s computer facilities for solution of physics problems and analysis of experimental data. Departmental facilities include research equipment for independent study and Honors work and a complete machine shop to supplement experimental projects.

A booklet prepared by the Society of Physics Students (SPS) describes the department and its facilities and is available from the department chair upon request.

The department offers introductory courses in geology, astronomy, and meteorology. A major in geology is offered through cross-registration in cooperation with Lehigh University. Because the study of geology is an effort to understand natural phenomena on and within the earth, a student of geology must have a broad understanding of the basic sciences and mathematics, as well as professional courses in the geological sciences.

Learning in Common Requirements for Physics Majors

Physics majors must select Mathematics 170 to fulfill their Quantitative Reasoning (F2) requirement and Physics 111 for their Laboratory Science (F4) requirement. In addition, they need complete only seven of the eight multidisciplinary and Upper-Division requirements.

The Major in Physics

The Physics and Earth Science Department offers two degree options for students wishing to pursue the physics major: The bachelor of arts (B.A.) and the bachelor of science (B.S.). The requirements for each degree option are listed below.

The Bachelor of Arts with Major in Physics

The bachelor of arts with a major in physics consists of 7 course units in physics (Physics 111, 112, 222, 331, 345, and two additional 300-level courses) plus four course units in mathematics (Mathematics 170 or 106-166, plus 171, 211, and 221). It is suggested that the student schedule Physics 111-112 in the first year and begin mathematics at the calculus level by scheduling Mathematics 170 and 171 in the first year, if possible. In the sophomore year, the courses normally taken are Physics 222 and Mathematics 211 and 221.

The Bachelor of Science with Major in Physics

The bachelor of science with major in physics consists of 10 course units in physics (Physics 111, 112, 222, 331, 341, 345, 346, and three additional course units), plus five course units in mathematics (Mathematics 170 or 106-166, plus 171, 211, 221, and 327). If the student chooses Physics 343 as one of the three elective physics courses, he or she may omit Mathematics 327. It is strongly recommended that the student schedule Physics 111-112 in the first year, and begin mathematics at the calculus level by scheduling Mathematics 170 and 171 in the first year. In the sophomore year, the courses normally taken are Physics 221 and 222 and Mathematics 211 and 221.

The Minor in Physics

The minor in physics consists of five course units including either Physics 109-110 or Physics 111-112 but not both.

The Interdepartmental Major in Physics

The student interested in a career requiring an interdisciplinary science major is encouraged to design an interdepartmental major in physics and is urged to consult the department chair.

The six courses that satisfy Set I of an interdepartmental major in physics are Physics 111-112 and any four upper-level courses in physics. These courses and the six of Set II are selected by the student with the approval of the department chair. An interdepartmental major in physics and mathematics is strongly recommended for any student
wishing to prepare for a teaching career in physics.

The Major in Geology

A major in geology consists of Mathematics 170 and 171, Computer Science 120, Chemistry 113-114, Physics 111-112, Earth Science 110, and seven additional geology courses to be taken at Lehigh University, one summer at a geology field camp (to be taken at an approved college or university fi eld camp), and two courses in further science or mathematics selected with the approval of the major advisor. As with physics majors, geology majors take seven of the eight Multidisciplinary and Upper-Division courses in the Learning in Common curriculum.

The Minor in Earth Science

The minor in earth science consists of five course units: Earth Science 110, 120, and 130, plus two courses that may be taken through independent study or cross-registration.

The Interdepartmental Major in Earth Science

Set I requirements include Earth Science 110 at Moravian and five earth science courses, selected with the approval of the Set I advisor, at Moravian or Lehigh University. Students who plan an interdepartmental major should keep in mind that the earth sciences require a well-rounded background in mathematics and the basic sciences.

Departmental Recommendations

A student planning a major or an interdepartmental major in physics should discuss career plans with the department chair, because such plans influence the choice of the elective physics courses, the modern language courses (French, German, or Russian is recommended), elective mathematics courses, and any other elective courses (e.g., astronomy, geology, chemistry, or biology). These considerations are especially important for a student planning graduate work in physics or teaching at the secondary level.

Students seeking secondary school teacher certification in physics follow either the requirements for the physics major or those for the interdepartmental major, with physics constituting Set I and mathematics constituting Set II. Students also must take Chemistry 113. Those interested in combining physics and general science certification should consult the requirements for such certifi cation under science education. All students seeking certification in secondary education should consult the Education Department.


Engineering (Cooperative)
Advisor: Kelly Krieble

Email: krieblek@moravian.edu

The department offers several types of opportunities for students wishing to pursue a career in engineering. Two of these options involve dual degree programs (the 3/2 and 4/1) in which the student will study at Moravian College for several years and then transfer to the associated institution to finish up the program of study, resulting in a degree being granted from each institution. A third option involves simply continuing graduate study at an engineering institution of the students choosing upon successful completion of the undergraduate program at Moravian College. In all cases, while the student is at Moravian College, the program of study will be as a physics major. Areas of engineering study for the third option are only limited by the areas offered at the graduate institution, those for the 3/2 and 4/1 are limited and as indicated below.

3/2 Undergraduate Program
In cooperation with Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Moravian College offers the following cooperative engineering programs:

Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Science and Engineering

Upon successful completion of three years at Moravian College and upon recommendation of the College, a student in the cooperative engineering program may apply for transfer to the appropriate engineering department of Washington University. Following completion of the engineering program, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Arts from Moravian and the Bachelor of Science in engineering from Washington University.

4/1 Graduate Program
A combined bachelor's and master's degree program in mechanical engineering or mechanics is offered in cooperation with Lehigh University. This program enables qualified students to earn a Bachelor of Science in physics from Moravian College and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering or mechanics from Lehigh University with an average total time of 5.5 years of full-time study.

 

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