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Ohio Wesleyan University    
2016-2017 Catalog 
  Sep 19, 2017
2016-2017 Catalog

Physics Major with Pre-Engineering Option

Professors Andereck, Haring-Kaye, Harmon, Trees
Assistant Professor Fink

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a flexible program designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of students who are usually interested in one of the following options: (1) preparation for graduate study in physics or astronomy; (2) secondary education; (3) pre-engineering; (4) preparation for graduate school in a field cognate to physics; (5) preparation for professional school in medicine, dentistry, or law; (6) employment in physics- or astronomy-related positions in industry or government. Students wishing to major in the department will  normally complete during the freshman year the general physics sequence (PHYS 110 C , PHYS 110 L , PHYS 111 C  and PHYS 111 L ) and MATH 110  and MATH 111 ; MATH 280C, MATH 280L, and MATH 210  should normally be completed in the sophomore year. Pre-engineering students must take a year of introductory chemistry (CHEM 110 , CHEM 111 ) during their residency at Ohio Wesleyan. Some of these requirements also can be met by transfer of credits, proficiency examinations, or advanced placement.

Students who meet all University graduation requirements including the completion of at least 24 courses (each a full unit course, a 1.25-unit course or two modular 0.50-unit courses in the same department) and maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average overall and in the major (with exceptions noted below) during residence on campus may transfer to an engineering school at the end of their third year for two more years of study (see Combined Bachelor’s/Professional Degrees ). Students must also complete the department’s assessment exercises before departing Ohio Wesleyan. Upon successful completion of the engineering school program, the student will receive a B.A. in Physics from Ohio Wesleyan and a bachelor of engineering degree from the engineering school. Ohio Wesleyan has cooperative arrangements with the following engineering schools: Case Western Reserve University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Washington University in St. Louis (Washington University requires a grade point average of 3.25 overall and in mathematics and science courses for admission to their program), California Institute of Technology (admission to Caltech is not automatic for those qualified, and is considered on a case-by-case basis by that institution), Polytechnic Institute of New York and the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Not all engineering fields are available at all cooperating engineering schools. In addition, qualified students can usually transfer without difficulty to engineering schools with which Ohio Wesleyan has no formal pre-engineering arrangements. Students are counseled individually in course selection suitable for the engineering field.

Major Requirements

PHYS 110 C , PHYS 110 L , PHYS 111 C , PHYS 111 L , PHYS 275 , PHYS 280 C , PHYS 280 L , PHYS 310  or PHYS 320 , PHYS 345  or PHYS 375 , PHYS 360  or PHYS 380 ; CHEM 110 , CHEM 111 ; MATH 110 , MATH 111 , MATH 210  and MATH 280 . Recommended: CS 110 , MATH 270 , MATH 330 , MATH 380 . Successful completion of all course work at the engineering school is also a requirement for the B.A. in Physics from Ohio Wesleyan for this option. This option is appropriate for students wishing to pursue aeronautical, ceramic, civil, computer, electrical, electronic, environmental, industrial, materials, mechanical, or nuclear engineering.