Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major

  • Nine and one-half units in physics, including: 167, 168, 191, 243, 244, 245, 250, 291, 325, 336, 350, and one of the following: 308, 322, 380, 384 or 387. A student contemplating study at the graduate level should include 380.
  • Four cognate courses: Mathematics 141, 143, 245, 247.
  • Students majoring in physics are required to attend all departmental colloquia.
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Note: Students whose major requires a physics cognate generally cannot satisfy this requirement with Physics 101, 102 or 105.

Requirements for Major with Astronomy Emphasis

  • Nine and one-half units in physics, including: 167, 168, 191, 205, 206, 243, 244, 250, 291, 325, 336, and one of the following: 308, 322, 350, 380, 384, or 387.  A student contemplating study at the graduate level should include 380.
  • Four cognate courses: Mathematics 141, 143, 245, 247.
  • Students pursuing the astronomy emphasis are required to attend all departmental colloquia.
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Requirements for Minor

  • Five and one-quarter units in physics, including: 167, 168, 191, 243, 244, 250, and one of the following: 206, 245, 308, 322, 325, 336, 350, 380, 384, 387.
  • Four cognate courses: Mathematics 141, 143, 245, 247.
  • Students pursuing the mathematics/physics interdepartmental major may not count those courses toward the physics minor.

Requirements for Dual-Degree Program in Engineering

Students in the dual-degree program in engineering have a strong background in mathematics and science, very good academic performance, and a desire to pursue the engineering profession. To be eligible for program admission, students must declare the dual-degree engineering major in either mathematics or physics, write a personal essay, complete a personal interview with the program director, and have at least a 2.5 overall GPA, as well as at least a 2.5 GPA in completed courses in the science division. Although these program admission requirements should normally be completed by the end of a student’s first year at Albion, late admission requests are considered by the Engineering Advisory Committee as needed.

Please, see the section of the catalog for the dual-degree program in engineering for detailed requirements.

 

Requirements for Interdisciplinary Major in Integrated Science with Elementary Education Certification

Students interested in pursuing elementary education certification may wish to consider an interdisciplinary major in integrated science. The integrated science major is primarily intended for students seeking a broad, cross-disciplinary understanding of the natural sciences. Students completing a major in integrated science are required to take courses in all the natural sciences and also to choose a minor in biology, chemistry, geology or physics. The detailed requirements for the major are provided in this catalog or are available from the Education Department.

Requirements for Major with Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of eight units in physics, including: 167, 168, 243, 244, 250, 325, 336, plus two units selected from 105, 206, 245, 308, 322, 350, 380, 384, or 387.
  • In addition to the mathematics courses that are prerequisites for the required physics courses, one cognate course chosen from: Biology 195; Chemistry 121; Geology 101, 103, 104.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Minor with Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of five units in physics, including: 167, 168, 243, 244, 250, and one of the following: 105, 245, 308, 322, 325, 336, 350, 380, 384, 387.
  • In addition to the mathematics courses that are prerequisites for the required physics courses, one cognate course chosen from: Biology 195; Chemistry 121; Geology 101, 103, 104.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.