Physics, Bachelor of Science
College: College of Science and Health
Department: Physical Science
Student Type: Traditional Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Campus: Lisle Campus
Progression in the Physics Program
A student will progress in the Physics program by completing the introductory sequence of PHYS 2211 University Physics I, PHYS 2212 University Physics II, PHYS 2213 University Physics III, MATH 2210 Calculus I, and MATH 2211 Calculus II with a GPA of 2.500 or above and a grade of “C” or better in each of these courses. A transfer student must meet these requirements through equivalent transfer courses. Additionally, a transfer student must earn a GPA of 2.500 or above in all major classes (excluding labs) during the first semester at Benedictine in order to progress in the Physics program.
If it is determined at any time that a student cannot gain acceptance to the Physics program or cannot graduate with a Physics degree, the student will be required to change his or her major and seek academic advising outside of that program.
Requirements - Major
This program is designed to provide a rigorous introduction to the concepts of physics through a mix of theoretical and experimental coursework, which will prepare students for graduate studies, a career in engineering or applied physics.
The B.S. in Physics major must complete the following courses with a grade of “C” or better:
|University Physics I Laboratory
|University Physics II Laboratory
|University Physics III Laboratory
|Modern Physics Laboratory
|University Physics I
|University Physics II
|University Physics III
|Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
|Quantum and Statistical Mechanics
|Physical Chemistry II Laboratory
|3000 or higher Physics Elective 1
|or MATH 1170
& MATH 2200
| Introduction to Calculus I
and Applications of Calculus I
|Honors General Chemistry
|or CHEM 1113
& CHEM 1123
| General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
|General Chemistry I Laboratory
|or CHEM 1115
|Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
|General Chemistry II Laboratory
|or CHEM 1125
|Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory
May substitute MATH 3361 Fourier Analysis & Boundary Value Problems
Only courses in which a student earns a grade of “C” or better may be counted toward the major.
Students majoring in Physics may not earn a degree in Engineering Science.
Physics Major with a Minor in Education
Requirements - Teaching License
Students who desire to be licensed to teach physics at the secondary level (grades 9-12) are to declare themselves as Physics majors and Education minors and register with the Benedictine University Education Program as teaching licensure candidates. Advising is then a joint responsibility of the Department of Physical Sciences and the School of Education.
Students must complete the requirement for a major in Physics as well as the requirements of the Teacher Licensure Program in Education which includes the Education minor (see Education [Elementary Education, Special Education and Minors in Education and Special Education] section).
Students in the Physics program will achieve the following student learning outcomes (SLO):
Student Learning Outcome 1: Students completing Benedictine University physics classes will demonstrate knowledge in major fields of physics.
• University SLO: 1. Disciplinary Competence and Skills
Student Learning Outcome 2: Benedictine University physics students will demonstrate the ability to solve physics problems.
• University SLO: 2. Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
Student Learning Outcome 3: Benedictine University physics students will be engaged with physics outside of the classroom.
• University SLO: 3. Communication Skills