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Don H. Olive, Chair, Professor; Director of Christenberry Planetarium
Eric H. Remington, Assistant Professor
Stephen L. Strickland, Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Programs and Requirements
Engineering Physics Major (B.S.)
Physics Major (B.A.)
Physics Major (B.S.)
The Department of Physics offers two majors: physics (leading to a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree) and engineering physics (leading to a bachelor of science degree).
Students interested in pursuing an engineering career and taking basic courses in the fields of mathematics, physics, computer science, and chemistry are well prepared to transfer to any engineering school. At Samford, students can complete half the curriculum required in any of the following fields of engineering: mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical, highway, and aeronautical. Interested students are advised to check with several engineering schools to determine which Samford courses would transfer directly.
To obtain a major in physics or engineering physics, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 in mathematics and physics courses. Additionally, to receive a bachelor of science degree in physics, students must complete a senior thesis. See the department chair for details.
The department also offers a minor in physics.
General Education: University Core Curriculum and Distribution Requirements
See General Education Overview in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required and applicable courses.
For a major or minor in physics or a major in engineering physics, the general education mathematics requirement is satisfied by MATH 240 (Calculus I) . For a major in physics or engineering physics, the general education natural and computational sciences requirement is satisfied by CHEM 205 (Foundations of Chemistry I) , with its associated laboratory CHEM 206 , and PHYS 203 (Physics I) . Physics and engineering physics majors cannot use COSC 107 (Introduction to Computer Science) to fulfill this requirement.
Of related interest: IDSC 201 - Scientific Methods (4) .
Note on Special Problems courses: A maximum of five credits total for PHYS 461 , PHYS 471 , and/or PHYS 481 may count toward graduation requirements.