Physics: Major Map

Major Map: B.S. Physics

Physics is a science that is fundamental to all sciences and uses mathematics as its language. Because of the role that science plays in our technological society, it is necessary that students be trained in the sciences, with physics playing a core role. The Discipline of Physics seeks to provide the necessary physics experiences via formal coursework, laboratory training, and research to give students the requisite skills of a well-educated liberal arts major. The program articulates the mission of the University through emphasis on physics and related scientific areas.

The undergraduate offerings in physics meet a variety of student needs. Some students seek the B.A. degree with a major in physics; others seek the B.S. degree; still others pursue joint majors combining physics with another discipline. In addition, a number of Fisk students have pursued dual degrees in physics and engineering offered in collaboration with Vanderbilt University.

Specific goals of the Discipline are:

Students who complete the Physics major will be able to:


Year 1

Fall Semester
CORE 100, New Student Orientation (1 credit)
CORE 150, Composition I (3 credits)
MATH 120, Calculus I (4 credits)
CSCI 110, Introduction to Computer Science I (3 credits)
CSCI 110L, Introduction to Computer Science Lab I (1 credit)
PHYS 130, University Physics I (4 credits)
PHYS 130L, Experiments in University Physics I (0 credits)

Spring Semester
CORE 120, Critical Thinking (2 credits)
CORE 160, Composition II (3 credits)
MATH 130, Calculus II (4 credits)
PHYS 140, University Physics II (4 credits)
PHYS 140L, Experiments in University Physics II (0 credits)
CORE Group A, C, or E (2 credit minimum)

Year 2

Fall Semester
CORE 201, Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
MATH 210, Calculus III (4 credits)
PHYS 340, Mathematical Physics (3 credits)

CHEM 113, General Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHEM 103L, General Chemistry I Lab (1 credits)
Or
BIOL 101, General Biology I (3 credits)
BIOL 101L, General Biology Lab I (1 credit)

CORE Group A, C, or E (2 credit minimum)

Spring Semester
MATH 270, Ordinary Differential Equations (4 credits)
PHYS 262, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
CORE Group A, C, or E (8 credit minimum)

Year 3

Fall Semester
PHYS 341, Theoretical Mechanics (3 credits)
PHYS 351, Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)
CORE 260, Humanities (3 credits)
CORE 360, The World and Its Peoples (4 credits)
General Electives (2 credit minimum)

Spring Semester
PHYS 452, Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
General Electives (6 credits)
Physics Electives (6 credits)

Year 4

Fall Semester
Physics Electives (6 credits)
General Electives (9 credits)

Spring Semester PHYS 490, Senior Seminar (1 credit)
Physics Electives (4 credits)
General Electives (10 credits)


GET RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Year 1

Complete on-line assessment to ascertain career interests. Discuss these with your academic advisor and staff in the Office of Career Planning and Development. Self-assessments also available through CareerOneStop.org. One of the five assessment tools matches strengths with occupations.

Create a core resume. Ask staff in Office of Career Planning and Development to review your resume.

Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.

Attend Industry Expo for internship opportunities.

Shadow professionals in field of interest.

Conduct informational interviews in employment sector(s) of interest.

Select part-time jobs in field of interest.

Attend conferences of professional associations.

Year 2

Update your resume.

Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.

Explore national internships: National Science Foundation research opportunities for undergraduates (http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm); paid internship opportunities through Resource Guide of Summer Opportunities for Minority Undergraduate Students (http://www.doorsofopportunity.org/) or through National Internship Guide (http://www.internships.com/).

Attend Industry Expo for internship opportunities.

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Shadow professionals in field of interest.

Conduct informational interviews in employment sector(s) of interest.

Select part-time jobs in field of interest.

Attend conferences of professional associations.

Year 3

Update your resume.

Consider taking SOC 390, Internship, to gain work experience and college credit.

Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.

Explore national internships: National Science Foundation research opportunities for undergraduates (http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm); paid internship opportunities through Resource Guide of Summer Opportunities for Minority Undergraduate Students (http://www.doorsofopportunity.org/) or through National Internship Guide (http://www.internships.com/).

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Shadow professionals in field of interest.

Conduct informational interviews in employment sector(s) of interest.

Select part-time jobs in field of interest.

Attend conferences of professional associations.

Year 4

Update your resume. Be sure to include your research skills.

Shadow professionals in field of interest.

Conduct informational interviews in employment sector(s) of interest.

Select part-time jobs in field of interest.

Attend conferences of professional associations.


GET CONNECTED WITH THE COMMUNITY

Year 1

Participate in Service Day during New Student Orientation, Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.

Take advantage of service learning opportunities offered in courses (e.g., Core 100) and as scholarship requirements.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).

Year 2

Participate in Service Day during Homecoming and the MLK Day of Service.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).

Year 3

Participate in Service Day during Homecoming and the MLK Day of Service.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).

Year 4

Participate in Service Day during Homecoming and the MLK Day of Service.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).


GET THINKING GLOBALLY

Year 1

Begin planning potential study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives).

https://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-us-student-program

https://www.diversityabroad.com/

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.

Year 2

Begin planning potential study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives).

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.

Year 3

Finalize arrangements for study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives). Meet with advisor to ensure courses earned abroad will meet student course requirements for general studies, electives, and major.

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.

Year 4

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.

Consider graduate study abroad.


GET READY FOR LIFE AFTER GRADUATION

Year 1

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Explore resources for undergraduate students offered by the American Physical Society (aps.org).

Year 2

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Apply for EXCEL program offering professional development opportunities for sophomores with GPAs of 2.8 or higher.

Browse job listings: Idealist.org; CareerOneStop.org; USAJobs.gov; CollegeGrad.com; state employment websites Consider student membership in the American Physical Society (aps.org).

Year 3

Attend Industry Expo to meet with graduate school recruiters.

Research graduate or professional schools (see petersons.com; gradschools.com).

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Year 4

Attend Industry Expo to meet with graduate school recruiters.

Participate in Graduating Senior Boot Camp.

Present your senior thesis at regional and local symposia. Compete in undergraduate paper competitions.

Prepare for and take Graduate Record Exam or other professional examination (e.g., LSAT).

Apply for graduate or professional school. Have personal statement reviewed by staff in Writing Center and Office of Career Planning and Development, and faculty/advisor. Request letters of recommendation from faculty members (be sure to give plenty of advance notice of deadlines).

Explore resources for undergraduate students offered by the American Physical Society (aps.org).


WHERE COULD I GO AFTER GRADUATION?

Survey of Recent Graduates

Social Services/Public Services/Counselors: Administrative/Program Support; Management; Education; Protective Services; Sales Marketing; Social Science Researcher.

Selected Job Titles

Business and Industry: market analyst, human resources manager, data entry manager, recruiter

Justice System: criminal investigator, parole officer, special agent, rehabilitation counselor Community and Social Services: caseworker, community organizer, substance abuse counselor, hospital administrator

Government: human rights officer, urban planner, legislative aide, personnel coordinator

Education: admissions counselor, college placement worker, public health educator

Research: data analyst, demographer assistant, consumer researcher

Selected Job Titles of Fisk graduates

Lawyer, Federal probation officer, FBI agent, College admissions administrator, Property manager, Juvenile probation officer, Marriage and family counselor, Human services caseworker, School resources counselor, Urban planner, Hospital administrator, Data analyst, Elementary and secondary school teachers, Not-for-profit organization administrator

Sample of Graduate/Professional Degrees

M.D., J.D., Ed.D., Ph.D., Master’s in Criminal Justice, Master’s in Urban Planning, Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling, Master’s in Hospital Administration, Master’s in Social Work, Master’s in Public Health, Master’s in Public Administration







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