School of Natural Sciences


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Undergraduate Degrees


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Vision Statement

Physics is the connection of explanatory concepts, principles, theories and hypotheses to the physical world.  These connections are often made in a quantitative way using the language of mathematics.  Verification of the accuracy of these conceptual connections rests in measurements made of the physical world.

It is the actual process of how the scientific community makes the connection between concepts and physical measurements which insures that scientific knowledge is reliable.  This is science's most important feature.  Communicating an understanding of this process to students is the primary goal of all physics courses taught at IUS.

Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of empirical data in establishing scientific knowledge.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding that, in addition to empirical evidence, science involves skepticism and rational arguments; that it is not opinion but is rather a reasoned consensus among informed experts which improves over time.
  3. Students demonstrate an understanding of several paradigm examples of the fundamental conceptual models which underlie our current understanding of the physical world.
  4. Students demonstrate technical skill in the use of several fundamental tools used in physics.

Physics BA Residency Requirement

In addition to the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirement, Physics Majors must complete the Capstone Course (PHYS-S406) and a minimum of two upper-level (300-400 level) Physics courses in residence at IU Southeast.

Degree Program Admission Requirements

To be fully admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Physics degree program, students must meet the School of Natural Science's admission requirements and complete PHYS-P221 (Physics I) with a grade of C or better.

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