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The General Physics major contains all the theory of the other majors and provides students with the foundations of Physics. Students with this major will be expected to learn a little about each major in the Department, as well as, some other more theoretical subjects, like Astronomy and Cosmology.
This major leaves students with an appreciation of the Physics of everything and gives them a knowledge of theoretical Physics, which tends to be more math-based, and also gives students a foothold into the world of Research.
The BSc. programme in Physics aims to:
In order to do the BSc. Physics Degree, candidates must satisfy the requirements for entrance to the Faculty of Science and Technology. They must:
Satisfy the University requirements for Normal Matriculation.
Have obtained passes at CSEC Secondary Education General Proficiency Level (or equivalent) in Physics and two subjects at CAPE (both comprising Units 1 & 2) or at GCE A-Level (or equivalent) one of which must be Physics or Mathematics.
Satisfy the University requirements for Lower Level Matriculation.
Have obtained at CSEC Secondary Education General Proficiency level with grades I, II, or since 1998 grade III (or equivalent) in Physics and two other approved science subjects.
To graduate with a Physics Major, the student must have done:
ELET 1400 Introduction to Electronics
PHYS 1411 Mechanics
PHYS 1412 Waves and Optics
PHYS 1421 Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 1422 Modern Physics
MATH1185 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
MATH1141 Introduction to Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry
A major requires 36 Part II credits, 30 of which are core courses, and the other 6 from electives.
A minor requires 18 Part II credits, all of which are highlighted in the table below.
Level II Level III
Core for Major and Minor PHYS 2351 – Modern Physics 1 PHYS 3351 – Modern Physics II
PHYS 2386 – Electricity and Magnetism and Optics
PHYS 2396 – Computer Applications in Physics PHYS 3385 – Electromagnetism
PHYS 2300 – General Physics Lab 1
Core for Major only ELET 2420 – Solid State Devices PHYS 3100 – Advanced General Physics Lab
Math 2230 - Engineering Math
Any two of the following courses can be chosen as electives, if qualified, to complete the General Physics Major:
PHYS 3399 - Research Project
Any other PHYS course
Any Level II or III Electronics course
Career path includes, but are not limited to:
High School Teacher, University Lecturer, Finance, Researcher.