College of Science & Mathematics

Dr. Kristina Proctor, Dean

Academic Department Majors Minors
     
Biology Biology (BS)
     
  Applied Natural Science (MS)
  • Biology (emphasis)
  • Biochemistry (emphasis)
 
     
Chemistry Chemistry (BS)
     
  Applied Natural Science (MS)
  • Biochemistry (emphasis)
  • Chemistry (emphasis)
 
     
Mathematics/
Physics
Mathematics  (BA, BS) Mathematics
     
  Physics (BS)

Mission

The College of Science and Mathematics delivers high quality BS and MS degree programs to prepare graduates for success in professional and graduate programs, and careers in the biological and physical sciences, and mathematics. Programs in the CSM provide a modern core curriculum in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics with specialization delivered through emphasis areas. The CSM also supports a strong and modern general education program, as well as core curricula in science and mathematics to prepare students in the health sciences, engineering, technology, and teacher education. The CSM engages in the discovery of new information and the application of new knowledge, and provides advanced learning opportunities for students via faculty mentored research projects and internships.

The College offers BS degree programs in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, and a BA in mathematics. The BS in chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The College also offers a master of science in applied natural sciences

(MSANS) with emphasis areas in biochemistry, biology, and chemistry that can be obtained separately or along with the bachelors’ degree in a combined five-year, 3+2 program.

Departments of biology, chemistry, and mathematics/physics provide versatile major programs with select emphasis areas and minors characterized by appropriate solid fundamental science and mathematics curriculum, coupled with specialized and often interdisciplinary courses. Emphasis areas within major programs and minors, provide preparation for future careers in areas as diverse as medicine, pharmacy, teaching (certification for elementary and secondary), forensic science, environmental health and technology, computational mathematics, biophysics, bioinformatics, and many others.

In addition to offering a modern and career-oriented curriculum, academic programs provide opportunities for faculty-directed undergraduate and master-level research, and internship with local companies, government laboratories and agencies. These experiences are critical to applied student learning and significantly enhance the success of graduates in gaining employment and acceptance into graduate and professional programs at the regional, state and national levels.

Academic programs in the College are housed in three newly renovated buildings, totaling over 149,000 gross square feet and $18 million in improvements including a technology enhanced infrastructure to deliver state-of-the-art instruction in both lecture and laboratory environments. Programs incorporate use of an impressive collection of advanced instrumentation and equipment in the curriculum, providing graduates advanced skills and a competitive edge within respective professions in our modern and technologically advanced society.

MASTERS DEGREE IN APPLIED NATURAL SCIENCE 3+2 PLAN (BS/MS)

A unique and distinct feature in the MSANS program is the 3+2 plan. The 3+2 plan gives qualified advanced-level undergraduate students the opportunity to simultaneously pursue both the baccalaureate (BS) and master of science (MS) degrees. With this plan students are moved quickly toward expanding their academic and scientific horizons based on the student’s abilities and personal motivation.

Students in the 3+2 plan are expected to successfully complete the requirements for both the BS and MS degrees by the end of their fifth year in college. Students are simultaneously awarded both the BS and MS degrees in five years, thus shortening the normal time to receive both degrees from six years to five years. They must apply and be admitted into the MSANS program by the Spring semester of their junior year (preferred) or the start of the Fall semester of the senior year. Students applying to the 3+2 plan must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a minimum 3.25 GPA in their subject emphasis area (biology, biochemistry, or chemistry - see below).

The application file for admission to the 3+2 plan must include:

  1. A completed MSANS application form;
  2. A CSU-Pueblo transcript;
  3. Two letters of recommendation from CSU-Pueblo faculty; and
  4. GRE scores (students may be admitted into the 3+2 plan before taking the GRE, but they must submit the GRE scores by the end of their first year in the 3+2 MSANS program plan to remain in the program).

Before being admitted to the 3+2 plan, students are expected to have completed the following course work depending on the respective emphasis areas in which they have interest.

Biology Emphasis:

Courses Titles
BIOL 301/L General Microbiology + Lab  
BIOL 350 Mendelian and Population Genetics  
BIOL 351 Molecular Biology and Genetics  
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry II + Lab  
PHYS 202/L Principles of Physics II + Lab  
MATH 221 Applied Calculus  
    OR  
MATH 156 Statistics  

Biochemistry or Chemistry Emphasis:

Courses Titles
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I + Lab  
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II + Lab  
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry I + Lab  
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry II + Lab  
CHEM 221/L Inorganic Chemistry + Lab  
    OR  
CHEM 421/ Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  
PHYS 221/L General Physics I + Lab  
PHYS 222/L General Physics II + Lab  
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytical Geometry II  

The core course requirements and all other requirements for the 3+2 plan are the same as for the regular MSANS program plan. Dual-listed courses taken by the 3+2 plan students as 400 level courses may be acceptable as electives to meet the minimum program course load requirements, with the permission of the specific course instructor and the MSANS Program Director. Like students in the regular MSANS program plan, students admitted under the 3+2 plan may chose either the thesis or non-thesis (internship) program option.

BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Department Chair: McLean
Faculty: D. Caprioglio, H. Caprioglio, Diawara, Gabaldón, Herrmann, Martínez, Seilheimer, Smith, Vanden Heuvel

The major in biology leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree. The biology major is sufficiently flexible for students to prepare for a wide variety of professional careers. Carefully supervised career planning is a fundamental strength of the program.

The student majoring in biology may plan to enter the workplace upon graduation or continue study in graduate or professional school. Biomedical Sciences emphasis encompasses prep for pre-professional programs including: pre-chiropractic, pre-forestry, pre-optometry, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant, pre-podiatric medicine, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine or pre-osteopathic medicine. Frequently, pre-professional study involves a combination of majors or a major and minor. For example, many pre-medical students choose a double major in biology and chemistry.

Each of the pre-professional programs has an advisor who can provide detailed and current information about the undergraduate work, which the student should pursue to provide the foundation necessary for later entry into a professional school. The student should contact the specialized advisor as early as possible. A list of advisors is available in the departmental office (LS 210). Biology majors also may seek teacher certification at the secondary level. Each student should obtain a written description of specific degree requirements from the appropriate education and biology advisors. Biology students who are considering attending graduate school should take one year of a foreign language and should plan to take the Graduate Record Examination during the senior year.

The biology department offers several emphasis areas:

  • Basic Biology
  • Biomedical Science
      Pre-Chiropractic
      Pre-Dental
      Pre-Medical
      Pre-Occupational Therapy
      Pre-Optometric
      Pre-Pharmacy
      Pre-Physical Therapy
      Pre-Physician Assistant
      Pre-Podiatric Medicine
      Pre-Veterinary Medicine
      Environmental Biosciences
  • Environmental Health
      Environmental Technology
      Pre-Ecology
      Pre-Forestry/Wildlife
  • Cellular and Molecular Biosciences
      Bioinformatics
      Cellular
      Forensics
      Medical Technology
  • Biology/Chemistry Double
  • Major Biology Secondary Certification
  • Pre-Nutrition/Dietetics
    (Cooperative program with CSU-Fort Collins)
Department Goals
  • To prepare students to become productive, accountable and responsible employees upon entering the work force;
  • To prepare students to enter and succeed in graduate or professional schools;
  • To develop in students a broad-based theoretical foundation supplemented by laboratory and field experience that allow individual observations, interpretations and applications; and
  • To allow those students seeking a minor in biology to supplement and strengthen the major field of study.
Expected Student Outcomes

General Requirements

  • Students majoring in biology must receive a grade of C or better (2.000) in all core biology courses.
  • Students graduating with a BS in biology must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the major area. A cumulative GPA of 2.600 in the major area is required for admission to the teacher education program.
  • Students majoring in biology must demonstrate computer literacy. This can be met by CIS 100, CIS 103 and CIS 104 courses.
  • Graduates are required to demonstrate intellectual skills and knowledge in math and supporting sciences.
  • Graduates are encouraged to complete a minor outside the biology department.
  • Biology majors are expected to demonstrate a knowledge of basic laboratory tools used in biology for observation and analysis, phylogenetic relationships, relationships between form and function, and population/ecological dynamics.

Biology graduates are expected to:

  1. Read critically, think reflectively, and review historical and current literature in the biological sciences;
  2. Apply basic knowledge of the related fields of chemistry, mathematics and physics to problem-solving in biology;
  3. Formulate logical hypotheses;
  4. Design and carry out well-designed, well-controlled tests of scientific hypotheses;
  5. Have a knowledge of basic biology terminology;
  6. Have a broad-based background in molecular, cellular, organismic and ecological biology; and
  7. Gather information and present it accurately in oral and written reports.
Core Requirements for the Biology Major
 
BIOL Courses Titles Credits
BIOL 171 Career Planning I 1
BIOL 191/L College Biology I/Botany/Lab 5
BIOL 192/L College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 5
BIOL 212/L Intro to Cellular Biology/Lab 3
BIOL 301/L General Microbiology/Lab 5
BIOL 350 Mendelian & Population Genetics 2
BIOL 351 Molecular Biology and Genetics 2
BIOL 352 Evolutionary Biology and Ecology 3
BIOL 412/L Cellular Biology/Lab 4
BIOL 413/L OR  
    Plant Physiology/Lab 4
    OR  
BIOL 414/L Vertebrate Physiology/Lab 4
BIOL 493 Seminar 1
      __________
      TOTAL 31
       
  • Basic Biology Emphasis
Required Biology Core Courses 31
Advisor-Approved Upper Division Biology Electives 14
  __________
  TOTAL 45
   
Required Support Courses  
   
Courses Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I/Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab II 5
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry I/Lab I 5
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry II/Lab II 5
MATH 156 Introduction to Statistics 3
MATH 221 Applied Calculus 4
PHYS 201/L Principles of Physics I/Lab I 4
PHYS 202/L Principles of Physics II/Lab II 4
SPCOM 103 Speaking and Listening (H) 3
      __________
      TOTAL 38
   
Institutional and General Education 21
General Electives 16
   
Total credit hours 120

Includes Pre-professional programs: Chiropractic, Dental, Medical, Occupational Therapy, Optometric, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Podiatric Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. See Basic Biology Emphasis above and consult with academic advisor for other requirements. Electives vary with professional area.

Includes Pre-Ecology, Pre-Forestry and Wildlife, Environmental Health and Environmental Technology.

Basic Biology Emphasis above with these required electives:

BIOL Courses Titles Credits
BIOL 443/L Limnology/Lab 4
BIOL 453/L Ecology/Lab 4

Consult with academic advisor for other requirements, which vary with emphasis.

Includes Basic Cell & Molecular, Bioinformatics, Forensics, and Medical Technology. Consult with academic advisor for specific requirements.

Basic Cellular and Molecular Biosciences

Basic Biology Emphasis with the following required courses:

Courses Titles Credits
Biology required core with BIOL 412/L 31
BIOL 351L Adv. Genetics & Molecular Biology Lab 2
CHEM 311 Survey of Biochemistry  
    OR  
CHEM 411 Biochemistry I 3
Advisor approved Upper Division Biology Electives 9
      __________
      TOTAL 45
       
Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
       
Courses Titles Credits
Biology required core with BIOL 412/L 31
BIOL 351L Adv. Genetics & Molecular Biology Lab 2
CHEM 411 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 450 Survey of Genomics and Bioinformatics 3
Advisor approved Upper Division Biology Electives 4
      ___________
      TOTAL 43
       

Required Support Courses

       
Courses Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I/Lab 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab 5
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry I/Lab 5
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry II/Lab 5
CHEM 412/L Biochemistry II/Lab 5
CIS 171 Intro to Java Programming 4
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 5
MATH 256 Probability for Engineers & Scientists 3
MATH 356 Statistics for Engineers & Scientists 3
PHYS 201/L Principles of Physics I/Lab  
    AND  
PHYS 202/L Principles of Physics II/Lab 8
    OR  
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab  
    AND  
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab 10
SPCOM 103 Speaking and Listening (H) 3
      _____________
      TOTAL 56-58
       
Institutional and General Education 21
       
Total credit hours 120-122
       
Forensics  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
Biology required core with BIOL 412/L 31  
BIOL 351L Adv. Genetics & Molecular Biology Lab 2
CHEM 411 Biochemistry I 3
Advisor approved Upper Division Biology Electives 9
      __________
      TOTAL 45
       
Required Support Courses  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I/Lab 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab 5
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry I/Lab 5
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry II/Lab 5
CHEM 160/L Intro to Forensic Science/Lab 4
CHEM 260/L Forensic Chemistry I/Lab 4
CHEM 460/L Forensic Chemistry II/Lab 4
MATH 156 Introduction to Statistics 3
MATH 221 Applied Calculus: An Intuitive Approach 4
PHYS 201/L Principles of Physics I/Lab 4
PHYS 202/L Principles of Physics II/Lab 4
SPCOM 103 Speaking and Listening (H) 3
      __________
      TOTAL 50
       
Institutional and General Education 21
       
General Electives 4
       
Total credit hours 120
   
  • Biology/Chemistry Double Major Emphasis
       
Required Biology core with BIOL 493 or CHEM 493, Seminar 31
Advisor Approved Biology electives 9
      __________
      TOTAL 40
       
Required Support Courses  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 5
PHYS 201/L Principles of Physics I/Lab  
    AND  
PHYS 202L Principles of Physics II/Lab 8
    OR  
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab  
    AND  
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab 10
SPCOM 103 Speaking and Listening (H) 3
      ____________
      TOTAL 21-23
       
Chemistry Core  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry/Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry/Lab II 5
CHEM 221/L Inorganic Chemistry/Lab 3
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry/Lab I 5
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry/Lab II 5
CHEM 317/L Quantitative Analysis/Lab 5
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 419/L Instrumental Analysis/Lab 5
      __________
      TOTAL 39
       
Institutional and General Education 21
       
Total credit hours 121-123
       
       
Courses   Titles Credits
BIOL 191/L College Biology I/Botany/Lab 5
BIOL 192/L College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 5
BIOL 212L Intro to Cell Biology/Lab 3
BIOL 350 Mendelian & Population Genetics 2
BIOL 351 Molecular Biology and Genetics 2
BIOL 206/L Intro to Microbiology/Lab  
    OR  
BIOL 301/L General Microbiology/Lab 4-5
BIOL 223/L Human Physiology & Anatomy I/Lab  
    OR  
BIOL 224/L Human Physiology & Anatomy II/Lab  
    OR  
BIOL 414/L Vertebrate Physiology/Lab 4
BIOL 352 Evolutionary Biology and Ecology 3
       
Biology Upper Division Field Elective/Lab 3
BIOL 493 Seminar 1
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I/Lab 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab 5
CHEM 211/L Intro to Organic Chemistry/Lab  
    OR  
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry I/Lab 4-5
GEOL 101/L Earth Science/Lab 4
MATH 221 Applied Calculus: An Intuitive Approach 4
PHYS 201/L Principles of Physics I/Lab 4
PHYS 202/L Principles of Physics II/Lab 4
      ____________
      TOTAL 62-64
   
Education Minor 37
       
Institutional and General Education to include the following courses: 24
       
PSYCH 151 Intro to Human Development  
SPCOM 103 Speaking and Listening (grade of B or better required)  
       
Total credit hours 123-125

  • Elementary Teaching

See Liberal Studies with Science Emphasis

  • Pre-Nutrition/Dietetics Emphasis

This emphasis is designed to prepare students for a dietetic internship and a professional career in medical nutrition therapy or nutrition counseling. The degree (B.S.) is awarded from CSU-Fort Collins; however the entire 4-year program is designed for completion in Pueblo. Students attend 5 semesters of CSU-Pueblo courses, then apply for admission/transfer to 3 semesters of distance learning courses from the CSU-Fort Collins Nutrition and Food Science program (dietetics concentration). Please see www.cahs.colostate.edu/fshn/programs1.asp for more information on the CSU-Fort Collins program.

Required Biology Courses
       
Courses   Titles Credits
BIOL 112 Nutrition 3
BIOL 191/L College Biology I/Botany/Lab 5
BIOL 192/L College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 5
BIOL 206/L Intro to Microbiology/Lab 4
BIOL 220 Medical Terminology 2
BIOL 223/L Human Physiology & Anatomy I/Lab 4
BIOL 224/L Human Physiology & Anatomy II/Lab 4
      __________
      TOTAL 27
       
Required Support Courses  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 111/L Principles of Chemistry/Lab 4
CHEM 211/L Intro Organic Chemistry/Lab 4
CHEM 311 Survey of Biochemistry 3
CIS 100 Word and Windows 1
CIS 103 Power Point and Web Publishing 1
CIS 104 Excel Spreadsheets 1
ECON 201 Macroeconomics (SS) 3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
ENG 102 Composition II 3
MATH 121 College Algebra 4
MATH 156 Introduction to Statistics 3
MGMT 201 Principles of Management 3
PSYCH 100 General Psychology (SS) 3
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology (SS) 3
SPCOM 103 Speaking and Listening (H) 3
      ___________
      TOTAL 42
       
General Education (1 each advisor approved Humanities, History, & Cross Cultural courses) 9
       
TOTAL CSU-Pueblo credit hours before Transfer to CSU-Fort Collins 78
       
Institutional and General Education  
       

Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to your individual department’s curriculum sheet.

       
Specific Requirements for the Professional Biology Minor  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
BIOL 191/L College Biology I/Botany/Lab 5
BIOL 192/L College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 5
Approved Upper-division Electives 10
      __________
      TOTAL 20
       
Specific Requirements for the General Biology Minor
       
Approved Lower-division Electives 12
Approved Upper-division Electives 8
      __________
      TOTAL 20

Experiential Opportunities

There are many opportunities to participate in experiences that will complement and reinforce a student’s academic experience. The activities may be either on- or off-campus and may be used to develop leadership and interpersonal skills. The faculty of the biology department actively encourages student participation in such activities.

Outcomes Assessment Activities

Biology Majors

Assessment of students’ improvement in intellectual skills, knowledge and capacities from entrance to graduation will be accomplished through the use of several tools. Exams will be used as one measure of the student’s proficiency in writing skills, acquisition of knowledge, problem solving and laboratory skills. All majors will take a Senior Seminar that requires oral and written presentations. Seniors will also take the Biology Field Achievement Test, which measures Colorado State University-Pueblo students against national norms.

CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT

Department Chair: Lehmpuhl
Faculty: Bonetti, Collins, Dillon, Druelinger, Farrer, Proctor, Saul, Wilkes

The major in chemistry leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree and the chemistry curriculum is certified by the American Chemical Society. The chemistry department strives to provide intellectual and professional training for students in the field of chemistry and in support of the American Chemical Society charter “to encourage in the broadest and most liberal manner the advancement of chemistry in all its branches; the promotion of research in chemical science and industry, the improvement of the qualifications and usefulness of chemists through high standards of education to promote scientific interests and inquiry.”

Chemistry is a foundation science for many professions. Graduates with degrees in chemistry find employment in such diverse areas as biotechnology, health sciences, forensic science, agricultural and environmental fields, transportation industries, the semi-conductor industry, teaching and research.

Consequently, the chemistry department provides students with a number of diverse programs to assure each student versatility and a sound education in the fundamental areas of modern chemistry.

In addition to curricula for students who wish to pursue chemistry as a profession, programs can be designed for pre-professional areas including pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-veterinary medicine.

A core curriculum for the major exists and many emphasis areas are open to students to combine other interests with a major in chemistry. For example, while medical schools do not mandate any particular major for entering students, biology and chemistry have been the leading majors of students entering medical school. The requirements for a pre-medicine/chemistry major are the same as for the chemistry major emphasis.

Additionally, the student must complete specific courses required by the medical schools to which they are applying. It is recommended that pre-medical and other pre-professional students coordinate the program with the appropriate pre-professional advisor, as well as the chemistry advisor, to assure that specific course requirements are completed.

Program Goals

  • To prepare graduates in the discipline of chemistry to become productive members of the profession whether they go on to industry, post-graduate education or other areas.
  • To prepare students in the verbal, written and quantitative skills that are prerequisite to advanced study or careers in chemistry. To prepare students in the theoretical principals of chemistry as well as in the laboratory approach to problem solving.
  • To maintain approval of the chemistry curriculum as defined by the American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training.
  • To provide the opportunity for a variety of educational programs through the following:
  1. Basic Chemistry
  2. ACS Certified Curriculum
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Forensic Science
  5. Chemistry/Teacher Certification
  6. Double Major
  7. Chemistry Minor Forensic Science Minor

Expected Student Outcomes

General Requirements

  • Students majoring or minoring in chemistry are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or better in their chemistry courses. In addition, students majoring or minoring in chemistry must receive a grade of “C-” or better in all core chemistry courses.
  • Proficiency in physics, math and computer science is essential for understanding and applying chemical principles; therefore, graduates must complete approved math and physics courses with an overall GPA of 2.000 or better.
  • The ability to think across disciplines contributes significantly to the educational experience as well as the application of chemistry as a profession; therefore, graduates must successfully complete an approved minor or area of concentration such that the overall GPA is 2.000 or better.
  • Transfer students are required to earn a minimum of 20 semester credit hours in approved chemistry courses from CSU-Pueblo for graduation with a BS degree in chemistry. Transfer students wishing to minor in chemistry must earn a minimum of 10 of the 20 credit hours required at CSU-Pueblo.
  • Students will be required to successfully complete American Chemical Society exams in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and instrumental methods during the course of the chemistry degree curriculum.
  • Students will be required to take an exit examination during the senior year, covering the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. An exit interview is also required.
Chemistry graduates are expected to:
 
  • Understand the concept of and be able to apply the scientific method to problem solution;
  • Understand classifications of chemical compounds, general reaction types and quantitative aspects of stoichiometry as applied to chemical reactions;
  • Apply basic knowledge of related fields such as mathematics and physics to problem solving, methods of analysis and use of numerical data in the chemical sciences;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of basic laboratory skills, methods and equipment used in chemistry for observation and analysis of chemical systems;
  • Read, think and write critically and review current literature in the chemical sciences; and
  • Exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories, concepts and skills necessary in the chemical sciences.

Specific Requirements

The following common core is required for all of the chemistry emphasis areas for the Bachelor of Science Degree:

CHEM Courses Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry/Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry /Lab II 5
CHEM 221/L Inorganic Chemistry /Lab 3
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry /Lab I 5
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry /Lab II 5
CHEM 317/L Quantitative Analysis/Lab 5
CHEM  321* Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 322* Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 419/L Instrumental Analysis/Lab 5
CHEM 493 Seminar 1
      __________
      TOTAL 40
       
* CHEM 322 is not a continuation of CHEM 321 and can be taken before CHEM 321. All emphasis areas for the chemistry major also require completion of the following institutional and general education requirements:
       
Institutional and General Education
       
Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to your individual department’s curriculum sheet.
       
Requirements for the Specific Emphasis Areas
       
  • Basic Chemistry Emphasis
 
Courses   Titles Credits
Required Chemistry Core 40
CHEM 323 Experimental Physical Chemistry 2
Approved Elective (CHEM or MATH 156) 3
      __________
      TOTAL 45
       
Other Required Courses  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
MATH 126 Calculus and Analytic Geom 5
MATH 224 Calculus and Analytic Geom II 5
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab II 5
      __________
      TOTAL 20
       
Institutional and General Education Courses 24
Approved Minor 20
Free Electives 11
      __________
      TOTAL 55
       
Total credit hours 120
       
 
       
Courses   Titles Credits
Required Chemistry Core 40
CHEM 323 Experimental Physical Chemistry 2
CHEM 411 Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 421 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 492 Research 1
    Approved Chemistry Electives 6
      __________
      TOTAL 55
       
Other Required Courses  
 Courses     Titles    Credits 
MATH  126 Calculus and Analytic Geom I 5
MATH 224 Clalculus and Analytic Geom II 5
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS  222/L General Physics I/Lab II 5
_________
TOTAL 20
Institutional and General Education 24
Free Electives 1
Approved Minor 20
      __________
      TOTAL 45
       
Total credit hours 120
       
       
Courses   Titles Credits
Required Chemistry Core 40
CHEM 411 Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 412/L Biochemistry II/Lab II 5
Approved CHEM Elective 3
(CHEM 492 or 495 strongly suggested) __________
      TOTAL 51
       
       
Other Required Courses  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
BIOL 191/L College Biology I/Botany/Lab 5
BIOL 192/L College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 5
BIOL 301/L General Microbiology/Lab 5
BIOL 350 Mendelian and Population Genetics 2
BIOL 351/L Molecular Biology and Genetics/L 4
BIOL 412/L Cellular Biology 4
MATH 126 Calculus and Analytic Geom I 5
MATH 224 Calculus and Analytic Geom II 5
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab II 5
      __________
      TOTAL 45
       
Institutional and General Education 24
       
Total credit hours 120
       
  • Double Major Emphasis
       
Required Chemistry Core 40 40
 (Including either major seminar course) 
      __________
TOTAL 40 
Other Required Courses  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
MATH 126 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 224 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 5
PHYS 201/L Principles of Physics I/Lab I 4
    OR  
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS 202/L Principles of Physics II/Lab II 4
    OR  
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab II 5
      ____________
      TOTAL 18-20
       
Institutional and General Education 24
Approved Second Major Minimum 39
      __________
      TOTAL 63
       
Total credit hours 121-123
       

 

       
Required Chemistry Courses  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry/Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry/Lab II 5
CHEM 211/L Intro to Organic Chemistry/Lab I 4
    OR  
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry/Lab I 5
CHEM 311 Survey of Biochemistry 3
CHEM 317/L Quantitative Analysis/Lab 5
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 419/L Instrumental Analysis/Lab 5
    OR  
CHEM 221/L Inorganic Chemistry/Lab 3
CHEM 493 Seminar 1
      _____________
      TOTAL 29-32
       
Other Required Courses  
   
Courses   Titles Credits
BIOL 100/L Principles of Biology /Lab 4
BIOL 121/L Environmental Conservation 4
GEOL 101/L Earth Science/Lab 4
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 5
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab II 5
PSYCH 151 Intro to Human Development 3
PSYCH 342 Educational Psychology 3
ED 202 Foundation of Education 3
ED 280 Educational Media & Technology 3
ED 301 Frameworks of Teaching 3
ED 412 Teaching Diverse Learn 3
ED 444 Teaching Secondary Science 4
RDG 435 Content Area Literacy 4
ED 485 Capstone Seminar 2
ED 488 Student Teaching Secondary  
    OR  
ED 489 Student Teaching K-12 12
      __________
      TOTAL 72
       
General Education 21
       
Total credit hours 122-125
       
       
Required Chemistry Core 40
       
Other Required Courses  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytical Geom I 5
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytical Geom II 5
PHYS 221/L General Physics/Lab I 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics/Lab II 5
Institutional and General Education 24
      __________
      TOTAL 44
       
Forensic Science Emphasis Area Courses:
       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 160/L Intro to Forensic Science/Lab 4
CHEM 260/L Forensic Chemistry/Lab I 4
CHEM 460/L Forensic Chemistry/Lab II 4
MATH 156 Intro to Statistics 3
Electives*   21
      __________
      TOTAL 36
       
Total credit hours 120
       
*Approved elective courses, at least 9 credits of which must be upper division
       
Courses   Titles Credits
ANTHR 416 Crime and the Mind 3
ANTHR/SOC 451 Culture/Deviance/Psychopathology 3
BIOL 191/L College Biology I/Botany/Lab 5
BIOL 192/L College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 5
BIOL 212/L  Intro to Cell Biology/Lab 3
BIOL 223/L Human Physiology & Anatomy I/Lab 4
BIOL 301/L General Microbiology/Lab 5
BIOL 351 Molecular Biology & Genetics 2
BIOL 351L Adv. Genetics & Molecular Biol Lab 2
BIOL 440/L Molecular Genetics/Lab 3
BIOL 481/L Entomology/Lab 3
CHEM 411 Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 412/L Biochemistry II/Lab 5
CHEM 492 Research  
    OR  
CHEM 498 Internship 1-3 Var
ENG 305 Technical & Scientific Report Writing 3
MATH 356 Statistics for Engineers & Scientists 3
PSYCH 220 Drugs and Behavior 3
PSYCH 362 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYCH 491 Forensic Psychology (taught under Special Topics) 3
SOC 415 Forensic Criminology 3
       
  • Pre-Professional
       
Students ultimately seeking professional degrees such as Pharmacy, PharmD, MD, DVM, DO, DDS, and DC, may opt to complete a bachelors, or minor, in chemistry as preparation for future professional studies. A solid understanding of the chemistry and analysis of biomolecules, pharmaceuticals, etc. serves as an excellent foundation for professional programs in the health sciences. Selection of the Biochemistry or Double Major Emphasis is recommended for pre-professional students completing the BS in chemistry. Pre-professional students must work closely with academic advisors to ensure completion of specific curricular requirements needed for admission into specific professional programs.
       
Chemistry Minor
       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I/Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab II 5
Upper-division Electives 10
      __________
      TOTAL 20
       
       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 111/L Principles of Chemistry/Lab  
    OR  
CHEM 121/L* General Chemistry I/Lab 4-5
CHEM 211/L Intro to Organic Chemistry/Lab  
    OR  
CHEM 301/L* Organic Chemistry I/Lab 4-5
CHEM 160/L Intro to Forensic Science/Lab 4
CHEM 260/L Forensic Chemistry /Lab I 4
Electives   See elective list below 3
      ____________
      TOTAL 19-21
       
POSSIBLE ELECTIVES  
       
Electives chosen from the following (or as approved by the Minor Advisor):
       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 311 Survey of Biochemistry 3
CHEM 460/L* Forensic Chemistry/Lab II 4
PSYCH 220 Drugs and Behavior 3
PSYCH 491* Forensic Psychology (taught under Special Topics) 3
PSYCH 362* Abnormal Psychology 3
ANTHR/SOC 416 Crime and the Mind 3
ANTHR/SOC 451 Culture/Deviance/Psychopathology 3
SOC 415 Forensic Criminology 3
BIOL 223/L Human Physiology & Anatomy I/Lab 4
BIOL 301* General Microbiology 3
BIOL 351* Molecular Biology & Genetics 2
BIOL 351L* Adv Genetics & Molecular Biology Lab 2
ENG 305 Technical & Scientific Report Writing 3
MATH 156 Intro to Statistics 3

*NOTE PREREQUISITES IN CATALOG

Co-curricular Requirements

Students should experience co-curricular activities which enhance, broaden and reinforce the academic experience; therefore, the faculty support and encourage students to participate in science-related, as well as in general activities such as:

  1. Science or chemistry clubs
  2. Student government
  3. Scientific meetings, seminars, symposia, field trips, tours, etc.
  4. Internships
Outcomes Assessment Methods
  • Assessment of chemistry majors occurs through examination of GPA in required courses. Majors are required to maintain a 2.000 GPA in major and minor courses as well as in other required courses.
  • Students are required to complete American Chemical Society national standard exams in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry during the course of the chemistry degree curriculum. Scores are compared to national averages to determine if students exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts necessary in the chemical sciences disciplinary areas.
  • Students are required to take an exit examination during the senior year. The ETS Major Field Examination, covers the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Scores are compared to national averages to determine if students exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts necessary in the chemical sciences overall.

MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS DEPARTMENT

Department Chair: Chacon
 
MATHEMATICS PROGRAM
 
Faculty: Barnett, Derr, Louisell, Lundberg, Melnykov, Nichols,

The major in mathematics leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). A flexible curriculum allows students to prepare for graduate school, for teaching careers, or for employment in areas that require mathematics (such as actuarial science, computer science, engineering, or statistics). Faculty advisors work individually with mathematics majors and minors to design programs of study. A list of advisors is available in the departmental office.

Students need to be aware that mathematics courses have prerequisites. Thus, many mathematics courses must be taken in a particular order.

Program Goals

  • To promote the development of attitude of mind and problem-solving skills required for efficient use, appreciation and understanding of mathematics.
  • To provide students with mathematical proficiency necessary to be successful in the study of science, business, economics, engineering, technology, or education.
  • To provide majors with a quality background in: differential and integral calculus for functions of one and several variables; linear and abstract algebra; probability; and applications of mathematics.
  • To prepare mathematics majors for a successful transition to business, government, industry, teaching, and/or graduate school.
  • To sustain, promote, and support the learning of mathematics in our service area.

Expected Student Outcomes

General Requirements

  • All mathematics majors must complete the mathematics core curriculum: MATH 126, 207, 224, 307, 325, 327, 350 and 421. Majors are expected to complete core courses numbered above MATH 325 at CSU-Pueblo.
  • All majors must complete a physics course numbered 200 or above.
  • Mathematics majors and minors must complete the mathematics courses in their program with grades of C or better.
  • MATH 337 is a required elective for all mathematics majors not pursuing secondary education endorsement.
  • All majors are required to complete an approved two-semester sequence in a laboratory science (CHEM 121/121L and 122/122L, or PHYS 221/221L and 222/222L).
  • Mathematics majors must demonstrate proficiency in “an approved” computer language. It is strongly recommended that students complete this requirement within the first 60 credit hours.

Institutional and General Education

Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to the individual department’s curriculum sheet.

Specific Requirements for the Mathematics Major

MATH Courses Titles Credits
MATH 126 Calculus and Analytic Geo I 5
MATH 207 Matrix & Vector Alg with Appl 2
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geo II 5
MATH 307 Intro to Linear Algebra 4
MATH 325 Intermediate Calculus 3
MATH 327 Abstract Algebra 4
MATH 337 Differential Equations I 3
MATH 350 Probability 3
MATH 421 Advanced Calculus I 4
Upper-division MATH Electives 6
(Excluding MATH 360, 361, 477)  
      __________
      TOTAL 39
       
Other Requirements
       
Laboratory Science Sequence 10
Computer Programming 4
      __________
      TOTAL 14
       
General Education credits 24
Electives 43
       
Total credit hours 120
       
Specific Requirements for the Mathematics Major/Secondary Certification
       
MATH Courses Titles Credits
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geom I 5
MATH 207 Matrix & Vector Alg with Appl 2
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geom II 5
MATH 307 Intro to Linear Algebra 4
MATH 325 Intermediate Calculus 3
MATH 327 Abstract Algebra 4
MATH 330 Intro to Higher Geometry 3
MATH 350 Probability 3
MATH 356 Stats for Engineers & Scientists 3
MATH 419 Number Theory 3
MATH 421 Advanced Calculus I 4
MATH 463 History of Mathematics 3
MATH 477 Materials & Tech of Teaching Secondary School Math 4
      __________
      TOTAL 46
       
Other Requirements
       
Courses   Titles Credits
ED 202 Foundations of Education 3
ED 280 Educational Media and Technology 3
ED 301 Frameworks of Teaching 3
ED 412 Teaching Diverse Learners 3
ED 485 Capstone Seminar 2
ED 488 Secondary Student Teaching 12
PSYCH 151 Human Development 3
PSYCH 342 Educational Psychology 3
RDG 435 Content Area Literacy 4
      __________
      TOTAL 36
       
Laboratory Science Sequence 10
Computer Programming 4
      __________
      TOTAL 14
       
General Education 24
       
Total credit hours 120
       
Specific Requirements for the Minor in Mathematics
       
Courses   Titles Credits
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 5
       
Electives including three upper-division courses* (Excluding MATH 360, 361, 362 & 477) 10
      __________
      TOTAL 20
       
* Two of these must be taken at CSU-Pueblo.
       
Specific Requirements for the Minor in Computational Mathematics
       
Courses   Titles Credits
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geom I 5
MATH 207 Matrix & Vector Alg with Appl 2
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geom II 5
MATH 307 Linear Algebra 4
    OR  
MATH 342 Numerical Analysis 3
MATH 320 Introductory Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 345 Algorithms & Data Structures 4
      ____________
      TOTAL 22-23
       
Requirements for the Computational Mathematics Minor specific to Math Majors
       
Math majors, in lieu of the first 12 hours above are required to take:
       
Courses   Titles Credits
An approved programming elective 3
CIS 171 Intro to Java Programming 4
MATH 242 Intro to Computation with MATLAB 4
      __________
      TOTAL 11
       
Specific Requirements for the Math/Physics Double Major
       
MATH Courses Titles Credits
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geom I 5
MATH 207 Matrix & Vector Alg with Appl 2
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geom II 5
MATH 307 Intro to Linear Algebra 4
MATH 325 Intermediate Calculus 3
MATH 327 Abstract Algebra 4
MATH 337 Differential Equations I 3
MATH 338 Differential Equations II 3
MATH 350 Probability  
    OR  
MATH 550 Elementary Stat Methods 3
MATH 356 Stats for Engineers and Scientists 3
MATH 421 Advanced Calculus I 4
      __________
      TOTAL 39
       
PHYS Courses Titles Credits
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab II 5
PHYS 301 Theoretical Mechanics 4
PHYS 323/L General Physics III/Lab III 5
PHYS 321/322 Thermodynamics/Lab 4
PHYS 431/432 Electricity and Magnetism/Lab 5
PHYS 441 Quantum Mechanics 4
PHYS 480 Practicum in Lab Instruction 1
PHYS 493 Seminar 1
      __________
      TOTAL 34
       
Other Requirements  
       
Courses   Titles Credits
MATH 425 Complex Variables 3
    OR  
PHYS 341/342 Optics/Lab 4
PHYS 492 Research
OR
MATH 492 Research 1
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I/Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab II 5
Computer Programming 3
      ____________
      TOTAL 17-18
       
General Education 24
Electives 5-6
       
Total credit hours 120

Co-Curricular Requirements

Students have the opportunity to broaden and reinforce the academic experience through participation in a variety of co-curricular activities. All students are encouraged to join the CSU-Pueblo Math Club. Many students serve as tutors in the Math Learning Center.

Outcomes Assessment Activities

  • Faculty advisors meet individually with students on a regular basis to help with schedule planning and to discuss the student’s progress toward educational and career goals. Advisors maintain a record of each student’s performance in his/her program of study.
  • During the senior year, each major takes the Mathematics Field Achievement Test. This test measures a student’s achievement level in comparison with students throughout the country.

PHYSICS/PHYSICAL SCIENCE PROGRAM

Department Chair: Chacon
Faculty: Brown, Wallin

The major in physics leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree. In addition, supporting courses and general education courses in physics and astronomy are available for students with a wide spectrum of interests, backgrounds and needs. Physics majors must consult with a program advisor as early as possible and must file a departmentally approved plan of study by the beginning of the junior year.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in physics is offered with several emphasis areas:

For the first three (non-teacher) emphasis areas, the recommended sequences of courses presume that the student is ready to begin MATH 126 in the first semester of the freshman year. If not, MATH 124 should be taken in the fall and MATH 126 in the spring of the freshman year concurrently with PHYS 221. Otherwise it may not be possible to complete the requirements for a physics degree within four years. Students, especially transfers, who do not strictly adhere to the plan of study may find that the term of attendance at CSU-Pueblo will be extended beyond four years.

Physics Emphasis:

Primarily for students planning graduate study toward a professional career in physics, astronomy or other related fields.

Engineering Emphasis:

For students planning to enter positions in industry upon graduation. Courses in engineering enhance the utility of the graduate to potential employers.

Chemical Physics or/Biophysics Emphasis:

These emphasis areas are designed to meet specific career objectives for an individual.

Physics/Secondary Certification Emphasis:

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain Colorado Department of Education certification as science teachers with an emphasis in physics.

Physical Science Secondary Certification Emphasis:

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain Colorado Department of Education Certification as science teachers with emphases in physics and chemistry.

Physics/Math Double Major:

See Math Program for details.

Minors

Minors also are available in physics and physical science for students who need a specialized science minor in these fields.

Program Goals

  • To supply students with the necessary background to successfully pursue graduate study towards a professional career in physics, astronomy or a related field.
  • To prepare students upon graduation to enter technical positions in government or industry.
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain Colorado Department of Education Certification as science teachers of physics or physical science.

Expected Student Outcomes

General Requirements

  • Students graduating with a BS in physics must have at least a 2.000 grade-point average in physics courses and no more than four credits in physics with grades of D.
  • Students graduating with a minor in physics must have at least a 2.000 grade-point average in physics.
  • A 2.500 grade-point average in the major area is required for admission to the teacher education program.
  • At least 12 physics credits applied to the major (seven for minor) must be earned at CSU-Pueblo with a C or better average.
  • Students must have earned a C or better grade in lower-division prerequisite courses before being admitted to upper-division courses in physics.
  • In all but the teaching emphasis areas, students must demonstrate knowledge of computer programming.
  • In all but the teaching emphasis areas, majors are required to take the senior research course, in which students become involved in a theoretical or experimental research problem relating to physics under the supervision of a department faculty member; and
  • A fundamental understanding of chemistry and its lab techniques is required of all majors.

Institutional and General Education

Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to your individual department’s curriculum sheet.

Specific Requirements for the Physics Emphasis

PHYS Courses Titles Credits
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab II 5
PHYS 301 Theoretical Mechanics 4
PHYS 321 Thermodynamics 3
PHYS 322 Advanced Laboratory - Heat 1
PHYS 323/L General Physics III/Lab III 5
PHYS 341 Optics 3
PHYS 342 Advanced Laboratory - Optics 1
PHYS 431 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 432 Adv Lab Electricity & Magnetism 1
PHYS 441 Quantum Mechanics 4
PHYS 480 Practicum in Lab Instruction 1
PHYS 492 Research 1
PHYS 493 Seminar 1
PHYS 499 Thesis Research 1
      __________
      TOTAL 40
       
Other Required Courses
       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I/Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab II 5
MATH 242 MATLAB Programming 4
    OR  
EN 101 Prob Solving for Engineers 3
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 207 Matrix & Vector Algebra w/app 2
MATH 224 Calculus and Analytic Geom II 5
MATH 325 Intermediate Calculus 3
MATH 337 Differential Equations I 3
MATH 338 Differential Equations II 3
Approved Math Elective 3-4
      _____________
      TOTAL 37-39
       
General Education 24
Electives 17-19
       
Total credit hours 120
       

Specific Requirements for the Engineering Emphasis

       
PHYS Courses Titles Credits
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab II 5
PHYS 301 Theoretical Mechanics 4
PHYS 321 Thermodynamics 3
PHYS 322 Advanced Laboratory- Heat 1
PHYS 323/L General Physics III/Lab III 5
PHYS 341 Optics 3
PHYS 342 Advanced Laboratory - Optics 1
PHYS 431 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 492 Research 1
      __________
      TOTAL 32
       
Other Required Courses
       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I/Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab II 5
EN 101 Problem Solving for Engineers 3
EN 103 Introduction to Engineering 2
EN 107 Engineering Graphics 2
EN 211 Engineering Mechanics I 3
EN 212 Engineering Mechanics II 3
EN 231/L Circuit Analysis I/Lab 5
EN 321 Thermodynamics I 3
EN 324/L Mechanics of Materials/Lab 4
EN 441 Manufacturing Processes 4
EN 443 Quality Control and Reliability 3
EN 471 Operations Research 3
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geom I 5
MATH 207 Matrix & Vector Algebra w/Appl 2
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geom II 5
MATH 325 Intermediate Calculus 3
MATH 337 Differential Equations I 3
      __________
      TOTAL 63
       
General Education 24
Electives
 
  1
       
Total credit hours 120
       
Specific Requirements for the Biophysics, or Chemical Physics Emphasis
 
PHYS Courses Titles Credits
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab II 5
PHYS 301 Theoretical Mechanics 4
PHYS 321 Thermodynamics 3
PHYS 322 Advanced Laboratory- Heat 1
PHYS 323/L General Physics III/Lab III 5
PHYS 341/342 Optics/Adv. Laboratory Optics 4
    OR  
PHYS 431 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 441 Quantum Mechanics 4
PHYS 492 Research 1
      __________
      TOTAL 32
       

Other Required Courses

       
Courses   Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I/Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab II 5
MATH 242 MATLAB Programming 4
    OR  
EN 101 Problem Solving for Engineers 3
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geom I 5
MATH 207 Matrix & Vector Algebra w/Appl 2
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geom II 5
MATH 325 Intermediate Calculus 3
MATH 337 Differential Equations I 3
Approved electives in biology 32
    OR  
Approved electives in chemistry 22 
      ____________
      TOTAL 53-64
       
General Education 24
Electives 11-0
       
Total credit hours 120
       
*A MATH/PHYSICS double major is also available in the department. (See MATH department requirements.)
       
Specific Requirements for the Physics Secondary Certification Emphasis
       
PHYS Courses Titles Credits
PHYS 110 Astronomy 3
PHYS 140/L Light, Energy and the Atom/Lab 4
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab 5
PHYS 321/322 Thermodynamics/Lab 4
PHYS 323/L General Physics III/Lab III 5
PHYS 341/342 Optics/Lab 4
PHYS 480 Practicum in Lab Instruction 1
      __________
      TOTAL 31
       
Other Required Courses
       
Courses   Titles Credits
ANS 420 Lab Safety 1
BIOL 100/L Principles of Biology/Lab 4
BIOL 121/L Environmental Conservation/Lab 4
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry /Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab 5
ED 202 Foundation of Education 3
ED 280 Educational Media & Tech 3
ED 301 Frameworks of Teaching 3
ED 412 Teaching Diverse Learners 3
ED 444 Teaching Secondary Science 4
ED 485 Capstone Seminar 2
ED 488 Student Teaching -Secondary 12
GEOL 101/L Earth Science/Lab 4
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytic Geom I 5
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geom II 5
PSYCH 151 Intro to Human Development 3
PSYCH 342 Educational Psychology 3
RDG 435 Content Area Literacy 4
      __________
      TOTAL 73
       
General Education 21
       
Total credit hours 125
       
Specific Requirements for the Physical Science Secondary Certification Emphasis
       
PHYS Courses Titles Credits
PHYS 110 Astronomy 3
PHYS 140/L Light, Energy and the Atom/Lab 4
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab II 5
PHYS 323/L General Physics III/Lab III 5
      __________
      TOTAL 22
       
CHEM Courses Titles Credits
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I/Lab I 5
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II/Lab II 5
CHEM 211/L Intro to Organic Chemistry/Lab 4
    OR  
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry I/Lab I 4
CHEM 317/L Quantitative Analysis/Lab 5
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 378 Practicum in Lab Instruction 1
      __________
      TOTAL 23
       
Other Required Courses
       
Courses   Titles Credits
ANS 420 Lab Safety 1
BIOL 100/L Principles of Biology/Lab 4
BIOL 121/L Environmental Conservation/Lab 4
ED 202 Foundations of Education 3
ED 280 Educational Media and Tech 3
ED 301 Frameworks of Teaching 3
ED 412 Teaching Diverse Learners 3
ED 444 Teaching Secondary Science 4
ED 485 Capstone Seminar 2
ED 488 Student Teaching- Secondary 12
GEOL 101/L Earth Science/Lab 4
MATH 126 Calculus & Analytical Geom I 5
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytic Geom II 5
PSYCH 151 Intro to Human Development 3
PSYCH 342 Educational Psychology 3
RDG 435 Content Area Literacy 4
      __________
      TOTAL 63
       
General Education 21
       
Total credit hours 129
       
Specific Requirements for the Minor in Physics  
       
PHYS Courses Titles Credits
PHYS 221/L General Physics I/Lab I 5
PHYS 222/L General Physics II/Lab II 5
PHYS 323/L General Physics III/Lab III 5
Approved Upper-division Electives in Physics 5
      __________
      TOTAL 20
       
Specific Requirements for the Minor in Physical Science
       
A minimum of 24 credits must be selected from the courses listed below:
       
Courses   Titles Credits
PHYS 110/L Astronomy/Lab 4
PHYS 150 Elem Concepts in Phys & Chem 4
PHYS 201/L Principles of Physics I/Lab I 4
PHYS 202/L Principles of Physics II/Lab II 4
CHEM 111/L Principles of Chemistry/Lab 4
EN 101 Problem Solving for Engineers 3
GEOL 101/L Earth Science/Lab 4
      __________
      TOTAL 27

Co-Curricular Requirements

The program faculty believes that students should have co-curricular experiences that complement and reinforce their academic experiences. Therefore, the faculty encourages students to join and participate in events sponsored by the department and the Society of Physics Students (SPS), Sigma Pi Sigma initiations, physics expositions, picnics, graduation dinners, potluck dinners, etc. to foster a spirit of camaraderie.

Outcomes Assessment Activities

The Physics Program faculty will assess the skills, capacities, and knowledge of its majors as follows:

  • The student must complete a senior research project including a formal presentation of results both in writing and orally to at least two members of the physics faculty (except for those in the teaching emphasis areas).
  • The student must take the Physics Major Field Achievement Test offered by The Educational Testing Services (ETS) or another departmentally approved exam covering the sub-fields in physics at some point during his/her senior year (except for those in the teaching emphasis areas).
  • By maintaining a portfolio for each student which contains college grades, records of special skills acquired, senior research project results, Field Achievement Test results and a record of co-curricular activities. The portfolio will remain on file in the department and will be added to as additional information is obtained from student or employer.
The program faculty believes that improvement in the skills, capacities, and knowledge of its minors can be assessed through required course work. The course grade will be a measure of the student’s grasp of the basics in each discipline.