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The Physics Major

The Physics major program at Kenyon is designed to provide an excellent grounding in theoretical, computational, and experimental Physics for students planning a career in Physics or an allied field such as Astronomy, Engineering, Medical Physics, Biophysics, Geophysics, or other applied science.

The major program requirements are:

Students planning to go on to graduate study are strongly encouraged to take several additional courses in Physics and Mathematics. Physics majors are also subject to the general College requirement to pass a Senior Exercise . The Senior Exercise in Physics consists of a departmental colloquium talk given by the student and a standardized test on undergraduate Physics.

Honors work in Physics involves directed research on a specific topic in experimental physics, theoretical physics, computational physics, or the history of physics, culminating in a written thesis, an oral presentation to a departmental colloquium, and a written and oral examination by an outside specialist.

Minor Programs

The Kenyon Physics Department offers two minor programs in Physics and Astronomy for students who wish to explore these subjects in some depth. Each requires five semesters of course work. The Physics minor is open to students of any major, but may be particularly attractive to students in disciplines that have strong ties to Physics, such as Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. Students considering one of the minors should consult with a member of the department during schedule planning as not every course is offered every year.

Requirements for the Physics Minor:

The program for a minor in physics consists of the following: Note: All courses in Physics numbered above 241 have as prerequisites Physics 140, 141, 145, 146, and Math 111 and 112, unless otherwise noted.

Requirements for the Astronomy Minor

The program for a minor in astronomy consists of the following: There are several options for the choice of the fifth course. Physics 240, 241 (Fields and Spacetime) and Physics 245, 246 (Oscillations and Waves) provide further experience with the foundations of physics (note that these two courses have prerequisites in mathematics). Students with interests in instrumentation can choose Physics 280, 281 (Electronics). Other options may include Independent Study and Special Topics courses related to astronomy.

Contact:  Connie Miller, Dept. of Physics.

Created by Bethany Anderson, Kenyon College 2005

 October 25, 2003

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