Document Type

Program Change

Publication Date

Spring 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2007-2008 ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL FORM DATE: January, 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Physics; Dean Gordon Leversee (, 8-2545 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Frederick Wolf, (, 8-2584 TITLE SUMMARY: PHYSICS MINOR PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes. Program addition Change in requirements* Program redesign Program deletion Other: EXISTING (OLD) DATA: Physics Minor 20 credits INPhys 241, 242 University Physics I, II Phys 342 Modern Physics Select two of the following Phys 260 Electronics Phys 330 Thermodynamics Phys 339 Classical Mechanics Phys 440 Electricity and Magnetism PROPOSED (NEW) PROGRAM: Physics Minor 20 credits INPhys 241, 242 University Physics I, II Phys 342 Modern Physics Select two of the following Phys 260 Electronics Phys 330 Thermodynamics Phys 339 Classical Mechanics Phys 440 Electricity and Magnetism Math 361 Differential Equations Chem 341 Physical Chemistry I or Chem 461 X-Ray Crystallography 2 Program Goals: The goal of the Physics Minor program is to provide a concentration of physics courses that will give a solid background and foundation in the basic concepts and skills in physics of interest to any student at Keene State College. It is designed to provide individuals • with a good functional understanding of physics, including mechanics, electricity & magnetism, quantum physics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, and relativity. • with developed problem solving, laboratory, technology and critical thinking skills. • with developed communication, interpersonal, and questioning skills. • with a retention of student cognitive attitudes and beliefs (expectations) that are favorable for learning physics with deep understanding. • with a strong theoretical base, tempered by analytical, design, laboratory and project experience, emphasizing applications • with personal involvement of a faculty with significant professional experience in physics in an interactive learning environment. • who fully understand, and are committed to, lifelong learning and personal / professional growth and development Educational Objectives: The graduating Physics minor will: • have a knowledge of and an ability to apply calculus, linear algebra, and statistical methods to the solution of chemical and physics related problems • have an understanding of the applications and principles of calculus-based physics to the analysis of systems • have the ability to characterize systems, including the ability to systematically acquire, analyze, and interpret data • have the ability to recognize, formulate, and model processes with the primary intent of recommending and implementing process improvement • be able to effectively serve on interdisciplinary teams and, in many cases, be capable of leading / facilitating these teams • understand that physics is a profession imposing significant social and ethical responsibilities with global implications that must be effectively addressed • have the ability to evaluate, select and use the modern computer and information technology tools and techniques required for professional practice in the physics • understand the major concepts and assumptions of physics as it relates the physical and life sciences to technology and society • understand the principles of physics, procedures of inquiry, and scientific dispositions, and learning experiences that make these aspects of the subject matter meaningful • understand the importance of developing critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills as related to the profession • understand the role of communication and the use of knowledge of effective verbal and nonverbal techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the field • understand the meaning of life-long learning, and foster relationships with colleagues and agencies in the larger community to develop professionally 3 RATIONALE: This change is being made in the physics minor program to encourage students in related fields (e.g. Mathematics, Chemistry) to consider completing a physics minor. The courses added to the list of choices come from outside the field of physics and contain a significant amount of upper level material from the field of physics. RESOURCES: The program as outlined will not require any additional staffing, facilities, budget, space or library resources than those that are currently in place. ADVISORY OPINIONS: Mathematics: see attached Chemistry: see attached


Senate Curriculum Committee




Keene State College

Physics minor