Undergraduate Program (BS)

Physics

Work and learn side-by-side in laboratories designed for experiments in electronics, holography, quantum optics, superconductivity, nuclear physics and more. Every day, on your way to class, you'll also walk past a glass case displaying a letter of recommendation from Albert Einstein for legendary Xavier professor Boris Podolsky. Now that's cool by any quantum measurement.

Sample Four-Year Physics Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 170: University Physics I 3
PHYSICS 171: Exploration in Physics I 1
MATHEMATICS 170: Calculus I 4
CORE 100, First Year Seminar 3
CORE 101, GOA 0
Second Language 103 level 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 172: University Physics II 3
ENGR 173: Explorations in Engineering 1
MATHEMATICS 171: Calculus II 4
CSCI 170, Computer Science I 3
THEOLOGY 111: Theological Foundations 3
CORE 102, GOA 0
Second Language 201 level 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 330: Modern Physics I 3
PHYSICS 331: Modern Physics I Lab 2
PHYSICS 242: Circuit Analysis I 3
PHYSICS 243: Circuit Analysis I Lab 1
MATHEMATICS 220: Calculus III 4
ENGL 101: Composition 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 340: Modern Physics II 3
PHYSICS 341: Modern Physics II Lab 1
ENGR 244, Electronics 3
ENGR 244, Electronics Lab 1
MATHEMATICS 230: Differential Equations 3
PHILOSOPHY 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 360: Electromagnetism I 3
PHYS 382, Thermodynamics 3
MATH Elective 3
PHYS 350, T. Mech 3
Lit. & Moral Imagination 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 364: Physical Optics 3
PHYSICS 365: Physical Optics Lab 1
MATH/CS/ENGR Elect 3
Theological Perspetives 3
Historical Perspectives 3
Free Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 395: Physics Research 1
PHYS 376, Quantum Mechanics I 3
PHYS 355, Advanced Lab 2
Creative Perspectives 3
Social Science Elective 3
Div. Flag* or Free Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 398: Physics Thesis 1
PHYSICS 377: Quantum Mechanics II 3
Capstone 3
Philosophical Perspectives 3
Humanities Elective 3
ER/S Flag* or Free Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Physics major at Xavier:

Modern Physics (PHYS 330) - Learn about the warping of spacetime as objects travel close to the speed of light, about strange effects on the scale of quantum mechanics such as particles and waves behaving like each other and objects tunneling through walls, and how spectroscopy works and is applied in a range of industrial and scientific situations.

Astrophysics (PHYS 388) - Apply concepts and principles of classical and modern physics toward an analysis of astronomical phenomena such as orbital motion, star formation and evolution, neutron stars and black holes, galaxy structure and formation, and cosmology.

Advanced Lab (PHYS 3855) - Use research grade equipment as it is used by faculty in the department to perform experiments related to the fields of biophysics, optics, solid-state physics, and computational physics.

ALL Students have a faculty mentor to assist them in research.

ALL

Students have a faculty mentor to assist them in research.

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RESEARCH WITH PROFESSORS

Small class sizes give you the attention you deserve and opportunities to conduct research with faculty. Present your results at national meetings to gain the experience you need.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Our facilities provide innovative technology for hands-on learning. Get cosmic in the astronomical observatory or spark your imagination in our wide range of laboratories including holography, quantum optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.

FIELD TRIPS

Don't be surprised when your professor announces a field trip to the Cincinnati Observatory, national labs such as Argonne, Oak Ridge, and Fermilab, and high-tech companies such as Siemens and Thyssen.

Xavier by the numbers

14

LABS ON CAMPUS

100%

PLACEMENT RATE

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

85%

MEDICAL SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE RATE (COMPARED TO 40% NATIONALLY)

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