Feb 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics, B.A.


Minimum number of credits required to graduate:  124

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate:  2.0

Minimum number of credits to complete the major:  52

Requirements


Mathematics and Computer Science


Physics


  • Credits: 4 (grade of B or better required)
  • Credits: 4 (grade of B or better required)
  • Credits: 4
  • 12 credits of Physics courses numbered 3000 or higher
  • 8 credits of additional Physics or STEM coursework chosen from the following:
  •                     PHY courses numbered 2500 or higher

                        AST1101H (Introduction to Astronomy, Honors)

                        MTH courses numbered 2221 or higher

                        EEN, GEN, CEN, MEN, CHM, or BIO courses numbered 2000 or higher

                        EEN1200 (Digital Fundamentals)

                        CSC courses numbered 2500 or higher

                        The Physics Department may approve other courses on a case by case basis

Interdepartmental Contract Majors


The fundamental nature and quantitative aspects of physics make it a natural framework for the construction of a wide range of interdisciplinary “interdepartmental contract majors.” Students interested in this option should discuss the possibilities with a member of the physics department.

Education Certification


The Physics B.A. or B.S. with a double major in Education provides Merrimack students the opportunity to graduate with initial licensure to teach physics in grades 8-12. Students interested in a teaching career should connect with an advisor from the Winston School of Education and Social Policy as soon as possible.

Embedded Controller Concentration


Embedded controllers are the relatively small, inexpensive, low power microprocessors found in a vast array of devices ranging from mobile phones to washing machines to automobiles. Students who complete this concentration will have learned how to design, build, and test simple embedded controller systems. The necessary programming and circuitry principles and techniques learned along the way are valuable in their own right.