Majors

Major in Physics

Students who major in physics must complete fifty-eight to fifty-nine hours, including CHEM 101-101L and 102-102L; CSC 241 or 250; MATH 201, 202, 301, 302, and 401; PHYS 121-121L or 214-214L; PHYS 215-215L, 216, 302, 303, 311, and 350; and nine hours of PHYS electives at the 300-level or above.
Notes: If a student has taken general physics 121-121L or physics with calculus 214-214L from PC, or its equivalent at another school, before declaring the physics major, s/he must pass a qualifying examination given by the physics department. A grade of “C-“or higher in PHYS 121-121L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in PHYS 215-215L. A grade of “C-“ or higher in PHYS 215-215L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division physics course, and the student must pass a qualifying examination given by the physics department.

Major in Medical Physics

Medical physics uses physics to help treat and diagnose diseases. The medical physics major lays the groundwork for further education in areas like magnetic resonance imaging, brain imaging, ultrasound imaging, and radiation therapy and oncology. Medical physics majors receive broad preparation in physics, chemistry, and biology.

Students who major in medical physics must complete seventy-three to seventy-six hours, including BIOL 105-105L, 112-112L, and 311; CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L, 221-221L, and 222-222L; MATH 201, 202, 301, 302, and 401; PHYS 121-121L or 214-214L, 215-215L, 216, 220*, 303, 311, 350, and 405; and 4 hours of PHYS electives taught at or above the 300 level.
Notes: If a student has taken general physics 121-121L or physics with calculus 214-214L from PC, or its equivalent at another school, before declaring the physics: medical major, she or he must pass a qualifying examination given by the physics department. A grade of “C-“ or higher in PHYS 121-121L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in PHYS 215-215L. A grade of “C-“ or higher in PHYS 215-215L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division physics course, and the student must pass a qualifying examination given by the physics department. All students should take BIOL 112-112L. If a student has taken the general biology sequence 105-105L and 106-106L from PC, or its equivalent at another school, s/he must pass a qualifying examination given by the biology department. A grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 105-105L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in BIOL 112-112L. A grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 112-112L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division biology course. All students must complete the American Chemical Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60 percent or higher to receive credit for Chemistry 102. MATH 221 and 307 may be taken in lieu of PHYS 220 to meet linear algebra requirement.

Major in Engineering Dual Degree Program

Students participating in this program will be expected to complete all Presbyterian College general education requirements while in residence. In addition, students must complete forty-five to forty-six hours, including CHEM 101-101L and 102-102L; CSC 241 or 250; MATH 201, 202, 301, 302, and 401; PHYS 121-121L or 214-214L; PHYS 215-215L, 216, and 260; and three hours chosen from PHYS 302, 303, or 311.

Students entering a dual-degree program should be aware of stipulations from other institutions regarding transfer work, i.e., most institutions do not accept grades of “D” and some may not accept all of Presbyterian College’s general education requirements. After earning a minimum of ninety-two semester hours at PC, students enter an engineering program at Auburn University, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, or Vanderbilt University and in two years earn a PC degree and an engineering degree from Auburn, Clemson, USC, or Vanderbilt.

The Physics Major Card  makes it easy to follow the curriculum. Download the Physics major card.
Download the Medical Physics major card.