The dual degree engineering program (also called a binary engineering program or 3+2 program) gives students the advantages of a liberal arts education: focus on written and oral communication skills, exposure to a broad range of topics, ways of thinking that employers value, and close, personal attention from faculty. Along with these benefits, the student also has the advantage of training in a technical field.

Dual degree students are eligible for admission to the engineering school if the required academic and disciplinary standards are met. Hiram College has agreements with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (They require students to have a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in their required science and math courses while at Hiram.) and Washington University in St. Louis (They require students to have a 3.25 GPA overall and a 3.25 GPA in their required science and math courses while at Hiram. Courses with less than a C- will not be accepted for transfer).

Students who participate in the dual degree program graduate after five years (three at Hiram, two at the engineering school) with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hiram College **and** a Bachelor of Science degree from the engineering school. Washington University also has a 3+3 option in which students can spend a third year at the engineering school to obtain both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering.

Students are still eligible for financial aid their fourth and fifth years though they have to apply for that at the engineering school. Hiram College financial aid packages do not carry over for the last two years. As a student is then enrolled at a different institution, all financial aid packages are in conjunction with and at the discretion of the engineering university.

The choice of academic major depends on what type of engineering the student wishes to pursue. Consult our web page for further information about types of engineering and the related majors as well as typical schedules for the various types of engineering: http://www.hiram.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/engineering.

## Faculty

**Mark Taylor, (2001) Associate Professor of Physics; Liaison, Dual Degree Engineering Program**

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

Ph.D., Brandeis University

taylormp@hiram.edu

**Laura VanWormer Andy, (1993) Professor of Physics; Director of Institutional Research**

B.S., University of Toledo;

M.S., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

vanwormerla@hiram.edu

## Course Descriptions

**PHYS 11300:**

**PRINCIPLES PHYSICS I-W/LAB:SM:**

**4 Hour(s)**

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I-W/LAB:SM~ An introduction to the basic concepts of physics including mechanics, wave motion, temperature, heat, and thermodynamics. The course is designed for the person with no physics background; however, the ability to use algebra and trigonometry is assumed. Students who have had a rigorous high-school physics course and have met the calculus prerequisite should take Physics 213 or 21300. Student must register for a PHYS 00100 lab. This course fulfills the Experimental Scientific Methods requirement. Offered every Fall 12 week. Prerequisite: high-school algebra and trigonometry. The breakdown between lecture and lab hours is for administrative office use only. This course may only be taken as 4 credit hours.

Core: Experimental Scientific Method

**PHYS 11400:**

**PRINCIPLES PHYSICS II-W/LAB:SM:**

**4 Hour(s)**

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II-W/LAB:SM~ A continuation of Physics 113 or 11300. Topics included are electrical, magnetic, and optical phenomena with emphasis on their use in modern technology followed by a qualitative and quantitative coverage of unique developments in the 20th century. These developments include Einstein's special theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear behavior and structure, and elementary particle theory. Laboratory work includes study of simple electrical circuits, measurement of electron charge and mass, and investigation of radioactivity. Offered every Spring 12 week. Student must register for a PHYS 00100 lab. This course fulfills the Experimental Scientific Methods requirement. Prerequisite: Physics (113 or 11300) or (213 or 21300).

Prerequisite: (PHYS 113 or PHYS 11300) or (PHYS 213 or PHYS 21300)

Core: Experimental Scientific Method

**PHYS 15000:**

**USE OF TEST&MEASUREMENT EQUIP:**

**1 Hour(s)**

USE OF TEST AND MEASUREMENT EQUIPMENT~ An introduction to a range of equipment used for performing tests and measurements. In this course, students will learn the capability of, and gain experience using, such instruments as a data-logging digital multimeter, a digital oscilloscope, a function generator, a counter-timer, a frequency standard, and a pulse generator. They will also be introduced to the use of transducers (devices which turn real-world conditions such as force, pressure, temperature, position, etc. into electrical signals) and how these devices can be interfaced with a computer. The course will include the building of some very simple circuits and cover basic soldering techniques, cable making and testing, and computer interfacing protocol. Usually offered Spring 12 week. This course is offered pass/ no credit only.

**PHYS 18000:**

**WKSP::**

**1 Hour(s)**

WORKSHOP~ This workshop will provide the opportunity for students to examine a special topic in Physics. Through readings, discussions and written assignments there will be opportunities to evaluate the topic at issue. Workshops may be taken Pass/No Credit only. Students may take no more than nine workshops for credit toward graduation. Workshops can be used as elective credit only.

**PHYS 20200:**

**INTRO TO ASTRONOMY-W/LAB:SM:**

**4 Hour(s)**

INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY:SM~ An introduction to modern astronomy. A survey of the universe as we understand it today, including how we know, provides the framework to explain the workings of science and the nature of scientific law. Students must also register for a PHYS 20200 lab This course fulfills the Experimental Scientific Methods requirement. The breakdown between lecture and lab hours is for administrative office use only. This course may only be taken as 4 credit hours.

Core: Experimental Scientific Method

**PHYS 21300:**

**FUNMNTLS OF PHYSICS-W/LAB I:SM:**

**4 Hour(s)**

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS I-W/LAB:SM~ Fundamental concepts of physics with emphasis on acquiring analytical skill in the solution of problems. Fundamental principles and experimental laws of mechanics, wave motion, sound, heat, and thermodynamics will be covered. This course is for students, concentrating in science, who desire a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of physics. Students must register for a PHYS 00100 lab. This course fulfills the Experimental Scientific Methods requirement. Offered every Fall 12 week. Prerequisite: MATH (198 or 19800) and may be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite: (MATH 198 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 19800 (may be taken concurrently))

Core: Experimental Scientific Method

**PHYS 21400:**

**FUNMNTL OF PHYSICS-W/LAB II:SM:**

**4 Hour(s)**

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS II-W/LAB:SM~ A continuation of Physics 213 or 21300. Fundamental principles and experimental laws of electricity, magnetism, and optics will be covered. Students must also register for PHYS 00100 lab. This course fulfills the Experimental Scientific Methods requirement. Offered every Spring 12 week. Prerequisites: Physics (213 or 21300) and Mathematics (199 or 19900). (Mathematics 199 or 19900 may be taken concurrently.)

Prerequisite: (PHYS 213 or PHYS 21300) and (MATH 199 or MATH 19900 (may be taken concurrently))

Core: Experimental Scientific Method

**PHYS 22500:**

**INTRO ELECTRONICS-W/LAB:**

**4 Hour(s)**

INTRODUCTORY ELECTRONICS-W/LAB~ An introduction to the principles of electronics and the uses of electronic components. The laboratory will investigate the fundamentals of linear and digital circuits while using basic laboratory instruments such as oscilloscopes, waveform generators, and digital multimeters. Topics will include basic circuit theory, passive devices, junction and field effect transistors, operational amplifiers, digital logic, integrated circuit chips and optical solid-state devices. This course is designed for physics and chemistry majors and entails a considerable amount of problem solving. While not required, a familiarity with calculus would be helpful. Student must also register for a PHYS 22500 lab. The breakdown between lecture and lab hours is for administrative office use only. This course may only be taken as 4 credit hours. Prerequisites: Physics (114 or 11400) or Physics (214 or 21400). Also listed as CHEM 22500.

Prerequisite: (PHYS 114 or PHYS 11400) or (PHYS 214 or PHYS 21400)

**PHYS 28000:**

**SEM::**

**1-4 Hour(s)**

SEMINAR~

**PHYS 28100:**

**INDEPENDENT STUDY:**

**1-4 Hour(s)**

INDEPENDENT STUDY~

**PHYS 29800:**

**FIELD EXPERIENCE:**

**1-4 Hour(s)**

FIELD EXPERIENCE~

**PHYS 32000:**

**FUNMNTLS OF MRDN PHYSICS-W/LAB:**

**4 Hour(s)**

FUNDAMENTALS OF MODERN PHYSICS-W/LAB~ An experimental and theoretical development of fundamental concepts of modern physics, including the special theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear structure, and elementary particles. Offered every Fall 12 week. Student must also register for a PHYS 32000 lab. Prerequisites: Physics (214 or 21400) and Mathematics (200 or 20000). (Mathematics 200 or 20000 may be taken concurrently.)

Prerequisite: (PHYS 214 or PHYS 21400) and (MATH 200 or MATH 20000 (may be taken concurrently))

**PHYS 33000:**

**MECHANICS:**

**3 Hour(s)**

MECHANICS~ A course intended to develop an understanding of the principles of mechanics introduced in Physics 21300-21400 and to treat specific problems important in physics and engineering. The topics to be covered will include particle motion in one, two, and three dimensions; the motion of systems of particles; the motion of rigid bodies; rotation, gravitation, statistics, and moving frames of reference. Offered Fall 3 week, alternate years. Prerequisite: PHYS (320 or 32000)

Prerequisite: (PHYS 320 or PHYS 32000)

**PHYS 33500:**

**THERMAL PHYSICS:**

**4 Hour(s)**

THERMAL PHYSICS~ Thermal or statistical physics provides the link between the microscopic world of atoms and molecules and the macroscopic world of everyday objects. A central goal is understanding the emergence of simple thermodynamic behavior in systems comprised of a large number of particles governed by an underlying chaotic dynamic. This course will cover the fundamentals of thermodynamics, ensemble theory, classical and quantum gases, transport processes, interacting systems, and phase transitions. Students will do a computational project using Monte Carlo simulation techniques to study a magnetic, liquid, polymer, or other many-body system. Offered Spring 12 week, alternate years. Prerequisite: Physics 320 or 32000.

Prerequisite: (PHYS 320 or PHYS 32000)

**PHYS 35000:**

**QUANTUM PHYSICS:**

**4 Hour(s)**

QUANTUM PHYSICS~ A theoretical course in quantum mechanics which significantly develops the basic concepts introduced by Physics 320 or 32000. Topics covered will include: A review of wave mechanics; Fundamental postulates state space, Dirac notation, operators, and eigenvectors; Commutation relations, observables, and time evolution; Three-dimensional systems and angular momentum; Spin and identical particles; Perturbation theory and other approximation methods; Measurement theory and "quantum reality". Offered Spring 12 week, alternate years. Prerequisite: Physics (320 or 32000) and Mathematics (218 or 21800). Mathematics (243 or 24300) is recommended.

Prerequisite: (PHYS 320 or PHYS 32000)

**PHYS 36000:**

**ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY:**

**4 Hour(s)**

ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY~ A theoretical course in classical electromagnetic theory. The course is intended to develop an understanding of electromagnetic theory that was introduced in Physics 214 or 21400 and to study specific problems in the classical theory concerning charged objects. The topics covered will include a review of vector calculus, electrostatics, electrical potentials, magnetostatics, electrodynamics, and an introduction to electromagnetic waves. Offered Spring 12 week, alternate years. Prerequisite: Physics (320 or 32000).

Prerequisite: (PHYS 320 or PHYS 32000)

**PHYS 38000:**

**SEM::**

**1-4 Hour(s)**

SEMINAR~

**PHYS 38100:**

**SPC TPC::**

**1-4 Hour(s)**

SPECIAL TOPICS~

**PHYS 44000:**

**PHYSICS ADVANCED LABORATORY:**

**3 Hour(s)**

PHYSICS ADVANCED LABORATORY~ In this course students carry out a series of in-depth experiments in the areas of atomic physics, optics, solid state physics, and nuclear physics. Specific experiments include nuclear magnetic resonance, optical interferometry, X-ray scattering, and gamma-ray spectroscopy. A complete understanding of each experiment requires a synthesis of knowledge from several different fields of physics. The course stresses basic experimental techniques and data and uncertanity analysis along with oral and written presentation of experimental results. (Offered Spring 3-week, alternate years). Prerequisites: Physics (320 or 32000) and one other upper level physics course.

Prerequisite: (PHYS 320 or PHYS 32000)

**PHYS 48000:**

**SENIOR SEMINAR:**

**1 Hour(s)**

SENIOR SEMINAR~ Students determine a research topic in which they are interested and have it approved by the physics faculty early in their senior year. The senior seminar may be based on research done during a summer research experience or on work done at Hiram. Although original research is preferred, a library research project using primary sources is acceptable. Successful fulfillment of this requirement will include a 30-minute public presentation and a one- to two-page abstract, including a bibliography.

**PHYS 48100:**

**INDEPENDENT RESEARCH:**

**1-4 Hour(s)**

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH~

**PHYS 49800:**

**INTERNSHIP:**

**4 Hour(s)**

INTERNSHIP~