THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE

 

FACULTY SENATE

 

 

Senate Document Number 1307S

 

Date of Senate Approval 01/18/07

 

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

 

 

APC Document 10: Dropping CHEM 144 as a Requirement in Physics

Adding MATH 365 as a Requirement

 

Effective Date: Fall 2007

 

 

1. Delete: On page 211, under Concentration in Preparation for Graduate School, item II:

 

II. Required courses outside the major 20-23 hours: CHEM 111, 132 or a satisfactory score on the Chemistry Placement Examination, 144; MATH 191, 192, 291, 394; MATH 391 and 395 are recommended.

 

 

Add: On page 211, in place of deleted entry:

 

II. Required courses outside the major 19-22 hours: CHEM 111, 132 (or a satisfactory score on the Chemistry Placement Examination); MATH 191, 192, 291, 365, 394; MATH 391 and 395 are recommended.

 

Impact:

The impact to the Math department is minimal. Approximately 5-10 physics majors will be taking MATH 365 per year. However, MATH 365 is offered during both the Fall and Spring semesters, so the maximum impact this change will have on the enrollment in MATH 365 is adding about 5 physics students per semester.

 

Rationale:

The Chemistry department will no longer be offering CHEM 144 so it needs to be removed from our list of required courses. In place of CHEM 144, we would like our Physics majors to take MATH 365, Linear Algebra I. The Physics department is redesigning its curriculum to expand our offering of Quantum Mechanics from one course to a two-course sequence, Quantum Mechanics I and Quantum Mechanics II. Linear Algebra I has many connections to the in-depth coverage of material in Quantum Mechanics II and will serve as a good foundation for our students before they take the course. Many other undergraduate Physics departments across the country are now requiring that Physics majors take a course in Linear Algebra. It is a very useful course for our students who plan on going to graduate school in Physics.

 

 

 

2. Delete: On page 211, under Concentration in Applied Physics, item II:

 

II. Required courses outside the major 32-35 hours: CHEM 111, 132 or a satisfactory score on the Chemistry Placement Examination, 144; CSCI 201; ... may replace PHYS 401.

 

 

Add: On page 211, in place of deleted entry:

 

II. Required courses outside the major 24 hours: CHEM 111, 132 (or a satisfactory score

on the Chemistry Placement Examination); CSCI 201; MATH 191, 192, 291; the selection of 5 additional semester hours (or 8 hours if there is a satisfactory score on the Chemistry Placement Examination) of coordinated work in Computer Science, Engineering or another area of science. The selected program of courses must be approved by the department chair prior to initiation of the sequence.

 

 

Impact:

No impact on the staffing or the resources of the Physics Department. Reducing the number of cognate hours will encourage more students to pursue an Applied Physics degree. Its been about 5 years since weve had a student complete this concentration.

 

Rationale:

The Chemistry Department will no longer be offering CHEM 144 so it needs to be removed from our list of required courses. We are reducing the number of cognate courses for the Applied Physics track to 24 hours, which is normally the maximum number of cognate hours that a major should require.