Want to teach physics and math at the high school level? Major in physics and mathematics at BC.
Primarily for students wishing to gain licensure in teacher education. Cannot be taken as a dual major with the major in mathematics or physics.
Required courses in physics:
During the first term Kinematics Newtons laws of motion conservation laws rotational motion periodic motion and fluid mechanics. During the second term Thermodynamics electricity magnetism optics and modern physics. A combination of lectures and learning by inquiry are employed. Computers are used for data acquisition data analysis and mathematical modeling. Three hours in class one hour in recitation and two hours in lab per week. Prerequisite MATH 130 or 132 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 131 132 respectively.
Unit(s): 4
During the first term Kinematics Newtons laws of motion conservation laws rotational motion periodic motion and fluid mechanics. During the second term Thermodynamics electricity magnetism optics and modern physics. A combination of lectures and learning by inquiry are employed. Computers are used for data acquisition data analysis and mathematical modeling. Three hours in class one hour in recitation and two hours in lab per week. Prerequisite MATH 130 or 132 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 131 132 respectively. PHYS 221is prerequisite to PHYS 222. General Education Natural & Physical Science
Unit(s): 4
Analog electronics including diode and transistor operation mathematical circuit analysis operational amplifier applications. Two hours in class and six hours in lab per week. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132 Alternate years offered 20172018
Unit(s): 4
or
Analysis and applications of digital circuits such as flipflops registers counters and analogtodigital converters leading to interfacing realtime data collection to computers. Prerequisites PHYS 219 or PHYS 222 Alternate years offered 20162017
Unit(s): 3
A survey of 20th century physics. Topics include relativity waveparticle dualism Schroedinger equation wave functions spectra nuclear physics and elementary particles. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132 Alternate years offered 20172018
Unit(s): 3
Kinematics and dynamics in one two and three dimensions including oscillating systems central force motion Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics motion of rigid objects and wave motion. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132. Alternate years offered 20142015
Unit(s): 3
Classical and modern experiments give the student a basic understanding of experimental methods. Involves several lectures and extensive lab work. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132 Alternate years offered 201720186
Unit(s): 3
Required courses in mathematics:
Study of differential calculus of a single variable. Applications of the derivative are made to curve sketching maxmin problems and linear approximation and IHopitals Rule. Also included are applications of the Intermediate Value Theorem and Mean Value Theorem. Credit may not be received for both MATH 130 and 131. Prerequisites MATH 120 or satisfactory performance on placement test
Unit(s): 3
Study of integral calculus of a single variable. Included are techniques of integration and numerical methods of integration. Applications of the integral are made to computing area volume arc length and selected topics. Prerequisite MATH 131
Unit(s): 3
Continuation of Calculus I and II. Included are Taylor polynomials infinite series and polar coordinates. Also included is an introduction to multivariate calculus and multiple integrals. Prerequisites MATH 132
Unit(s): 3
Introduction to multivariate calculus. Included are calculus of vectorvalued functions and motion in space limits continuity and partial derivatives of functions of several variables vector fields Greens Theorem The Divergence Theorem and Stokes Theorem. Prerequisites MATH 210 and 231
Unit(s): 3
The first part of the course is devoted to naive set theory and includes the algebra of sets relations functions and orders. The second part is devoted to logic including truth tables and firstorder predicate calculus. Prerequisites MATH 132 and 200
Unit(s): 3
Fundamental concepts of geometry including projective and nonEuclidean geometries with emphasis on the axiomatic method. Prerequisites MATH 132 210 and 300 or permission of the instructor Alternate years offered 20162017
Unit(s): 3
Survey of the history of mathematics from ancient civilizations to the modern mathematics of the 19thcentury. Prerequisites MATH 132 Alternate years offered 20162017
Unit(s): 3
And three additional credit hours in MATH courses numbered 300 or above.
In addition, complete the Senior Capstone requirement by choosing one of the following options:
PHYS497, 498
or
Upon approval of the Department and the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs a student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better may engage in an independent study or research project. One desiring to pursue independent study or research must submit a written description of the proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day of the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the end of the semester the supervising professor files with the Registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished. Credit may be received for not more than three independent studies or research projects.
Unit(s): 3
orAn Honors Project is one in which a student researches a subject by examination of relevant literature or by experimentation or both the student reports the results in an accurately documented and wellwritten paper or appropriate representation of the work. Whenever the study deals with the subject of an established course the student is expected to go well beyond the usual work of the course in research and in assimilation of the results as revealed in the report. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or above may register for an Honors Project. One desiring to pursue an Honors Project must submit a written description of his or her proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day of the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the conclusion of the Honors Project the supervising professor files with the Registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished and with the Library Director a copy of the written paper or appropriate representation of the work. It is the students responsibility to provide the materials for the library in compliance with specifications approved by the Council on Education. The Library Director arranges for binding and storage.
Unit(s): 3
orPHYS495
Students admitted to the Teacher Education Program may substitute EDU 470 to meet the Senior Capstone requirement.
Join the Society of Physics Students, Bridgewater College Chapter

Develop leadership skills as you plan meetings, events and trips designed to promote the awareness of physics

Conduct science demonstrations at area elementary schools

Be part of a chapter that has been recognized as an “Outstanding Chapter” in the nation
Learn more about the options for employment and advancement in physics and mathematics education careers from the Society of Physics Students and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.