Department Information

Chair:
Brice Smith
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973

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Program Details

Physics: Concentration in Environmental Science [PHY/ENVS] (Major)

This concentration in the Physics Department provides depth and a diversity of study in the sciences for students with a special interest in the environment. Cortland's resources for teaching and research in this area are extensive. Special facilities at Hoxie Gorge, the Outdoor Education Center and Brauer Education Center play a role in the program.

Career Potential

  • Environmental research
  • Graduate study in environmental science
  • Environmental science policy analyst
  • Environmental protection specialist

A. Required Courses in Physics: 30 credit hours
  • PHY 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 203 - Principles of Physics III (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 357 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 410 - Modern Physics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 420 - Classical Mechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 440 - Electronics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 450 - Electricity and Magnetism (4 cr. hr.)
B. Required Related Courses: 54 credit hours
  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 412 - General Ecology (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • ENS 486 - Seminar in Environmental Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENS 487 - Environmental Science Internship (3-12 cr. hr.)
  • EST 100 - Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 367 - Geomorphology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 371 - Meteorology (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 237 - Calculus III (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 430 - Differential Equations (3 cr. hr.)
C. Required Elective Courses: Six credit hours

(may also fulfill General Education requirements). Two courses from the same department are not permitted.

  • ECO 105 - Political Economy and Social Thought (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 110 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 120 - Cultural Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 221 - Social Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 100 - Introduction to American Government and Politics (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124