Catalog of Abilene Christian University, 2005-2006 Page: 82
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82 Physics College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Donald Isenhower, Chair
ACU Box 27963, Abilene, Texas 79699-7963
Foster Science Building, Room 317
Jeff E. Arrington, Associate Professor
Donald Isenhower, Professor
Paul Edwin Morris, Professor
Michael Ervin Sadler, Professor
Paul D. Schulze, Senior Faculty
Rusty Towell, Assistant Professor
basic concepts of science, and then transfer to an engineering
school to complete a degree. Most engineering schools require a
grade of "C" or better to grant transfer credit for a course taken at
The three-year pre-engineering program broadens the basic
engineering and science background to include courses from the
liberal arts fields. A student wishing to spend three years at ACU
may, after receiving his or her engineering degree, be awarded the
Bachelor of Science degree by ACU. To qualify for this degree, a
student must complete at least 95 hours at ACU, including at least
17 hours of mathematics, 8 hours of chemistry and 21 hours of physics
or engineering course work. All general requirements for the BS
degree must also be completed. Course selections are made in
consultation with the engineering academic advisor.
Applied Physics M.S. Program at Texas Tech University
Under a 1999 articulation agreement, ACU students are guaranteed
acceptance into Texas Tech University's MS degree program in physics
after completing a BS degree at ACU in physics or engineering physics
with the following stipulations:
1. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and GPA of 3.25 in
advanced physics courses;
2. Receive at least a "B" in PHYS 432, 491, 472, and 340 or 342;
3. Meet all of the requirements of the Texas Tech Graduate
Special Offerings for Non-Majors
Physics can help students who want to explore the universe with a
telescope. In the beginning astronomy course, PHYS 101, students will
use the ACU observatory to observe the phenomena discussed in class.
If a student wonders how science has influenced the world or how
religion and science are related, PHYS 378 History and Philosophy of
Science or PHYS 379 Religion and Science will be of interest.
The above courses may be taken to gain science hours, and they
assume no previous scientific background.
Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU's Study Abroad
program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on
the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for
their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the
Science: 4 semesters of HS science other than physical science, or >27 on ACT
Deficiency: 3 hours in field other than HS field.
Foreign Language: 4 semesters, one language, in HS.
Deficiency: 6 hours in one language.
Entering students with fewer than 64 hours and all students planning to take their first
college math course must have appropriate SAT/ACT/COMPASS scores for placement.
Consult the current university catalog for information on the schedule of future course
offerings and prerequisites for course enrollment.
See catalog for dual major and dual degree requirements.
General electives (may include deficiency); may not include developmental courses
numbered 0**; arrange to ensure 233 advanced hours
Bachelor of Science Degrees (BS)
General Departmental Requirements
The physics major must develop mathematical skills as well as
experimental and theoretical abilities. When the student takes
PHYS 120/121, the student's mathematics level must at least enable
the student to take Calculus I. If the student does not qualify to take
Calculus I when the student enters ACU, his or her graduation may
The Department of Physics offers the Bachelor of Science degree in
physics, engineering physics and engineering science (cooperative).
The department works with the Department of Education to offer
two-field teacher certification in physics or in physical science and
another field (see the Education section of this catalog). A minor in
engineering science or physics may be added to other majors.
In the Abilene Christian University Department of Physics, students
share in an intellectual atmosphere that promotes the growth of
individual abilities. The faculty and students in physics do not confine
learning to the classroom, but rather join in a broad spectrum of
activities that includes doing basic research, teaching in the laboratory,
participating in the Society of Physics Students and working in the
Students involved in research work extensively with computers
utilizing Unix computer farms.
Many of our graduates have gone into graduate programs under
fellowships and assistantships at excellent universities in physics,
engineering physics, medicine, medical physics, computer science,
astronomy, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering
throughout the country while others have gone directly into industrial
positions. These graduates have stated that their undergraduate
training at ACU was particularly well suited for their endeavors.
In 1999, the ACU Department of Physics entered into a new
articulation agreement with the Texas Tech University Department
of Physics where students may obtain automatic acceptance in an
applied physics program. The program awards a Master of Science
degree after two years and is concentrated on VLSI semiconductor
study and design.
The curriculum stresses up-to-date approaches to ensure strong degree
programs. Laboratory work includes microprocessor, computer and
digital electronic applications as well as training in modern physics
Electronics and Instrumentation
The department is well-equipped to offer electronics and
instrumentation to science majors and others who will need this
training. The instrumentation laboratory contains modern
equipment and features microprocessor technology. The emphasis
is on microprocessor interfacing and hardware techniques. The
laboratory includes work with SPICE simulation software for
electronic circuits and VME/VXI systems.
Most engineering schools maintain a somewhat uniform program for
all students for the first two years. A prospective engineering student
may elect to stay one, two or three years at ACU while mastering the
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
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