Chemistry and physics are the two basic physical sciences and provide a fundamental understanding of the world around us. Chemistry is the study of matter its structure and composition, its properties and its transformations. Since our whole world consists of "matter", it is the study of the composition of the world around us. Physics is the study of our physical universe, including mechanics, electricity, magnetism, light, gravity, and atoms. The primary goal of physics is to apply one or more laws of nature for a physical system in order to determine the past or future behavior of that system.
Chemistry and physics courses provide excellent training in problem solving skills as well as insight into the behavior of the universe. Both chemistry and physics are being applied to some of the most pressing problems facing society today, such as food shortages, dwindling energy resources, environmental problems, and health issues. The Chemistry and Engineering Physics Department at UWP provides a variety of chemistry and physics courses for students of all mathematical ability.
Five chemistry programs are offered to meet the varied needs of our students. They include: the standard chemistry major; the American Chemical Society (ACS) approved major; the biochemistry emphasis; the chriminalistics emphasis (ACS-track; DNA-track); and the chemistry minor.
Every student majoring in chemistry must meet the writing certification requirement as established by the department. Details may be obtained from the department chairperson. All chemisty majors are required to have an industrial/research experience in their junior or senior year. This requirement can be satisfied either by Chem 4000, Undergraduate Research or Chem 4660, Cooperative Field Experience or CJ488 Criminalistics Internship.
In order to realize the mission of the university and the vision of hte college, the Chemistry Program has the mission of providing students with information, theories, and applications relaing to the properties and interactions of matter, the methods used to obtain such insight, and the abilities to critically analyze and synthesize such information. Further, the Chemistry Program has a commitment to the preparation of majors in the field of their choice with a strong background in the chemical sciences.
As such, the Chemistry Program will maintain and intellectual environment and eductional experiences which will:
The Chemistry Major is designed to equip the graduates with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes so they can secure meaningful employment in industrial or governmental laboratories, enter graduate and professional schools, or teach at the secondary school level.
Students in secondary education should add to the 36-credit chemistry requirement, GEOGRPHY 3330 Environmental Conservation. Students who expect to enter a graduate program in chemistry are advised to elect additional advanced courses in chemistry or elect the ACS major.
The ACD Major is recognized by the American Chemical Society and is designed to give the graduate a stronger focus on chemistry. ACS Majors are required to take MATCH 2840 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III. The curriculum includes all courses required for a chemistry major plus:
Study of a foreign language is recommended for students who plan to persue graduate studies. In addition, substitution of PHYSICS 2530, 2510, 2640 and 2610 for the minimum physics courses is strongly encouraged for ACS chemistry majors.
The biochemistry Emphasis is designed to provide the appropriate chemistry and biology background for the graduate who plans to enter fields such as health, agriculture, or safety. The Biochemistry Emphasis includes all courses required for the Chemistry major as well as the following courses:
This program gives a chemistry major sufficient background in criminal justice to qualify for criminalistic laboratory work. The curriculum includes all courses required for a chemistry major, plus:
CRIMLJUS 3730 Women and the Law, CRIMLJUS 4030 Criminal Law, CRMLJUS4330 Criminal Prodecure adn Evidence are highly reccomended electives. Criminalistics emphasis majors are required to take the following general eduction courses:
Students electing the ACS-track are required to complete all requirements for the ACS-certified Chemistry Major. Students electing the DNA-track are required to complete the core Cemistyr major, Criminalistics Emphasis courses listed above, and the following courses:
The Chemistry Minor is designed to provide a broader background including a chemistry perspective to students in other majors including those preparing to teach secondary school.
The Physics Program at UWP offers a major in Engineering Physics. Physics is a basic science; engineering is the application of science to the safe, feasible, and practical use of technology important to society. Engineering Physics is an interdisciplinary program that combines the studies of physics and engineering into a single curriculum. The physics program also offers a minor in physics with either a science or education emphasis.
Engineering Physics (EP) at UWP is an interdisciplinary engineering program combining aspects of physics, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering to develop engineers with the knowledge and skills to address engineering problems in an interdisciplinary environment or in new, emerging technologies. Each EP major is expected to achieve a basic understanding of mechanical and electrical engineering applications plus an ability to apply basic physics principles to engineering problems. Speci?cally, the Engineering Physics program at UWP provides Engineering Physics majors with a quality undergraduate education in liberal studies, mathematics, science, and engineering to prepare them a) to apply fundamental physics andengineering principles, mathematics, and modern engineering tools to solve engineering problems b) to be able to approach nontraditional or multidisciplinary engineering problems, c) as good citizens, and d) for a lifetime of learning.
Graduates of the Engineering Physics (EP) Program must fulfll the following outcomes as part of their education in engineering physics:
The engineering portion of the engineering physics curriculum shall provide EP majors with knowledge and experience in each of the following areas: Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, and an Engineering Concentration. The four core areas have ?xed course requirements; the concentration consists of an elective sequence. Individual courses may contribute to more than one area.
All Physics or Engineering Physics courses which are prerequisites for later courses in the major must be completed with a “C” or better. Also, an Engineering Physics major must have a GPA of 2.00 for all 3000/4000 major courses.
At least 4 hours of this optional course work must be for physics credit.
The remaining credits are to be selected from other department courses or from INDUSTDY 2260 Electronic Circuits 3 cr or GENENG 2930 Applications of Electrial Engineering and Basic Thermoscience 3 cr.