Relativity Courses and Research Projects:
Students interested in relativity and black hole astrophysics should meet with Govind Menon regarding possible course offerings and research opportunities. Depending on student interest, we will periodically offer courses in Relativity I (PHY 4460), Relativity II (PHY 4478), and three Seminars in relativity (PHY 4483-85). Research opportunity exists for the dedicated student with a high midi-chlorian count.
|How to prepare to become a theoretical physicist at Troy University:
Theoretical (as opposed to experimental) physics concerns itself with the mathematical and philosophical aspects of physics. Like anything else, theoretical physicists come in different varieties. For example, a theoretical physicist might study fundamental theory like quantum field theory or general relativity. On the other hand, a phenomenologist would apply a fundamental theory(/theories) to a particular physical problem (cosmology for example). Yet others search for analytic or numerical solutions to the relevant equations. Regardless of these finer details, as an undergraduate student at Troy University, a student interested in theoretical physics should take as many courses in mathematics and physics as possible. With this in mind we have created the double major in Physics and Mathematics.
|The Double Major in Physics and Mathematics (124 credit hours):
AREA I (6 hours): standard catalog requirement
AREA II (12 hours): standard catalog requirement
AREA III (12 hours): Physics with Calculus I + Lab, Calculus I,
4 hours of general science (astronomy is the recommended course)
AREA IV (12 hours): standard catalog requirement
AREA V (7 hours): University Orientation, Computer Science 1, Introduction to Statistics
Physics Major (37 hours)
Math Major (38 hours)