Applied Physics, B.A.

Completion of this major prepares a student for a career as a laboratory technician, systems analyst, engineering assistant, research associate, or physics associate. Continued study may include a master’s degree in physics, engineering, geology, biology, environmental science, natural science, or science education, among others. It may also include doctorates in medicine, dentistry, or the previously identified fields.

The requirements for admission to this degree track are a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 and MATH 175. Students interested in this track are encouraged to make their selection of major as soon as possible.

PHYS 100Preparation for Physics3
CHEM 100Preparation for General Chemistry3
PHYS 130College Physics I (Lecture)3
PHYS 1130Physics I Recitation & Laboratory1
PHYS 131Physics II (Lecture)3
PHYS 1131Physics II Recitation & Laboratory1
PHYS 230Physics III (Lecture)3
PHYS 1230Physics III Recitation & Laboratory1
MATH 192Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 193Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 292Calculus & Analytical Geometry III4
MATH 311Differential Equations for Engineers4
CHEM 105General Chemistry I Lecture3
CHEM 1105General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 106General Chemistry II Lecture3
CHEM 1106General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory2
INTD 180Computer Tools For Science and Mathematics3
PHYS 321Theory and Applications of Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 405Introduction to Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 401Principles and Application of Modern Optics3
PHYS 1401Optics Recitation/Laboratory1
PHYS 410Classical Mechanics4
Restricted Electives
Select a minimum of nine credits from the following courses:9
PHYS 204Digital Electronics and Applications3
PHYS 301Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
PHYS 307Principles of Electronics Lecture3
PHYS 404Nuclear Radiation: Theory and Applications3
Supportive Electives
Select a minimum of nine credits from the following courses:9
CHEM 305Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 3305Physical Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 306Physical Chemistry II, Lecture3
CHEM 3306Physical Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory2
EESC 110Physical Geography3
PHYS 113Introduction to Astronomy3
MATH 330Mathematical Statistics I3
Total Credits110
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 1 4
PHYS 130 College Physics I (Lecture) 3
PHYS 1130 Physics I Recitation & Laboratory 1
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I Lecture 3
CHEM 1105 General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory 2
INTD 101 Orientation to College *First time Freshmen Only 1
Semester 2
ENGL 102
English Composition II
or English Composition 2 ESL
MATH 193 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 1 4
PHYS 131 Physics II (Lecture) 3
PHYS 1131 Physics II Recitation & Laboratory 1
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II Lecture 3
CHEM 1106 General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory 2
Semester 1
PHYS 230 Physics III (Lecture) 3
PHYS 1230 Physics III Recitation & Laboratory 1
MATH 292 Calculus & Analytical Geometry III 4
INTD 180 Computer Tools For Science and Mathematics (General Education Tier I Course) 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 2
PHYS 321 Theory and Applications of Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS 113
Introduction to Astronomy (General Education Tier I Course)
or Physical Geography
MATH 311 Differential Equations for Engineers 4
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
PHYS 204
Digital Electronics and Applications (Physics Restricted Elective Course)
or Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory
PHYS 307
Principles of Electronics Lecture (Physics Restricted Elective Course)
or Nuclear Radiation: Theory and Applications
PHYS 401 Principles and Application of Modern Optics 3
PHYS 1401 Optics Recitation/Laboratory 1
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course
Elective or Minor Course 3
Semester 2
MATH 330 Mathematical Statistics I (or Physics Supportive Elective Course (see requirements)) 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Semester 1
PHYS 405 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 3
CHEM 305 Physical Chemistry I (Physics Supportive Elective Course) 3
CHEM 3305 Physical Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory (Physics Supportive Elective Course) 2
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 2
General Education Tier III Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
 Total Credits122

Courses are part of the General Education program and may be used to simultaneously satisfy a General Education Mode of Inquiry requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Applied Physics BA program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the factual and theoretical basis of physics including Newton's Laws of motion, conservation laws, E&M and Quantum Mechanics.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of scientific inquiry and explain how scientific knowledge is discovered and validated.
  3. Apply quantitative reasoning to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of mathematical tools and their applications to understanding physics systems.
  5. Communicate scientific information based on original research or literature review.
  6. Demonstrate preparedness to enter the work force or Graduate School.