Applied Physics, B.S.

Completion of this major prepares one 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, and 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 CGPA of 2.5 and MATH 175. Students interested in this track are encouraged to make their selection of major as soon as possible.

Prerequisite Courses
PHYS 100Preparation for Physics3
CHEM 100Preparation for General Chemistry3
Required Courses
PHYS 140Principles of Physics I - Lecture3
PHYS 1140Principles of Physics I - Laboratory and recitation1
PHYS 141Principles of Physics II - Lecture3
PHYS 1141Principles of Physics II - Laboratory and Recitation1
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 Mathematic Majors 13
PHYS 321Theory and Applications of Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 401Principles and Application of Modern Optics3
PHYS 1401Optics Recitation/Laboratory1
PHYS 405Introduction to Quantum Mechanics3
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
Select a minimum of nine credits from the following courses, or from other courses approved by the Chairperson:9
Supportive Electives
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
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
4
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 1 4
PHYS 140 Principles of Physics I - Lecture 3
PHYS 1140 Principles of Physics I - Laboratory and recitation 1
General Education Tier I Course 3
INTD 101 Orientation to College *First time Freshmen Only 1
 Credits16
Semester 2
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
or
4
MATH 193 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 1 4
PHYS 141 Principles of Physics II - Lecture 3
PHYS 1141 Principles of Physics II - Laboratory and Recitation 1
General Education Tier I Course 3
 Credits15
Sophomore
Semester 1
PHYS 230 Physics III (Lecture) 3
PHYS 1230 Physics III Recitation & Laboratory 1
MATH 292 Calculus & Analytical Geometry III 4
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I Lecture 3
CHEM 1105 General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory 2
INTD 180 Computers Tools for Science and Math (General Education Tier I Course) 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
PHYS 113
Introduction to Astronomy (Physics Supportive Elective Course/General Education Tier I Course)
or Physical Geography
3
PHYS 204
Digital Electronics and Applications (Physics Restricted Elective Course)
or Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory
3
MATH 311 Differential Equations for Engineers 4
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II Lecture 3
CHEM 1106 General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory 2
 Credits15
Junior
Semester 1
PHYS 321 Theory and Applications of Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS 401 Principles and Application of Modern Optics 3
PHYS 1401 Optics Recitation/Laboratory 1
CHEM 305 Physical Chemistry I (or Physics Supportive Elective Course (see requirements)) 3
CHEM 3305 Physical Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory 2
General Education Tier II Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
PHYS 307
Principles of Electronics Lecture (Physics Restricted Elective Course)
or Nuclear Radiation: Theory and Applications
3
CHEM 306 Physical Chemistry II, Lecture 3
CHEM 3306 Physical Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory (Physics Supportive Elective Course) 2
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
 Credits14
Senior
Semester 1
PHYS 405 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 3
MATH 330 Mathematical Statistics I (or Physics Supportive Elective Course (see requirements)) 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
PHYS 410 Classical Mechanics 4
Physics Restricted Elective Course (see requirements) 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier III Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits122

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Applied Physics BS 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.