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Applied Physics Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.S. Major

Primarily for students interested in careers in engineering or technology. Students completing dual-degree programs may transfer appropriate engineering courses for physics courses at the discretion of the department and the provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Required courses:

PHYS-221 General Physics I

PHYS-222 General Physics II

PHYS-301 Mathematical Methods in Physics I

PHYS-308 Modern Physics

PHYS-311 Classical Mechanics

MATH-131 Calculus I

MATH-132 Calculus II

In addition, complete the Senior Capstone requirement by choosing one of the following options:

PHYS-497 Senior Capstone Project I

PHYS-498 Senior Capstone Project II

-or-

PHYS-491 Research

-or-

PHYS-499 Honors Project

-or-

PHYS-495 Senior Thesis

Students must select additional courses as outlined in one of the following tracks:

Track 1 Engineering Physics

Cannot be taken as a dual major with a major in physics.

Required courses:

CHEM-161 General Chemistry I

CSCI-101 Programming I

MATH-231 Calculus III

MATH-232 Calculus IV

PHYS-302 Mathematical Methods in Physics II

PHYS-305 Electronics

PHYS-411 Fluid Mechanics

And two additional PHYS courses numbered 300 or above.

Track 2 Physics and Technology

Cannot be taken as a dual major with a major in computer science or physics.

Required courses:

CSCI-101 Programming I

CSCI-102 Programming II

CSCI-220 Data Structures and Algorithms

PHYS-305 Electronics

PHYS-306 Digital Electronics

And three additional courses numbered 300 or above, chosen from courses with PHYS, CSCI, or CIS designations, with at least one course from PHYS.

Track 3 Physical Science

Cannot be taken as a dual major with a major in chemistry or in physics.

Required courses:

CHEM-161 General Chemistry I

CHEM-162 General Chemistry II

CSCI-101 Programming I

MATH-231 Calculus III

MATH-232 Calculus IV

And three additional courses numbered 300 or above, chosen from courses with PHYS, CHEM or BCHM designations (at least one course from PHYS and one course from CHEM/BCHM).