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Applied Physics Major

Teacher Licensure

Endorsement in Physics (6-12)

The Applied Physics Major provides opportunities for students to study the applied nature of physics from within a broad liberal arts context. The course of study prepares students for a variety of challenging and rewarding careers, not only in the fields of science and technology, but also in education, engineering and computer science, as well as careers emphasizing advanced analytical skills, such as business management and medicine. Students interested in a career in engineering should apply for graduate study in engineering or complete a dual-degree engineering program with Virginia Tech.  

In addition to the major, the department offers several courses in astronomy and physics that meet the general education needs of non-science majors.

Applied Physics Major

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.

Required courses:

PHYS-221 General Physics I

PHYS-222 General Physics II

PHYS-301 Mathematical Methods in Physics I

PHYS-302 Mathematical Methods in Physics II

PHYS-305 Electronics

PHYS-308 Modern Physics

PHYS-311 Classical Mechanics

CHEM-161 General Chemistry I

CSCI-101 Programming I

MATH-131 Calculus I

MATH-132 Calculus II

MATH-231 Calculus III

MATH-232 Calculus IV

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-495 Senior Thesis

-or-

PHYS-499 Honors Project

And two additional PHYS courses numbered 300 or above.

Endorsement in Physics (6-12)

Degree Type Offered: Teacher Licensure

Students majoring in Applied Physics can be eligible for teacher licensure at the secondary level (6-12) by also completing the courses in the teacher education program.  As early as possible, contact Dr. Jenny Martin, coordinator for secondary education at jmmartin@bridgewater.edu or 540-828-5662 for further information.

Supporting Coursework for Applied Physics Majors

Strongly Recommended Supporting Coursework for Graduate School in Engineering

CSCI-102 Programming II

MATH-331 Differential Equations

MATH-350 Numerical Analysis

Strongly Recommended Supporting Coursework for Graduate School for Teaching Licensure in Mathematics

MATH-200 Introduction to Number Theory

MATH-210 Introduction to Linear Algebra

MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics

-or-

MATH-341 Theoretical Statistics I

MATH-300 Set Theory and Symbolic Logic

MATH-320 Modern Geometry

MATH-360 History of Mathematics

Recommended Minors for Graduate School in Engineering

Computer Science

Mathematics

Environmental Science (for Environmental Engineering/Civil Engineering)

Courses

PHYS-110 Introductory Astronomy

PHYS-119 Physics and the Modern World

PHYS-125 Concepts of Physics

PHYS-140 The Physics of Music

PHYS-150 Astrophysics for Beginners

PHYS-195 Visualizing Physics With Computers

PHYS-218 College Physics I

PHYS-219 College Physics II

PHYS-221 General Physics I

PHYS-222 General Physics II

PHYS-301 Mathematical Methods in Physics I

PHYS-302 Mathematical Methods in Physics II

PHYS-305 Electronics

PHYS-306 Digital Electronics

PHYS-308 Modern Physics

PHYS-311 Classical Mechanics

PHYS-331 Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS-341 Thermal & Statistical Physics

PHYS-345W Experimental Physics

PHYS-401X Computational Physics

PHYS-410 Optics and Laser Physics

PHYS-411 Fluid Mechanics

PHYS-420 Quantum Mechanics

PHYS-442 Fundamentals of Astrophysics

PHYS-450 Special Topics

PHYS-480X Internship

PHYS-490 Independent Study

PHYS-491 Research

PHYS-495 Senior Thesis

PHYS-497 Senior Capstone Project I

PHYS-498 Senior Capstone Project II

PHYS-499 Honors Project