Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics - General

The School of Physics offers two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Physics and the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics.

The degree program in applied physics may be better suited for entry into industry or government upon graduation, preparation for further professional training (medicine, law, dentistry, or business), or preparation for graduate study in some other discipline. The applied physics program differs from the traditional one in that a few courses intended primarily as preparation for graduate study in physics are replaced by courses oriented toward the applications of physics.

Each of the baccalaureate programs contains the following: a) courses needed to meet general institutional degree requirements; b) a core of technical courses intended to give a strong background in mathematics and the physical principles of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and the quantum theory that governs physical phenomena at the microscopic level of molecules, atoms, and nuclei; c) technical electives that enable the student to explore areas of his or her choice in greater depth; d) courses involving undergraduate research, and e) free electives, about fifteen percent of the total hours, which may be employed to schedule additional technical or nontechnical courses.

The considerable flexibility inherent in the physics curricula is advantageous to students who wish to work out individual programs of study. At the same time, this flexibility suggests the need for consultation with advisors so students can make the best use of elective hours and avoid scheduling difficulties that may arise in later semesters. Students may utilize their elective freedom in the physics curricula to specialize in particular areas of physics, to prepare for careers in interdisciplinary areas of science, to compose a preprofessional program, or to gain a background in other technical or nontechnical disciplines. Students should contact their academic advisor for assistance in planning programs of study with emphasis directed toward a particular objective.

Since some students who earn a degree in physics have transferred from other disciplines, the School has planned its degree programs to enable most students to transfer into physics with little or no loss of credit.

A total of 120 credit hours (exclusive of wellness) and a grade-point average of at least 2.0 in physics courses numbered 3000 and higher are requisites for the bachelor's degree in physics.

Physics: Undergraduate Information

Undergraduate Admissions
Wellness
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1301Introduction to Computing3
or CS 1371 Computing for Engineers
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM 6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I 14
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II 64
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Core E - Social Sciences
Choose one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
Any SS 9
Core F - Courses Related to Major
MATH 2401Calculus III4
MATH 2403Differential Equations4
CHEM 1310General Chemistry4
PHYS 2213Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHYS 3201Classical Mechanics I3
Upper-Level Physics
PHYS 3122Electrostatics and Magnetostatics3
PHYS 3123Classical Magnetism,Electrodynamics3
PHYS 3141Thermodynamics,Thermal Physics3
PHYS 3143Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 3211Electronics,Electronics I5
PHYS 3266Computational Physics,Computational Physics I4
PHYS 4206Interfacing Laboratory I,Electronics II5
PHYS 4321Advanced Laboratory I3
PHYS 4601Senior Seminar I,Senior Student Seminar1
PHYS 4602Senior Student Seminar,Senior Seminar II1
Physics or Technical Electives
Any PHYS or Technical Electives 2,3,4,514
Free Electives
Free Electives14
Total Credit Hours122

Student must have 2.0 in all PHYS classes 3000-level or higher

Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

1

If PHYS 2231 is taken, extra hour goes toward Free Electives

2

 BIOL 4478, CHEM 3411, CHEM 3412, CHEM 3511, EAS 2750, EAS 4300, EAS 4430, ECE 4501, MATH 3215, MATH 4320, MATH 4347, MATH 4348, MATH 4581

3

Minimum of one class in PHYS 3211, PHYS 3226, PHYS 4322

4

Maximum of six credit hours below 3000-level

5

Maximum of nine credit hours PHYS 2699 or PHYS 4699

6

If PHYS 2232 is taken, extra hour goes toward Free Electives