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  Oct 20, 2017
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Applied Physics, B.S., Option B: Natural Sciences

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Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Physics

The applied physics program is designed to provide a broad education in the physical sciences, mathematics, and liberal arts, along with specialized training for students interested in engineering, medical school, health sciences, education, business, social sciences, or the humanities.

The Natural Sciences option offers an alternative to the Natural Sciences major that allows students to study physics while preparing for medical, dental, or veterinary school. This program may also be of interest to students who wish to pursue careers in medical physics, radiological physics, and other health physics programs. The Natural Sciences program combines courses in physics, mathematics, and computer science with the chemistry and biology courses needed to fulfill the requirements for the Natural Sciences minor.  

It is recommended that students interested in the Applied Physics/Natural Sciences program also consider the Biophysics program as an alternative. 

Requirements for the Applied Physics Major with a Natural Sciences concentration

Core Curriculum Requirements:

The general core curriculum requirements are 48-63 Credit Hours dependent on courses taken.

However, Natural Science Elective, Scientific Perspectives, Mathematical Perspectives, Oral Communication Flag, and Quantitative Reasoning Flag are satisfied by major courses, thereby leaving 39 - 48 Credit Hours outside of the major.

Mathematical Perspectives:

Scientific Perspectives, Natural Science Elective, Quantitative Reasoning and Oral Communication:

  • Included within the major.

Social Sciences Elective:

Major requirements:

76 credit hours, including:

Additional Major Requirements

43 credit hours, as follows


  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained within the major, as listed in Degree Works.
  • In order to be on track to take the MCAT between the junior and senior year, pre-med students should take General Chemistry I and II (plus labs) during their first year.  Pre-med students are strongly encouraged to speak to their advisor regarding their course schedule as soon as possible. 
  •  , is required for admission to some medical schools but is not required for MCAT performance.    and   are listed in the minimum competences for first year medical students but are not required for MCAT performance.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours

  • This number assumes that the ER/S, DCR and Writing Intensive Electives are fulfilled with other core courses.

B.S. Applied Physics

Option B: Natural Sciences

This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

First Semester

Total (16)

Second Semester

Total (17)

Scheduling Notes:

  • Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum ” description of the Catalog.
  • The E/RS Focus Elective, Diversity Curriculum Elective, and Writing Intensive Elective requirements may be used to satisfy another element of the core or the major.

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