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 Alternate Concentration option provides maximum flexibility to students who are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary programs. This program combines the study of physics with a concentrated study in another area or discipline. Concentrations must include at least 18 hours in one chosen area, and allows for almost all University minors to be included within the program electives. Areas of concentration may be chosen from the sciences, mathematics, the humanities, the social sciences, business, and education. If mathematics is selected as an area of concentration, the courses must be in addition to those required by the Applied Physics major.
Requirements for the Applied Physics Major with Alternate 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.
Scientific Perspectives, Natural Science Elective, Quantitative Reasoning and Oral Communication:
- Included within the major.
67 credit hours, including:
35 hours of physics courses:
Additional Major Requirements
- 32 credit hours, as follows
14 hours of Mathematics and Computer Science:
18 hours in an alternate concentration:
- At least 18 hours in one area determined in consultation with the chair. If the concentration is in mathematics, the courses must be in addition to those already required by the major.
- A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained within the major, as listed in Degree Works.
TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours
Option A: Alternate Concentration
This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.
- PHYS 170 - University Physics I
- PHYS 171 - Explorations in Physics I
- MATH 170 - Calculus I
- First Year Seminar
- ENGL 101 - English Composition or ENGL 115 - Rhetoric
- PHYS 172 - University Physics II
- PHYS 173 - Explorations in Physics II
- MATH 171 - Calculus II
- CSCI 170 - Computer Science I
- THEO 111 - Theological Foundations
- PHYS 242 - Circuit Analysis
- PHYS 243 - Circuit Analysis Lab
- PHYS 330 - Modern Physics I
- PHYS 331 - Modern Physics I Lab
- MATH 220 - Calculus III
- Second Language I
- PHYS 340 - Modern Physics II
- PHYS 341 - Modern Physics II Lab
- MATH 230 - Intro to Ordinary Diff Equat
- PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
- Second Language II
- ENGR 180 - Intro to MATLAB (recommended)
- PHYS 350 - Theoretical Mechanics I
- PHYS 360 - Electromagnetism I
- PHYS 355 - Advanced Physics Lab
- Program Electives * (4)
- Historical Perspectives Elective
- Program Electives* (4)
- Theological Perspectives Elective
- Lit. & Moral Imagination 205
- DCR or General Elective
- PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives
- PHYS 395 - Physics Research
- Program Electives* (6)
- Social Science Elective
- Writing Intensive or General Elective
- E/RS or General Elective
- PHYS 364 - Physical Optics
- PHYS 365 - Physical Optics Lab
- PHYS 398 - Physics Thesis
- Program Elective * (4)
- Creative Perspectives elective
- E/RS or General Elective
* Program electives will depend on the student’s choice of concentration. Specific block schedules are determined in consultation with the chair. If the concentration is in mathematics, the courses must be in addition to those already required by the major.
- Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum ” requirements 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.