Jul 16, 2019  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

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:

74 credit hours, including:

Additional Major Requirements

41 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

First Semester

  • CHEM 160 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 161 - General Chemistry I Lab
  • MATH 170 - Calculus I
  • PHYS 170 - University Physics I
  • PHYS 171 - Explorations in Physics I
  • CORE 100, First Year Seminar
  • CORE 101, GOA

Total (15)

Second Semester

  • CHEM 162 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 163 - General Chemistry II Lab
  • MATH 171 - Calculus II
  • PHYS 172 - University Physics II
  • PHYS 173 - Explorations in Physics II
  • THEO 111 - Theological Foundations
  • CORE 102, GOA

Total (15)

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • BIOL 160 - General Biology I
  • BIOL 161 - General Biology I Lab
  • MATH 220 - Calculus III
  • CHEM 240 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 241 - Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition

Total (15)

Second Semester

  • MATH 230 - Intro to Ordinary Diff Equat
  • CHEM 242 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 243 - Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • BIOL 162 - General Biology II
  • BIOL 163 - General Biology II Lab
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
  • Writing Flag Elective (if needed)

Total (14-17)

Junior Year

First Semester

  • PHYS 242 - Circuit Analysis
  • PHYS 243 - Circuit Analysis Lab
  • PHYS 330 - Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 331 - Modern Physics I Lab
  • BIOL 440 - Biochemistry
  • PSYC 101 - General Psychology
  • Second Language 103 level

Total (18)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 340 - Modern Physics II
  • PHYS 341 - Modern Physics II Lab
  • CSCI 170 - Computer Science I
  • SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology
  • Lit. & Moral Imagination 205
  • Second Language 201 level

Total (16)

Senior Year

First Semester

  • PHYS 350 - Theoretical Mechanics I
  • PHYS 360 - Electromagnetism I
  • PHYS 395 - Physics Research
  • Historical Perspectives elective
  • PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives
  • Diversity Flag Elective (if needed)

Total (13-16)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 364 - Physical Optics
  • PHYS 365 - Physical Optics Lab
  • PHYS 398 - Physics Thesis
  • Creative Perspectives elective
  • Theological Perspectives elective
  • Humanities Elective
  • E/RS Focus Elective (if needed)

Total (14-17)

Scheduling Notes:

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

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