Apr 26, 2019  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

Applied Physics, B.S., Option A: Alternate Concentration

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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 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, Writing 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, Writing and Oral Communication Flags:

  • Included within the major.

Major Requirements:

68 credit hours, including:

Additional Major Requirements

  • 32 credit hours, as follows

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

B.S. Applied Physics

Option A: Alternate Concentration

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

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • PHYS 170 - University Physics I
  • PHYS 171 - Explorations in Physics I
  • MATH 170 - Calculus I
  • CORE 100, First Year Seminar
  • CORE 101, GOA
  • Second Language 103 level

Total (14)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 172 - University Physics II
  • PHYS 173 - Explorations in Physics II
  • MATH 171 - Calculus II
  • CSCI 170 - Computer Science I
  • THEO 111 - Theological Foundations
  • CORE 102, GOA
  • Second Language 201 level

Total (17)

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • PHYS 242 - Circuit Analysis
  • PHYS 243 - Circuit Analysis Lab
  • PHYS 330 - Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 331 - Modern Physics I Lab
  • MATH 220 - Calculus III
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition

Total (16)

Second Semester

  • 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
  • ENGR 180 - Intro to MATLAB
  • Program Elective (4)

Total (14)

Junior Year

First Semester

  • PHYS 360 - Electromagnetism I
  • Program Elective (3)
  • Program Elective (3)
  • Historical Perspectives Elective
  • PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives

Total (15)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 364 - Physical Optics
  • PHYS 365 - Physical Optics Lab
  • Program Electives (4)
  • Theological Perspectives Elective
  • Lit. & Moral Imagination 205

Total (14)

Senior Year

First Semester

  • PHYS 395 - Physics Research
  • PHYS 350 - Theoretical Mechanics I
  • PHYS 355 - Advanced Physics Lab
  • Social Science Elective
  • Humanities Elective
  • E/RS or General Elective

Total (15)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 398 - Physics Thesis
  • Program Elective (4)
  • Creative Perspectives elective
  • DCR or General Elective
  • General Elective

Total (14)

Scheduling Notes:

* 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.

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