Curriculum - Applied Physics, BS

You must complete 128 credits, as defined below, to graduate from the School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics.  Please note that the curriculum that follows applies to students who began classes in the fall of 2014 or later. If you entered the School of Engineering prior to that date, please consult the curriculum and typical course schedule for students entering prior to fall 2014.

The Department of Applied Physics also offers a Minor in Applied Physics and a Concentration and Minor in Nuclear Science and Engineering. A full list of the department's undergraduate offerings is available here.

Courses and Credits Required to Complete the Degree are:

Core Physics Requirements (37 Credits)

PH 1002 Physics: the Genesis of Technology, Credits: 2.00
PH 1013 Mechanics, Credits: 3.00
PH 2023 Electricity, Magnetism, & Fluids, Credits: 3.00
PH 2033 Waves, Optics, & Thermodynamics, Credits: 3.00
PH 2104 Analytical Mechanics, Credits: 4.00
PH 2121 General Physics Laboratory I, Credits: 1.0
PH 2131 General Physics Laboratory II, Credits: 1.0
PH 2344 Introduction to Modern and Solid State Physics, Credits: 4.00
PH 3002 Junior Physics Laboratory, Credits: 2.00
PH 3234 Electricity and Magnetism, Credits: 4.00
PH 4124 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, Credits: 4.00
PH 4364 Introduction to the Quantum Theory, Credits: 4.00
PH 4912 Senior Seminar in Physics, Credits: 2.00

Other Required Courses (40 Credits)

MA 1024 Calculus I, Credits: 4.00
MA 1124 Calculus II, Credits: 4.00
MA 2034 Linear Algebra & Differential Equations, Credits: 4.0
MA 2114 Multidimensional Calculus, Credits: 4.0
MA 2224 Data Analysis, Credits: 4.0
CM 1014 General Chemistry I, Credits: 4.00 and CM 1024 General Chemistry II, Credits: 4.00 or CM 1004 General Chemistry For Engineers, Credits: 4.00 and BMS 1004 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, Credits: 4.00
CS 1133 Engineering Problem Solving and Programming, Credits: 3.00
EXPOS UA1 Writing the Essay, Credits: 4.0
EXPOS UA2 Advanced College Essay, Credits: 4.0
EG 1001 Engineering and Technology Forum, Credits: 1.00

Physics and Math Electives (23 Credits)

You should select 5 applied physics elective courses totaling at least 16 Credits, and 2 math elective courses totaling at least 7 Credits. The program adviser may approve substitution of electives from other disciplines as appropriate.

Electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences (16 Credits)

You must take 16 elective credits in the humanities and social sciences, requiring EXPOS-UA1 and EXPOS-UA2 as prerequisites. To gain some breadth and depth of knowledge, it is required that you take courses in at least two disciplines and at least one course at an advanced level.

Free Electives, Independent Study and Projects (12 Credits)

You should take 12 credits of applied physics independent study and free electives. It is recommended that you use 6 of these credits toward a senior project or thesis topic.