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 2009 and onwards. If you entered the School of Engineering prior to that date, please review the curriculum and typical course schedule for students entering prior to fall 2009.

The Department of 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 also available.

Courses and Credits Required to Complete the Degree

Core Physics Requirements (34 Credits)

PH 1002 Physics: the Genesis of Technology, Credits: 2.00
PH 1013 Mechanics, Credits: 3.00
PH 2021 Introductory Physics Laboratory I, Credits: .50
PH 2023 Electricity, Magnetism, & Fluids, Credits: 3.00
PH 2031 Introductory Physics Laboratory II, Credits: .50
PH 2033 Waves, Optics, & Thermodynamics, Credits: 3.00
PH 2344 Introduction to Modern and Solid State Physics, Credits: 4.00
PH 2104 Analytical Mechanics, Credits: 4.00
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 (38 Credits)

MA 1024 Calculus I, Credits: 4.00
MA 1124 Calculus II, Credits: 4.00
MA 2012 Elements of Linear Algebra I, Credits: 2.00
MA 2132 Ordinary Differential Equations, Credits: 2.00
MA 2112 Multivariable Calculus A, Credits: 2.00
MA 2122 Multivariable Calculus B, Credits: 2.00
MA 2212 Data Analysis I, Credits: 2.00
MA 2222 Data Analysis II, Credits: 2.00
CM 1004 General Chemistry For Engineers, Credits: 4.00 and BMS 1004 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, Credits: 4.00 or General Chemistry I and II
CS 1133 Engineering Problem Solving and Programming, Credits: 3.00
EN 1013 College Writing Workshop, Credits: 3.00
HuSS 1023W First-Year Writing Seminar, Credits: 3.00
EG 1001 Engineering and Technology Forum, Credits: 1.00

Technical Electives (26 Credits)

You should select 6 physics elective courses and 2 math elective courses. An adviser may approve electives substituted from other disciplines.

Electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences (18 Credits)

You must take 18 elective credits in the humanities and social sciences, with EN 1013 and HuSS 1023W as prerequisites. To gain depth of knowledge, we recommend that you take 1 or more of these at an advanced level.

Free Electives, Independent Study and Projects (12 Credits)

You must take 12 credits of free electives and independent study courses. We recommend that you use 6 of those credits toward a project or thesis topic.

Minor in Applied Physics

This minor consists of a set of 4 or more physics courses totaling at least 15 credits. The courses should be at the intermediate or advanced level and have the introductory physics sequence PH 1013, 2021, 2023, 2031, and 2033 as prerequisites. You must also earn an overall GPA of 2.0 in these courses to receive the minor. Transfer students must earn at least 8 credits with a 2.0 GPA at the School of Engineering.

Concentration and Minor in Nuclear Science and Engineering

This interdisciplinary program aims to produce engineering and science graduates who understand clearly the benefits and risks of nuclear technologies and who will seriously consider employment in nuclear industry and government.

You may receive an Interdisciplinary Concentration or Minor in Nuclear Sciences and Engineering in conjunction with a traditional degree. Those majors include civil, chemical and biological, computer, electrical, financial and risk, or mechanical engineering, or the physical or computational sciences.

The concentration consists of three courses typically taken during the junior and senior years. You can use the available technical and free electives in your curriculum to take these courses:

PH 3103 Fundamentals of Applied Nuclear Physics, Credits: 3.00
PH 3503 Introduction to Radiation Physics and Dosimetry, Credits: 3.00
ME 4373 Intro to Nuclear Engineering, Credits: 3.00

The minor consists of the concentration plus two additional elective courses chosen from the following approved list:

EE 2613 Fund of Elec Pwr Eng For Non EE Students, Credits: 3.00
PS 2723 Human Factors in Engineering Design, Credits: 3.00
PH 3513 Nuclear and Radiation Instrumentation and Methods, Credits: 3.00
FIN 3593 Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Credits: 3.00
ME 4863 Corrosion & Non-Destructive Evaluation of Materials, Credits: 3.00
ME 4983 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Nuclear Power Plant Systems, Credits: 3.00