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Applied Physics Track

Why Take the Applied Option?

This track is aimed at students who plan to enter a technical job with their physics B.S.  It includes additional laboratory requirements, as well as a computer programming class (AMath 301).  It is the only option that does not require Math 228 or Phys 324, and one of two options that does not require 226, although all three can meet elective requirements.  This track also allows you to use one of specific introductory science classes and/or a laboratory for your electives.

Applied Track Requirements

In addition to the Common Core (see Major Requirements), the Applied Option requires the following:

  1. PHYS 231 and AMATH 301 (7 credits)
  2. (3-4 credits)  One course from PHYS 226, PHYS 323, PHYS 324, PHYS 329
  3. (6-8 credits) Two additional mathematical courses from
    PHYS 228,
    MATH 307/AMATH 351,
    MATH 308/AMATH 352,
    MATH 309/AMATH 353,
    MATH 324, MATH 326, or AMATH 401.
  4. Advanced Laboratory (6-8 credits): Two courses from PHYS 331, PHYS 335, PHYS 431, PHYS 432, PHYS 433, PHYS 434, and either ASTR 480 or ASTR 481.
  5. Electives (9 credits): See below for approved list of electives.
  6. Undergraduate Research:  3 credits from any combination of PHYS 485, PHYS 486, PHYS 487, PHYS 494, PHYS 495, PHYS 496, PHYS 499, ASTR 481 or ASTR 499. (ASTR 481 may count as lab or research).

4 year Plan, Applied Track

Legend: BOLD = required; * = lab; ^ = specific electives, italics = choose one or more

Year

 

Autumn

Winter

Spring

Freshman   121 or 121H
Math 124/134
122 or 122H
Math 125/135
123 or 123H
Math 126/136
Sophomore   224
227
231 (lab)
Math Menu
225
294
334* (lab)
228 or Math Menu
226 or 329 Elective^
335*
AMath 301
Junior   321
331* or 434*
Elective (226, 324)^
Math Menu
322
Elective^
research
cognate subj
Elective (226, 323, 329)^
research
Senior REU phys/cognate subj.
433*
485/496
special topics
research 
phys/cognate subj.
431*
486/497
special topics
research
phys/cognate subj.
432*
487/498
special topics
research

3 year Plan, No Summers

Year   Autumn Winter Spring
Year 1   121 or 121H
Math 124/134
122 or 122H
Math 125/135
123 or 123H
Math 126/136
Year 2   224
227
231 (lab)
Math Menu
225
294
334* (lab)
228 or Math Menu
Elective (226, 329)^
335*
AMath 301
Year 3   321
331* or 434*
Elective (226, 324)^
Math Menu
322
Elective^
431*
486/497
research
Elective (226, 323, 329)^
432*
487/498
research

2 year Plan, After Community College. Start with 122 or 123

Year   Autumn Winter Spring
Year 1   122/123
Math 126 or Menu
(123)
294
AMath 301
334* (lab)
224
227
335*
Year 2 225
Math Menu
226^ or 324^
321
231 (lab)
331* or 434*
322
Math Menu
Elective^
486/research
226^, 323^ a/o 329^
1 or 2 Electives^
487/research

List of Applied Physics Track Electives

PHYS  311, 315, 323, 324, 325, 328, 329, 407, 408
PHYS  409, 421, 422, 423, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 436, 441, 460
PHYS  500 TO 578 
A A   302, 310, 311, 312, 332, 400, 402, 405, 419, 430, 480 
ASTR  321, 322, 333, 421, 422, 423, 425, 427 
ATM S  301, 321, 340, 431, 441, 442, 460 
CHEM  418, 453, 455, 456, 457, 460, 475
CHEM E  310, 326, 330, 340, 435 
CEE   342, 379, 380
E E   361, 467, 480, 482, 485 
ENGR  360  
ESS   412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 424, 471 
M E   323, 331, 333, 352, 373, 431, 469, 470, 473 
MSE   331, 351, 462, 473, 477, 481 
OCEAN  420, 422, 423

MAXIMUM OF ONE FROM:
PHYS 331, 335, 431, 432, 433, 434 
ASTR 480, 481

MAXIMUM OF ONE FROM: 
A A 198 
ASTR 115, 201 
ATM S 211 
CEE 220 
CHEM 144 
E E 135
ESS 102, 210
M E 123
MSE 170
NME 220
OCEAN 200

Useful Downloads

Cognate Subjects List (PDF)

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