Mar 27, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Physics, B.S.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to use advanced mathematics to solve physics problems of increasing complexity.
  2. Students will be able to use scientific instrumentation to make measurements.
  3. Students will be able to analyze and make conclusions based on scientific data.
  4. Students will be able to design experiments to solve scientific questions.
  5. Students will be able to communicate scientific results in writing and orally.
  6. Students will be able to use computers to solve scientific problems.
  7. Students will demonstrate understanding of concepts of increasing complexity in physics.
  8. Students will demonstrate be able to solve “open-ended” design problems in applied physics.

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 66



(i)  Directed Studies may not count toward the elective credits in physics.

(ii) Students may count only one of the following courses towards the major: PHYS 363 PHYS 372 , and PHYS 384 .

Related Requirements: (23 Credits)

A minor

A minor in chemistry, biology, geology, mathematics, or an internship (upon a recommendation of the department) during the summer and fall semester following the third year

Physics Other Requirements:

Minimum Compentence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: PHYS 123 /PHYS 124 , PHYS 125 /PHYS 126 , PHYS 223 PHYS 224 PHYS 362 MATH 221 , MATH 222 , MATH 223 .

Department Writing Requirement

The Department requires writing in lab classes throughout the program building up to PHYS 362 Intermediate Laboratory . Intermediate Laboratory require full reports that are evaluated with attention to style and technique as well as content. Students submit rewrites as necessary. A portfolio of reports from this course is maintained for each student. The writing requirement is satisfied by successful completion of PHYS 362  .

Outline/Advising Guide

First Year

Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Second Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Fourth Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

  • Credit(s): 1
  • PHYS 300 Level Elective Credit(s): 3

  • Course for Minor Credit(s): 4
    Course for Minor Credit(s): 4

  • F/ Credit(s): 3

Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours: 120

(1) Lab Science I and II must be taken in the same discipline.

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.

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