The Bachelor of Science in Physics

Professional Physics Option
Applied Physics Pattern

The need for talented and creative people with a large collection of scientific and technical skills is constant. With a rigorous grounding in physics you will be prepared for the widest possible variety of hi-tech career opportunities.

Fueled by the internet, the demand for more powerful telecommunications systems is expanding rapidly. Also, the field of computer science and software design continually grows. Biomedical research is leading to advanced non-invasive methods for diagnosis and treatment. Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are revolutionizing video display and scanning technologies. Optical tweezers made from laser beams allow individual atoms and molecules to be rearranged to create new solutions to problems in material science. Addressing the challenges of global warming will require novel achievements in environmental science.
The training provided by the Applied Physics Pattern will build the technical skills and analytic abilities that will provide you the opportunity to build a meaning filled career in these exciting and demanding fields.

Lower-Division Requirements:
10 courses required:
CHEM 111 General Chemistry
CHEM 112 General Chemistry
MATH 120 Analytic Geometry and Calculus
MATH 121 Analytic Geometry and Calculus
MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus
MATH 260 Elementary Differential Equations
PHYS 204A Mechanics
PHYS 204B Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 204C Heat, Wave Motion, Sound and Light
PHYS 250 Computer-Asst Problem-Solving
MECH 210 Materials Science/Engineering
EECE 211 Linear Circuits I
EECE 211L Linear Circuits I Activity

Upper-Division Requirements:
10 courses required:

MATH 361 Boundary Value and PD Equations
PHYS 300A Modern Physics I
PHYS 300B Modern Physics II
PHYS 301A Analytic Mechanics
PHYS 302A Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 427 Advanced Laboratory
PHYS 450 Optics
PHYS 451 Lasers and Their Application
PHYS 491 Physics Seminar

The Academic Advising Office has a Major Academic Plan for this degree.

For specific degree requirements or course descriptions see the University Catalog.