The Applied Physics Concentration combines fundamental course work in physics with a selection of courses in a related field. Seven fields are available:

  • The Electronics, Semiconductors, and Optics field and the Materials and Fluids field are designed for students interested in rapidly changing technology or in areas that overlap the boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines.

  • The Computers field provides the background needed for the application of modern computer technology to problems in physics, the development of new types of computers, and jobs in computer programming.

  • The Chemistry field combines thorough knowledge of both chemistry and physics, which is useful in such interdisciplinary areas as materials science, surface science, and studies of molecular systems.

  • The Medical Physics field and the Biophysics field prepare students for further study in medical physics (the application of physics technologies to medical practice) and health physics (radiation safety and protection).

  • The Geophysics field prepares students for fields such as geothermal energy and volcanology.

Effective Fall 2016

Each course used to meet requirements of the concentration need a minimum grade of C-, including courses to satisfy AUCC Categories 1, 2, and 3A. 

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Select one group from the following: 3 - 4
Group A:
  
Introduction to Unix  
Introduction to C Programming I  
Introduction to C Programming II  
Group B:
  
Java (CS1) No Prior Programming
Java (CS1) Prior Programming
  
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
Arts and Humanities3B6
 Total Credits 30-31
Sophomore
 
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
Select one from the following: 4
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations  
Differential Equations  
PH 2451Introduction to Electronics 3
PH 293Selected Topics in Physics 1
PH 314Introduction to Modern Physics 4
PH 315Modern Physics Laboratory 2
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 29
Junior
 
Select one from the following:2 3
Advanced Scientific Writing--Chemistry (GT-CO3)2 
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Specialized Professional Writing2 
PH 341Mechanics 4
PH 3511Electricity and Magnetism 4
PH 353Optics and Waves 4
PH 361Physical Thermodynamics 3
Select either 9
Analytical Techniques for Physics  
Electives
  
Or  
Technical Electives List 1 (select a minimum of 3 credits)
  
Technical Electives List 2 (select a minimum of 3 credits)
  
Electives
  
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
PH 425Advanced Physics Laboratory4C2
PH 451Introductory Quantum Mechanics I4A,4B3
PH 492Seminar4C1
Select one Field from the lists below (Select a minimum of 12 credits from a minimum of four courses)3 12
Electives4 12-13
 Total Credits 30-31
 Program Total Credits: 120

Technical Electives List 1 (select a minimum of 3 credits not taken elsewhere in the program)

AA 301Astrophysics I5
AA 302Astrophysics II5
AA 303Astrophysics III5
BC 411Physical Biochemistry4
CBE 331Momentum Transfer and Mechanical Separations3
CBE 332Heat and Mass Transfer Fundamentals3
CHEM 113General Chemistry II3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II1
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 345Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 346Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 461Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 474Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 476Physical Chemistry II3
CIVE 300Fluid Mechanics3
CIVE 301Fluid Mechanics Laboratory1
CS 253Software Development with C++4
CS 410Introduction to Computer Graphics4
CS 440Introduction to Artificial Intelligence4
CS 475Parallel Programming4
ECE 312Linear System Analysis II3
ECE 331Electronics Principles I4
ECE 332Electronics Principles II4
ECE 404Experiments in Optical Electronics2
ECE 441Optical Electronics3
ECE 444Antennas and Radiation3
ECE 471ASemiconductor Physics1
ECE 471BSemiconductor Junctions1
ECE 507Plasma Physics and Applications3
ECE 546Laser Fundamentals and Devices3
ERHS 450Introduction to Radiation Biology3
ERHS 530Radiological Physics and Dosimetry I3
ERHS 531Nuclear Instruments and Measurements2
GEOL 578Global Seismology4
MATH 317Advanced Calculus of One Variable3
MATH 332Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 366Introduction to Abstract Algebra3
MATH 369Linear Algebra I3
MATH 405Introduction to Number Theory3
MATH 419Introduction to Complex Variables3
MATH 450Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 451Introduction to Numerical Analysis II3
MATH 466Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 467Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 470Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry3
MATH 472Introduction to Topology3
MATH 474Introduction to Differential Geometry3
MECH 331Introduction to Engineering Materials4
MECH 344Heat and Mass Transfer3
MECH 460Aeronautics3
MECH 468Space Propulsion and Power Engineering3
PH 517Chaos, Fractals, and Nonlinear Dynamics3
PH 521Introduction to Lasers3
PH 522Introductory Laser Laboratory1
PH 531Introductory Solid State Physics3
PH 561Elementary Particle Physics3
PH 571Mathematical Methods for Physics I3
PH 572Mathematical Methods for Physics II3
STAT 315Statistics for Engineers and Scientists3
STAT 321Elementary Probabilistic-Stochastic Modeling3
STAT 340Multiple Regression Analysis3
STAT 420Probability and Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT 421Introduction to Stochastic Processes3
STAT 430Probability and Mathematical Statistics II3
STAT 460Applied Multivariate Analysis3

Technical Electives List 2 (select a minimum of 3 credits not taken elsewhere in the program)

AA 301Astrophysics I5
AA 302Astrophysics II5
AA 303Astrophysics III5
CHEM 113General Chemistry II3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II1
CIVE 300Fluid Mechanics3
CIVE 301Fluid Mechanics Laboratory1
ECE 507Plasma Physics and Applications3
MATH 317Advanced Calculus of One Variable3
MATH 332Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 366Introduction to Abstract Algebra3
MATH 369Linear Algebra I3
MATH 405Introduction to Number Theory3
MATH 419Introduction to Complex Variables3
MATH 450Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 451Introduction to Numerical Analysis II3
MATH 466Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 467Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 470Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry3
MATH 472Introduction to Topology3
MATH 474Introduction to Differential Geometry3
MECH 331Introduction to Engineering Materials4
MECH 344Heat and Mass Transfer3
MECH 468Space Propulsion and Power Engineering3
PH 498Research1-6
PH 517Chaos, Fractals, and Nonlinear Dynamics3
PH 521Introduction to Lasers3
PH 522Introductory Laser Laboratory1
PH 531Introductory Solid State Physics3
PH 561Elementary Particle Physics3
PH 571Mathematical Methods for Physics I3
PH 572Mathematical Methods for Physics II3
STAT 315Statistics for Engineers and Scientists3
STAT 321Elementary Probabilistic-Stochastic Modeling3
STAT 340Multiple Regression Analysis3
STAT 420Probability and Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT 421Introduction to Stochastic Processes3
STAT 430Probability and Mathematical Statistics II3
STAT 460Applied Multivariate Analysis3

Biophysics Field

BC 351Principles of Biochemistry4
BC 411Physical Biochemistry4
BC 463Molecular Genetics3
BC 464Molecular Genetics Recitation1
BC 465Molecular Regulation of Cell Function3
BC 467Biochemistry of Disease3
BIOM 421Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Engineering3
BIOM 422Kinetics of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems3
BIOM 441Biomechanics and Biomaterials3
BIOM 470Biomedical Engineering3
BIOM 526Biological Physics3
BZ 310Cell Biology4
CHEM 433Clinical Chemistry3
ERHS 450Introduction to Radiation Biology3
ERHS 530Radiological Physics and Dosimetry I3
ERHS 531Nuclear Instruments and Measurements2
ERHS 550Principles of Radiation Biology5
MIP 300General Microbiology3
MIP 450Microbial Genetics3

Chemistry Field3

BC 351Principles of Biochemistry4
BC 401Comprehensive Biochemistry I3
BC 403Comprehensive Biochemistry II3
BC 404Comprehensive Biochemistry Laboratory2
BC 411Physical Biochemistry4
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 261Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 335Introduction to Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 345Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 346Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 440Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 461Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 462Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 474Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 475Physical Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 476Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 477Physical Chemistry Laboratory II1

Computers Field3

CS 220Discrete Structures and their Applications4
CS 253Software Development with C++4
CS 270Computer Organization4
CS 314Software Engineering3
CS 320Algorithms--Theory and Practice3
CS 356Systems Security3
CS 370Operating Systems3
CS 410Introduction to Computer Graphics4
CS 414Object-Oriented Design4
CS 420Introduction to Analysis of Algorithms4
CS 430Database Systems4
CS 435Introduction to Big Data4
CS 440Introduction to Artificial Intelligence4
CS 453Introduction to Compiler Construction4
CS 454Principles of Programming Languages4
CS 455Introduction to Distributed Systems4
CS 457Computer Networks and the Internet4
CS 470Computer Architecture4
CS 475Parallel Programming4
ECE 251Introduction to Microprocessors4
ECE 423DSP for Communications3
ECE 450Digital System Design Laboratory1
ECE 451Digital System Design3
ECE 452Computer Organization and Architecture3
ECE 456Computer Networks4
MATH 360Mathematics of Information Security3
MATH 460Information and Coding Theory3

Custom Field3

Specific courses forming a coherent program are selected by the student in consultation with their academic advisor and subject to approval of the Key Advisor. Only 3 credits from each AA and CS course counts towards the 12 credit requirement.

Electronics, Semiconductors, and Optics Field

ECE 311Linear System Analysis I3
ECE 312Linear System Analysis II3
ECE 331Electronics Principles I4
ECE 332Electronics Principles II4
ECE 404Experiments in Optical Electronics2
ECE 411Control Systems4
ECE 412Digital Control and Digital Filters3
ECE 421Telecommunications I3
ECE 430Fourier and Wavelet Analysis with Apps3
ECE 441Optical Electronics3
ECE 444Antennas and Radiation3
ECE 457Fourier Optics3
ECE 471ASemiconductor Physics1
ECE 471BSemiconductor Junctions1
ECE 546Laser Fundamentals and Devices3

Geophysics Field3

CIVE 413Environmental River Mechanics3
GEOL 232Mineralogy3
GEOL 250The Solid Earth3
GEOL 332Optical Mineralogy2
GEOL 344Stratigraphy and Sedimentology4
GEOL 372Structural Geology4
GEOL 442Applied Geophysics4
GEOL 446Environmental Geology3
GEOL 454Geomorphology4
GEOL 530Advanced Petrology3
GEOL 570Plate Tectonics3

Materials and Fluids Field

CBE 331Momentum Transfer and Mechanical Separations3
CBE 332Heat and Mass Transfer Fundamentals3
CIVE 300Fluid Mechanics3
CIVE 301Fluid Mechanics Laboratory1
CIVE 363Material Properties1
CIVE 401Hydraulic Engineering3
CIVE 413Environmental River Mechanics3
MECH 331Introduction to Engineering Materials4
MECH 338Thermal/Fluid Sciences Laboratory1
MECH 342Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Flow Processes3
MECH 344Heat and Mass Transfer3
MECH 460Aeronautics3
PH 531Introductory Solid State Physics3

Medical Physics Field

BC 467Biochemistry of Disease3
BIOM 421Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Engineering3
BIOM 422Kinetics of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems3
BIOM 470Biomedical Engineering3
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology4
BMS 325Cellular Neurobiology3
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy4
CHEM 433Clinical Chemistry3
ERHS 332Principles of Epidemiology3
ERHS 450Introduction to Radiation Biology3
ERHS 530Radiological Physics and Dosimetry I3
ERHS 531Nuclear Instruments and Measurements2
ERHS 556Monte Carlo Methods in Health Physics3
ERHS 561Radiation Public Health2
ERHS 563Environmental Contaminant Modeling I2
ERHS 570Radioecology2
MIP 300General Microbiology3
MIP 342Immunology4
MIP 351Medical Bacteriology3
MIP 420Medical and Molecular Virology4
1

For students who change majors from Electrical Engineering or are double-majoring in Electrical Engineering, please see advisor for possible substitutions. 

2

CHEM 301 or CO 301B are recommended. Other courses in AUCC Category 2 may be accepted if they are taken prior to declaring the Physics major or are taken to meet requirements of another major.

3

A minimum of 6 credits must be 300-, 400-, or 500-level.

4

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- , 400-level, or 500-level).

 Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:

Required PH courses above the 100-Level (with the exception of PH 293 and, if there is sufficient demand, PH 314) are offered only Fall or Spring, not both. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses used to meet requirements of the major, except for unrestricted electives and courses taken to satisfy All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) categories 3B, 3C, 3D, and 3E. Many courses in a Selected Field list have prerequisites outside the Department of Physics.  Any student considering the Applied Physics concentration should meet with an advisor as soon as possible. Note that PH 327 may be replaced by three credits from each of the two Technical Electives Lists.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1) X1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1) X3A5
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:   3-4
Group A:    
Introduction to Unix    
Introduction to C Programming I    
Introduction to C Programming II    
Group B:    
Java (CS1) No Prior Programming
Java (CS1) Prior Programming
    
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1) X1B4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1) X3A5
Arts and Humanities  3B3
CO 150, MATH 160, and PH 141 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)  3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)  3A1
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III X 4
PH 245Introduction to Electronics   3
PH 293Selected Topics in Physics   1
Historical Perspectives  3D3
MATH 161 and PH 142 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   4
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations X  
Differential Equations    
PH 314Introduction to Modern Physics X 4
PH 315Modern Physics Laboratory X 2
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
MATH 261 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   13
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 341Mechanics X 4
PH 353Optics and Waves X 4
Select one group from the following:   6
Group A:    
Analytical Techniques for Physics    
Elective
    
Group B:    
Technical Electives List 1 (Select a minimum of 3 credits from List on Concentration Requirements Tab)
    
Technical Electives List 2 (Select a minimum of 3 credits from List on Concentration Requirements Tab)
    
MATH 340 and PH 245 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 351Electricity and Magnetism X 4
PH 361Physical ThermodynamicsX  3
Select one course from the following:   3
Advanced Scientific Writing--Chemistry (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Specialized Professional Writing  2 
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Elective   3
PH 293, PH 314, and PH 315 must be completed by the end of Semester 6. X   
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 451Introductory Quantum Mechanics IX 4A,4B3
Selected Field (See Lists on Concentration Requirements Tab)   6
Electives   6
PH 341 and PH 353 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 425Advanced Physics LaboratoryX 4C2
PH 492SeminarX 4C1
Selected Field (See Lists on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  6
ElectivesX  7
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   16
 Program Total Credits:   120