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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; red = lab; green = 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


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