Physics and Astronomy

Applied Physics

Applied Physics
Hours62 - 64 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

No more than 3 hours of D credit is allowed in major courses.
Consult with a faculty advisor as early as possible to choose electives.
requirement 2 Complete 1 course
Note: Although Ec En 466 has some Ec En classes listed as prerequisites, they are often waived for Applied Physics majors. Specifically, Ec En 466 can be taken with no other prereqs as long as the student has taken Phscs 441. However, it is still recommended for students who have taken Phscs 441 to also take Phscs 442 or Ec En 462 prior to taking Ec En 466. Interested students should talk to the Ec En 466 instructor about their specific backgrounds.
requirement 3
After gaining department advisor's approval of courses selected to define an option, complete an additional 12 hours of electives (cannot include any courses already taken above). These 12 hours must consist of a coherent set of upper-division courses with an identified educational goal. Nine hours must be upper division (300-level or above); three hours must be 200-level or above.
requirement 4 Complete 1 option
requirement 5 Complete 2.0 hours from the following option(s)
Complete a capstone project or senior thesis including the following:
A. Choose a research mentor and group as early as possible, starting with information in Phscs 191 and 291, and discussions with faculty, your advisor, and the capstone project coordinator or senior thesis coordinator. It is best to start as a freshman or sophomore. Interdisciplinary work in other departments or in internships is possible.
option 5.1 Complete 2.0 hours from the following course(s)
B. Complete 2 hours of one of the following:
requirement 6
Students are required to take the Physics "Major Field Test" the last semester before they graduate. The test is a standardized assessment of undergraduate physics written by ETS (Educational Testing Service). The ETS website contains a description of the exam and sample problems: Results of the exam do not appear on the transcript or affect the GPA. Students should contact the Physics undergraduate secretary to make arrangements for taking the exam; typically it's done in the Testing Center before mid-semester.
Note 1: Students planning careers in experimental, applied, or industrial physics should complete Stat 201.
Note 2: All students will benefit, through courses or individual study, by learning programming skills and numerical methods beyond what you are taught in C S 142 and our computational physics courses. Consider the following: CS courses, Math 410, Me En 373.
Program Outcomes: 

Physics Theory and Application

Apply principles to model and solve representative problems analytically and computationally, at an introductory level from the primary physical theories (classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, special relativity, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and optics), and at an advanced level in classical mechanics, electrostatics and optics/electrodynamics.

Experimental and Computational Skills

Design and conduct experiments, build scientific equipment, write scientific programs to simulate physical systems, and analyze data.

Effective Communication

Communicate professionally to a technical audience both orally and in writing. Be able to understand scientific ideas by reading books and journal articles.

Professional Ethics

Understand scientific ethical practices, and demonstrate them in the conduct of scientific research.

Research and Professional Preparation

Conduct experimental, theoretical or computational research under the direction of a mentor to contribute to the generation of new knowledge or technologies, and prepare to do this professionally.