Applied Physics Track

This track prepares students for graduate studies or careers in physics and related engineering disciplines.

The Curriculum

  1. Physics introductory courses [8 or 10 hours]:
    • PHYS 116-116b + 118a-118b, or
    • PHYS 117a-117b + 119a-119b , or
    • PHYS 121a-121b, or
    • PHYS 137 + 121b
  2. Core curriculum [19 hours]:
    • PHYS 225A: Introduction to Quantum Physics and Applications [4+4]
    • PHYS 223: Thermal and Statistical Physics [3]
    • PHYS 227A: Intermediate Classical Mechanics [3]
    • PHYS 229A: Electricity, Magnetism and Electrodynamics [3]
    • PHYS 250: Physics Undergraduate Colloquium [1]
    • ASTR 250: Astronomy Undergraduate Seminar [1]
  3. Additional courses:
    • PHYS 229b: Electricity, Magnetism and Electrodynamics [3]
    • PHYS 251a: one semester of quantum physics [3]
    • ES 260a-260b: applied computational physics [6]
    • PHYS 221: optical physics [3]
    • CHEM 102a-102b or MSE 150-250: two semesters of introductory materials science [6]
    • PHYS 254 or MSE 278: solid state physics [3]

Sample Applied Physics Program

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
First Year Physics 121a
Math 150a or equivalent
English 100W
Foreign language 1
Physics 121b
Math 150b or equivalent
History and Culture 1(W)
Foreign Language 2
Second Year Physics 225a
Materials Science 150
Math 170a or equivalent
Humanities 1 (W)
History and Culture 2
Physics 225b
Materials Science 250
Math 170b or equivalent
Humanities 2
Social Science 1
Third Year Physics 227a
Physics 223
Physics 221
Physics or Astronomy 250a
Math 194 or 204
History and Culture 3
Physics 227b
Physics 229a
Physics 257
Math 198 or 208
Social Science 2
Fourth Year Physics 251a
Physics 229b
Engineering Science 260a
Social Science 2
History and Culture 4
Physics 251b
Physics 254
Engineering Science 260b
Astronomy or Physics 250b
Humanities 3

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