Sample Plans of Study for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics, Applied Option

There is considerable latitude in the design of a plan of study for the Applied Physics major. One of the great advantages of a Physics degree is the flexibility in course sequencing. Representative plans of study consist of courses from the Applied Option Core Requirements plus courses in a chosen area of specialization.

 

Applied Option Core Requirements

  • PHYS 2114 General Physics or PHYS 2414 General Physics for Science Majors II
  • PHYS 3013 Mechanics I
  • PHYS 3113 Heat
  • PHYS 3213 Optics
  • PHYS 3323 Modern Laboratory Methods I
  • PHYS 3513 Mathematical Physics
  • PHYS 3623 Modern Laboratory Methods II
  • PHYS 3713 Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 4113 Electricity and Magnetism
  • MATH 2163 Calculus III
  • MATH 2233 Differential Equations

 

 

Examples of Possible Applied Option Specializations

Physics plus Geology (Geophysics)

Physics plus Industrial Engineering and Management

Physics plus Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Physics plus Pre-Med

Physics plus Business

Physics plus Computer Science

 

Other possibilities include:

Physics plus Mathematics; Physics plus Chemistry; Physics plus Education; and Physics plus Materials Science.

 

 

Physics plus Geology (Geophysics)

Applied Option Core Courses plus the following Geology courses:

  • GEOL 1114 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 3014 Structural Geology
  • GEOL 4103 Geophysical Exploration
  • GEOL 4113 Seismic Interpretation
  • GEOL 4303 Geophysical Field Methods
  • GEOL 4543 Intro Exploration Seismology
  • GEOL 4023 Petroleum Geology (Optional)

 

 

Physics plus Industrial Engineering and Management

Applied Option Core Courses plus the following courses:

  • STAT 4033 Engineering Statistics
  • ENSC 3313 Materials Science
  • IEM 3303 Manufacturing Processes
  • IEM 3503 Engineering Economic Analysis
  • IEM 3703 Manufacturing and Service Systems and Tools II

 

One of the following three courses is also suggested:

  • IEM 4203 Facilities and Material Handling System Design
  • IEM 4613 Production Planning and Control Systems
  • IEM 4713 Introduction to Systems Simulation Modeling

 

 

Physics plus Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Applied Option Core Courses plus the following courses:

  • ENSC 2143 Strength of Materials
  • ENSC 3233 Fluid Mechanics
  • ENSC 3313 Materials Science
  • IEM 3503 Engineering Economic Analysis
  • MAE 3033 Engineering Design
  • MAE 3113 Measurements and Instrumentation
  • MAE 3323 Mechanical Design I
  • MAE 3723 Systems I

 

 

Physics plus Pre-Med

Applied Option Core Courses plus the following courses:

  • PSYC 1113 Psychology
  • ZOOL 1604 Animal Biology
  • CHEM 3053 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3112 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 3153 Organic Chemistry II
  • MICR 3033 Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 3023 General Genetics
  • ZOOL 3114 Vertebrate Morphology
  • ZOOL 4134 Embryology
  • ZOOL 4215 Mammalian Physiology

 

 

Physics plus Business

Applied Option Core Courses plus the following courses:

  • ACCT 2103 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 2203 Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 2103 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 2203 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • MGMT 3013 Fundamentals of Management
  • MKTG 3213 Marketing
  • FIN 3113 Finance

Plus 8 more upper division hours in science or business.

 

 

Physics plus Computer Science

Applied Option Core Courses plus the following courses:

  • CS 1113 Computer Sciences I
  • CS 2133 Computer Sciences II

 

Applied Option requirements also consist of 17 hours from the following three groups:

 

Group 1. The three courses below are mandatory:

  • CS 2351 Unix Programming
  • CS 2433 C/C++ Programming
  • CS 3443 Computer Systems

 

Group 2. Select 5 to 13 hours from the following:

  • CS 3373 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming
  • CS 4143 Computer Graphics
  • CS 4283 Computer Networks
  • CS 4323 Design and Implementation of Operating Systems I
  • CS 4343 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis I

 

Group 3. The balance, if any, of the 17 hours may be selected from courses in related fields.