Applied Physics BS:  Major Requirements

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NOTE: All courses for the major must be take for a letter grade, see Letter Grade Policy.


Calculus:  MATH 19A + 19B OR MATH 20A + 20B

Advanced Calculus:  MATH 23A + MATH 23B*
*Students may take PHYS 14 in place of MATH 23B

Chemistry:  CHEM 1A OR 1B

Physics:  PHYS 5A/L + 5B/M + 5C/N + 5D
NOTE: To declare Applied Physics as a major, PHYS 5ABC must be completed with a GPA of 2.7 or higher.

Computer Programming*:  ONE of the following.
CMPS 5C Intro to Programming in C/C++
CMPS 5J Intro to Programming in Java
CMPS 5P Intro to Programming in Python
EART 119 Intro to Scientific Computing
PHYS 115 Computational Physics
*Students may also satisfy the computer programming requirement by demonstrating their knowledge of programming.


Modern Physics:  PHYS 102

Mechanics:  PHYS 105

Electricity/Magnetism/Optics:  PHYS 110A + 110B

Thermodynamics:  PHYS 112

Math Methods:  PHYS 116A + 116B + 116C

Laboratories:  PHYS 133 + 134

Electives:  THREE from the following:
PHYS 107 Intro to Fluid Dynamics
PHYS 115 Computational Physics
PHYS 120 Polymer Physics
PHYS 129 Nuclear and Particle Physics
PHYS 139A Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 139B Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 152 Optoelectronics
PHYS 155 Solid State Physics
PHYS 156 Applications of Solid State Physics
PHYS 160 Practical Electronics
PHYS 171 General Relativity, Black Holes, and Cosmology
PHYS 180 Biophysics
EE 101/L Intro to Electronic Circuits
EE 103 Signals and Systems
EE 115 Intro to Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems Design
EE 130 Intro to Optoelectronics and Photonics
EE 145/L Properties of Materials
EE 154 Feedback Control Systems
EE 171/L Analog Electronics
EE 172 Advanced Analog Circuits
EE 178 Device Electronics
**In some cases, the elective requirement may be satisfied by an approved upper-division science or engineering course.

Comprehensive:  PHYS 182 Scientific Communication for Physicists AND successful completion of a senior thesis.