(120 credits minimum)

Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics - Astronomy Option

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterCredits
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I 3
PHYS 111 Physics I 3
PHYS 111A Physics I Laboratory 1
MATH 111 Calculus I 4
CS 113
Introduction to Computer Science
or Intro. to CS I in C++
3
CHEM 125
General Chemistry I
or Fundamentals of Chemical Principles I
3
FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar 0
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
PHYS 114 Introduction to Data Reduction with Applications 3
PHYS 121 Physics II 3
PHYS 121A Physics II Laboratory 1
MATH 112 Calculus II 4
CHEM 122
Fundamentals of Chemical Principles II
or General Chemistry II
3
CHEM 124 General Chemistry Laboratory 1
 Term Credits15
Second Year
1st Semester
MATH 213 Calculus III B 4
MATH 225
Survey of Probability and Statistics
or Probability and Statistics
1-3
PHYS 234 Physics III 3
PHYS 231A Physics III Laboratory 1
History and Humanities GER 200 level 3
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II 3
 Term Credits15-17
2nd Semester
MATH 222 Differential Equations 4
MATH 328 Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers 3
PHYS 335
Introductory Thermodynamics
or Intro Thermodynamics
3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
 Term Credits13
Third Year
1st Semester
PHYS 432 Electromagnetism I 3
PHYS 320 Astronomy and Astrophysics I 3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
PHYS 430 Classical Mechanics I 3
MATH Elective 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
PHYS 433 Electromagnetism II 3
PHYS 321 Astronomy and Astrophysics II 3
PHYS 418 Fundamentals of Optical Imaging 3
Math/Phys/CS Elective 3
Humanities and Social Science Senior Seminar GER 3
 Term Credits15
Fourth Year
1st Semester
PHYS 420 Special Relativity 3
PHYS 442
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
or Quantum Mechanics
3
Math/Physics/CS Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Social Science GER 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
PHYS 322 Observational Astronomy 3
PHYS 421 General Relativity 3
PHYS 450 Advanced Physics Laboratory 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
 Term Credits15
 Total Credits120-122

Electives

Math/Phys/CS

Consult the physics department for information about qualifying courses.

Technical

Consult the physics department for information about qualifying courses.

Refer to the General Education Requirements for further information on GER electives.

Co-op Courses

Co-op courses bearing degree credit replace a technical elective or another course approved by the faculty advisor in the students major department. In applied physics, both PHYS 311 Co-op Work Experience I and PHYS 411 Co-op Work Experience II are taken for degree Credit with permission.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics - Optical Science and Engineering Option

(120 credits minimum)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterCredits
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I 3
PHYS 111 Physics I 3
PHYS 111A Physics I Laboratory 1
MATH 111 Calculus I 4
CS 113
Introduction to Computer Science
or Intro. to CS I in C++
3
CHEM 125
General Chemistry I
or Fundamentals of Chemical Principles I
3
FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar 0
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
PHYS 114 Introduction to Data Reduction with Applications 3
PHYS 121 Physics II 3
PHYS 121A Physics II Laboratory 1
MATH 112 Calculus II 4
CHEM 122
Fundamentals of Chemical Principles II
or General Chemistry II
3
CHEM 124 General Chemistry Laboratory 1
 Term Credits15
Second Year
1st Semester
MATH 213 Calculus III B 4
MATH 225
Survey of Probability and Statistics
or Probability and Statistics
1
PHYS 234 Physics III 3
PHYS 231A Physics III Laboratory 1
History and Humanities GER 200 level 3
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
MATH 222 Differential Equations 4
MATH 328 Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers 3
MATH 335
Vector Analysis
or Intro Thermodynamics
3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
 Term Credits13
Third Year
1st Semester
OPSE 301 Introduction to Optical Science and Engineering 3
OPSE 310 Virtual Instrumentation 3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
PHYS 430 Classical Mechanics I 3
PHYS 432 Electromagnetism I 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
OPSE 402 High Power Laser and Photonics Applications 3
PHYS 433 Electromagnetism II 3
PHYS 418 Fundamentals of Optical Imaging 3
PHYS 446 Solid State Physics 3
Phys/OPSE Elective 3
 Term Credits15
Fourth Year
1st Semester
PHYS 442
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
or Quantum Mechanics
3
Phys/OPSE/EE Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Social Science GER 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
PHYS 450 Advanced Physics Laboratory 3
Free Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Phys/EE Elective 3
Humanities and Social Science Senior Seminar GER 3
 Term Credits15
 Total Credits120

Electives

Phys/OPSE

Consult the physics department for information about qualifying courses.

Math/Phys/CS

Consult the physics department for information about qualifying courses.

Math/Phys/EE/CS

Consult the physics department for information about qualifying courses.

Technical

Consult the physics department for information about qualifying courses.

Refer to the General Education Requirements for further information on GER electives.

Co-op Courses

Co-op courses bearing degree credit replace a technical elective or another course approved by the faculty advisor in the students major department. In applied physics, both PHYS 311 Co-op Work Experience I and PHYS 411 Co-op Work Experience II are taken for degree Credit with permission.

This curriculum represents the maximum number of credits per semester for which a student is advised to register.  A full-time credit load is 12 credits.  First-year students are placed in a curriculum that positions them for success which may result in additional time needed to complete curriculum requirements. Continuing students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the appropriate credit load.