BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Engineering and Applied Physics Track

The applied physics program can be completed in four years or eight semesters. This does not include dual enrollment or any transfer credit which you may have earned in high school or at other universities.

It is recommended that students in the applied physics program do not finish all of their general education courses before beginning to take courses in physics. Some physics courses do require prerequisites, so it is important to meet with an advisor in the program before you schedule your first semester or as soon as you think you might be interested in this program.

Sample Schedule

This is only a sample schedule, and an advisor will be able to customize the best plan for you.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
General Education Elective 6

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
PHY 203 Foundations of Physics I 5
PHY 152 Introductory Circuits-Survey of Electronics 3
MTH 280 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5
ENG 110 Writing I 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II 5
MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus 3
CSC 125 Introduction to C++ Programming 4
General Education Elective 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
PHY 291 Introduction to Computational Physics 3
PHY 220 Introduction to Structure and Logic of Digital Computers 4
MTH 303 Differential Equations 3
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
General Education Elective 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
PHY 375 Modern Physics 3
PHY 353 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHY 324 Instrumental/Computer Interfacing 4
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General Education Elective 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHY 391 Mathematics for Science and Engineering I 3
PHY 385 Experiments in Modern Physics 2
PHY 351 Circuit, Signals, and Controls 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
3
General Education Elective 4

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHY 386 Undergraduate Research I 1
PHY 333 Intermediate Mechanics 3
General Elective 11

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
PHY 486 Undergraduate Research II 1
PHY 343 Thermal Physics 3
General Education Elective 3
General Elective 9