Sample Schedule for BS in Applied Physics - Physics First Semester

This schedule assumes a student enters with transfer or testing credit for Calculus I already completed.

Semester 1

PHYS 141/161H (Mechanics)

4

MATH 129 (Calculus II)

3

ENGL 101

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

 

16

Semester 2

PHYS 142/162H (Thermo, Optics)

3-4

MATH 223 (Vector Calc)

4

ENGL 102

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

Tier 1 Gen Ed

3

 

16-17

Semester 3

PHYS 241/261H (E&M)

4

MATH 254 (Diff Eq)

3

Communications Course

3

PHYS 105A (Intro Computing)

1

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

Semester 4

PHYS 263H

3

PHYS 204 (Math Methods)

3

Data/Stats/Modeling Course

3

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

Elective

3

 

15

Semester 5

PHYS 321 (Mechanics)

3

PHYS 305 (Comp. Physics)

3

Technical Elective #1

3

Tier 2 Gen Ed

3

Elective

3

 

15

Semester 6

PHYS 381 (Advanced Lab I)

2

PHYS 331 (E&M I)

3

Technical Elective #2

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

 

14

Semester 7

PHYS 382 (Advanced Lab II)

2

PHYS 371 (Quantum I)

3

Technical Elective #3

3

ENGR 498A 

3

Elective

3

 

14

Semester 8

ENGR 498B

3

Technical Elective #4

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

 

15

N O T E S

  • This plan assumes that the student enters with credit for Calc I and is ready to start in Calc II and the first physics course.
  • Second semester proficiency in a foreign language is required. In this sample we have assumed that the student enters with a second semester proficiency in foreign language.
  • Care must be taken to meet the requirement for 42 units of upper-division credit. This means that some of the electives should be upper-division courses.
  • Phys 381 and 382 are writing-emphasis courses.
  • Use one of the Tier 2 GenEds to satisfy the diversity requirement.
  • Students cannot double major in the BS in Physics and the BS in Applied Physics due to significant course overlap. A maximum of three (3) units of the technical electives can come from physics, math or astronomy units.