Applied Physics Track

Students majoring in Applied Physics who complete all requirements below earn the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics.

Major Sequence Outline

In addition to the details below, please see the downloadable Applied Physics Sequence Track for plan to complete the major program and anticipated course rotations.

Major Sequence Transfer Outline

In addition to the details below, for students transferring to UMW please see the downloadable Applied Physics Transfer Sequence Track for a plan to complete the major program and anticipated course rotations.

Major Requirements (between thirty-seven and forty-one credits):

Required Co-requisite and Prerequisite Courses

Course Credits Notes
Calculus I (MATH 121) – co-requisite for PHYS 105 4 Fulfills Quantitative Reasoning Gen Ed
Calculus II (MATH 122) – co-requisite for PHYS 106 4
Introduction to Data Science (DATA 101 or DSCI 101) – prerequisite for Foundations of Data Science 3 DI with select instructors

Required Courses (26 credits) – complete all of the requirements listed in this table:

Course Credits Notes
University Physics with Lab (PHYS 105) 4 Fulfills Natural Sciences Gen Ed, Writing Intensive
University Physics II with Lab (PHYS 106) 4 Fulfills Natural Sciences Gen Ed, Writing Intensive
Modern Physics (PHYS 211) 3
Methods of Mathematical Physics (PHYS 317) 3
Advanced Physics Laboratory (PHYS 384) 4 Writing Intensive
Physics Seminar (PHYS 482) 2 Speaking Intensive
Foundations for Data Science (DATA 219, DSCI 219 or CPSC 219) 3
Modeling and Simulations (CPSC 420) – requires completion of DATA 219, DSCI 219 or CPSC 219 3

Elective Physics Courses (7-8 credits) – complete seven or eight credits from the following list:

Course Credits
Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 201) 3
Electronics with Lab (PHYS 283) 4
Optics with Lab (PHYS 292) 4
Classics Mechanics I with Lab (PHYS 320) 4
Electricity and Magnetism with Lab (PHYS 330) 4
Astrophysics (PHYS 319) 4

Elective Mathematics Courses (3 – 4 credits) – complete three to four additional credits from the courses listed below:

Course Credits
Multivariable Calculus (MATH 224) 4
Linear Algebra (MATH 300) 3
Differential Equations (MATH 312) 3
Discrete Mathematics (MATH 325) 3
Numerical Analysis I (MATH 351) 3
Chaotic Dynamical Systems (MATH 411) 3

Required capstone experience (up to 3 credits) – complete up to 3 credits from a capstone experience approved by the department:

Course Credits Notes
Individual Study (PHYS 491) variable Fulfills Beyond the Classroom General Education
Internship (PHYS 499) variable Fulfills Beyond the Classroom General Education