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Applied Physics

The Applied Physics major consists of (a) ten course foundation, which provides a firm grounding in the concepts and procedures of physics; (b) a choice of four technical electives that allows students to focus their studies on a particular aspect of the science; and (c) an optional research course.

The ten course foundation consists of: PS131, 132, 231, 242; MA170-180, 210, 220, 310; and CS111.

The four technical electives must be chosen, in consultation with the student's departmental advisor, from any physics courses with a number above 240 or from the following list of courses offered by other departments: CH130, CH131, CH280, CH281, and CS112.

Students double majoring with secondary education may count ED 442 and ED 340 as two of their technical electives.

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Freshman English Core Course
Mathematics 170 Mathematics 180
Physics 131 Physics 132

In subsequent years, students majoring in Applied Physics will continue to take courses in Physics and Mathematics, along with core courses and 5 free electives.