• Applied Physics Major

    Major Requirements: Bachelor of Science Program

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics choose an emphasis in either Engineering or Materials Science.

    Core Physics Courses:

    • PHYS 1230 - General Physics I
    • PHYS 1240 - General Physics II
    • PHYS 3540 - Modern Physics
    • PHYS 3600 - Mathematical and Computational Methods in Physics and Engineering
    • PHYS 3750 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
    • PHYS 5900 - Junior Seminar (2 semesters)
    • PHYS 5910 - Senior Seminar (2 semesters)
    • PHYS 5920 - Research Project-Based Advanced Laboratory (2 semesters)

    Core Mathematics Courses:

    • MATH 1170 - Calculus I
    • MATH 1180 - Calculus II
    • MATH 3320 - Multivariable and Vector Calculus
    • MATH 3720 - Differential Equations

    Core Chemistry Courses:

    • CHEM 1130 - General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1140 - General Chemistry II

    or

    • CHEM 1500 - Advanced General Chemistry

    Engineering Emphasis:

    This major is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering, whether or not they intend to proceed to graduate school. While many of our graduates have historically gone into engineering fields, this track is established to ease this transition.

    • PHYS 1610 - Engineering Mechanics: Statics
    • PHYS 1620 - Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics

    Two courses from the following:

    • PHYS 3520 - Physical Optics
    • PHYS 3700 - Condensed Matter Physics
    • PHYS 3800 - Electronics and Instrumentation

    Two courses from the following:

    • PHYS 5930 - Theoretical Mechanics
    • PHYS 5940 - Advanced Electromagnetic Field Theory
    • PHYS 5950 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics
    • PHYS 5955 - Advanced Topics in Physics

    One course from the following:

    • CSCI 1250 - Introduction to Computer Science
    • INTD 3900 - Innovation
    • MATH 3330 - Linear Algebra
    • MATH 3410 - Mathematical Modeling
    • MATH 3810 - Probability and Mathematical Statistics

    Materials Science Emphasis:

    This major is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in materials science, typically by proceeding from Hamline to graduate school. We have had many physics majors proceed to graduate school at UMN in Materials Science. This track is established to ease this transition.

    • CHEM 3450 - Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 3840 - Inorganic Chemistry
    • PHYS 3700 - Condensed Matter Physics
    • PHYS 5940 - Advanced Electromagnetic Field Theory
    • PHYS 5950 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics

    One course from the following:

    • PHYS 3520 - Physical Optics
    • PHYS 3800 - Electronics and Instrumentation

    One course from the following:

    • CSCI 1250 - Introduction to Computer Science
    • INTD 3900 - Innovation
    • MATH 3330 - Linear Algebra
    • MATH 3410 - Mathematical Modeling
    • MATH 3810 - Probability and Mathematical Statistics

    Major Requirements: Bachelor of Arts Program

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Physics choose an emphasis in either Computation or Innovation.

    Core Physics Courses:

    • PHYS 1230 - General Physics I
    • PHYS 1240 - General Physics II
    • PHYS 3540 - Modern Physics
    • PHYS 3600 - Mathematical and Computational Methods in Physics and Engineering
    • PHYS 3800 - Electronics and Instrumentation
    • PHYS 5900 - Junior Seminar (2 semesters)
    • PHYS 5910 - Senior Seminar (2 semesters)
    • PHYS 5920 - Research Project-Based Advanced Laboratory (2 semesters)

    Core Mathematics Courses:

    • MATH 1170 - Calculus I
    • MATH 1180 - Calculus II
    • MATH 3320 - Multivariable and Vector Calculus
    • MATH 3720 - Differential Equations

    Computation Emphasis:

    This major is intended for students interested in physics, but who seek careers that utilize their scientific background in a way that involves computation. Examples include students interested in signal processing, computational modeling, actuarial jobs, etc.

    • CHEM 1130 - General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1140 - General Chemistry II
    • (General Chemistry I & II, or CHEM 1500 - Advanced General Chemistry)

    • CSCI 1250 - Introduction to Computer Science
    • CSCI 3150 - Data Structures
    • MATH 3330 - Linear Algebra
    • MATH 3410 - Mathematical Modeling
    • MATH 3810 - Probability and Mathematical Statistics

    Two courses from the following:

    • INTD 3900 - Innovation
    • PHYS 3520 - Physical Optics
    • PHYS 3700 - Condensed Matter Physics
    • PHYS 3750 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

    One course from the following:

    • PHYS 5930 - Theoretical Mechanics
    • PHYS 5940 - Advanced Electromagnetic Field Theory
    • PHYS 5950 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics
    • PHYS 5955 - Advanced Topics in Physics

    Innovation Emphasis:

    This major is intended for students interested in using their scientific background to either start their own or fit into an existing innovative company or organization.

    • ACCT 1310 - Accounting Principles I
    • ECON 1310 - Microeconomic Analysis
    • INTD 3900 - Innovation
    • MATH 1200 - Statistics (or QMBE 1310)
    • PHYS 3520 - Physical Optics

    One course from the following:

    • BIOL 1510 - Integrated Concepts in Biology I
    • BIOL 1520 - Integrated Concepts in Biology II
    • CHEM 1130 - General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1140 - General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 1500 - Advanced General Chemistry
    • PHYS 3700 - Condensed Matter Physics
    • PHYS 3750 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

    One course from the following:

    • PHYS 5930 - Theoretical Mechanics
    • PHYS 5940 - Advanced Electromagnetic Field Theory
    • PHYS 5950 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics
    • PHYS 5955 - Advanced Topics in Physics

    Two courses from the following:

    • MGMT 3100 - Foundations of Management
    • MKTG 3100 - Foundations of Marketing
    • QMBE 1320 - Introduction to Business Analytics (or ACCT 1320)