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Applied Physics Major

The Applied Physics Major shares a common core of 43 hours with the Physics Major. These courses establish a strong foundation of in the following areas: calculus, differential equations, introduction to scientific computing, general chemistry, general physics, modern physics, thermodynamics, and physics research. This foundation serves as excellent preparation for later course work in any science or technical program.

Upon completion of this core, students will be in a position to (1) continue with the Applied Physics Major, (2) switch to the Physics Major, or even (3) switch to another program at Marietta, such as biology, chemistry, geology, petroleum engineering, environmental science, mathematics, computer science, or any number of non-science areas.

Over the years, an option that a number of Marietta students with an interest in engineering have found attractive is the 3-2 Engineering Binary Program, for which the Applied Physics Major provides excellent preparation.

Required physics courses:

PHYS 221/222 General Physics I & II, with lab 8 hours
PHYS 321 Modern Physics 3 hours
PHYS 325 Mathematical Methods for Physics 3 hours
PHYS 331/332 Experimental Physics I & II 4 hours
PHYS 491/492 Physics Research I & II 3 hours
  Subtotal, required physics: 19 hours

Required technical courses outside physics:

MATH 125 Calculus I 4 hours
MATH 126 Calculus II 4 hours
MATH 225 Calculus III 4 hours
MATH 302 Differential Equations with Numerical Methods 3 hours
CSCI 210 Scientific Computing and Problem Solving 3 hours
CHEM 131/133 General Chemistry I, with lab 4 hours
  Subtotal, required technical courses: 24 hours

Plus at least 15 hours selected from the following list of technical electives:

BIOL 101/105 Modern Biology, with lab 4 hours
BIOL 102/106 Environmental Biology, with lab 4 hours
BIOL 131 Introduction To Cellular Biology 3 hours
BIOL 318/319 Ecology (319 lab optional) 3-4 hrs
CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II, with lab 4 hours
CHEM 331 Physical Chemistry I 4 hours
CHEM 332 Physical Chemistry II 4 hours
EGRG 311 Engineering Statics 3 hours
EGRG 312 Strength of Materials 3 hours
EGRG 321 Fluid Mechanics 3 hours
MATH 123 Practical Statistics 3 hours
MATH 338 Mathematical Models and Applications 3 hours
MATH 340 Numerical Analysis 3 hours
MATH 357 Mathematical Statistics 3 hours
PHYS 322 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3 hours
PHYS 376 Environmental Physics 3 hours
PHYS 381 Special Topics 3 hours
  Subtotal, technical electives: 15 hours
Total hours for the Applied Physics Major: 58 hours

Note: If the particular choice of technical electives results in a total of more than 58 hours, only 58 hours will be applied toward the major; the remaining hours will count toward graduation. Some of the technical electives may have prerequisites that do not count toward the major because no particular technical elective is specifically required for the major. Because students have the option of not taking any particular technical elective, any prerequisites do not apply toward satisfaction of the major.

Suggested Sequence of Courses Required for the Applied Physics Major

Year Fall Spring
Freshman PHYS 221
MATH 125
PHYS 222
MATH 224
CSCI 210
Sophomore PHYS 321
PHYS 331
MATH 225
PHYS 325
PHYS 332
MATH 302
Junior Technical Electives Technical Electives
Senior PHYS 491
Technical Electives
PHYS 492
Technical Electives

Note:The sequence for the final two years is dependent on the interest of each individual student and the courses are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.

For more information, see the Undergratuate Catalog.