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Applied Physics

The applied physics Plans of Study is especially geared toward providing the physics graduate with specific expertise in preparation for immediate employment in the corporate research world or in government laboratories or graduate study. Students obtain a solid physics background plus significant experience in one or more specialties of their own choosing, selected from a wide range of choices offered by the colleges of Science and Engineering at Purdue.

The basic Plan of Study combines 37 credit hours of physics with 30 credit hours of applied electives. (See links on www.physics.purdue.edu.)

Applied Physics Course Requirements 67 credits
PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics) 4 cr.
PHYS 27200 (Electric and Magnetic Interactions) 4 cr.
PHYS 30600 (Mathematical Methods of Physics I) 3 cr.
PHYS 30700 (Mathematical Methods of Physics II) 3 cr.
PHYS 34000 (Modern Physics Laboratory) 1 cr.
PHYS 34400 (Modern Physics) 4 cr.
PHYS 31000 (Intermediate Mechanics) 4 cr.
PHYS 33000 (Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism) 3 cr.
PHYS 36000 (Quantum Mechanics) 3 cr.
PHYS 42200 (Waves and Oscillations) 3 cr.
PHYS 45000 (Intermediate Laboratory) 2 cr.
PHYS 51500 (Thermal and Statistical Physics) 3 cr.

Applied Electives Requirement: 
Additional courses in chosen applied area(s) as approved by the Department of Physics

30 cr.
Applied physics elective courses totaling 30 credit hours must be approved and signed by the advisor. A number of recommended specialties for this major are listed below. New combinations may possibly be arranged in consultation with the department. Each student is required to have a major concentration in one specialty (14 credit hours or more) or a minor concentration in two specialties (9 credit hours or more each). Four of the elective courses must involve laboratory work.

Applied Physics - Specialties

The specialties under the applied physics curriculum include nanoscience and nanotechnology, nuclear engineering, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, biophysics and biomedical engineering, medical physics, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and geophysics. Individually tailored specialties may be chosen by the student in consultation with an advisor.

Applied Physics with Honors

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in applied physics with honors can be obtained by replacing several required courses in the regular applied physics program with the corresponding honors courses and adding a senior honors project. All other applied physics requirements must still be met. In addition, the grade requirements must be satisfied as described earlier.

Applied Physics Honors Major Course Requirements 70 credits
PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics) 4 cr.
PHYS 27200 (Electric and Magnetic Interactions) 4 cr.
PHYS 30600 (Mathematical Methods of Physics I) 3 cr.
PHYS 30700 (Mathematical Methods of Physics II) 3 cr.
PHYS 34000 (Modern Physics Laboratory) 1 cr.
PHYS 34400 (Modern Physics) 4 cr.
PHYS 41000 (Physical Mechanics I Honors) 3 cr.
PHYS 41600 (Thermal and Statistical Physics Honors) 4 cr.
PHYS 42200 (Waves and Oscillations) 3 cr.
PHYS 43000 (Electricity and Magnetism I Honors) 3 cr.
PHYS 45000 (Intermediate Laboratory) 2 cr.
PHYS 46000 (Quantum Mechanics I: Honors) 3 cr.
Applied Electives Requirement:
Additional courses in chosen applied area(s) as approved by the Department of Physics
30 cr.
Senior Honors Project Requirement:
PHYS 59300 (Independent Research), which leads to an approved written final report
3 cr.

The two mathematical methods courses can be replaced by courses from the math department by petition, depending on the content and performance.

Applied physics elective courses totaling 30 credit hours must be approved and signed by the advisor. A number of recommended specialties for this major were listed in the previous section. New combinations may possibly be arranged in consultation with the department. Each student is required to have a major concentration in one specialty (14 credit hours or more), or a minor concentration in two specialties (9 credit hours or more each). Four of the elective courses must involve laboratory work.