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2024-25 Catalog 
2024-25 Catalog

Physics, Applied (BS)

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  • Program Prerequisite: Not required.
  • Minor: No minor is required. However, a math minor is automatically satisfied by taking one additional Math course (MATH 2270 ) beyond the Applied Physics major requirements.
  • Grade Requirements: An overall GPA of 2.00 is required. Also refer to the general grade requirements for graduation under Degree Requirements .
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 semester credit hours is required for graduation; 75 to 76 of these (depending on choice of courses) are required within the Applied Physics major. Forty upper-division credit hours are required (courses numbered 3000 and above); 32 to 33 of these are required within the Applied Physics major.
  • Program Code: 6019BS
  • CIPC: 400801


All Applied Physics majors are strongly encouraged to meet with the chair at least annually for course and program advisement. Call 801-626-6163 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Note that because most courses have prerequisites and some advanced courses are offered only in alternate years, careful planning is essential.

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Admissions Requirements

Declare your program of study . There are no special admission or application requirements for the Applied Physics major.

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for Bachelor of Science requirements. The following courses required for the Applied Physics major will satisfy general education requirements: PHYS 2210PS , CHEM 1210 PS , and MATH 1210 .

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Presentation skills. Physics majors should be able to express (orally and in writing) their understanding of core physical principles, the results of experiments, and their analysis of physical problems.
  • Laboratory skills. Physics majors should be competent experimentalists. They should be able to design and set up an experiment, collect and analyze data, identify sources of error, and interpret their result and connect it to related areas of physics.
  • Computer skills. Physics majors should be competent users of basic software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and graphing programs. They should also have an understanding of the fundamental aspects of a programming and/or computer algebra language (Fortran, C++, Mathematica, etc.).
  • Problem-solving skills. Physics majors should be competent problem-solvers. They should be able to identify the essential aspects of a problem and formulate a strategy for solving the problem. They should be able to estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of their solution, interpret their result and connect it to related areas of physics.
  • Physics majors should be adequately trained to apply their physics experience and knowledge to analyze new situations.
  • All physics students (majors, minors, support, and Gen Ed students) should understand the nature of science, as assessed by questionnaires, interviews, and student focus groups.
  • General Education students should understand several core concepts of physics.
  • Physics Teaching majors and Elementary Teaching majors should have an appropriate knowledge of physics and a variety of teaching strategies to accommodate the multiple learning styles of their students.

Applied Physics Major Course Requirements for BS Degree

Electives (9 credit hours)

Select a minimum of nine additional credit hours from Physics courses numbered 3000 and above. Upper-division courses in closely related disciplines may also satisfy this requirement. In all cases, elective courses must be approved by the department chair.

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