Two concentrations within the physics major have been designed to meet students’ educational and career goals. The departmental advisor will assist students in selecting the most appropriate physics concentration and the courses that apply within the department.
The Fundamental Physics Concentration is intended for students primarily interested in pursuing a career in physics and who intend to pursue graduate study in physics. In addition to the core courses, the following courses are recommended: PHYS 372 , PHYS 381 , PHYS 421 , PHYS 422 , PHYS 430 , PHYS 430L , and PHYS 440 . MATH 330 and MATH 334 are also recommended.
The Applied Physics Concentration is intended for students interested in the application of physics to problems in a business or industrial environment. In addition to the core courses, students are advised to complete the major by electing courses most closely associated with the physics application intended. Participation in the University’s Cooperative Education Program is strongly recommended to give the student practical work experience. The Applied Physics option is most useful to students who will seek employment immediately after graduation.
Computational Physics-for computer-related applications of physics and computational problem solving. In addition to the major, students are encouraged to complete the Computer Science minor .
Industrial Project Management-for management and project leadership in technological and scientific environments in business and industry. In addition to the major, students are encouraged to complete the Fundamentals of Business Minor .