Physics, Applied

College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Department of Physics

(907) 474-7339

www.uaf.edu/physics/

B.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 130 credits

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The science of physics is concerned with the nature of matter and energy for all physical systems, from elementary particles to the structure and origin of the universe. Physics, together with mathematics and chemistry, provides the foundation for work in all fields of the physical sciences and engineering and contributes greatly to other fields such as the biosciences and medicine.

The field of applied physics encompasses those areas that have developed practical applications from fundamental research in physics in the last century, including space physics, plasma physics, condensed matter physics, device physics, surface physics, biophysics, laser physics and reactor physics.

The undergraduate curriculum provides a solid foundation in general physics. Students may study applied physics in one of two concentrations or may design a course of study appropriate for individual goals. Examples outside the approved concentrations could include engineering physics and technical management. In all cases, the credits in applied physics (items "d" and "e" in each course outline) must be appropriate for the chosen subject area.

- Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete MATH 200X.)
- Complete the B.S. degree requirements. (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete MATH 201X, PHYS 211X* and PHYS 212X*.)
- Complete the
following program (major) requirements:
- Complete the
following:

MATH 202X--Calculus--4 credits

MATH 302--Differential Equations--3 credits

PHYS 213X--Elementary Modern Physics*--4 credits

PHYS 311--Mechanics*--4 credits

PHYS 331--Electricity and Magnetism*--3 credits - Complete mathematics credits at the 200-level or above--9 credits
- Complete physics credits at the 300-level or above*--12 credits
- Complete credits in applied physics* (see note)--20 credits

- Complete the
following:
- Minimum credits required--130 credits

Concentrations: Atmospheric Physics, Computational Physics

Atmospheric Physics

- Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X.)
- Complete the B.S. degree requirements. (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X, PHYS 211X* and PHYS 212X*.)
- Complete the
following program (major) requirements:
- Complete the
following:

MATH 202X--Calculus--4 credits

MATH 302--Differential Equations--3 credits

PHYS 213X--Elementary Modern Physics*--4 credits

PHYS 311--Mechanics*--4 credits

PHYS 331--Electricity and Magnetism*--3 credits - Complete mathematics credits at the 200-level or above--9 credits
- Complete physics credits at the 300-level or above*--12 credits
- Complete the
following:*

ATM 401--Introduction to Atmospheric Science--3 credits

ATM 413--Atmospheric Radiation--3 credits

ATM 445--Atmospheric Dynamics--3 credits - Complete credits in other relevant upper-division courses*--see note)--8 credits

- Complete the
following:
- Minimum credits required--130 credits

Computational Physics

- Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete MATH 200X.)
- Complete the B.S. degree requirements. (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete MATH 201X, PHYS 211X* and PHYS 212X*.)
- Complete the
following program (major) requirements:
- Complete the
following:

MATH 202X--Calculus--4 credits

MATH 302--Differential Equations--3 credits

PHYS 213X--Elementary Modern Physics*--4 credits

PHYS 311--Mechanics*--4 credits

PHYS 331--Electricity and Magnetism*--3 credits - Complete mathematics credits at the 200-level or above--9 credits
- Complete physics credits at the 300-level or above*--12 credits
- Complete the
following:*

PHYS 220--Introduction to Computational Physics--4 credits

MATH 310--Numerical Analysis--3 credits

CS 201--Computer Science I--3 credits

CS 202--Computer Science II--3 credits

Complete credits in other relevant upper-division courses* (see note)--4 credits

- Complete the
following:
- Minimum credits required--130 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.

Note: These credits must be in a chosen subject area and approved
before the beginning of the student's final semester by the head of the physics
department.

Note: Must exclude PHYS 103X and 104 from core curriculum natural
science requirement.

See General Science.