Applied Physics B.S.
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
The B.S. in applied physics is primarily for students planning to work in industry and offers flexibility in selection of technical electives. The physics courses emphasize conceptual foundations, problem-solving skills, and experimental and computational techniques. Students are encouraged to participate in research, with emphasis in experimental high-energy physics and particle astrophysics, limnological research, including observational studies and modeling of lakes, and computational physics. Additional faculty interests include optics and condensed matter physics. The department also offers courses required for other science and engineering programs. Honors Requirements: To graduate with honors, students must participate in the department honors program, complete and present a research project, and maintain a GPA above 3.00 overall and in the major. They are also expected to attend department colloquia. Interested students should contact the physics honors program coordinator.
This program is available:
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
1. A minor or a second major in a different program. 2. The first math course is determined by the Math ACT score. The sample plan presupposes placement into MATH 1296. 3. Courses numbered above 3xxx are offered in alternate years only. Some courses suggested in the sample plan for the junior and senior years may need to be switched to match the course offerings.
Core Courses (31 cr)
PHYS 1021 - Exploring Current Topics in Physics (1.0 cr)
PHYS 2013 - General Physics I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II (1.0 cr)
PHYS 2021 - Relativity and Quantum Physics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2022 - Classical Physics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2033 - Classical and Quantum Physics Lab (2.0 cr)
PHYS 3061 - Instrumentation (3.0 cr)
PHYS 5061 - Experimental Methods (3.0 cr)
PHYS 5090 - Physics Seminar (1.0 cr)
Technical Electives (9 cr)
The computational course not selected in Core Courses may be used as a technical elective. Engineering courses approved by the department may also be used.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AST 4110 - Observational Astronomy (3.0 cr)
· LIM 5101 - Physical Limnology (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 3033 - Analytical Methods in Physics (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 5041 - Optics (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 5043 - Environmental Optics (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 5531 - Introduction to Solid State Physics (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 5541 - Fluid Dynamics (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 5052 - Computational Methods in Physics (3.0 cr)
or PHYS 5053 - Data Analysis Methods in Physics (3.0 cr)
Courses From Other Programs (31 cr)
Two semesters of chemistry are recommended.
CS 1511 - Computer Science I [LE CAT3, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1297 - Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 3280 - Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (4.0 cr)
MATH 3298 - Calculus III (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1161 - Honors: General Chemistry I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
or CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)