Applied Physics, Concentration

The concentration in applied physics combines coursework in subdisciplines of physics with an elective from another field, such as chemistry, philosophy or mathematics. A student who seeks secondary certification with a science composite would find the applied physics concentration useful in fulfilling certification requirements.

Applied Physics Concentration

Students at the University of Dallas may find that traditional departmental boundaries are not adequate to describe the breadth of their interest, especially when post-baccalaureate plans are considered. Though they may choose to major in mathematics or philosophy or biology, they may also have an interest in bolstering their education with further applications and models of physics. The concentration in applied physics seeks to provide students the opportunities to pursue new studies that relate to their major and life interests.

The concentration consists of six courses and associated labs. The core courses in the concentration are General Physics I class and lab, calculus or trig-based, General Physics II class and lab, calculus or trig-based, and Computational Physics.

Two courses may be selected from the following:

  • PHY 2310 Astronomy
  • PHY 3320/3120 Quantum Physics and Lab
  • PHY 3341/3141 Optics and Lab
  • PHY 3333/3133 Electronics and Lab
  • PHY 4327 Electromagnetic Theory
  • or a 4000-level course in Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Biophysics or Nuclear Physics.

The sixth course is an elective from a field other than physics that allows the student to tailor the concentration to his or her interests. Possible choices include the following or an elective approved by the Director.

  • CHE 3331 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHE 3320 Inorganic Chemistry II
  • ECO 3328 Econometrics
  • MAT 4315 Applied Math I
  • MAT 3326 Probability
  • EDU 4346 Principles of Secondary Education
  • EDU 5352 Educational Evaluation
  • BIO 3345 Biostatistics
  • BIO 3335 Biochemistry I
  • BIO 3331/3131 Physiology
  • PHI 4333 Philosophy of Science
  • PHI 4334 Bioethics