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Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering

Applied Physics

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Foundations program is designed to prepare students in the foundations of computer hardware and software. You can major in applied physics, computer science or information systems. You can also minor in applied physics or computer science.

Applied physics majors learn about the universal laws that govern physical systems. You’ll also explore each law’s application to real-world problems in courses that span classical and modern physics.

The program focuses on the design of instrumentation used in the scientific measurement process, on the application of micro-processor-based control systems in experiments, and the design and implementation of computer models and simulations of physical processes.

Sample Courses

PHYS 344 - Introduction to Astrophysics

This is a one-semester introduction to the field of astrophysics. It focuses on the application of calculus-based math to study modern astrophysics. Topics include: celestial mechanics, space weather, the nature of life-cycle of stars and the solar system.

PHYS 351 - Modern Physics

A survey of the developments in atomic and nuclear physics. This course provides an introduction to quantum mechanics and its application to contemporary measurement systems.

PHYS 402 - Quantum Physics

Study of the quantum mechanics of simple physical systems. Topics include the wave function, Schroedinger’s equation, one-dimensional systems, the harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom, approximation methods, scattering and electromagnetic radiation.

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