Physics Programs

Applied Physics Major, with Alternate Concentration

The program in physics is designed to familiarize students with the techniques of mathematical and experimental physics that would be useful to them in an industrial research or engineering position; in physics teaching; as a general preparation for more advanced graduate work in any of the varied fields of physics; or in such disciplines as astronomy, space science, biophysics, computer science, engineering, geophysics, medicine, law, and oceanography.

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program, students receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in physics. Students are then prepared to enter graduate school or pursue employment in one of the many physics-related occupations.

To major in physics, 46 semester hours of specific physics courses, 16 semester hours of specific mathematics courses, and four semester hours of specific chemistry or biology courses are required. To strengthen and broaden the background of all Xavier students, a liberal arts core curriculum consisting of courses in history, literature, foreign language, philosophy, social sciences, fine arts, and theology is also a part of the program.

Freshman Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 170
University Physics I
3 PHYSICS 172
University Physics II
3
PHYSICS 171
Explorations in Physics
1 PHYSICS 173
Explorations in Physics II
1

MATH 170
Calculus I

4 MATH 171
Calculus II
4
PHILOSOPHY 100
Ethics 
3

Computer Science (CSCI)
Elective

3
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective
3

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective

3
    ENGLISH 101 or 115
English Composition or Rhetoric
3
Total 14 Total 17

Sophomore Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 242
Electronics I
3 PHYSICS 340
Modern Physics II
3
PHYSICS 243
Electronics I Lab
1 PHYSICS 341
Modern Physics II Lab
1
PHYSICS 330
Modern Physics I
3

MATH 230
Differential Equations

3
PHYSICS 331
Modern Physics I Lab
1 PHILOSPHY 290
Theory of Knowledge
3
MATH 220
Calculus III
4 FINE ARTS
Elective
3
THEOLOGY 111
Theological Foundations
3 CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Elective
1
HISTORY
Elective I
3

HISTORY
Elective II

3
Total 18 Total 17

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours

PHYSICS 350
Theoretical Mechanics

3 LITERATURE
Elective
3
PHYSICS 360
Electromagnetism I
3 THEOLOGY
Scrip/Hist or Christ Sys Elective
3
PHYSICS 355
Advanced Physics Lab
2 PROGRAM ELECTIVES* 6
PROGRAM ELECTIVES* 6

SOCIAL SCIENCE
Elective

3
Total 14 Total 15

Senior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 395
Physics Research
1 PHYSICS 364
Physical Optics
3
PHILOSOPHY
Elective
3 PHYSICS 365
Physical Optics Lab
1
SOCIAL SCIENCE
Elective
3 PHYSICS 398
Physics Thesis
1
ENGL 205
Lit & Moral Imagination
3 PROGRAM ELECTIVE* 6
PROGRAM ELECTIVE* 6 THEOLOGY
Ethics or Rel/Cult Elective
3
    E/RS
Focus Elective
3
Total 16 Total 17

Program electives will depend on the student's choice of concentration. Specific block schedules are determined in consultation with the chair. If the concentration is in a non-science area, then three credit hours in a second science should be taken in place of the program elective.