Physics Programs

Applied Physics Major, with Natural Sciences Concentration

Xavier's Natural Sciences/Applied Physics program offers an alternative to the Natural Sciences major that allows students to study physics while preparing for medical school. This program may also be of interest to students who wish to pursue careers in biophysics, medical physics, radiological physics, and other health physics programs.

The Natural Sciences program combines courses in physics, mathematics, and computer science with the chemistry and biology courses needed to fulfill the requirements for the Natural Sciences minor.

 

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
BIOLOGY 160
General Biology I
3 MATH 171
Calculus II
4
BIOLOGY 161
General Biology I  Lab
2 BIOLOGY 162
General Biology II
3
THEOLOGY 111
Theological Foundations
3 BIOLOGY 163
General Biology II  Lab
2
MATH 170
Calculus I
4 ENGLISH 101 or 115
English Composition or Rhetoric
3
Total 16 Total 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
CHEMISTRY 160
General Chemistry I
3 PHYSICS 340
Modern Physics II
3
CHEMISTRY 161
General Chemistry I  Lab
1 PHYSICS 341
Modern Physics II  Lab
1
PHYSICS 330
Modern Physics I
3

PHILOSPHY 100
Ethics as Intro. Philosophy

3
PHYSICS 331
Modern Physics I  Lab
1 MATH 230
Differential Equations
3
MATH 220
Calculus III
4 CHEMISTRY 162
General Chemistry II
3
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective
3 CHEMISTRY 163
General Chemistry II  Lab
2
COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSCI)
Elective
3 FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective
3
Total 18 Total 18

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 242
Electronics I
3 CHEMISTRY 242
Organic Chemistry II
3
PHYSICS 243
Electronics I  Lab
1 CHEMISTRY 243
Organic Chemistry II  Lab
1
PHYSICS 350
Theoretical Mechanics
3 PHILOSOPHY 290
Theory of Knowledge
3
CHEMISTRY 240
Organic Chemistry I
3 LITERATURE
Elective
3
CHEMISTRY 241
Organic Chemistry I Lab
1 THEOLOGY
Scrip/Hist or Christ Sys Elective
3
FINE ARTS
Elective
3 ENGLISH / CLAS / SPAN 205
Literature & Moral Imagination
3
CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Elective
1    
Total 15 Total 16

*Not required but strongly recommended for those who plan to attend graduate school.

Senior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 360
Electromagnetism I
3 PHYSICS 364
Physical Optics
3
PHYSICS 395
Physics Research
1 PHYSICS 365
Physical Optics Lab
1
PSYCHOLOGY 101
General Psychology
3 PHYSICS 398
Physics Thesis
1
HISTORY
Elective I
3 HISTORY
Elective II
3
PHILOSOPHY
Elective
3 SOCIAL SCIENCE
Elective
3
    E/RS FOCUS
Elective
3
    THEOLOGY
Ethics or Rel/Cult  Elective
3
Total 13 Total 17