Engineering/Applied Physics Course Sequence

The engineering/applied physics program at Xavier provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge ranging across all engineering disciplines. This program consists of three years of study at Xavier followed by a fourth year at the University of Cincinnati School of Engineering. One can also decide to stay at Xavier for their fourth year. 

Student in this program must complete the Xavier core curriculum and take 12 hours of program electives beyond the physics requirements listed below. Choice of program electives depends upon the student?s interest. They must also take PHYS 398, Senior Thesis. Typical program electives are in biology, chemistry, computer science, and/or mathematics, but courses may be taken in other areas too. Specific programs are designed in consultation with the chair. To strengthen and broaden the background of all Xavier students, a liberal arts core curriculum is also a part of the program.

This cooperative program is designed for students who wish to continue their education in some field of engineering and can ultimately lead to a master's degree in aerospace engineering, civil and environmental engineering; mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering; engineering science; industrial, or material science.

Xavier graduates from this program have continued engineering studies with full-tuition scholarships and grants at a variety of graduate schools, including University of Cincinnati, Stanford, Ohio State, Purdue, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Carnegie-Mellon.

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 I
1 PHYSICS 173
Explorations in Physics II
1
PHILOSOPHY 100
Ethics as Intro. to Philosophy
3 MATH 171
Calculus II
3
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective
3 FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective
3
MATH 170
Calculus I
4 ENGLISH 101 or 115
English Composition or Rhetoric
3
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
Elective
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
MATH 220
Calculus III
4 PHILOSOPHY 290
Theory of Knowledge
3
PHYSICS 330
Modern Physics I
3 MATH 230
Differential Equations
3
PHYSICS 331
Modern Physics I Lab
1 HISTORY II
Elective
3
THEOLOGY 111
Theological Foundations
3 FINE ARTS
Elective
3
HISTORY I
Elective
3 CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Elective
1
Total 18 Total 17

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 360
Electromagnetism I
3 ENGLISH / CLAS / SPAN 205
Lit & Moral Imagination
3
PHYSICS 350
Theoretical Mechanics
3 PHYSICS 364
Physical Optics
3
PHYSICS 355
Advanced Physics Lab
2 PHYSICS 365
Physical Optics Lab
1
MATH
Elective
3 PROGRAM
Electives
6
CHEMISTRY / BIOLOGY
Elective + Lab
4/5 THEOLOGY
Scrip/Hist or Christ Sys Elective
3
Total 15/16 Total 16

Senior Year

A Bachelor of Science (applied physics) will be awarded upon the completion of an additional nine semester hours of liberal arts courses and 23 semester hours of engineering courses taken at the University of Cincinnati. A senior year "block schedule" at the University of Cincinnati depends on the individual student's choice of engineering field.