Undergraduate Program (BS)

Applied Physics

From the earth's smallest nuclei to the planets of the cosmos, energy is everywhere. Focus yours on obtaining a broad education in the physical sciences, mathematics and liberal arts, paired with additional study in an area of special interest that prepares you for the job that best fits your personality and the demands of today's workplace.

Sample Four-Year Applied Physics Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
Physics 170: University Physics I 3
Physics 171: Exploration in Physics I 1
Mathematics 170: Calculus I 4
Core 100: First-Year Seminar 3
Core 101: GOA 0
Second Language 103 Level 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Physics 172: University Physics II 3
Engineering 173: Explorations in Engineering 1
Math 171: Calculus II 4
CSCI 170: Computer Science I 3
Theology 111: Theological Foundations 4
Core 102: GOA 0
Second Language 201 Level 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
Physics 242: Circuit Analysis I 3
Physics 243: Circuit Analysis I Lab 1
Physics 330: Modern Physics I 3
Physics 331: Modern Physics Lab I 2
Mathematics 220: Calculus III 4
English 101: Composition 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Physics 340: Modern Physics II 3
Physics 341: Modern Physics II Lab 1
Mathematics 230: Differential Equations (taught only in Spring) 3
Engineering 190: Intro to MATLAB (recommended) 3
Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
Historical Perspectives 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
Physics 350: Theoretical Mechanics I 3
Physics 360: Electromagnetism I 3
Physics 355: Advanced Physics Lab 2
Theological Perspectives 3
Diversity Flag* or Free Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Physics 364: Physical Optics 3
Physics 365: Phys Optics Lab 1
Program Elective 3
Lit & Moral Imagination 3
ER/S Flag* or Free Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 395: Physics Research 1
Program Elective 3
Program Elective 3
Program Elective 3
Creative Perspectives 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Physics 398: Senior Thesis 1
Program Elective 3
Program Elective 3
Philosophical Perspectives 3
Humanities Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

MBA

First Semester Semester Hours
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This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Applied Physics major at Xavier:

Electronics I (PHYS 242) - Explore the fundamental concepts and laws of electric AC and DC circuits, and apply them to topics such as delta-star conversion, power and power transfer in circuits, impedance, steady state and transient analysis, ideal transformers, operational amplifiers, RLC resonant circuits, and analog filters.

Modern physics (PHYS 330) - Learn about the warping of spacetime as objects travel close to the speed of ; about strange effects on the scale of quantum mechanics such as particles and waves behaving like each other and objects tunneling through walls; and how spectroscopy works and is applied in a range of industrial and scientific situations.

Advanced Lab (PHYS 355) - Use research grade equipment as it is used by faculty in the department to perform experiments related to the fields of biophysics, optics, solid-state physics, and computational physics.

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PERSONAL ATTENTION

At Xavier, small class sizes allow you to ask the right questions and get the attention you need to succeed and learn. On top of that, connect with the Career Development mentoring program and meet a professional in your field.

STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGIES

Get cosmic in the astronomical observatory or satisfy that itch to do research in biophysics, solid-state physics, or quantum optics using state of the art research equipment.

FIELD TRIPS

Don't be surprised when your professor announces a field trip to the Cincinnati Observatory, national labs such as Argonne, Oak Ridge, and Fermilab, and high-tech companies such as Siemens and Thyssen.

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PLACEMENT RATE

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

82%

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