Applied Physics

Program Features

Students majoring in Applied Physics explore the universe on a large scale all the way down to the sub-atomic level. Students seek to understand the inner-workings of the cosmos while sharpening logical thinking skills and mathematical abilities. They graduate prepared to enter veterinary, dental or medical school, or pursue advanced degrees in physics, engineering, mathematics or computer science. They also work as lab technicians, product managers, and financial analysts.

 

Concentrations: Natural sciences, alternate concentrations

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Applied Physics major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • Physics 170: University Physics I............ 3cr.
  • Physics 171: Exploration in Physics I ............ 1cr.
  • Mathematics 170: Calculus I............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • Core 101: GOA............ 0cr.
  • Second Language 103 Level............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Physics 172: University Physics II............ 3cr.
  • Engineering 173: Explorations in Engineering............ 1cr.
  • Math 171: Calculus II............ 4cr.
  • CSCI 170: Computer Science I............ 3cr.
  • Theology 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Core 102: GOA............ 0cr.
  • Second Language 201 Level............ 3cr.

Fall

  • PHYS 330, Modern Physics I............ 3cr.
  • PHYS 331, M. Physics I Lab............ 1cr.
  • PHYS 242, Circuit Analysis............ 3cr.
  • PHYS 243, Circuit An. Lab............ 1cr.
  • Mathematics 220: Calculus III............ 4cr.
  • English 101: Composition............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Physics 340: Modern Physics II............ 3cr.
  • Physics 341: Modern Physics II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Program Electives............ 4cr.
  • MATH 230, Diff. Equations............ 3cr.
  • ENGR 180, Intro to Matlab............ 1cr.
  • Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.

Fall

  • PHYS 360, E&M I............ 3cr.
  • Program Elective............ 3cr.
  • Program Elective............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspectives ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Physics 364: Physical Optics............ 3cr.
  • Physics 365: Phys Optics Lab............ 1cr.
  • Program Elective............ 4cr.
  • Lit & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.

Fall

  • PHYSICS 395: Physics Research............ 1cr.
  • PHYS 355, Advanced Lab............ 2cr.
  • PHYS 350, Theoretical Mechanics............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • ER/S Flag* or Free Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Physics 398: Senior Thesis............ 1cr.
  • Program Elective............ 4cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Flag* or Free............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.

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.

Clubs

Physics Club

Students in the Physics Club organize trips to national labs, host cool experiment series and events that connect to physics, like ice skating (friction!) and water balloon launches.

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Outcomes

98% of students from Xavier's College of Arts and Science programs, including Physics, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

TOP JOBS: Software Engineer, Actuarial Analyst, Associate Consultant, Chemist, Developer, Electrical Engineer, Research Engineer

TOP COMPANIES: Good Samaritan Hospital, The Christ Hospital, AT&T, 84.51, TBM Consulting, ScribeAmerica, GE Aviation

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Experience and Support

Physics majors, faculty and staff bring diverse backgrounds and experiences to form a cohesive and supportive community. Connect with others dedicated to academic rigor and excellence.


Xavier Physics Community

Student Research

The Lindner Family Physics Building houses a variety of research facilities, including a holography lab, atomic and nuclear labs, optics lab, superconductivity lab, atomic force microscope lab, a thin-film deposition system, and an astronomical observatory.


Student Research

Career Opportunities

Xavier students have an 84% medical school acceptance rate, compared to 40% nationally. Many students go on to study in veterinary, medical and dental school.


Pre Professional Health Support

Applied Physics Major at Xavier University

The Applied Physics program at Xavier has small classes and provides a close interaction between faculty and students. The Alternate Concentration option provides maximum flexibility to students who are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary programs. This program combines the study of physics with a concentrated study in another area or discipline. Concentrations must include at least 18 hours in one chosen area, which allows for the majority of University minors to be included. Areas of concentration may be chosen from the sciences, mathematics, the humanities, the social sciences, business, and education. If mathematics is selected as an area of concentration, the courses must be in addition to those required by the Applied Physics major. The Natural Sciences option offers an alternative to the Natural Sciences major that allows students to study physics while preparing for medical, dental, or veterinary school. This program may also be of interest to students who wish to pursue careers in 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.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

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