Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Bachelor of Science in Physics with a Concentration in Applied Physics
from the 1998-2000 catalog
Disclaimer: This is not the official catalog.

The B.S. program is a thorough introduction to the principles of physics, providing a strong foundation for graduate study or industrial research. It is also intended for those students who wish to prepare for interdisciplinary studies on the graduate level in fields such as astronomy, atmospheric science, biophysics, environmental science, geophysics, and physical oceanography. Students may earn a BS with an applied physics concentration.

Degree Requirements
Major Requirements (may include 5 in GE) 46 - 47
Supporting Courses (may include 4 in GE) 17
Remainder of General Education 42
General Electives 19 - 18
Total units needed for graduation 124
 
Major Core Requirements
PHYS   114 Introduction to Physics I (may be applied to GE) 4
PHYS   116 Introductory Laboratory Experience (may be applied to GE) 1
PHYS   214 Introduction to Physics II 4
PHYS   216 Introductory Laboratory 1
PHYS   313 Analog and Digital Electronics 3
PHYS   313L Analog and Digital Electronics Laboratory 1
PHYS   314 Introduction to Physics III4
PHYS   316 Introductory Quantum Laboratory1
PHYS   325 Introduction to Mathematical Physics3
PHYS   340 Light and Optics3
PHYS   430 Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS   450 Statistical Physics2
PHYS   460 Quantum Physics3
Choose 2 units from the following:2
   PHYS   411 Laboratory Instruction Practicum (1)
   ASTR   411 Laboratory Instruction Practicum (1)
   PHYS   493 Senior Design Project (2)
   PHYS   497Undergraduate Research in Physics (2)
Application Specializations5 - 6
Choose one of the following specializations:
Applied Optics
   PHYS   445Lasers, Fiber Optics, and Detectors (3)
   PHYS   447Lasers and Holography Laboratory (1)
   PHYS   449Fiber Optics and Detectors Laboratory (1)
Applied Nuclear Physics
   PHYS   384 X-ray Analysis (2)
   PHYS   481Applied Nuclear Chemistry and Physics (2)
   PHYS   482Applied Nuclear Chemistry and Physics Laboratory (2)
Applied Electronics and Devices
   PHYS   413Advanced Electronics (3)
   PHYS   413LAdvanced Electronics Laboratory (1)
   PHYS   475Physics of Semiconductor Devices (2)
Total units in the major core 40 - 41
Major Electives (Advanced)
Choose 6 units. No more than 1 unit total in ASTR 495 and PHYS 494, 495, and 497 may be used to fulfill this requirement.
   ASTR   411 Laboratory Instruction Practicum (1)
   ASTR   482 Advanced Observational Astronomy (2)
   ASTR   495 Special Studies (1 - 4)
   PHYS   320 Analytical Mechanics (3)
   PHYS   381 Computer Applications for Scientists (2)
   PHYS   384X-ray Analysis (2)
   PHYS   411 Laboratory Instruction Practicum (1)
   PHYS   413Advanced Electronics (3)
   PHYS   413L Advanced Electronics Laboratory (1)
   PHYS   445 Lasers, Fiber Optics, and Detectors (3)
   PHYS   447Lasers and Holography Laboratory (1)
   PHYS   449Fiber Optics and Detectors Laboratory (1)
   PHYS   475Physics of Semiconductor Devices (2)
   PHYS   481Applied Nuclear Chemistry and Physics (2)
   PHYS   482Applied Nuclear Chemistry and Physics Laboratory (2)
   PHYS   493Senior Design Project (2)
   PHYS   494Physics Seminar (1)
   PHYS   495Special Studies (1 - 4)
   PHYS   497 Undergraduate Research in Physics (2)
Total units in the major electives 6
Required Supporting Courses  
MATH   161 Calculus I (3 units may be applied in GE)4
MATH   211 Calculus II4
MATH   261 Calculus III4
CHEM   115A, 116A General Chemistry (1 unit may be applied to GE)5
Total units in supporting courses 17
Total units in the major 63 - 64
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