Stetson University

College of Arts and Sciences

Applied Physics Track

Typical Sequence of Classes for Students Taking PHYS 141 and MATH 130 Fall Term of their First Year

The sequence of classes listed below roughly outlines the physics and mathematics classes that an applied physics major can expect to take if he or she starts taking physics courses as a first year student and who does not have a solid enough foundation in mathematics to be taking the regular Calculus I course (MATH 141Q, Calculus I with Analytic Geometry) in the fall semester. Students in this group will need to take MATH 130, Calculus I with Review Part 1, in the fall and MATH 131Q, Calculus I with Review Part 2, in the spring. If the student wishes, MATH 142Q, Calculus II, could be taken in the summer after the first year* so that the student may take the standard sequence of courses in for the sophomore year and beyond (click here to see that sequence).

Note: It is preferable to take Calculus II at Stetson, but it can also be taken at a state or community college.

The selection of courses offered each semester is determined both by student interest and the availability of faculty to teach them. Physics and Mathematics courses that are in bold font are generally offered every year, and those shown in italics are generally offered in alternate years.

Note: Students should verify on their degree audit that they have met all their General Education course requirements (noting that their JSEM will be taken junior year) before considering them completed on this checklist.

Fall of First Year

  • PHYS 141P - University Physics I (1 unit)
  • MATH 130 - Calculus I with Review, Part 1 (1 unit)
  • FSEM - First Year Seminar (1 unit)
  • ENGL 101 (or other appropriate writing course as indicated by the Writing Placement criteria) or a General Education course) (1 unit)

Spring of First Year

  • PHYS 142P - University Physics II (1 unit)
  • MATH 131Q - Calculus I with Review, Part II (1 unit)
  • ENGL 101 (or other appropriate Writing course as indicated by the Writing Placement criteria) or a General Education course) (1 unit)
  • General Education course) (1 unit)

Fall of Sophomore Year

  • PHYS 243 - Modern Physics (1 unit)
  • PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium (non-credit)
  • MATH 142Q - Calculus II with Analytic Geometry (1 unit)
  • CSCI 141 - Introduction to Computer Science I (1 unit)
  • General Education course (1 unit)

Spring of Sophomore Year

  • PHYS 312 - Laboratory Techniques (1 unit)
  • PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium (non-credit)
  • MATH 211 - Linear Algebra (1 unit)
  • General Education course (1 unit)
  • General Education course (1 unit)

Fall of Junior Year

  • PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium (non-credit)
  • CHEM 141P - General Chemistry I (1 unit)
  • Physics Elective: PHYS 352 - Optics or PHYS 356 - Electro (1 unit)
  • JSEM - Junior Seminar or General Education course (1 unit)
  • Elective course) (1 unit)

Spring of Junior Year

  • PHYS 497 - Senior Project Proposal (1/2 unit
  • PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium (non-credit
  • CSCI 261 - Introduction to Scientific Computing or CSCI 361 - Numerical Analysis (1 unit)
  • CHEM 142P - General Chemistry II (1 unit
  • PHYS 412 - Advanced Laboratory Techniques, PHYS 397 - Physics Internship, JSEM - Junior Seminar, or elective course (1 unit)
  • Elective course (1 unit)

Spring of Senior Year

  • PHYS 499 - Senior Seminar (1/2 unit)
  • PHYS 380 - Physics Colloquium (non-credit)
  • Elective course (1 unit)
  • Elective course (1 unit)
  • Elective course (1 unit)
  • Elective course (1 unit)

The elective courses may include either one or more of the following physics courses or other courses:

  • PHYS 362 - Thermophysics
  • PHYS 397 - Internship in Physics
  • PHYS 412 - Advanced Laboratory Techniques
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