Note: To graduate with a B.S. degree in Physics or Applied Physics, a student must earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.50 in all courses applied toward the major.
The B.S. Applied Physics major requires a minimum of 126 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements (pages xxx-xxx) and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 126 hours. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.
Computer Science: 810:036.....3 hours
Choose ONE of the following two options.....22 hours
Option 1: Applied Physics
Electives in physics: 100-level^ (may include 870:130).....3 hours
OPTION 1 TOTAL.....22 hours
^See page xxx for 4-digit numbers associated with these 100-level courses.
Option 2: B.S. Applied Physics/Engineering Dual-Degree Major
Qualified students may pursue a dual-degree major leading to a B.S. Applied Physics degree from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and a B.S. engineering degree from Iowa State University (ISU) or the University of Iowa (UI). This requires approximately three years of attendance at UNI followed by approximately two years of attendance at ISU or UI. Students who successfully complete the UNI part of the major are guaranteed admittance into the ISU or UI portion of the major if they have: an average of at least B (3.00 GPA) in all course work; an average of at least B (3.00 GPA) in the chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics, and physics courses required by the UNI Department of Physics; and the positive recommendation of the Head, Department of Physics.
The engineering courses completed toward a B.S. engineering degree at ISU or UI will be transferred to UNI to provide 6-9 credit hours of electives for the applied physics portion of the major. The UNI internship requirement will be satisfied through comparable practical experience at ISU or UI that has been approved by the Head, Department of Physics, UNI.
In the first three years at UNI students in the major must complete at least 90 semester credit hours of course work. In addition to the courses listed above, the students are expected to complete courses to satisfy the Liberal Arts Core requirements. Credit, but no grades, for courses at UNI passed with a grade of C or better will be transferred to ISU or UI as credit for equivalent courses there, even though they may not be required by the engineering curriculum selected by the student.
During the years at ISU or UI, students will complete the requirements specified in the College of Engineering Catalog at the time of their admission. Course work completed at ISU or UI will be transferred to UNI to complete the requirements for the applied physics portion of the major. Upon successful completion of the major, students will be eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies at both UNI and either ISU or UI.
Physics electives:.....5 hours
(Course work must be completed at ISU or UI that satisfies the UNI requirements of 3 credit hours of electives in Applied Physics. The UNI internship requirement [2 hours] will generally
be satisfied through comparable practical experience at ISU or UI that has been approve by the Head, Department of Physics, UNI.)
OPTION 2 TOTAL.....22 hours