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Overview

This sequence is available for those intending careers in applied physics. The major is divided into tracks, depending on the student’s field of interest. The Physics for the Life Sciences track is designed for premedical students.

Students must complete the core set of courses AND one track in their field of interest. Multiple tracks are allowed with prior authorization from the Department of Physics.

To satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences writing requirement in the discipline, students majoring in Applied Physics should pass at least one writing intensive course within the Physics Department. These are PHY 306PHY 362, and PHY 506. The requirement can also be fulfilled by passing ENG 233 with a grade of C- or higher.

Core Courses

The core set of courses is required for all tracks and it includes one of the University Physics sequences with two labs (see table below), plus PHY 350, and PHY 360.

Engineering Physics Track

Additional 5 credits in physics at the 300 level or higher, including PHY 340 and one lab, plus 9 credits in Engineering with prior authorization from the Department of Physics.

Computational Physics Track

Additional 5 credits in physics at the 300 level or higher, including PHY 340 and one lab, plus 2 courses from the Computer Science BS core and a third course in Computer Science with prior authorization from the Department of Physics.

Medical Physics Track

Additional 5 credits in physics at the 300 level or higher, including PHY 351 and one lab, plus BME 265BME 310, and BME 330 (Note: BIL 150BIL 151, and CHM 121 are prerequisites for the BME courses).

Physics for the Life Sciences Track

Additional 6 credits in physics at the 300 level or higher, including PHY 321, plus required biology and chemistry courses. In biology, the required courses are BIL 150BIL 151BIL 160BIL 161BIL 255, and either BIL 360 or BME 265. In chemistry, the students are required to take the three-semester sequence of Chemistry for the Life Sciences (CHM 121CHM 221CHM 222) with laboratory (CHM 113CHM 205CHM 206).

Chemical Physics Track

Additional 6 credits in physics at the 300 level or higher, including PHY 321, plus CHM 360CHM 364CHM 365CHM 464, and one among CHM 530CHM 553, or CHM 575.

Curriculum Requirements

University Physics Sequence
Choose one of the following options:10-11
Option 1
University Physics I
University Physics II
University Physics III
University Physics II Lab
University Physics III Lab
Option 2
University Physics I
Honors University Physics II-III
University Physics II Lab
University Physics III Lab
Option 3
University Physics I for the Sciences
University Physics II for the Sciences
College Physics Laboratory I
University Physics II Lab
College Physics Laboratory II
University Physics III Lab
Option 4:
University Physics I for PRISM
University Physics II for PRISM
College Physics Laboratory I
University Physics II Lab
College Physics Laboratory II
University Physics III Lab
Core Courses
PHY 350Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism3
PHY 360Introduction to Modern Physics3
Track Options
Choose one of the following tracks:14-34
Engineering Physics Track
Classical Mechanics I
Intermediate Laboratory
Advanced Laboratory
PHY elective
9 credits in Engineering
Computational Physics Track
Classical Mechanics I
Intermediate Laboratory
Advanced Laboratory
PHY elective
2 course from the Computer Science BS core
1 additional Computer Science Course
Medical Physics Track
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II
Intermediate Laboratory
Advanced Laboratory
PHY elective
Medical Systems Physiology
Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering
Foundations of Medical Imaging
General Biology
General Biology Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry
Introduction to Structure and Dynamics
Physics for the Life Sciences Track
Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory
3 PHY credits at the 300 level or higher
General Biology
General Biology Laboratory
Evolution and Biodiversity
Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Comparative Physiology
Medical Systems Physiology
Principles of Chemistry
Introduction to Structure and Dynamics
Organic Reactions and Synthesis
Chemistry Laboratory I
Chemical Dynamics Laboratory
Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory
Chemical Physics Track
Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory
3 more credits in Physics at the 300 level or higher
Physical Chemistry I (Lecture)
Physical Chemistry (Laboratory I)
Physical Chemistry II (Lecture)
Physical Chemistry (Laboratory II)
Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Microscopy
Modern Quantum Chemistry
Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Multidimensional Spectroscopy
Math Requirement
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
or MTH 161 Calculus I
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II4
or MTH 172 Calculus II
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 211Calculus III3
or MTH 310 Multivariable Calculus
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
General Education
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
CSC 120Computer Programming I4
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
Second Language Proficiency3-9
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Electives41
Total Credit Hours120-147

Sample Plans of Study

Engineering Physics Track

Year 1
Fall
PHY 221University Physics I3
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
ENG 105English Composition I3
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
Spring
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
MTH 162Calculus II4
ENG 106English Composition II3
CSC 120Computer Programming I4
Year 2
Fall
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I3
Language 1013
Cognate3
Spring
MTH 211Calculus III3
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II3
Language 1023
Cognate3
Elective3
Year 3
Fall
PHY 360Introduction to Modern Physics3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
BME 265Medical Systems Physiology3
Language 2013
Cognate3
Spring
PHY 306Intermediate Laboratory1
BME 310Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering3
PHY elective2-3
Cognate3
Elective3
Year 4
Fall
PHY 350Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism3
BME 330Foundations of Medical Imaging3
Cognate3
Electives6
Spring
PHY 351Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II3
Cognate3
Electives10
Total Credit Hours120-121

Computational Physics Track

Year 1
Fall
ENG 105English Composition I3
MTH 161Calculus I4
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I3-4
or CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
Spring
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 162Calculus II4
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II3
CHM 114Chemistry Laboratory II1
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity4
BIL 161Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory1
Year 2
Fall
PHY 201University Physics I for the Sciences4
PHY 106College Physics Laboratory I1
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
CHM 201Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)3
or CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis
CHM 205Chemical Dynamics Laboratory1
Cognate3
Spring
PHY 202University Physics II for the Sciences4
PHY 106College Physics Laboratory I1
MTH 211Calculus III3
BIL 255Cellular and Molecular Biology3
CSC 120Computer Programming I4
Year 3
Fall
PHY 360Introduction to Modern Physics3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
BIL 360Comparative Physiology3
or BME 265 Medical Systems Physiology
Language 1013
Cognate3
Spring
PHY 321Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
Language 1023
Cognate x26
Electives3
Year 4
Fall
PHY 350Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism3
BME 330Foundations of Medical Imaging3
Language 2013
Cognate3
Electives3
Spring
PHY elective3
Cognate3
Electives7
Total Credit Hours120-121

Medical Physics Track

Year 1
Fall
PHY 221University Physics I3
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
ENG 105English Composition I3
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
Spring
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
MTH 162Calculus II4
ENG 106English Composition II3
CSC 120Computer Programming I4
Year 2
Fall
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I3
Language 1013
Cognate3
Spring
MTH 211Calculus III3
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II3
Language 1023
Cognate3
Elective3
Year 3
Fall
PHY 360Introduction to Modern Physics3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
BME 265Medical Systems Physiology3
Language 2013
Cognate3
Spring
PHY 306Intermediate Laboratory1
BME 310Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering3
PHY elective2-3
Cognate3
Elective3
Year 4
Fall
PHY 350Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism3
BME 330Foundations of Medical Imaging3
Cognate3
Electives6
Spring
PHY 351Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II3
Cognate3
Electives10
Total Credit Hours120-121

Physics for the Life Sciences Track

Year 1
Fall
ENG 105English Composition I3
MTH 161Calculus I4
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I3-4
or CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
Spring
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 162Calculus II4
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II3
CHM 114Chemistry Laboratory II1
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity4
BIL 161Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory1
Year 2
Fall
PHY 201University Physics I for the Sciences4
PHY 106College Physics Laboratory I1
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
CHM 201Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)3
or CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis
CHM 205Chemical Dynamics Laboratory1
Cognate3
Spring
PHY 202University Physics II for the Sciences4
PHY 106College Physics Laboratory I1
MTH 211Calculus III3
BIL 255Cellular and Molecular Biology3
CSC 120Computer Programming I4
Year 3
Fall
PHY 360Introduction to Modern Physics3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
BIL 360Comparative Physiology3
or BME 265 Medical Systems Physiology
Language 1013
Cognate3
Spring
PHY 321Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
Language 1023
Cognate x26
Electives3
Year 4
Fall
PHY 350Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism3
BME 330Foundations of Medical Imaging3
Language 2013
Cognate3
Electives3
Spring
PHY elective3
Cognate3
Electives7
Total Credit Hours120-121

Chemical Physics Track

Year 1
Fall
ENG 105English Composition I3
MTH 161Calculus I4
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I3-4
or CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
Cognate3
Spring
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 162Calculus II4
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II3
CHM 114Chemistry Laboratory II1
Cognate3
Year 2
Fall
PHY 201University Physics I for the Sciences4
PHY 106College Physics Laboratory I1
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
CHM 360Physical Chemistry I (Lecture)3
CHM 364Physical Chemistry (Laboratory I)1
Cognate3
Spring
PHY 202University Physics II for the Sciences4
PHY 106College Physics Laboratory I1
MTH 211Calculus III3
CHM 365Physical Chemistry II (Lecture)3
CHM 464Physical Chemistry (Laboratory II)1
Language 1013
Year 3
Fall
PHY 360Introduction to Modern Physics3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
CHM 553Modern Quantum Chemistry3
or CHM 530 Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Microscopy
or CHM 575 Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Multidimensional Spectroscopy
Language 1023
Cognate3
Spring
PHY 321Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
Language 2013
Cognate3
Electives6
Year 4
Fall
PHY 350Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism3
Cognate3
Electives10
Spring
PHY elective3
Electives13
Total Credit Hours120-121

Mission

The mission of the Physics B.S. program is to provide students with a rigorous grounding in classical and modern theory, experience in advanced experimental techniques, and exposure to a broad spectrum of topics in physics research.

Goals

It is expected that graduates will be capable problem solvers, proficient critical and scientific thinkers, and possess backgrounds that prepare them for success in graduate school or their desired career path. Graduates will also be able to communicate their scientific ideas in written form to both scientifically literate and general audiences.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to solve problems in classical and modern physics and proficiency in theoretical and applied mathematics, making them competitive in their application at top graduate programs and/or in the job market.
  • Students will be exposed to and engaged in forefront physics research. Students will learn first hand how research is performed in one of our labs, while contributing to one of our active research programs.
  • Students will be able to report their work/ideas in written form to both the scientific community and a broader audience.