The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

BS in Applied Physics

Program Overview

Physics is the foundation of all natural sciences, engineering and technology. Applied physics is a bridge between physics and other fields, such as medicine, engineering, astronomy, chemistry, biology and environmental sciences. A Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics prepares students to turn innovative ideas into practical solutions with real-life applications.

LAU is unique in its student centeredness. Physics classes are designed to nurture active and experiential learning, while using the latest technology and lab equipment. The curriculum includes courses in classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, modern physics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and solid-state physics.

Research is at the core of LAU’s professional life. Through their senior-study projects, students have the opportunity to participate in world class research conducted alongside faculty members. They also have the chance to publish papers in refereed journals during their undergraduate research.

With the discipline and training that goes with a physics degree, students will be able to follow various career paths:


Students must complete 94 credits of the following requirements.

Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirements (34 credits)

Physics Requirements (33 credits)

Course Number Course Name Cr.
PHY202 Classical Mechanics 3
PHY203 Classical Mechanics Lab. 1
PHY201 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHY307 Thermodynamics 4
PHY321 Introduction to Modern Physics 3
PHY322 Modern Physics Lab. 1
PHY308 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHY405 Statistical Mechanics 3
PHY304 Mathematical Methods for Physicists 3
PHY402 Solid State Physics 3
PHY309 Thermodynamics and Quantum Lab 3
PHY499 Senior Study 2

Mathematics Requirements (12 credits) 

Course Number Course Name Cr.
MTH201 Calculus III 3
MTH206 Calculus IV 3
MTH305 Probability and Statistics 3
MTH303 Numerical Methods 3

Chemistry Requirements (3 credits) 

Course Name Course Number Cr.
CHM201 Chemical Principles 3

Computer Science Requirements 

Choose one of the following (3 credits) 

Course Name Course Number Cr.
CSC243 Intro. to Object-Oriented Programming 3
BIF244 Intro. to Script Programming 3

Elective Courses (minimum 18 credits with at least 9 PHY credits) 

The program offers three areas of concentration. Students may also customize their emphasis, in consultation with their advisors and with departmental approval. 

Course Number Course Name Cr.
PHY403 Polymer Science 3
PHY401 Instrumental Analysis 3
PHY391 Instrumentation and Measurements 3
PHY311 Organic Materials I 3
PHY312 Organic Materials II 3
PHY411 Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PHY413 Electromagnetic Waves 3
PHY404 Fluids Mechanics 3
PHY450 Medical Imaging and Instrumentation 3
PHY424 Introduction to Nanotechnology 2
CHM420 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHM423 Synthesis and Identification of Inorganic Compounds 2
ELE401 Electronics I 3
ELE402 Electronics Lab 1
ELE201 Electrical Circuits I 3
ELE302 Electrical Circuits II 3
ELE303 Electrical Circuits II Lab 1
CHM425 Computational Chemistry  3
CSC245 Objects and Data Abstraction 3
MTH306 Non-Linear Dynamics Chaos 3
MTH301 Linear Algebra 3
BIO201 General Biology I 4
BIO202 General Biology II 4
BIO321 Genetics  3
BCH301 Introduction to Biochemistry 4

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