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Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Physics


Admission to the Program

Open to undergraduate degree and nondegree students. Credits earned for the certificate may be applied toward an undergraduate degree program.  


Certificate Requirements

  • 18 credit hours of approved course work with at least 9 credit hours at the 300-level or above, with grades of C or better. 
  • Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 12 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit. 

Course Requirements

  • PHYS-100 Physics for the Modern World (4) and PHYS-200 Physics for the New Millennium (3) or PHYS-105 General Physics I (4) and PHYS-205 Principles of Physics II (4) or PHYS-110 General Physics I (4) and PHYS-210 Principles of Physics II (4) 
  • PHYS-331 Modern Physics (3) 
  • 9 credit hours in elective courses, at least two of which must be at the 300 level or above, including courses outside of physics in relevant areas of technology, society, and policy, as approved by the department.