ECE Focus Area: Applied Physics (Electrical)

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Students majoring in ECE with an Applied Physics emphasis develop the devices, systems, and technologies used to implement modern electronics devices and systems. Further, they support research into new technologies that e.g. will extend Moore's Law into the future.

Depending on the courses selected, completion of applied physics area coursework can provide additional understanding of topics in electromagnetics, quantum mechanics and electronics, solid state devices, space systems and electronics, and information processing.

Students interested in the Applied Physics elective focus area are encouraged to consider the track and EFA course selection suggestions listed below when completing their plan of study form.

EFA Requirements Suggested Options
Track Electrical Track: standard curriculum
Breadth Elective
(select one)
ECE:3360 Embedded Systems & Systems Software
Depth Elective
(select one)
ECE:5700 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
5000-Level ECE
(select two)
       All depth electives listed above and
ECE:5720 Solid State Physical Electronics
ECE:5780 Optical Signal Processing
ECE:5790 Electro-optics
Technical Electives
(select three)
       All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above and
PHYS:3741 Intro. to Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS:3742 Intro. to Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS:4728 Intro. to Solid State Physics
PHYS:3710 Intermediate Laboratory*
MATH:4200 Complex Variables**
Additional Electives
(select two)
Any of the above OR courses selected in consultation with advisor.

     * A Physics minor can be earned by completing PHYS:2703, PHYS:2704, and 7-8 sh of 100-level Physics courses.
    ** A Mathematics minor can be earned by completing one qualifying Math course.

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