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)
055:036 (ECE:3360) Embedded Systems & Systems Software
Depth Elective
(select one)
055:170 (ECE:5700) Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
100-Level ECE
(select two)
       All depth electives listed above and
055:172 (ECE:5720) Solid State Physical Electronics
055:178 (ECE:5780) Optical Signal Processing
055:179 (ECE:5790) Electro-optics
Technical Electives
(select three)
       All breadth, depth and 100-level ECE electives listed above and
29:140 (PHYS:3741) Intro. to Quantum Mechanics I
29:141 (PHYS:3742) Intro. to Quantum Mechanics II
29:193 (PHYS:4728) Intro. to Solid State Physics
29:115 (PHYS:3710) Intermediate Laboratory*
22M:118 (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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