ECE Focus Area: Applied Physics (Electrical)

Applied Physics


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 interest and FA course selection suggestions listed below when completing their plan of study form (graduation prior Fall 2017 or graduation Fall 2017 or later).

Students interested in this FA are encouraged to consider the course suggestions listed below when completing their Plan of Study Form.

EE Electrical Interest Requirements Suggested Options
Interest Electrical Interest
Depth Elective
(Select One)
ECE:5700 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
Breadth Elective
(Select One)
ECE:3540 Communication Networks
5000-Level ECE Elective
(Select Two)
All 5000-level depth electives listed above and


ECE:5995 Quantum Engineering: Computing and Devices (Prerequisites: MATH:2550 and ENGR 2730)
ECE:5790 Electro-optics (Same as: PHYS:4726)
ECE:5780 Optical Signal Processing (Same as: PHYS:4820)
ECE:5720 Solid State Physical Electronics
ECE:5995 Contemporary Topics in ECE: Radio Frequency Electronics


Technical Elective
(Select Three)
All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above and


PHYS:3710 Intermediate Laboratory
PHYS:3741 Intro. to Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS:3742 Intro. to Quantum Mechanics II
MATH:4200 Complex Variables (taking this course gives a math minor)
ECE:4728 Intro. to Solid State Physics (Same as: PHYS:4728)
Additional Elective
(Select One*)
Any of the above OR course selected in consultation with advisor.


* Students graduating before Fall 2017 are required to select two additional electives.

Advising Notes

  • A Physics minor can be earned by completing PHYS:2703, PHYS:2704, and 7-8 sh of upper-level Physics courses.
  • A minor in Mathematics can be earned by including one qualifying Math course in the FA plan.

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