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, for instance, could extend Moore's Law or allow for development of quantum scale devices beyond Moore's law.

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 Track Requirements Suggested Options
Track Electrical
Depth Elective
(Select One)

ECE:5700 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
ECE:5995 Contemporary Topics in ECE: Radio Frequency Electronics

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

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 Electives
(Select one 3 s.h. & one ≥2 s.h.)


Any of the above OR course selected in consultation with advisor.

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.

Related Links