Applied Physics Program Descriptions

Medicine Emphasis

This program is designed for pre-medical students who plan to attend medical school after getting their bachelor of science degree. The student is expected to join in a research project in the extensive medical laboratories available on campus to gain direct laboratory experience. This can be completed during one semester or during the summer. 
Medical Physics Group Medicine Curriculum


Computer Science Emphasis

This program is intended to approximately correspond to a minor in this subject, and consists of a set of four introductory computer science courses. Students can also gain valuable experience programming on the many research computers and networks in the department. 
Computer Science related Physics Faculty Computer Science Curriculum


Photonics (optics) Emphasis

This emphasis consists entirely of courses within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the stipulated additional courses are all upper level. The photonics emphasis provides a variant on the normal undergraduate physics program, stressing the technologically-relevant area of optics. 
Photonics Group Photonics Curriculum 1


Solid State Emphasis

This emphasis combines courses in physics with those from electrical engineering, and is intended to educate students in the foundations of electronics as well as the current state-of-the-art in industry. 
Condensed Matter Group Solid State Curriculum


Double Majoring

This is actually one of our most popular programs. It is designed for majors in other fields to enhance their overall skills by adding a second degree in Applied Physics. The majority of their courses in both the applied area and in physics are already part of their curriculum. By adding several additional physics classes, and by participating in the cooperative program, the average student can obtain a second degree with little delay to complete their overall coursework. The additional laboratory experience, coupled with the second degree can significantly increase the graduate's job opportunites. In today's tight markets it never hurts to enhance your overall credentials.


Cooperative Work

Each student in the applied physics program is expected to complete work in a laboratory environment as part of the cooperative program. This could be in industry or in one of the many laboratories available on campus. Students may do this during any semester or during the summer. Most students chose to complete this part of their work during the summer months.

For further information, contact Wayne Polyzou (Program Manager) or Frederick Skiff (Chair), Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.