Our traditional physics track, Pure & Applied physics, is intended for those preparing for graduate school, teaching careers, or careers in industry or applied physics. Students preparing for employment in an interdisciplinary area, such as environmental, geophysical, or energy study, can choose to add an appropriate minor or arrange a specific major program on an individual basis, as approved by an advisor. Students should consult with an advisor before choosing a major track in physics.

Pure and Applied Track Required Courses

Courses must be completed with a “C” (2.0) or higher and an overall CU Denver Biology cumulative GPA of a 2.0

  1. Analytical Mechanics (PHYS 3211 – 4)
  2. Thermal Physics (PHYS 3411 – 3)
  3. Junior Lab II (PHYS 3721 – 2)
  4. Senior Lab I (PHYS 4711 – 2)
  5. Principles of Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 4331 – 4)*
  6. 6 credits of Physics related electives at 3000 level or above approved by advisor (may include up to 3 credits of independent study)

*Note: students who must retake PHYS 4331 may fulfill this requirement by obtaining a “C” or better in PHYS 4351 Bio-electromagnetism.

Required Ancillary Courses

Courses must be completed with a “C” (2.0) or higher and an overall CU Denver Biology cumulative GPA of a 2.0

  1. Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (MATH 1401 – 4)
  2. Analytical Geometry and Calculus II (MATH 2411 – 4)
  3. Analytical Geometry and Calculus III (MATH 2421 – 4)
  4. Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (MATH 3195 – 4)

Note: the department will accept the following combination of math courses in place of MATH 3195:

  • MATH 3191 Applied Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH 3200 Elementary Differential Equations (3 credits)