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Namm Hall 811 (N-811)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5277

Applied Computational Physics/BS

The Applied Computational Physics degree program provides a more broad, balanced and flexible education than a traditional physics major. Combining computational elements alongside basic physical principles creates a mindset for modeling realistic systems. The course of study combines applied physics and high-performance computing to show complex laws of nature, physics methods and computational techniques within the context and application of different fields.

Graduates will be well equipped with a solid platform in physics, computing and mathematics, as well as valuable skills in complex problem-solving and teamwork. This will position them to fulfill the growing need for researchers, educators, and information professionals in a wide variety of fields: including engineering areas such as aerospace, applied mathematics and computer science, physical chemistry, finance, biomedicine and environmental science, as well as research in academic, industrial or national laboratories.

Admissions Criteria

Students applying for admission must meet the college standards for admission into a baccalaureate program. High school coursework in physics will be helpful but is not required. Students who do not have the mathematics background required to enroll in MAT 1475 (Calculus I) but who meet other admission requirements can use the program elective credits to complete the pre-requisite courses.

Students transferring to the Applied Computational Physics program must have:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • At least one semester of college-level English composition
  • At least one semester of calculus (i.e. a course equivalent to MAT 1475)

Transfer students lacking any of these criteria must seek the approval of the Program Director. College coursework in physics will be useful for applicants but is not required for admission.

The program’s curriculum is designed for students to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • The ability to clearly communicate complex scientific ideas both verbally and in written form
  • An appreciation of how the scientific method is built upon testable hypotheses and experimental evidence
  • A concrete foundation in basic physics, including mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics
  • The ability to develop a set of mathematical, problem-solving, and computer programming skills
  • The ability to model and simulate a large number of different types of physical systems and formulate predictions using semi-analytical and computational techniques and data analysis
  • An awareness of the underlying assumptions and limitations of various approximation schemes and certain computational algorithms
  • The ability to identify and apply research ethics and unbiased assessment in gathering and reporting scientific data and in the analyses of results of modeling and simulations
  • An awareness of the ethical, societal, legal and other personal aspects of being a professional.




English Composition (2 courses, 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3 credits)

Any approved course (STEM math strongly recommended)1 3

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 3 credits)

Any Approved Course3


From the list of approved courses select one course from each of the following areas; no more than two courses may be selected from any discipline.

World Cultures and Global Issues

Any Approved Course3

US Experience in its Diversity

Any Approved Course3

Individual and Society

Any Approved Course3

Creative Expression

Any Approved Course3

Scientific World

Any Approved Course3
One additional course from any group3


One course in Speech/Oral Communication

COM 1330 Public Speaking or higher3 3

One interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences course

Any Approved Course3

Additional Liberal Arts credits

Any Approved Course6

In meeting their general education requirements overall, students must take at least one advanced liberal arts course or two sequential courses in a foreign language

Writing Intensive Requirement

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete four courses designated WI for the associate level, two from GenEd and two from the major.


Computer Science Requirements (9 Credits)

CST 1101 Problem Solving with Computer Programming3
CST 1201 Programming Fundamentals3
CST 1204 Database Systems Fundamentals3

General Physics Requirements (25 Credits)

PHYS 1441 General Physics I: Calculus based5
PHYS 1442 General Physics II: Calculus based5
PHYS 2443 Modern Physics4
PHYS 2607 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 3100 Classical Mechanics4
PHYS 3200 Electricity and Magnetism4

Applied Computational Physics (ACP) Requirements (16 Credits)

PHYS 3300 Computational Fluid Dynamics3
PHYS 3600 Machine Learning for Physics and Astronomy3
PHYS 4100 Computational Methods4
PHYS 4150 Computational Methods Laboratory2
PHYS 4200 Internship/Real Research Experience4

Mathematics Requirements (19 Credits)

MAT 1475 Calculus I4
MAT 1575 Calculus II4
MAT 2675 Calculus III4
MAT 2580 Linear Algebra3
MAT 2572 Probability and Mathematical Statistics I4

Program Electives4 (9 Credits)

Elective courses provide the freedom to adapt the curriculum to the specific interests and previous curriculum choices of each individual student. Students are encouraged to discuss the selection of elective courses with the Program Director.


1 Applied Computational Physics is a STEM degree program, requiring 4 or 5 credit courses in mathematics and sciences. Student may elect to use their required 4 or 5 credit mathematics or science courses to meet Common Core requirements in “Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning” and “Life and Physical Sciences.” Note also that other science courses are identified as satisfying “Scientific World” courses in the Flexible Core. This “double duty” use of courses is encouraged, as the number of free elective credits will increase accordingly, allowing more flexibility in advanced elective choices.

2 Complete lists of liberal arts and sciences courses and advanced liberal arts courses, as well as semester-specific lists of interdisciplinary courses and writing intensive courses, are available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

3 Students who have already met this requirement may choose any other liberal arts and science course in its place.

4 Students who need to complete MAT 1275 and MAT 1375 before beginning the calculus-based classes required by the program may use these credits to do so within the 120-credit count for the degree.