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PHYS-100: College Physics I (4 hours)

Mechanics; heat; sound. Prerequisite: MATH 113 College Algebra or MATH 110 College Algebra with Review, or MATH 126 Pre-Calculus or MATH 150 Calculus I. Concurrent enrollment required in PHYS 130 Elementary Physics Laboratory I. Closed to students with credit in PHYS 104 Engineering Physics I.



PHYS-101: College Physics II (4 hours)

Algebra-based basic electrical circuits; optics; relativity; atomic structure. Prerequisite: PHYS 100 College Physics I. Concurrent enrollment required in either PHYS 131 College Physics Laboratory II (preferred) or PHYS 132 Engineering Physics Laboratory II. Closed to students with credit in PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II.



PHYS-102: What's New in Physics Research (1 hour)

Survey of current research areas in physics and related technologies with emphasis on local research activities. For science, engineering, and engineering technology majors. Recommended to be completed prior to completing PHYS 104/105 Engineering Physics I and II. May be repeated.



PHYS-104: Engineering Physics I (4 hours)

Mechanics; heat; sound. For science, engineering, and engineering technology students. Prerequisite: MATH 150 Calculus I. Concurrent enrollment required in PHYS 130 Elementary Physics Laboratory I. Closed to students with credit in PHYS 100 College Physics I.



PHYS-105: Engineering Physics II (4 hours)

Calculus-based electrostatics; magnetism; Maxwell's equations; light; optics. For science, engineering, and engineering technology majors. Prerequisite: PHYS 104 Engineering Physics I or PHYS 100 College Physics I and MATH 150 Calculus I. Concurrent enrollment required in either PHYS 132 Engineering Physics Laboratory II (preferred) or PHYS 131 College Physics Laboratory II. Closed to students with credit in PHYS 101 College Physics II.



PHYS-110: Introductory Mathematical Physics (1 hour)

Applications of basic techniques of calculus and vectors to introductory physics topics, particularly kinematics, statics, and dynamics. Recommended for students preparing to take PHYS 104 Engineering Physics I. Pre-requisite/co-requisite: MATH 150 Calculus I.



PHYS-114: Physical Science Laboratory for Teachers (1 hour)

Current techniques in science education are emphasized to expand and enhance the science content proficiency of future educators. Prerequisites: PHYS 171 Physical Science and PHYS 172 Physical Science Laboratory.



PHYS-130: Elementary Physics Laboratory I (1 hour)

Experiments in mechanics; heat; sound. Concurrent enrollment required in PHYS 100 College Physics I or PHYS 104 Engineering Physics I.



PHYS-131: College Physics Laboratory II (1 hour)

Experiments in basic electrical circuits, optics, and color. Concurrent enrollment required in PHYS 101 College Physics II (preferred) or PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II.



PHYS-132: Engineering Physics Laboratory II (1 hour)

Experiments in electricity, magnetism, circuits, VOM meters and oscilloscopes; optics. Concurrent enrollment required in either PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II (preferred) or PHYS 101 College Physics II.



PHYS-160: Physical Geology (3 hours)

Introduction to minerals and rocks on the earth's surface and interior; dynamic geological processes, including plate tectonics, volcanism, orogeny, glaciation, weathering, and erosion. Co-requisite: PHYS 165 Physical Geology Laboratory.



PHYS-162: Physical Oceanography (3 hours)

A descriptive study of ocean currents and circulation, structure and composition of sea water, ocean floor morphology and sedimentation, tides, waves, and coastal processes. Co-requisite: PHYS 163 Physical Oceanography Laboratory.



PHYS-163: Physical Oceanography Laboratory (1 hour)

Exercises, activities and experiments to accompany PHYS 162 Physical Oceanography. Co-requisite: PHYS 162 Physical Oceanography.



PHYS-165: Physical Geology Laboratory (1 hour)

Laboratory exercises to accompany PHYS 160 Physical Geology, including mineral properties and rock identification, landforms and structural geology, seismic data manipulation, and interpretation of geologic maps. Co-requisite: PHYS 160 Physical Geology.



PHYS-166: Meteorology (3 hours)

A descriptive survey of atmospheric science integrating the concepts of weather patterns, climate, atmospheric composition and structure, pressure, wind, and impact of pollution. Co-requisite: PHYS 167 Meteorology Laboratory.



PHYS-167: Meteorology Laboratory (1 hour)

Exercises, activities and experiments to accompany PHYS 166 Meteorology. Co-requisite: PHYS 166 Meteorology.



PHYS-171: Physical Science (3 hours)

The principles of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, atomic science, earth and space science. Three hours of lecture will be accompanied by two hours of hands-on laboratory experiences weekly. Concurrent enrollment required in PHYS 172 Physical Science Laboratory. Closed to students majoring or minoring in the physical sciences or having had PHYS 371 The Physical World.



PHYS-172: Physical Science Laboratory (1 hour)

Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 171 Physical Science required. Closed to students majoring or minoring in Physics or Chemistry.



PHYS-175: Descriptive Astronomy (3 hours)

The solar system, stellar astronomy, the galaxy, cosmology. Corequisite: PHYS 176 Astronomy Laboratory.



PHYS-176: Astronomy Laboratory (1 hour)

Practical experiments related to astronomy. Light and optics, spectra, mechanics, magnetism, radioactivity; sky observations of constellations, planets, stars and galaxies. Corequisite of either PHYS 175 Descriptive Astronomy or PHYS 375 Solar System Astronomy.



PHYS-220: Engineering Mechanics I-Statics (3 hours)

Study of forces, couples, vector mathematics, rigid body equilibrium, structures, distributed forces, geometric properties, beam analysis, friction, virtual work and stability of equilibrium. Prerequisites: MATH 150 Calculus I, (or concurrent) and PHYS 104 Engineering Physics l or PHYS 100 College Physics I.



PHYS-240: Introductory Physics Topics (1-3 hour)

Lecture or seminar in selected introductory topics of physics.



PHYS-260: Historical Geology (5 hours)

Lecture/Laboratory. Introduction to the geologic evidence of the history of life on Earth. Topics include: Geologic time, paleontology and the fossil record, stratigraphy and the major tectonic and rock-forming events. Prerequisites: PHYS 160/165 Physical Geology/Laboratory.



PHYS-264: Environmental Geology (4 hours)

Lecture/Laboratory. Mechanisms and consequences of natural disasters, human interaction with the environment particularly with respect to natural resource exploitation. Prerequisites: PHYS 160/165 Physical Geology/Laboratory.



PHYS-375: Solar System Astronomy (3 hours)

Formation and evolution of the Sun and planets, study of interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres of planets, moons, and Sun. Sun-star connection, stellar groupings, cosmology. Corequisite: PHYS 176 Astronomy Laboratory.



PHYS-479: Techniques for Teaching Physics (3 hours)

Techniques, methods, and course content used in teaching physics in the secondary school. Offered by the Department of Physics. To be taken before the professional semester. Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education and PSYCH 357 Educational Psychology.



PHYS-500: Mathematical Physics (3 hours)

Mathematical methods in classical and modern physics. Prerequisites: MATH 150 Calculus I and PHYS 101 College Physics II or PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-502: Computational Physics (3 hours)

Use of computational techniques in solving problems in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, electronic circuits, optics and modern physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 500 Mathematical Physics. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-504: Solid State Electronic Devices (3 hours)

Conduction in metals and semiconductors, the p-n junction, ohmic and rectifying contacts, zener and tunnel diodes, bipolar transistors, multi-junction devices, field effect transistors, introduction to integrated circuits. Prerequisites: MATH 150 Calculus I and PHYS 101 College Physics II or PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-510: Analytical Mechanics I (3 hours)

Newtonian Mechanics, motion of systems of particles, moving coordinate systems, central force motion. Prerequisite: PHYS 500 Mathematical Physics. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-512: Electricity and Magnetism I (3 hours)

Vector calculus, coordinate systems and transformations, electrostatic fields, boundary value problems, magnetostatics, magnetic forces, materials and devices, Maxwell's Equations. Prerequisite: PHYS 500 Mathematical Physics. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-514: Applied Thermodynamics (3 hours)

Heat, temperature, laws of thermodynamics and their applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 104 Engineering Physics I. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-516: Modern Physics I (3 hours)

Relativity, atomic, nuclear, high energy and solid state physics. Prerequisites: MATH 150 Calculus I and PHYS 101 College Physics II or PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-518: Physical Optics (3 hours)

Huygen's principle; interference; diffraction; polarization and crystal optics; electromagnetic theory of light. Prerequisites: MATH 253 Calculus III and PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-522: Engineering Mechanics II--Dynamics (3 hours)

Principles of dynamics. Particle mechanics, equations of motion, displacement. velocity, acceleration, dynamics of rigid bodies, dynamics of machines. Prerequisite: PHYS 220 Engineering Mechanics I--Statics.



PHYS-530: Intermediate Physics Laboratory (____) (3 hours)

Experiments in electricity and magnetism; thermodynamics; atomic and nuclear physics; optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II. May be repeated if subject matter is different each time. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-532: Electronic Circuits I (3 hours)

A.C., D.C. circuitry, diode and transistor theory, transistor amplifiers, amplifier and feedback circuits, oscillators, digital electronics, microprocessors. Prerequisite: PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-533: Electronic Circuits II (3 hours)

Digital to analog and analog to digital converters, transducers and applications to computer interfacing, feed-back and control by computers. Prerequisite: PHYS 532 Electronic Circuits I. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-540: Topics in Physics (____) (1-3 hour)

Lecture or seminar in specialized area of physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 500 Mathematical Physics. May be repeated if subject matter is different. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-541: Topics in Astronomy (___) (1-3 hour)

Lecture, seminar, or laboratory studies in specialized areas of Astronomy. May be repeated if subject matter is different.



PHYS-542: Topics in Earth Science (____) (1-3 hour)

Lecture, seminar, laboratory, and/or field studies in a specialized area of Earth Science. May be repeated if subject matter is different. Prerequisites: PHYS 160/165 Physical Geology/Laboratory.



PHYS-560: Field Studies in Earth and Space Science (2-3 hours)

Lecture/Laboratory. Measuring and describing orientation of rocks and their relationship to the environment. Include meteorological and astronomical measurements. Prerequisites: PHYS 160/165 Physical Geology/Laboratory.



PHYS-569: Laboratory Assistant Practicum (2 hours)

For students intending to teach physics or general science in secondary schools. Assisting in preparation and instruction in one of several physics or physical science laboratories. A minimum of four hours assisting per week is required. Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in the teacher education curriculum; permission of instructor.



PHYS-575: Introductory Astrophysics (3 hours)

Celestial mechanics, photometry, stellar and planetary astronomy, radio and space probe astronomy. Prerequisite: PHYS 101 College Physics II or PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-579: Supervised Student Teaching and Follow-Up of Teachers (2 hours)

Departmental representatives will visit each student teacher during the professional semester. Additionally, departmental representatives will follow up with each area student during the first year of teaching with assistance and support. Concurrent enrollment in the professional semester is required. Offered on a Pass-Fail basis only.



PHYS-591: Physics Project (1-3 hour)

Project in classical or modern physics. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-610: Analytical Mechanics II (3 hours)

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, rigid body motion, mechanics of continuous media. Prerequisite: PHYS 510 Analytical Mechanics I. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-612: Electricity and Magnetism II (3 hours)

Maxwell's equations, time-varying electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic wave propagation, transmission lines, wave guides and antennae. Prerequisite: PHYS 512 Electricity and Magnetism I. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-616: Modern Physics II (3 hours)

Continuation of PHYS 516 Modern Physics I. Applications of relativity and quantum mechanics to atomic, nuclear, high energy, solid state, and astrophysics. Prerequisite: PHYS 516 Modern Physics I. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-691: Senior Research Project (2 hours)

Individual research project. Oral and written presentations by student. Prerequisite: Senior standing.



PHYS-699: Senior Review and Assessment (1 hour)

Capstone course for undergraduate physics majors along with exiting assessment. Prerequisite: Senior standing.



PHYS-714: Statistical Thermodynamics (3 hours)

Distribution functions; statistical methods applied to radiation and matter. Prerequisite: PHYS 516 Modern Physics I or CHEM 593 Physical Chemistry I or permission of instructor.



PHYS-716: Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3 hours)

Atomic spectra, special theory of relativity and the origins of quantum theory. Wave mechanics, the square well, barrier potentials, harmonic oscillator, and hydrogen atom. Prerequisite: PHYS 516 Modern Physics I or CHEM 593 Physical Chemistry I or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-730: Advanced Physics Laboratory (____) (3 hours)

Experiments in: Atomic and nuclear physics; x-rays; solid state physics; electromagnetic phenomena. Prerequisite: PHYS 530 Intermediate Physics Laboratory or other junior-senior level laboratory work. May be repeated if subject matter is different each time. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-735: Laboratory Safety and Compliance (1 hour)

Survey of recommended best practices for safe laboratory operation, handling and disposal of hazardous materials, electricity, radiation, pressurized or cryogenic gases, and first aid, including the latest federal, state, city, and campus regulations to prevent accidents or exposures that may cause injury, property damage, or interference with other work. Recommended for Lab Assistants. Prerequisite: PHYS 131 College Physics Laboratory II or PHYS 172 Physical Science Laboratory.



PHYS-740: Advanced Topics in Physics (____) (1-3 hour)

Lecture or seminar in specialized areas of physics. May be repeated if subject matter is different each time. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-741: Special Topics (____) (1-3 hour)

Selected topics in the physical sciences. Primarily for education majors. May be repeated if subject matter is different.



PHYS-742: Solid State Physics (3 hours)

Theoretical and experimental aspects of solid state physics. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



PHYS-743: Solid State Electronics (3 hours)

Digital Electronic Signals and Switches, Logic Gates, Boolean Algebra, Flop-Flops and Registers; Semiconductor, Magnetic and Optical Memory, feed-back and control by computers via LabView. Prerequisites: MATH 150 Calculus I and PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II or permission of instructor.



PHYS-760: History and Philosophy of Science (3 hours)

Introduction to modern views about the nature of science with a survey of major changes and contributors to development of epistemology and empirical techniques in the physical and life sciences. Prerequisites: PHYS 100 College Physics I/PHYS 101 College Physics II or PHYS 104 Engineering Physics I/PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II, and PHYS 516 Modern Physics I.



PHYS-775: High-Energy Astrophysics (3 hours)

Investigations of supernovae, neutron stars, gamma-ray bursts, and active galactic nuclei, particularly studying gas dynamics and radiation processes. Prerequisite: PHYS 500 Mathematical Physics.



PHYS-810: Classical Mechanics (3 hours)

Lagrangian, Hamiltonian, and Poisson formulation of mechanics.



PHYS-812: Electromagnetic Theory (3 hours)

Electrostatics, magnetostatics, time-varying fields. Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic wave propagation.



PHYS-816: Quantum Mechanics (3 hours)

Non-relativistic quantum theory; operator formalism; perturbation and variational methods.



PHYS-830: Graduate Physics Laboratory (3 hours)

Selected experiments in modern physics.



PHYS-832: Experimental Design in the Physical Sciences (3 hours)

Incorporation of parametric, systematic, and statistical error analysis, instrumental uncertainties, and logic into the design and planning of experiments in physics, chemistry, and engineering. Prerequisites: PHYS 516 Modern Physics I and PHYS 530 Intermediate Physics Laboratory.



PHYS-840: Graduate Topics in Physics (____) (3 hours)

Lecture or seminar in specialized areas of physics. May be repeated if subject matter is different each time.



PHYS-881: Orientation to College Teaching (3 hours)

Laboratory work in the classroom situation; work with instrumental aids; involvement in curriculum development, test construction, and classroom instruction.



PHYS-882: Guided Inquiry for Science Fairs and Demonstrations (3 hours)

How to guide and encourage secondary school students in research projects in the physical sciences. Emphasizes important distinctions between simply building a technical demonstration and actually following the scientific method. Recommended for secondary school teachers. Prerequisites: PHYS 100 College Physics I/PHYS 101 College Physics II or PHYS 104 Engineering Physics I/PHYS 105 Engineering Physics II, and PHYS 516 Modern Physics I.



PHYS-890: Research and Thesis (1-6 hour)

May be repeated. No more than six hours applies toward the master's degree, except when additional hours are determined by the Department to be required to complete the thesis and its defense.



PHYS-891: Research Problem (1-6 hour)

May be repeated. No more than six hours applies toward the master's degree, except when additional hours are determined by the Department to be required to complete the problem and report.



PHYS-893: Research Grant Proposal Writing (3 hours)

Introduction to fundamental techniques for obtaining research funding, including both government and private sources, types of solicitations, rules, strategies, and proposal formats. Prerequisite: PHYS 516 Modern Physics I.


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