Courses for Undergraduate Physics Majors

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PHYS 2100 INTERMEDIATE MECHANICS (3) LEC. 3. Pr., PHYS 1617 or PHYS 1610. Coreq., MATH 2690. Principles and applications of Newtonian mechanics, noninertial reference frames, harmonic motion, central forces, rigid bodies, introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics.

PHYS 2200 INTRODUCTORY QUANTUM PHYSICS & RELATIVITY (3). LEC. 3. Pr., PHYS 1617 or PHYS 1610. Observational foundations of quantum physics, relativity and developments of several branches of physics up to their present frontiers.

PHYS 2300 PHYSICS LABORATORY SKILLS (2). LAB. 6. Pr., PHYS 1617 or PHYS 1610. The measurement process and its unavoidable uncertainties; standard laboratory instruments; data analysis techniques and tools.

PHYS 3100 INTERMEDIATE ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM (3). LEC. 3., Pr., PHYS 1617 or PHYS 1610, MATH 2630 or MATH 2730. Electrostatics, magnetostatics, Laplace's equation, boundary-value problems, multiple expansions, dielectric and magnetic materials,. Faraday's law, AC circuits, and Maxwell's equations.

PHYS 3200 STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS (3). LEC. 3. Pr., PHYS 2200. The basic laws of thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics including entropy, the partition function, free energy, and the quantum statistic of Fermions and Bosons.

PHYS 3500 PHYSICS OF THE WORLD AROUND US (3) LEC. 3. Interdisciplinary topic e.g. Biophysics, Astrophysics, Physics of Weather, Physics of Music, or Environmental Physics. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours.

PHYS 4100 FUNDAMENTALS OF QUANTUM MECHANICS (2). LEC. 3. Pr., PHYS 2300, MATH 2650. Schrodinger equation, stationary and time-dependent solutionis, spin and the exclusion principle, perturbation theory, scattering and resonances, the interpetation of quantum mechanics.

PHYS 4200 FUNDAMENTAL EXPERIMENTS IN PHYSICS (2). LAB. 6. Pr., PHYS 2300. Experiments that demonstrate the fundamental ideas and facts of physics. Data will be collected, analyzed, interpreted adn reported in comprehensive lab reports.

PHYS 4900 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICS (1-5). IND. SU. Pr., departmental approval. Student will investigate a topic of interest under the direction of faculty member. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit hours.

PHYS 4930 DIRECTED READING IN PHYSICS (1-5) IND. Pr., departmental approval. Student will study a topic of interest under the direction of a faculty member. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit hours.

PHYS 4967 HONORS READING (1-3). IND. Pr., Membership in the Honors College; departmental approval. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

PHYS 4980 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (1-5). IND. Pr., departmental approval. Student will work under the direction of a faculty member on  a problem of mutual interest. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit hours.

PHYS 4997 HONORS THESIS (1-6). IND. Pr., membership in the Honors College; departmental approval. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

PHYS 5100 APPLICATIONS OF QUANTUM MECHANICS (3). LEC. 3. Pr., PHYS 4100. Quantum mechanics applied to atomic physics, solid state physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, electrodynamics, and cosmology.

PHYS 5500 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS (3). LEC. 3. Pr., departmental approval. A subject such as Wave Mechanics, Mathematical Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Optics, Nuclear Physics, Elementary Particles, Relativity, or Electrodynamics. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

PHYS 5600 FRONTIERS OF PHYSICS (3). LEC. 3. Pr., PHYS 5100 or PHYS 3100 or departmental approval. A subject from the research areas in the Department such as Solid State, Atomic, Plasma, Space, or computational Physics will be selected by the lecturer.  Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours.

PHYS 5610 INTRODUCTION TO SOLID STATE PHYSICS (3). LEC. 3. Pr., PHYS 6100 or departmental approval. Lattice vibrations, band description of electronic states in metals, semiconductors and insulators, and magnetic, super-conducting and defect properties of solids.

PHYS 5620 SURVEY OF PLASMA PHYSICS (3). LEC. 3. Pr., PHYS 3100 or departmental approval. Single particle motions: fluid description of a plasma; plasma waves and oscillations; kinetic description, diffusion, and resistivity; non-linear effects.


Curriculum Model in Physics
(Courses or hours in bold are required. Italics indicate recommended choices when there is an option.)

Year 
Course 
Fall
Description 

Hrs 

Course 
Spring
Description 

Hrs 
Fr. PHYS1607
or
PHYS1600
Honors Physics I

Engineering Physics I 
 4  PHYS1617
or
PHYS1610
Honors Physics II

Engineering Physics II
 4 
  MATH1610
or
MATH1710
Derivatives and application, integrals

Vectors, derivatives, integrals
 4  MATH1620
or
MATH1720 
Application of the integral, infinite series

Integrals, infinite series, partial derivative
 4 
    Core Written Composition I   3    Core Written Composition II   3 
    Core Fine Arts  3   Core Philosophy  3 
    Total 14    Total  14 
Soph. PHYS2200  Introductory Quantum Physics and Relativity   3  PHYS2100  Intermediate Mechanics   3  
  MATH2630 Multivariate Calculus (Vector Calculus)   4  MATH2650  Linear Differential Equations   3 
        PHYS2300 Laboratory Skills   2 
    Core History I   3    Core History II   3 
    Core Great Books I  3    Core Great Books II   3 
  COMM1000  Public Speaking   3       
    Total  16    Total  14 
Jr.  PHYS3100  Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism   3  PHYS3200  Statistical Thermodynamics   
  PHYS4100  Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics   3  PHYS5100  Applications of Quantum Mechanics
or
Professional Elective at 3000 level or higher 
 3 
    Core Social Science I   3    Core Social Science II   3 
    Science Elective I - Chemistry, Biology, Geology      Science Elective II - Chemistry, Biology, Geology   4 
    Elective   3    Elective   3 
    Total 16    Total  16 
Sr.  PHYS4200  Fundamental Experiments in Physics   2  PHYS3500,
PHYS5500,
PHYS5610,
or
PHYS5620 
Physics Elective (2 choices will be offered each Spring; PHYS5610 (Solid State) and PHYS5620 (Plasma) will alternate   3
  PHYS3500 or
PHYS5600
Physics Elective(both will be offered each Fall)
or
Professional Elective at 3000 level or higher
 3  PHYS4980  Undergraduate Research
or
Professional Elective at 3000 level or higher
 4 
    Elective  3  PHYS3500,
PHYS5500,
PHYS5610,
or
PHYS5620 
Physics Elective (2 choices will be offered each Spring; PHYS5610 (Solid State) and PHYS5620 (Plasma) will alternate    3 
    Elective   3    Elective   3 
    Elective   3    Elective   3 
    Total  14    Total  16 
    Total Hrs in Fall  60    Total Hrs in Fall  60