PHYS 6300 Teaching Physics
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites demonstrated ability in basic physics via an undergraduate degree or consent of the instructor
Description

Research on student learning, understanding concepts, teaching styles and models, types of tests and other evaluations, and presentation techniques; participation in the faculty enrichment seminars organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

PHYS 6310 Teaching Physics Lab Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites PHYS 6300 with grade of C or higher, or current enrollment in PHYS 6300, or consent of the instructor
Description

One half-hour seminar and two laboratory hours a week. Hands-on experience in teaching introductory labs; the syllabus will vary according to the specific lab taught.

PHYS 6340 Neurophysics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 and PHYS 2212 with grades of B or higher, or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours per week. Course provides fundamental findings of physics of neuronal systems. The course covers such topics as introduction to biomechanics, membranes, transport, electroosmotic effects, ion pumping, cellular homeostasis, the Hodgkin-Huxley formalism, energetics of spiking, neural coding, and dynamics of neurons and neuronal networks. It also covers methods of recording of neuronal activity.

PHYS 6410 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Introduction quantum mechanics at a level of PHYS 3402 or higher with a grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Properties of nuclei; nuclear models; nuclear reactions and radioactive decay processes; properties of elementary particles, their symmetries and interactions; standard model of elementary particles.

PHYS 6510 Mathematics of Physics I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as MATH 6258.) Three lecture hours a week. Algebra of vectors, vector calculus, divergence, gradient, curl, line integrals, surface integrals, divergence theorem of Gauss, Stokes’s theorem, conservative fields, orthogonal curvilinear coordinates, matrices, eigenvalue problems.

PHYS 6520 Mathematics of Physics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites a course in ordinary differential equations
Description

(Same as MATH 6265.) Three lecture hours a week. Derivation and solution of partial differential equations of physics, wave equation, Laplace’s equation, Schroedinger’s equation, poer series solution of ordinary differential equations, special functions of mathematical physics, Fourier series, Sturm-Liouville systems, complex analysis, and integration.

PHYS 6710 Functional Neuroimaging
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Foundations of physics principles applied to brain processes, different imaging modalities, and neuroimaging data analysis methods. Topics include physiological basis of functional neuroimaging, physics of different imaging modalities (fMRI, PET, EEG, MEG, fNIR, TMS), experimental design, neuroimaging data analysis, and applications in cognitive neuroscience. This course is appropriate for graduate students in physics, chemistry, biology, neuroscience, psychology, mathematics, statistics, and computer science with an interest in the use of functional neuroimaging.

PHYS 6720 Introduction to Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Fundamentals of magnetism in solids, nanostructures and ferrofluids. Wide range of topics overviewing basic physics phenomena observed in magnetic materials and nanostructures will be covered, including static and dynamic phenomena, nanostructures and their applications in electronics and spintronics, ferrofluids, and the experimental approaches used to study magnetic phenomena.

PHYS 6810 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Schroedinger’s theory of quantum mechanics; solutions of Schroedinger’s equation; perturbation theory; one-electron atoms; magnetic moments, spin, and relativistic effects; identical particles; and multi-electron atoms.

PHYS 6910 Solid State Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 3401 and PHYS 3402 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Atoms in crystals (crystal structure); waves in crystals; crystal binding, lattice constants; lattice vibrations and other thermal properties of solids, free electrons in crystals, energy bands, and semiconductors.

PHYS 7000 Gateway to Physics
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

Two lecture hours a week. This course is intended for anyone curious about physics and its relevance to contemporary life. It is primarily for students in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program in the College of Education but is also appropriate for students in medicine, law, and business, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, music, and fine arts. No background in physics is necessary. The course engages a broad spectrum of resources and experiential opportunities (e.g. popular science books & articles, videos, websites, lab tours, field trips, service learning opportunities, and guest presenters) to explore compelling interconnections between physics and other disciplines and career interests. Course topics may include Physics and the Human Body, Physics and the Nano-scale, Physics and the Cosmos, Physics and Technology, Physics and Art, and Chaos & Complexity.

PHYS 7110 Conceptual Physics I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Designed for science teachers in the secondary and middle schools. No prior knowledge of physics is assumed. Course includes both lecture and laboratory. Dynamics, energy concepts, properties of matter, heat and thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism.

PHYS 7111 Introduction to Physics for Teachers I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Algebra at the level of Math1111 and trigonometry at the level of Math1113 is strongly advised. Three lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Mechanics, heat, and wave motion. This course is primarily intended for students in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program in the College of Education who will be secondary science teachers, but it is open to other graduate students as well.

PHYS 7112 Introductory Physics for Teachers II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Instructor consent
Description

Three lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Electricity, light, modern physics. This course is intended for students in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program in the College of Education, but it is open to other graduate students as well.

PHYS 7120 Conceptual Physics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 7110 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Sound, light, atomic and nuclear physics, relativity and astrophysics, energy and the future, and advancing technology.

PHYS 7210 Physics Principles & Teaching Problems I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Students should have completed one year of introductory undergraduate physics equivalent of Phys1111/1112 or Phys2211/2212 before taking this course. The course will attempt to develop a deep conceptual understanding of fundamental physics concepts associated with Newtonian mechanics, energy, and waves in the pre-service science teachers taking it. A related goal will be to support these pre-service teachers in developing strategies for using their understanding to facilitate the construction of physics knowledge in the students they will come to teach. This course is primarily for students being certified to teach physics at the secondary school level in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program.

PHYS 7220 Physics Principles & Teaching Problems II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Phys7110 with a grade of B or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Students should have completed one year of introductory undergraduate physics equivalent to Phys1111/1112 or Phys2211/2212 before taking this course. The course will develop a deep conceptual understanding of fundamental physics concepts associated with electricity, magnetism, and modern physics in the pre-service science teachers taking it. A related goal will be to support these pre-service teachers in developing strategies for using their understanding to facilitate the construction of physics knowledge in the students they will come to teach. This course is primarily for students being certified to teach physics at the secondary school level in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program.

PHYS 7450 Physics for Secondary School Teachers
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Designed both to refresh and enlarge the high school teacher’s knowledge of general physics.

PHYS 7460 Modern Physics for Secondary Teachers I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2211K-2212K with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Physical and quantum optics, introduction to special relativity, quantum mechanics, and atomic structure.

PHYS 7470 Modern Physics for Secondary Teachers II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 7460 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Introduction to x-ray spectra, molecular structure, solid state physics, nuclear structure, and nuclear reactions.

PHYS 7600 Classical Mechanics
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Vector algebra, Newton’s laws, conservation laws, many body systems, motion in central fields, small oscillations, motion in electromagnetic fields, rotation of rigid bodies, Lagrangian equations, and Hamilton’s principle, and virtual work.

PHYS 7700 Electricity and Magnetism
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 6510 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Electrostatics, steady currents, magnetic fields, magnetic induction, AC circuits, dielectrics, magnetic properties of matter, Maxwell’s equations, and wave propagation.

PHYS 7800 Optics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Fundamentals and applications of optics: diffraction, interference, lasers, fiber optics, and applications of optical instruments.

PHYS 7850 Statistical and Thermal Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2212K and MATH 2215 with grades of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Kinetic and statistical theories of matter and their relation to classical thermal physics.

PHYS 7910 Directed Study in Physics
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Description

Areas of study and credit to be determined by the department.

PHYS 8010 Advanced Classical Mechanics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 4600 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Newton’s laws, conservation laws, many-body systems, Lagrangian equations, Hamilton’s principle; motion in central fields, small oscillations, rotation of rigid bodies, Hamilton equations, canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi equation, Poisson’s brackets, transition to quantum mechanics.

PHYS 8100 Electromagnetic Theory I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 6520 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Electrostatics, Poisson’s and Laplace’s equations, Green’s functions; boundary-value problems in electrostatics; multipoles, electrostatics of macroscopic media, dielectrics; and magnetostatics.

PHYS 8110 Electromagnetic Theory II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 8100 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Time-varying fields, Maxwell equations, conservation laws; plane electromagnetic waves and wave propagation; wave guides and resonant cavities; special theory of relativity; simple radiating systems, and radiation by moving charges.

PHYS 8210 Quantum Mechanics I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 6810 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Postulates, Schroedinger’s equation, one-dimensional problems, three-dimensional problems, scattering, transformation theory, perturbation theory, Born approximation, and variation method.

PHYS 8220 Quantum Mechanics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 8210 with grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Spin, relativistic effects, many-electron atoms, second quantization, radiation field, Dirac equation, and Feynman diagrams.

PHYS 8310 Statistical Mechanics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Classical and quantum mechanical statistical theories of many body systems. Topics include the ergodic theorem, distributions, quantum statistics, thermodynamic interpretations, and applications.

PHYS 8380 Computational Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 8010 with grade of B or higher, or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours per week. Realistic modeling dynamics of neurons and neuronal networks with emphasis on testing data-driven hypotheses. Topics include modeling intracellular calcium dynamics, voltage dependent channels, synapses, activity of neurons, and synchronization regimes of neuronal networks.

PHYS 8410 Atomic Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 6810 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Theory of atomic spectra; scattering theory.

PHYS 8420 Molecular Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 6810 with grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Molecular structure, molecular orbital theory, and molecular spectra.

PHYS 8510 Solid State Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 6910 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Thermal, electrical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of solids; crystal structure; reciprocal lattice; X-ray diffraction; nearly free electrons; band structure and modifications; homogeneous and inhomogeneous semiconductors; defects and dislocations; dielectric properties of insulators; and superconductors.

PHYS 8515 Dynamical Foundations of Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 4010/6010 or MATH 4275/6275 or PHYS 4180/6180 with grade C or higher
Description

This course explores the mathematical principles by which brains generate spikes, make decisions, store memories, and control actions. Topics include biophysics and dynamics of single and coupled neurons, bifurcations and transitions between various types of neuronal activities; modeling of synapses, dendrites and axons; small networks; neural coding in single cells and at the population level; dynamics of large networks, including spike computing with population codes; networks learning and behavioral changes.

PHYS 8550 Physics of Thin Films
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 6810 and PHYS 8110 with grades of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Thin film growth methods, optical, and electrical properties of films, characterization techniques.

PHYS 8610 Nuclear Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 6410 and PHYS 6810 with grades of C or higher, and consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Nuclear force and two and three nucleon systems; spherical and deformed nuclear shell models; collective modes; electromagnetic and weak decays; nuclear scattering and reactions.

PHYS 8650 Fundamentals of Particles and Interactions
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 6410 and PHYS 6810 with grades of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Relativistic wave equations; Feynman diagrams; quantum electrodynamics; quantum chromodynamics; weak interactions; and gauge theories.

PHYS 8710 Research Topics in Physics
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description

Topics related to area of current research to be chosen by the instructor. May be repeated if topic varies.

PHYS 8800 Electronics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Two lecture and four laboratory hours a week. Principles of D.C. and A.C. circuits; introduction to design of analog and digital circuits; discrete and integrated circuit devices; and elements of electronic instrumentation systems. (Not open to Physics and Astronomy students.).

PHYS 8810 Digital Instrumentation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 8800 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent experience
Description

Two lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week. Analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversions; parallel and serial data transfer; microprocessor fundamentals; microprocessor interfacing for data acquisition; and instrument control.

PHYS 8910 Directed Study in Physics
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Description

Areas of study and credit to be determined by the department.

PHYS 8999 Thesis Research
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description
PHYS 9999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description