PHYS 1000 Gateway to Physics
Credit Hours 2
Description

This is a seminar course intended for anyone curious about physics and its relevance to contemporary life. No background in physics is necessary. The course engages a broad spectrum of resources and experiential opportunities (e. g. popular science books and articles, videos, websites, lab tours, field trips, service learning opportunities, and guest presenters) to explore compelling interconnections between physics, 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 and Complexity.

PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 1112 or MATH 1113, each with a C or better
Corequisites PHYS 1111L
Description

This introductory course is the first in a two-course survey of the primary fields of physics. This course will include material from mechanics, thermodynamics, and waves. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used.

PHYS 1111K Introductory Physics I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites MATH 1112 or MATH 1113 with grade of C or higher
Description

This introductory course is the first in a two-course survey of the primary fields of physics. This course will include material from mechanics, thermodynamics, and waves including a laboratory component. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used.

PHYS 1111L Introductory Physics I Lab
Credit Hours 1.0
Corequisites PHYS 1111
Description

This is a laboratory to accompany PHYS 1111. Assignments are designed to reinforce lecture concepts.

PHYS 1112 Introductory Physics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 1111/1111L or PHYS 1111K, with grades of C or higher
Corequisites PHYS 1112L
Description

This introductory course is the second in a two-course survey of the primary fields of physics. This course will include material from electromagnetism, light, and modern physics. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used.

PHYS 1112K Introductory Physics II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 1111/1111L or PHYS 1111K, with grades of C or higher
Description

This introductory course is the second in a two-course survey of the primary fields of physics. This course will include material from electromagnetism, light, and modern physics including a laboratory component. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used.

PHYS 1112L Introductory Physics II Lab
Credit Hours 1.0
Corequisites PHYS 1112
Description

This is a laboratory to accompany PHYS 1112. Assignments are designed to reinforce lecture concepts.

PHYS 2030 Physical Science: Physics of Music and Speech
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

No science background required.
Not accepted as a part of the requirements for a major or an allied field in physics. Physical characteristics of musical sound; applications to musical tones, scales, harmony, and acoustics; problems of recording, amplifying, transmitting, and reproducing sound.

PHYS 2211 Principles of Physics I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 2211 or MATH 2201 with grade of C or higher
Corequisites PHYS 2211L
Description

This is the first in a calculus-based two-course survey of the primary fields of physics. This course will cover mechanics, waves, simple harmonic motion, and thermodynamics.

PHYS 2211K Principles of Physics I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites MATH 2211 or MATH 2201 with grade of C or higher
Description

This is the first in a calculus-based two-course survey of the primary fields of physics. This course will cover mechanics, waves, simple harmonic motion, and thermodynamics including a laboratory component.

PHYS 2211L Principles of Physics I Lab
Credit Hours 1.0
Corequisites PHYS 2211
Description

This is a laboratory to accompany PHYS 2211. Assignments are designed to reinforce lecture concepts.

PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 2212 or MATH 2202 and PHYS 2211K or PHYS 2211/2211L, each with a grade of C or higher
Corequisites PHYS 2212L
Description

This is the second in a calculus-based two-course survey of the primary fields of physics. This course will cover electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics .

PHYS 2212K Principles of Physics II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites MATH 2212 or MATH 2202 and PHYS 2211K or PHYS 2211/2211L, each with a grade of C or higher
Description

This is the second in a calculus-based two-course survey of the primary fields of physics. This course will cover electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics including a laboratory component.

PHYS 2212L Principles of Physics II Lab
Credit Hours 1.0
Corequisites PHYS 2212
Description

This is a laboratory to accompany PHYS 2212. Assignments are designed to reinforce lecture concepts.

PHYS 2940 Directed Laboratory Investigations
Credit Hours 1.0 - 2.0
Prerequisites Consent of the department
Description

Directed laboratory investigation in physics involving the development of experimental skills required for advanced study in physics or a related science. May be repeated for no more than two hours total credit.

PHYS 3150 Advanced General Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites A non-calculus elementary physics sequence such as PHYS 1111K and PHYS 1112K (or equivalents); MATH 2212 with grades of D or higher, or equivalent
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Not acceptable for credit for students who have had PHYS 2211K-2212K (or equivalents). Designed to prepare the student who has completed a non-calculus-level elementary physics sequence for more advanced physics courses. The utilization of calculus in solving problems in classical physics is stressed.

PHYS 3300 Advanced Physics Laboratory-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2212 and MATH 2215 (or equivalent) with grades of C or higher
Corequisites PHYS 3401
Description

Advanced laboratory experiments in modern physics, optics, and astronomy with emphasis on scientific report writing. Required for all physics majors. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses Required of all physics majors.

PHYS 3401 Modern Physics I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2212K and MATH 2215 (or equivalent) with grade of C or higher
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Special relativity, quantum optics, wave and particle duality, Bohr theory, Schrodinger’s quantum mechanics, one-electron atom, spin, and angular momentum.

PHYS 3402 Modern Physics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 3401 with grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Atomic spectra, X-ray spectra, nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, elementary particles, molecular spectra and structure, solid-state physics.

PHYS 3500 Electronics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2212K or PHYS 1112K (or equivalent) with grade of C or higher
Description

Two lecture and four laboratory hours a week. Fundamentals of analog and digital circuit design; discrete and integrated circuit devices; electronic instrumentation.

PHYS 3800 Optics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2212K (or equivalent) with grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Fundamentals and applications of optics: diffraction, interference, lasers, fiber optics, and applications of optical instrumentation. Three lecture hours and one two hour laboratory per week. Lectures cover fundamentals and applications of wave and ray optics: image formation, diffraction, interference, polarization, spectroscopy, lasers, fiber optics and applications of optical instrumentation. Laboratories will develop more fully topics covered in lectures.

PHYS 3850 Statistical and Thermal Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2212K and MATH 2215 (or equivalent) with grades of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Physical statistics, quantum states and degeneracy, statistical definition of entropy, development of thermodynamics; applications to gases, radiation, and solids.

PHYS 4110 Introduction to Embedded Systems Laboratory
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 3500 or CSC 3210 with grade of D or higher, or equivalent course work with consent of instructor
Description

(Same as CSC 4110.) Four lecture hours per week. Topics taken from: review of basic logic functions; automatic systems; microprocessor-based systems and applications; embedded system software survey; digital communications; and embedded systems programming.

PHYS 4300 Teaching Physics
Credit Hours 1.0 - 2.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

Only open to students concurrently assisting with the teaching of a physics course. Two lecture hours per week. Course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for science teaching. Topics include univocal and dialogic discourse, questioning strategies, Blooms taxonomy, mental models, formative assessment and bridging, the resource framework, motivation and cooperative learning, argumentation, metacognition, nature of science, and qualities of effective teachers.

PHYS 4340 Neurophysics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 and PHYS 2212K (or equivalent) 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 4410 Nuclear and Particle Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 3401 with 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 4500 Special Topics in Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Topics of special interest in physics as may fit the needs and interests of undergraduate students and faculty. Topics may be in the fields of nuclear physics, nanophysics, solid state physics, optics and electronics, and neurophysics. May be repeated if topics are different.

PHYS 4510 Mathematics of Physics I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 2215 with grade of C or higher
Description

(Same as MATH 4258.) 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, and Eigen value problems.

PHYS 4520 Mathematics of Physics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 2652 with a grade of C or higher
Description

(Same as MATH 4265.) Three lecture hours a week. Derivation and solution of partial differential equations of physics, wave equation, LaPlace’s equation, Schroedinger’s equation, special functions of mathematical physics, Fourier series, Sturm-Liouville system, complex analysis, and integration.

PHYS 4600 Classical Mechanics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2212K and MATH 2652 (or equivalent) with grades of C or higher, or consent of instructor
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, Hamilton’s principle, and virtual work.

PHYS 4700 Electricity and Magnetism
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2212K and MATH 2215 (or equivalent) with grades of C or higher
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 4710 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 students majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, neuroscience, psychology, mathematics, statistics, and computer science with an interest in the use of functional neuroimaging.

PHYS 4720 Introduction to Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 3401 and MATH 2652 with grades of C or higher
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 4810 Quantum Mechanics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 3401 and MATH 2652 with grades of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

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

PHYS 4900 Research Project-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 3300 and PHYS 3401 with grades of C or higher and permission of the instructor
Description

Research Project in physics, astronomy, or a related field including preparation of a written and an oral report. Projects are performed under mentoring of a faculty member. Written reports are developed under the guidance of course coordinator. Required for all physics majors. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all physics majors. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

PHYS 4910 Solid State Physics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 3401 with grade 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 4920 Elementary Science Education Partners
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites junior or senior majoring in natural science and consent of the ESEP coordinator
Description

Demonstrating hands-on science in the public elementary school classroom. May be repeated for a maximum of four hours.

PHYS 4950 Advanced Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description

Faculty-led research group including training in techniques of advanced research in physics and astronomy and application of these techniques to research projects of current importance. May be repeated for a maximum of three credit hours. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

PHYS 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.