PHY 2252

General Physics I (3)


An introduction to the laws of mechanics and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: MTH 1114. Corequisite: PHY L252.

PHY L252

General Physics I Lab (1)


Laboratory work emphasizes basic principles of mechanics and thermodynamics, the use
of measuring instruments, and the interpretation of data. Corequisite: PHY 2252.

PHY 2253

General Physics II (3)


An introduction to the laws of optics, electricity and magnetism. Prerequisite: PHY 2252/L252. Corequisite: PHY L253.

PHY L253

General Physics II Lab (1)


Laboratory work emphasizes basic principles of electricity, magnetism and optics,
the use of measuring instruments, and the interpretation of data. Corequisite: PHY 2253.

PHY 2262

Physics I with Calculus (3)


Introduction to the principles and laws of mechanics and thermodynamics, utilizing
the methods of calculus. Corequisite: MTH 1125 or higher math course, PHY L262.

PHY L262

Physics I with Calculus Lab (1)


Laboratory work emphasizes basic principles of thermodynamics and mechanics, the use
of measuring instruments, and the interpretation of data. Corequisite: PHY 2262.

PHY 2263

Physics II with Calculus (3)


Introduction to the principles of electricity, magnetism and optics, utilizing the
methods of calculus. Prerequisite: PHY 2262/L262. Corequisite: PHY L263.

PHY L263

Physics II with Calculus Lab (1)


Laboratory work emphasizes basic principles of electricity, magnetism and optics,
the use of measuring instruments, and the interpretation of data. Corequisite: PHY 2263.

PHY 3310

Modern Physics (3)


Topics covered include special relativity, quantum mechanics, statistical physics,
and nuclear physics. Prerequisites: MTH 1126, PHY 2263/L263. Corequisite: PHY L310.

PHY L310

Modern Physics Lab (1)


Selected experiments in modern physics. Corequisite: PHY 3310.

PHY 3320

Mathematical Methods for Physicists (3)


In this course, students will develop a basic understanding of the mathematical skills
necessary to undertake a study in Dynamics, Electromagnetism, and Quantum Physics.
Prerequisite: MTH 2227.

PHY 3321

Equations of Mathematical Physics (3)


This introductory course in partial differential equations will undertake a study
in heat transfer, fluid dynamics and wave propagation. Prerequisite: PHY 3320.

PHY 3325

Thermodynamics (3)


In this course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of thermodynamics.
Topics include, energy conservation, entropy, isolated systems at constant pressure
and temperature and the corresponding thermodynamic potentials. Students will learn
to apply these principles to other branches of science and engineering. Prerequisites: PHY3310/PHYL310.

PHY 3359

Waves and Optics (3)


Topics of study in this course will include properties of waves, image formation,
refraction, diffraction, origin of spectra, polarized light, and optical activity.
Prerequisite: PHY 2253/L253 or PHY 2263/L263. Corequisite: PHY L359.

PHY L359

Waves and Optics Lab (1)


Students will conduct selected experiments in waves, geometric and physical optics.
Laboratory work emphasizes the basic principles of optics, the use of measuring instruments,
and the interpretation of data. Corequisite: PHY 3359.

PHY 4420

Mechanics (3)


Introduction to the kinematics and dynamics of particles: escape and terminal velocity,
drag, rotational motion and rotating frames, Foucault pendulum, planetary motion and
Kepler’s laws. Prerequisites: PHY 2253/L233 or PHY 2262/L262 and MTH 1126.

PHY 4435

Electricity and Magnetism (3)


Topics include static electric and magnetic phenomena. electric and magnetic potentials,
motion of charged particles, dielectric and magnetic media, and fields in conductors.
Prerequisite: PHY 2263/L263, MTH 2227.

PHY 4438

Electromagnetic Fields (3)


Topics include electric and magnetic circuit elements. Maxwell's equations and boundary
condition problems in one, two and three dimensions. Prerequisite: PHY 4435.

PHY 4440

Dynamics of Particles & Systems (3)


Introduction to the dynamics of rigid body rotation, calculus of variations and minimization
and the canonical formalism. Prerequisite: PHY 4420.

PHY 4445

Quantum Mechanics I (3)


Introduction to the principles of quantum mechanics, one dimensional systems including
the square well and the simple harmonic oscillator, uncertainty relations and multiparticle
systems. Prerequisites: PHY 3310, MTH 2227.

PHY 4446

Quantum Mechanics II (3)


Topics include quantum mechanics higher dimensional systems, angular momentum in quantum
mechanics, spin, the Hydrogen atom, addition of angular momentum, WKB approximation,
and perturbation theory. Prerequisite: PHY 4445.

PHY 4460

Relativity I (3)


Topics include Lorentz transformation, inertial coordinates, causal Structure of Spacetime,
equivalence principle, gravitational effects in SR, curved Spacetime, and introduction
to black holes. Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

PHY 4470

Nuclear Physics (3)


Topics include nuclear structure, nuclear forces, nuclear decays and reactions. Students
will also learn to apply these principles to other branches of science and engineering.
Prerequisite: PHY 4445.

PHY 4475

Particle Physics (3)


The basic building blocks of matter and their interactions will be developed emphasizing
their relationship to symmetry groups. We will introduce the photon, basic quantum
electrodynamics, and introduce Feynman rules for interacting theories. Prerequisite: PHY 4445.

PHY 4478

Relativity II (3)


Topics include rotating black holes, Hawking radiation, cosmology, tensor calculus,
and Einstein field equations. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

PHY 4482

String Theory (3)


Special Relativity in extra dimensions, electromagnetism and gravitation in various
dimensions, non relativistic strings, the relativistic point particle, relativistic
strings, string parameterization and classical motion, world sheet currents, light
cone relativistic strings, light cone fields and particles, relativistic quantum point
particles, relativistic quantum open strings, relativistic quantum closed strings,
peek at relativistic superstrings. Prerequisite:, PHY 4446, PHY 4460 (or permission of instructor).

PHY 44834485

Seminar in Relativity (1)


Selected topics of interest within the field of relativity. Note: may be taken up to three times for credit.

PHY 4490

Travel Study in Physics (13)


Supervised investigation of relevant topics in Physics through travelstudy abroad
or within the interior of the United States.

PHY 449192

Guided Independent Research (1 to 4 credit hours)


A physics research project under the direction of a faculty member. The project must
culminate in a written report with the results reported at a department seminar. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of department chair. Also see index for
“Independent Study and Research..”

PHY 449394

Guided Independent Study (1 to 4 credit hours)


Independent study for advanced students under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. Also see index for “Independent Study
and Research..” PHY 4495 Topics in Physics (3) Focus on a topic of timely nature and/or
special interest. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

PHY 4498

Internship in Physics (13)


Supervised work experience in the biotechnology industry, governmental agency, business,
or other working environment in which a student will learn and apply pertinent professional
skills.

PHY 4499

Senior Seminar (2)


The main objective of this course is to complete a research project in physics. You
will be bringing together many of the ideas presented to you in your physics classes.
In addition, you will need to acquire skill in project definition, time management,
project completion timeline and schedule, clear and concise writing, and project presentation.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
