Course Descriptions

PSC 101. Physical Science 3 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
An interdisciplinary course to provide the non-science major with an understanding of some of the methods, ideas and accomplishments of Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, and Space Science, and their role in the development of civilization.
Prerequisite: Not for major or minor

PHY 101. College Physics I 4 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Elementary mechanics, thermal phenomena, fluids, waves. Courses PHY 101-102-106-108 provide a ten credit `physics with lab' sequence for premedical students and others.
Prerequisite: Mth 108 or 105

PHY 102. College Physics II 4 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics.
Prerequisite: Phy 101

PHY 103. General Physics 3 cr. (Spring)
Mechanics, waves, electromagnetism.
Prerequisite: Architecture major

PHY 106. College Physics Laboratory I 1 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Laboratory course to accompany Phy 101.
Prerequisite or corequisite: Phy 101

PHY 108. College Physics Laboratory II 1 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Laboratory course to accompany Phy 102.
Prerequisite or corequisite: Phy 102

PHY 110. Descriptive Astronomy 3 cr. (Fall, Spring)
For students not majoring in Mathematics or a Physical Science. brief non-technical treatment of the universe and its contents. Mathematical requirements are minimal with emphasis on our present knowledge about energy and matter in space.
Prerequisite: Not for major or minor

PHY 160. Physics of the Arts. 3 cr. (Spring)
Newtonian mechanics, energy, wave motion, atoms, and electricity. Applications to music, art and communications.

PHY 201. University Physics I, Life Sciences 4 cr. (Fall)
Calculus based introductory physics: mechanics, heat, fluids, waves, with applications from the life sciences. Prerequisite: MTH 162 or 172.

PHY 202. University Physics II, Life Sciences 4 cr. (Fall)
Calculus based introductory physics: electromagnetism, optics, modern physics, with applications from the life sciences. Prerequisite: PHY 201.

PHY 205. University Physics I 3 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Mechanics through gravity and harmonic motion, intended for science and engineering students.
Prerequisites: MTH 151, MTH 161, MTH 171 or MTH 141. Or Corequisites: MTH 151 WITH a "B" in Mth 105 or 108 or Placement into Calculus by MTH Placement Exam. Or Corequisites: MTH 141 or MTH 161 and Permission of Physics Advisor.

PHY 206. University Physics II 3 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Fluids, waves, optics, thermal phenomena .
Prerequisite: PHY 205, MTH 162 or MTH 172.  Or Corequisite: MTH 162 or MTH 172.

PHY 207. University Physics III 3 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Electromagnetism through Maxwell's equations.
Prerequisite: Phy 205 AND MTH 162 or MTH 172.

PHY 208. University Physics II Lab 1 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Laboratory to accompany PHY 206.
Prerequisite: PHY 206, Or Corequisite: PHY 206.

PHY 209. University Physics III Lab 1 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Lab to accompany Phy 207.
Prerequisite or corequisite: PHY 207

PHY 210. Honors University Physics II-III 5-6 cr. (Fall, Spring)
Fluids, waves, optics, thermal phenomena, electromagnetism. Combines PHY 206 and PHY 207.
Prerequisite: PHY 205, MYH 162 or MTH 172.  Requisite: Written Permission from the Physics Department.

PHY 295. Transfer Credits, 1-5 cr.
Special topics taken at other institutions but having no direct equivalent here.

PHY 300.  Challenges in Biological Physics, 3 cr.
The research interface between physics and biology; discussion of current research in biology being done by physicists. New analytical tools and techniques that apply to this interdisciplinary interface and new features of biological systems that can be addressed with them.

PHY 306.  Intermediate Laboratory, 1 cr. (Spring)
Laboratory: a review of some of the fundamental experiments in classical and modern physics. Prerequisites: PHY 209 or PHY 360. Or Corequisite: PHY 360.

PHY 315. Mathematical Tools for Physics, 3 cr. (Spring)
How to use mathematics. Series, complex algebra, vector calculus, differential equations, etc.
Prerequisite: PHY 207, MTH 211 or 310; Pre or Corequisite: MTH 311

PHY 321. Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory, 3 cr. (Spring)
An intermediate course in thermal phenomena, from both macroscopic and microscopic points of view.
Prerequisite: PHY 206 and MTH 310 or 312

PHY 340. Classical Mechanics I, 3 cr. (Fall)
Includes harmonic motion, orbit theory, coupled oscillations, rigid body motions.
Prerequisite: PHY 206, 207. Pre  or Corequisite: MTH 210 and MTH 311.

PHY 350. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism, 3 cr. (Fall)
Includes the integral and differential forms of Maxwell's equations, circuit theory, and boundary value problems.
Prerequisite: PHY 206, PHY 207, MTH 211 or MTH 310. Pre  or Corequisite: MTH 311

PHY 351. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II 3 cr. (Spring)
A continuation of PHY 350. Includes further application of Maxwell's equations with emphasis on radiation theory.
Prerequisite: PHY 350

PHY 360. Introduction to Modern Physics, 3 cr. (Fall & Spring)
Emphasis on the experimental foundations of modern physics. Relativity, quantization, atomic structure, radiation, nuclei.
Prerequisite: PHY 206. Pre or Corequisite: PHY 207

PHY 362. Modern Physics Honors Seminar, 1 cr. (Fall, Spring)
Special topics to accompany Phy 360.  Corequisite:  PHY 360

PHY 401. Senior Thesis, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Prerequisite: PHY 340, 350, 360

PHY 402. Senior Thesis, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Prerequisite: PHY 340, 350, 360

PHY 500. Research, 1-3 cr (By Announcement Only)
Project course introducing methods of research, individual investigation of current problems.

PHY 506. Advanced Laboratory, 1-2 cr.  (Spring)
Advanced experiments such as properties of the electron, optical spectra, electrical measurements, radioactive decay, absorption, etc. Prerequisite: PHY 208. Pre or Corequisite: PHY 360

PHY 513. Mathematical Techniques in Physics, 3 cr. (Spring)
Complex variables and applications. Infinite series and their uses, particularly in differential equations. Multiple integrals and Fourier series. Prerequisite:  PHY 340, 350; MTH 311

PHY 516. Readings in Physics 1-3 cr. (Fall & Spring)
Prerequisite: Permission of department

PHY 517. Readings in Physics 1-3 cr. (Spring)
Prerequisite: Permission of department

PHY 518. Readings in Physics 1-3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Prerequisite: Permission of department

PHY 522. Solid State Physics, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Crystal structure, quantum theory of the electronic structure of solids, mechanical, electric, magnetic and optical properties of solids. Prerequisite: Phy 560

PHY 530. Plasma Physics I, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Kinetic theory of plasmas, adiabatic motion of charged particles, magneto fluid dynamics, transport properties of plasmas in electromagnetic fields. Prerequisite: Phy 340, 351, 360

PHY 540. Classical Mechanics II, 3 cr. (Fall)
Lagrangian formulation, rigid body dynamics. Topics selected from fluid dynamics, non-linear oscillations, normal modes, phase plane analysis. Prerequisite: Phy 340

PHY 545. Introduction to Astrophysics, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Celestial mechanics, solar models, galaxies, distance scales, instruments. Prerequisite: Phy 340

PHY 552. Optical Physics 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Geometric optics, interference and diffraction, polarized light, optical pumping, coherence phenomena, applications to modern physical research. Prerequisite: PHY 351, 360

PHY 560. Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics I, 3 cr. (Fall)
Introductory theory with applications to simple systems. Perturbation theory and atomic structure. Pre or Corequisite: PHY 350

PHY 561. Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics II 3 cr. (Spring)
Applications of quantum mechanics to atomic and molecular spectroscopy, quantum statistical mechanics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHY 560

PHY 606. Advanced Laboratory, 1-2 cr.  (Spring)
Advanced experiments such as properties of the electron, optical spectra, electrical measurements, radioactive decay, absorption, etc. Prerequisite: PHY 208. Pre or Corequisite: PHY 360

PHY 613. Mathematical Techniques in Physics, 3 cr. (Spring)
Complex variables and applications. Infinite series and their uses, particularly in differential equations. Multiple integrals and Fourier series. Prerequisite:  PHY 340, 350; MTH 311

PHY 616. Readings in Physics 1-3 cr. (Fall & Spring)
Prerequisite: Permission of department

PHY 617. Readings in Physics 1-3 cr. (Spring)
Prerequisite: Permission of department

PHY 618. Readings in Physics 1-3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Prerequisite: Permission of department

PHY 622. Solid State Physics, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Crystal structure, quantum theory of the electronic structure of solids, mechanical, electric, magnetic and optical properties of solids. Prerequisite: Phy 560

PHY 630. Plasma Physics I, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Kinetic theory of plasmas, adiabatic motion of charged particles, magneto fluid dynamics, transport properties of plasmas in electromagnetic fields. Prerequisite: Phy 340, 351, 360

PHY 640. Classical Mechanics II, 3 cr. (Fall)
Lagrangian formulation, rigid body dynamics. Topics selected from fluid dynamics, non-linear oscillations, normal modes, phase plane analysis. Prerequisite: Phy 340

PHY 645. Introduction to Astrophysics, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Celestial mechanics, solar models, galaxies, distance scales, instruments. Prerequisite: Phy 340

PHY 652. Optical Physics 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Geometric optics, interference and diffraction, polarized light, optical pumping, coherence phenomena, applications to modern physical research. Prerequisite: PHY 351, 360

PHY 660. Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics I, 3 cr. (Fall)
Introductory theory with applications to simple systems. Perturbation theory and atomic structure. Pre or Corequisite: PHY 350

PHY 661. Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics II 3 cr. (Spring)
Applications of quantum mechanics to atomic and molecular spectroscopy, quantum statistical mechanics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHY 560

PHY 701. Condensed Matter Physics Seminar, 1 cr. (Fall & Spring)

PHY 713. Methods of Mathematical Physics I, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
A continuation of PHY 515

PHY 717. Special Topics in Physics, 1-3 cr.  (By Announcement Only)
Topics are typically selected from fluid dynamics, applied mathematics, particle theory, nuclear physics.

PHY 718. Special Topics in Physics, 1-3 cr.  (By Announcement Only)
Topics are typically selected from fluid dynamics, applied mathematics, particle theory, nuclear physics.

PHY 722. Advanced Solid State Physics, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Electronic structure, electron-electron interactions, phonons, many-body problems, transport properties, magnetism, superconductivity. Prerequisite: Phy 520, 560

PHY 723. Statistical Mechanics I, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Equilibrium state, irreversibility, statistical description of an ensemble, entropy, partition functions. Prerequisite: PHY 321,  PHY 561

PHY 724. Statistical Mechanics II, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Statistical description of many body problems, specific heats, Brownian motion in liquids and fields, nonequilibrium states, super-conductivity. Prerequisite: Phy 723

PHY 752. Electromagnetic Theory I, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Electrostatics, magnetostatic, Maxwell's equations, continuous media, waves, antennas, resonant cavities, wave guides. Prerequisite: Phy 560

PHY 753. Electromagnetic Theory II, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Relativistic effects, interaction of radiation with matter, multipole radiation, radiation reaction. Prerequisite: Phy 650

PHY 766. Elementary Particles, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
The Standard Model of elementary particles. Classical theory of fields for spin 0, 1/2, 1; Feynman rules. The Standard Model Lagrangian is postulated, and some of its basic consequences are explored. Prerequisite: Phy 540,  PHY 561, PHY 650

PHY 770. Quantum Theory I, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Transformation theory, linear operators and vector spaces. Schrodinger's equation, rotation group and angular momentum, statistics (Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac), isotopic spin, multiple structures of levels, approximation mehtods.

PHY 771. Quantum Theory II, 3 cr. (By Announcement Only)
One particle relativistic theory; Lorentz group; symmetries of particles; elementary scattering theory; many body problems; Green's functions techniques; S-matrix. Prerequisite: Phy 770

PHY 780. Directed Readings or Research 1-4 cr. (Fall & Spring)

PHY 810. Master's Thesis 1-6 cr. (By Announcement Only)
The student working on his/her master's thesis enrolls for credit, in most departments not to exceed six, as determined by his/her advisor. Credit is not awarded until the thesis has been accepted.

PHY 820. Research in Residence, 1 cr. (By Announcement Only)
Used to establish research in residence for the thesis for the master's degree after the student has enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in Phy 710 (usually six credits). Credit not granted. May be regarded as full time residence.

PHY 825. Continuous Registration-Master's Study, 1  cr. (By Announcment Only)
To establish residence for non-thesis master's students who are preparing for major examinations. Credit not granted. Regards as full time residence.

PHY 830. Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation, 1-12 cr.  (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Required of all candidates for the PhD. The student will enroll for credit as determined by his/her advisor, but for not less than a total of 12 hours. Up to 12 hours of PHY 730 may be taken in regular semester, but not more than six in a summer session.

PHY 840. Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation, 1-12 cr.  (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Required of all candidates for the Ph.D. who have advanced to candidacy. The student will enroll for credit as determinded by his/her advisor, but not for less than a total of 12.  Not more than 12 hours of PHY 740 may be taken in a regular semester, no more than six in a summer session.

PHY 850. Research in Residence. 1 cr. (Fall, Spring)
Used to establish research in residence for the PhD. and D.A., after the student has been enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in appropriate doctoral research. Credit not granted. May be regarded as full-time residence as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.