Physics/Physical Science (PHYS)

PHYS 110  Astronomy  3(3-0)  

Solar system, including motions of the planets, eclipses, and satellite exploration; classification and evolution of stars; clusters, nebulae, galaxies and the expanding universe. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: satisfactory placement score or MATH 098. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC2)

PHYS 110L  Astronomy Lab  1(0-2)  

Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 110. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: PHYS 110. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC1)

PHYS 140  Light, Energy and the Atom  3(3-0)  

A non-mathematical approach to light, energy sources, conservation, atoms, nuclei and nuclear radiation. Emphasis on phenomena encountered in everyday life or that affect public policy. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: satisfactory placement score or MATH 098. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC2)

PHYS 140L  Light, Energy and the Atom Lab  1(0-2)  

Optional laboratory to accompany PHYS 140. Experiments in light, solar energy, atomic and nuclear physics with emphasis on qualitative understanding of observations. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: PHYS 140. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC1)

PHYS 145  A Survey of Global Energy Resources  3(3-0)  

Explore the ways we use energy, from when it comes and the science behind devices that produce it and transform it to its various forms. Prerequisite: MATH 099 or satisfactory placement exam score. (*) (Gen Ed: ST)

PHYS 145L  A Survey of Energy Resources Lab  1(0-2)  

The lab will reinforce and extend student understanding of energy concepts. Prerequisite: MATH 099 or satisfactory placement exam score. Corequisite: PHYS 145. (*) (Gen Ed: ST)

PHYS 150  (CHEM 150)   Elementary Concepts in Phys & Chem  4(3-2)  

Hands-on standards-based approach to understanding basic concepts of physics and chemistry. Integrated lecture, lab and discussion periods. Recommended: enrollment in the Teacher Education Program. (S)

PHYS 201  Principles of Physics I  3(3-0)  

Motion, forces, conservation of energy and momentum, wave motion, sound and heat. For engineering technology, life sciences, and other interested students. Prerequisite: Satisfactory math placement exam score or MATH 121. Pre or corquisite: PHYS 201L. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC2)

PHYS 201L  Principles of Physics Lab I  1(0-2)  

Principles of Physics Lab I. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: PHYS 201. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC1)

PHYS 202  Principles Of Physics II  3(3-0)  

Electrostatics, electromagnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: PHYS 201. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC2)

PHYS 202L  Principles Of Physics II Lab  1(0-2)  

Principles Of Physics II Lab. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: PHYS 202. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC1)

PHYS 221  General Physics I  4(4-0)  

Newtonian mechanics, including linear and rotational dynamics, momentum, energy, gravitation, fluid mechanics, wave motion and thermodynamics. Uses the calculus and vector notation. For majors in physics, mathematics, geoscience, engineering and chemistry. Prerequisite: MATH 126. Pre or corequisite: PHYS 221L. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC2)

PHYS 221L  General Physics I Lab  1(0-2)  

General Physics I Lab. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: PHYS 221. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC1)

PHYS 222  General Physics II  4(4-0)  

Electrostatics, electromagnetism, elementary circuits, electrical oscillations, geometrical optics and the wave aspects of light. Prerequisite: PHYS 221. Corequisite: PHYS 221 and 222L. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC2)

PHYS 222L  General Physics II Lab  1(0-2)  

General Physics II Lab. Corequisite: PHYS 222. (F, S) (Gen Ed: ST, GT-SC1)

PHYS 291  Special Topics  (1-4 V)  

Special Topics. (*) Repeatable (99).

PHYS 293  Seminar  1(1-0)  

The student attends at least 11 Physics Seminar presentations or other approved presentations and then presents a public seminar presentation on some approved physics-related topic. (*) Repeatable (99).

PHYS 301  Analytical and Orbital Mechanics  4(4-0)  

Statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. Conservation principles, minimum principles, accelerated coordinate systems, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. Applications to astrodynamics and oscillations applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 221 and MATH 325 and MATH 337. (F, E)

PHYS 321  Thermodynamics  3(3-0)  

Introduction to thermodynamic laws and principles, entropy, kinetic theory and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 221. (F, E)

PHYS 322  Advanced Laboratory - Heat  1(0-2)  

Experiments in heat of combustion, heat transfer, thermal electromotive force, viscosity, and specific heat measurements. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: PHYS 321. (F, E)

PHYS 323  General Physics III  4(4-0)  

Introduction to special relativity, kinetic theory, quantization, wave mechanics, atomic structure, nuclear physics and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: PHYS 222 and 222L and MATH 224. Pre or corequisite: PHYS 323L. (S)

PHYS 323L  General Physics III Lab  1(0-2)  

General Physics III Lab. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: PHYS 323. (S)

PHYS 341  Optics  3(3-0)  

Geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, polarization of light, optical properties of materials, optical sources including lasers, and holography. Prerequisite: PHYS 222 and 222L and MATH 325. (F, O)

PHYS 342  Advanced Laboratory-Optics  1(0-2)  

Experiments in interference, diffraction, absorption, spectral characteristics and polarization of light. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: PHYS 341. (F, O)

PHYS 431  Electricity and Magnetism  4(4-0)  

Mathematical treatment of electrostatics, currents, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations and electrodynamics. Prerequisite: PHYS 222 and 222L, MATH 325 and 337. (S, E)

PHYS 432  Advanced Laboratory-Electricity and Magnetism  1(0-2)  

Experiments in electrostatic constants, magnetic effects, capacitance, thermoelectric effects, magnetic properties, inductance, mutual inductance, and production, propagation and diffraction of microwaves. Prerequisite: Pre or corequisite: PHYS 431. (S, E)

PHYS 441  Quantum Mechanics  4(4-0)  

Wave packets, operators, the Schroedinger equation, eigenstates, angular momentum, spin, magnetic moments, Heisenberg formulation. Prerequisite: PHYS 323 and 323L and MATH 325 and 337. (S, O)

PHYS 480  Practicum in Laboratory Instruction  1(0-2)  

Participation in laboratory instruction under the guidance of a staff member. Includes instruction on laboratory safety. (F, S) Repeatable (2).

PHYS 491  Special Topics  (1-4 V)  

Special Topics. (*) Repeatable (99).

PHYS 492  Research  1(0-2)  

Research. Prerequisite: Eight credits in upper-division physics courses. (F, S) Repeatable (99).

PHYS 493  Seminar  1(1-0)  

Class members report on recently published work or on their own research in physics or applied physics. Prerequisite: Advanced standing with a major or minor in physics. (S, O) Repeatable (2).

PHYS 495  Independent Study  (1-2 V)  

Independent Study. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; permission of department chair. (*) Repeatable (99).

PHYS 498  Internship  (1-6 V)  

Work experience using the discipline of physics under the direction of the selected organization and a faculty member. Prerequisite: Junor or senior standing and permission of the department chair. (*) Repeatable (99).

PHYS 499  Thesis Research  1(1-0)  

Students write a research paper describing their own research. Prerequisite: Senior standing in the department. (F, S) Repeatable (99).