Physics
Professors
Danielle Morel, Chair
Charles Fay
Degrees and Certificates

Physics, B.A. 
Physics Teacher Preparation — 612 Secondary, B.A. or B.S. 
Physics, B.S. 
Physics, Minor
Courses
PHYS 100: Conceptual Physics
Exploration of physical concepts, social and philosophical implications, utility and limitations of physics for solution of problems in the modern world. Not intended for potential science majors.
PHYS 101: Astronomy
General introduction to the theories and techniques of astronomy.
PHYS 110: College Physics I
Introductory twosemester sequence to the fields of mechanics, thermal physics, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. This sequence is not suitable for the physics major or minor, nor the chemistry or biology majors.
Prerequisites
MATH 121 or higher.
PHYS 111: College Physics II
Continuation of introductory twosemester sequence to the fields of mechanics, thermal physics, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. This sequence is not suitable for the physics major or minor, nor the chemistry or biology majors.
Prerequisites
MATH 121 or higher and PHYS 110.
PHYS 121: Introduction to Engineering Science
Students will be introduced to engineering fundamentals and will be prepared for success through integration of problem solving and engineering design, ethical decisionmaking, teamwork, and communicating to diverse audiences. Students will be introduced to the different types of engineering, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering.
Prerequisites
MATH 123 or equivalent.
PHYS 201: General Physics I
Introduction to mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Workshop format, providing a background in basic physics for all science majors, including those interested in the health sciences.
Prerequisites
MATH 151.
Corequisites
MATH 151.
PHYS 202: General Physics II
Introduction to mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Workshop format, providing a background in basic physics for all science majors, including those interested in the health sciences.
Prerequisites
PHYS 201.
PHYS 285: Research Experience in Physics
Handson research experience through assistance in faculty research or approved studentproposed projects.
Prerequisites
PHYS 202 and departmental permission.
PHYS 286: Research Experience in Physics II
Handson research experience, assisting in faculty research projects.
Prerequisites
PHYS 202 and departmental permission.
PHYS 287: Research Experience in Physics III
Handson research experience, assisting in faculty research projects.
Prerequisites
PHYS 202 and departmental permission.
PHYS 288: Research Experience in Physics IV
Handson research experience, assisting in faculty research projects.
Prerequisites
PHYS 202 and departmental permission.
PHYS 311: Modern Physics
Introduction to atomic and nuclear physics, quantum mechanics, and the theory of relativity. Laboratory experiments which form the foundation of the modern view of the physical world.
Prerequisites
PHYS 202 and MATH 151 or departmental permission.
PHYS 321: Intermediate Mechanics
Statics and dynamics of rigid bodies with extensive use of vector calculus; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics.
Prerequisites
PHYS 202 and MATH 253.
Corequisites
PHYS 355 or MATH 353.
PHYS 350: Special Topics
Selected topics in physics chosen by the instructor in response to student needs and interests.
Prerequisites
PHYS 202 and instructor permission.
PHYS 355: Mathematical Methods for Physical Science I
This course introduces some of the mathematical tools required for upperlevel physics courses. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the equations that appear repeatedly in many different areas of physics and understanding their solutions. Topics include ordinary differential equations of first & second order, series solution of differential equations, vector analysis, Fourier series, partial differential equations, boundary value problems, and integral transforms.
Prerequisites
MATH 253.
PHYS 361: Electronic Instrumentation
Study of circuits used in scientific instrumentation; emphasis on electrical measurements, digital electronics, and analog circuits; characteristics of transducers and detectors.
Prerequisites
PHYS 202 and MATH 151 or departmental permission.
PHYS 411: Electromagnetic Theory
Systematic study of electromagnetic phenomena with extensive use of vector calculus and Maxwell's equations.
Prerequisites
PHYS 202 and MATH 253.
PHYS 421: Quantum Mechanics
Methods of quantum mechanics including development of Schroedinger equation, its solutions for certain cases, and applications to atomic, nuclear, and solid state physics.
Prerequisites
PHYS 311, PHYS 321, PHYS 411, and MATH 353.
PHYS 440: Astrophysics
Mathematical treatment of modern astrophysics. Astronomical instruments, solar system, stars, interstellar matter, galaxies, quasars, pulsars, cosmology, and astrophotography.
Prerequisites
PHYS 202 or departmental permission.
PHYS 450: Senior Seminar
Study of current topics in physics based on survey of primary literature. Focus on oral communication through scientific presentations and smallgroup discussions.
Prerequisites
PHYS 311 and senior status.
PHYS 451: Advanced Laboratory
Laboratory study of various topics selected from the current literature, including nonlinear dynamics, optics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics.
Prerequisites
PHYS 311.
PHYS 455X: Mathematics of the Physical Science
Series solutions of differential equations, Fourier analysis, partial differential equations, and functions of a complex variable with emphasis on application to physical systems.
Prerequisites
PHYS 353 and PHYS 202 or departmental permission.
PHYS 460: Independent Study
Individual experimental or theoretical research approved and directed by the department.
PHYS 470: Internship I
Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site.
Prerequisites
PHYS 201, PHYS 202, PHYS 311, junior or senior status and departmental permission.
PHYS 471: Internship II
Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site.
Prerequisites
PHYS 201, PHYS 202, PHYS 311, junior or senior status, and departmental permission.
PHYS 490: Honors Thesis I
Independent research in a special topic for honors.
Prerequisites
Senior status and GPA of 3.0 or higher.
PHYS 491: Honors Thesis II
Independent research in a special topic for honors.
Prerequisites
Senior status and GPA of 3.0 or higher.