Physics (PHY)

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PHY 101 Bison image  Conceptual Physics3 Credit hours   

Introduces nonscience majors to applications of physics in life. Emphasizes conceptual understanding of basic principles in classical and modern physics. Recommended for science students with no high school physics.

Pre-req: (MTH 121 or MTH 127 or MTH 130 or MTH 130E or MTH 229 or MTH 229H or MTH 203 or MTH 121B) or MTH 130H and PHY 101L (may be taken concurrently).

Concurrent PR: PHY 101L
Co-req: PHY 101L
Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 101L Bison image  Conceptual Physics Lab1 Credit hour   

Conceptual Physics Laboratory. A laboratory course designed to include the principles and applications of physics that are introduced in Physics 101. (CR: PHY 101) 2 lab.

Co-req: PHY 101
Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 190 Bison image  Overview of Physics (CT)3 Credit hours   

An algebra-based overview of well-established topics studied as part of a major in physics, including classical physics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, particle physics, and cosmology.

Attributes: Critical Thinking
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 201 Bison image  College Physics I3 Credit hours   

First half of an introduction to physics for life-science students, using algebra and vectors by triangles: force, energy, particle dynmaics, rotation, fluids, waves, thermal phenomena.

Pre-req: (MTH 127 and MTH 122) or (MTH 130 and MTH 122) or MTH 132 or (MTH 140 and MTH 122) or MTH 229 or MTH 229H or MTH 140H and PHY 202 (may be taken concurrently).

Concurrent PR: PHY 202
Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
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PHY 202 Bison image  General Physics I Laboratory1 Credit hour   

Laboratory to accompany PHY 201 or PHY 211, focusing on mechanics concepts and applications.

Pre-req: PHY 201 (may be taken concurrently) or PHY 211 (may be taken concurrently).

Concurrent PR: PHY 201 or PHY 211
Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 203 Bison image  College Physics II3 Credit hours   

Second half of an introduction to physics for students of natural (life) sciences, using algebra and vectors by triangles: E&M fields, circuits; ray optics, interference; atoms, nuclei.

Pre-req: (PHY 201 with a minimum grade of C and PHY 202 with a minimum grade of C) and PHY 204 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C.

Concurrent PR: PHY 204
Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 204 Bison image  General Physics 2 Laboratory1 Credit hour   

Laboratory to accompany PHY 203 or PHY 213, focusing on classical E&M, circuits, and optics.

Pre-req: (PHY 203 (may be taken concurrently) or PHY 213 (may be taken concurrently)).

Concurrent PR: PHY 203 or PHY 213
Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 211 Bison image  University Physics I4 Credit hours   

First half of an introduction to physics for students of physical science or engineering, using calculus and vectors by components: force, energy, particle dynamics, rotation, fluids, waves, thermodynamics.

Pre-req: (MTH 229 (may be taken concurrently) or MTH 229H (may be taken concurrently)) and PHY 202 (may be taken concurrently).

Concurrent PR: (MTH 229 or MTH 229H) and PHY 202
Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 213 Bison image  University Physics II4 Credit hours   

Second half of an introduction to physics for students of physical science or engineering, using calculus and vectors by components: E&M fields, circuits; ray optics, interference; atoms, nuclei.

Pre-req: MTH 230 (may be taken concurrently) and PHY 204 (may be taken concurrently) and (PHY 201 with a minimum grade of C or PHY 211 with a minimum grade of C) and PHY 202.

Concurrent PR: MTH 230 and PHY 204
Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 214 Bison image  Lab Methods in Physics1 Credit hour   

A laboratory course to accompany Physics 211-213. 3 lab.

Pre-req: PHY 213 (may be taken concurrently).

Concurrent PR: PHY 213
Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 222 Investigate the Universe2 Credit hours   

A creative laboratory course designed to give students an opporutnity to work with modern research equipment, with ample time to conduct experiments and/or investigate phenomenae of their choosing.

Pre-req: (MTH 122 and MTH 127) or (MTH 122 and MTH 130) or MTH 132.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 280 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 281 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 282 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 283 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 300 Electricity & Magnetism3 Credit hours   

A course including the study of electrostatics, magneto- statics, electromagnetic induction, introduction to Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves. 3 lec.

Pre-req: (PHY 203 or PHY 213) and MTH 231.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 302 Electricity & Magnetism II3 Credit hours   

A study of Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, radiation theory, optical phenomena, and electrodynamics. 3 lec.

Pre-req: PHY 300.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 304 Optics3 Credit hours   

An intermediate course in geometrical and physical optics. 3 lec.

Pre-req: (PHY 203 or PHY 213) and (PHY 405 (may be taken concurrently) or PHY 505 (may be taken concurrently)).

Concurrent PR: PHY 405 or PHY 505
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 308 Thermal Physics3 Credit hours   

A study of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, and an introduction to statistical mechanics 3 lec.

Pre-req: (PHY 203 or PHY 213) and MTH 231.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 314 Electronic Physics3 Credit hours   

A study of transistors, integrated circuits and their associated circuits. 3 lec.

Pre-req: PHY 203 or PHY 213 and PHY 415 (may be taken concurrently).

Concurrent PR: PHY 415
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 320 Intro Modern Physics3 Credit hours   

An introductory study of atomic and molecular theories, relativity, quantum theory, and nuclear physics. 3 lec.

Pre-req: MTH 230 and (PHY 203 or PHY 213).

Co-req: PHY 421
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 330 Mechanics3 Credit hours   

An intermediate study of the fundamental principles of statics of particles and rigid bodies, momentum and energy, dynamics of particles, harmonic oscillations, and wave motion. 3 lec.

Pre-req: MTH 231 and (PHY 203 or PHY 213).

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 340 Scientific Computing3 Credit hours   

Introduction to some of the most important tools and techniques in scientific computing, including object-oriented design, version control, and MPI for high-performance computing.

Pre-req: MTH 229 with a minimum grade of D or MTH 229H with a minimum grade of D or IST 163 with a minimum grade of D.

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PHY 350 Biological Physics3 Credit hours   

Physical principles underlying the mechanisms by which living organisms survive, adapt, grow. Will enhance writing skills and strategies. 2 lec - 2 lab. (PR: PHY 203 or 213, and PHY 204)

Pre-req: PHY 203 (may be taken concurrently) or PHY 213 (may be taken concurrently) and PHY 204.

Concurrent PR: PHY 203 or PHY 213
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 360 Medical Physics3 Credit hours   

Physics principles applied to devise methods for diagnostic and treatment of the human body. Will enhance writing skills and strategies. 2lec-2lab.

Pre-req: (PHY 203 or PHY 213) and PHY 204.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 405 Optics Lab2 Credit hours   

A course in optical experiments encompassing geometrical and physical optics. This course is to be taken with Physics 304.

Pre-req: PHY 304 (may be taken concurrently).

Concurrent PR: PHY 304
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 415 Electronics Lab2 Credit hours   

A course in laboratory measurements encompassing transistors, integrated circuits, and their associated circuits. This course is to be taken with Physics 314.

Pre-req: PHY 314 (may be taken concurrently).

Concurrent PR: PHY 314
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 420 Astrophysics3 Credit hours   

A detailed study of core problems in Astrophysics such as orbital dynamics, radiation processes, stellar structure and evolution, galactic dynamics, and cosmology.

Pre-req: PHY 213 with a minimum grade of D and MTH 231 with a minimum grade of D.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 421 Modern Physics Lab2 Credit hours   

Laboratory exercises on modern physics topics encompassing both experiments of historic significance and current applications. To be taken with Physics 320, or equivalent.

Co-req: PHY 320
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 425 Solid State Physics3 Credit hours   

The course provides a broad introduction to the structure and physical properties of solids. It also serves as a basis for advanced courses in solid state and condensed matter physics.

Pre-req: PHY 320 or PHY 442 or CHM 442.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 435 Computational Physics3 Credit hours   

A course on using numerical methods and computer programming languages for solving complex physics problems and for the simulation of various physical processes. 2 lec-2 lab.

Pre-req: PHY 213 with a minimum grade of D and PHY 330 with a minimum grade of D and (PHY 445 with a minimum grade of D or PHY 446 with a minimum grade of D) and MTH 231 with a minimum grade of D.

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PHY 442 Quantum Mechanics3 Credit hours   

A study of waves and particles, the Schroedinger and Heisenberg formulations, particles in potential fields, scattering and perturbation theories, and application to atomic and nuclear structure. 3 lec.

Pre-req: MTH 335 and PHY 330.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 443 Quantum Mechanics II3 Credit hours   

This is the second part of a two-semester introduction to quantum mechanics. Emphasis is on applications of quantum theory including approximation techniques and the study of more realistic quantum systems.

Pre-req: PHY 442 or CHM 442.

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PHY 444 Advanced Laboratory2 Credit hours   

Developments in producing and detecting correlated photon pairs has enabled implementation of undergraduate laboratories demonstrating fundamental quantum mechanical principles. This laboratory also incorporates fundamental solid state and materials science experiments.

Pre-req: PHY 425 (may be taken concurrently) and PHY 442 (may be taken concurrently).

Concurrent PR: PHY 425 and PHY 442
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PHY 445 Math Methods of Physics3 Credit hours   

An introduction to theory of orthogonal functions, curvilinear coordinate systems, vector and tensor fields, and their applications in physics. Problems are drawn from different areas of physics. 3 lec.

Pre-req: PHY 203 or PHY 213 and MTH 231.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 446 Math Methods of Physics II3 Credit hours   

A second semester of a full year course on methods of solving problems in physics: calculus of variations, ordinary and partial differential equations, and special functions with real physics problems.

Pre-req: PHY 445.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
PHY 447 Mechanics for Teachers4 Credit hours   

An indepth study of mechanics for education majors specializing in Physics with emphasis on problem solving techniques, demonstrations, experiments and computer applications. (PR: PHY 203, MTH 122 and MTH 140)

Pre-req: PHY 203 or PHY 213.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 480 Special Topics2-4 Credit hours   

By permission of department chairman.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 481 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

By permission of department chairman.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 482 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

By permission of department chairman.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 483 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

By permission of department chairman.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 485 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 486 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: No Textbook Required, Natural Sciences
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PHY 487 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 488 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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PHY 491 Bison image  Capstone1-2 Credit hours   

To give a capstone expeience to physics majors in their junior or senior years by applying the principles of physics to the solution of real life problems. (PR: CSD 203, or 218 and lab).

Attributes: Capstone Course, Natural Sciences
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PHY 492 Bison image  Capstone1-2 Credit hours   

To give a capstone experience to physics majors in their junior or senior years by applying the principles of physics to the solution of real life problems. (PR: PHY 491)

Pre-req: PHY 491.

Attributes: Capstone Course, No Textbook Required, Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode