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**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

**MLS 603.
Theories of the Physical Universe**
3 cr.

Various understandings of the nature of the universe and their impact on
human culture. The course will deal with critical issues addressed in
the various attempts to understand the physical world, such as
fundamental structures and processes,the limitation of human perception,
and the interaction between the human species and its environment.

**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

**102.
College Physics II**
4 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics.

Prerequisite: Phy 101

**103.
General Physics**
3 cr. (Spring)

Mechanics, waves, electromagnetism.

Prerequisite: Architecture major

**106.
College Physics Laboratory I**
1 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Laboratory course to accompany Phy 101.

Prerequisite or corequisite: Phy 101

**108.
College Physics Laboratory II**
1 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Laboratory course to accompany Phy 102.

Prerequisite or corequisite: Phy 102

**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

**160.
Physics of the Arts.**
3 cr. (Spring)

Newtonian mechanics, energy, wave motion, atoms, and
electricity. Applications to music, art and communications.

**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

**202.
University Physics II. Life Sciences**
4 cr. (Spring)

Calculus based introductory physics: electromagnetism, optics, modern
physics, with applications from the life sciences.

Prerequisite: Phy 201

**205.
University Physics I**
3 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Mechanics through gravity and harmonic motion, intended for
science and engineering students.

Corequisite:
Mth 151
or 171 with a B in Mth 105 or 108 or placement into
calculus by Mth placement exam. Otherwise, prerequisite: Mth
151, 161, or 171

**206.
University Physics II**
3 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Fluids, waves, optics, thermal phenomena . . .

Prerequisite: Phy 205. Prerequisite or corequisite:
Mth 162
or 172

**207.
University Physics III**
3 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Electromagnetism through Maxwell's equations.

Prerequisite: Phy 205 AND
Mth 162
or 172

**208.
University Physics II Lab**
1 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Laboratory to accompany Phy 206.

Prerequisite or corequisite: Phy 206

**209.
University Physics III Lab**
1 cr. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Lab to accompany Phy 207.

Prerequisite or corequisite: Phy 207

**210.
Honors University Physics II-III**
5-6 cr. (Fall, Spring)

Fluids, waves, optics, thermal phenomena, electromagnetism.
Combines Phy 206 and 207.

Prerequisite: Phy 205,
Mth 162
or 172, AND written permission

**315.
Mathematical Tools for Physics**
3 cr. (Spring)

How to use mathematics in physics. Series, complex algebra, vector calculus,
differential equations, etc.

Prerequisite: Phy 207,
Mth 211;
pre-or corequisite Mth 311

**316.
Physics of the Solar System**
3 cr.

A mathematical treatment of the structure and composition
of the solar system. The physical nature of the
sun, planets, satellites, comets, and meteors. Occasional
observation sessions will be scheduled.

Prerequisite: Phy 206, 207

**317.
Physics of Stellar Systems**
3 cr.

Normal and peculiar stars: their structure and evolution.
Galactic structure and some cosmology.
Occasional observation sessions will be scheduled.

Prerequisite: Phy 206, 207

**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 211

**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, 311

**350.
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I**
3 cr. (Fall)

Includes the integral and differential forms of Maxwell's
equations, circuit theory, and boundary value problems.

Prerequisite: Phy 206, 207,
Mth 211
or 310. Pre- or
corequisite: Mth 311

**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

**360.
Introduction to Modern Physics**
3 cr. (Fall)

Emphasis on the experimental foundations of modern physics.
Relativity, quantization, atomic structure, radiation, nuclei.

Prerequisite: Phy 206. Pre- or corequisite: Phy 207

**362.
Modern Physics Honors Seminar**
1 cr. (Fall, Spring)

Special topics to accompany Phy 360.

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Phy 360

**401, 402.
Senior Thesis**
3 cr. each

Prerequisite: Phy 340, 350, 360

**500.
Research**
1-3 cr.

Project course introducing methods of research, individual
investigation of current problems.

**505, 506.
Advanced Laboratory**
1-2 cr. each (Fall, 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

**515.
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

**516-518.
Readings in Physics**
1-3 cr. each

Prerequisite: Permission of department

**520.
Solid State Physics**
3 cr.

Crystal structure, quantum theory of the electronic
structure of solids, mechanical, electric, magnetic and optical
properties of solids.

Prerequisite: Phy 560

**530.
Plasma Physics I**
3 cr.

Kinetic theory of plasmas, adiabatic motion of charged particles,
magnetofluid dynamics, transport properties of plasmas
in electromagnetic fields.

Prerequisite: Phy 340, 351, 360

**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

**545.
Introduction to Astrophysics**
3 cr.

Celestial mechanics, solar models, galaxies, distance scales,
instruments.

Prerequisite: Phy 360

**552.
Optical Physics**
3 cr.

Geometric optics, interference and diffraction, polarized light,
optical pumping, coherence phenomena, applications to
modern physical research.

Prerequisite: Phy 351, 360

**560.
Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics I**
3 cr. (Fall)

Introductory theory with applications to simple systems.
Perturbation theory and atomic structure.

Phy 360 and one of 340, 350, 315. Also Mth 210, 311, and either 211 or 310

**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

**564.
Nuclear Physics**
3 cr.

Theoretical and experimental phenomena related to atomic
nuclei. General description of nuclear forces, simple scattering,
nuclear energy levels. Qualitative description of various nuclear
models.

Prerequisite: Phy 560

**601.
Condensed Matter Physics Seminar**
1 cr.

**602.
Optical Physics Seminar**
1 cr.

**603.
Particle Physics Seminar**
1 cr.

**604.
Plasma Physics Seminar**
1 cr.

**610-612.
Special Topics in Physics**
1-3 cr. each

Topics are typically selected from fluid dynamics,
applied mathematics, particle theory, nuclear physics.

**615.
Methods of Mathematical Physics I**
3 cr.

Green's functions, Calculus of variations, PDEs, Special functions.

Prerequisite: Phy 515

**616.
Methods of Mathematical Physics II**
3 cr.

Different topics from Phy 615, including Vector spaces, Operators,
Numerical analysis, Statistics

Prerequisite: Phy 515

**620.
Advanced Solid State Physics**
3 cr.

Electronic structure, electron-electron
interactions, phonons, many-body problems,
transport properties, magnetism, superconductivity.

Prerequisite: Phy 520, 560

**623.
Statistical Mechanics I**
3 cr.

Equilibrium state, irreversibility, statistical
description of an ensemble, entropy, partition
functions.

Prerequisite: Phy 321, 561

**624.
Statistical Mechanics II**
3 cr.

Statistical description of many body problems,
specific heats, Brownian motion in liquids and fields,
nonequilibrium states, superconductivity.

Prerequisite: Phy 623

**630.
Plasma Physics II**
3 cr.

Plasmas oscillations and waves, interaction of
electromagnetic waves, with plasmas in magnetic
fields, plasma turbulence, beam-plasma interactions, methods
of experimental investigation.

Prerequisite: Phy 530

**650.
Electromagnetic Theory I**
3 cr.

Electrostatics, magnetostatic, Maxwell's equations,
continuous media, waves, antennas, resonant cavities,
wave guides.

Prerequisite: Phy 560

**651.
Electromagnetic Theory II**
3 cr.

Relativistic effects, interaction of radiation with matter,
multipole radiation, radiation reaction.

Prerequisite: Phy 650

**654.
General Relativity Theory**
3 cr.

Einstein's theory of gravitation. Includes basic differential geometry
and tensor analysis, the Einstein field equations, the motion of
particles in gravitational fields, tests of general relativity, black
holes, and cosmology.

**666.
Elementary Particles**
3 cr.

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, 561, 650

**670.
Quantum Theory I**
3 cr.

Transformation theory, linear operators
and vector spaces. Schrodinger's equation,
rotation group and angular momentum, statistics
(Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac), isotopic spin,

**671.
Quantum Theory II**
3 cr.

One particle relativistic theory;
Lorentz group; symmetries of particles;
elementary scattering theory;
many body problems; Greens' functions
techniques; S-matrix.

Prerequisite: Phy 670

**672.
Quantum Field Theory**
3 cr.

Canonical and path integral
quantization; renormalization; gauge theories.

Prerequisite: Phy 540, 655, 671

**680.
Directed Readings or Research**
1-4 cr.

**710.
Master's Thesis**
1-6 cr.

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.

**720.
Research in Residence**
0 cr.

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.

**725.
Continuous Registration-Master's Study**
0 cr.

to establish residence for non-thesis master's
students who are preparing for major examinations.
Credit not granted. Regards as full time residence.

**730.
Doctoral Dissertation**
1-12 cr.

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 may be taken in regular
semester, but not more than six in a summer session.

**740.
Research Project**
1-6 cr.

Required of all candidates for the Doctor of Arts degree.
Student enrolls for credit as determined by advisor. Credit
is not a awarded until the doctoral project has been
accepted. Total enrollment may not exceed six credits.

**750.
Research in Residence**
0 cr.

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.