Course Descriptions for undergraduate physics majors

501. Special Studies in Physics for Educators.   A series of courses covering basic physical concepts which provide physical science background for teachers.  Prerequisite: In-service or pre-service teacher.  Does not count as credit towards a physics degree.

502. Science Investigations.  Introductory course for prospective teachers.  Basic physics concepts in mechanics, heat, and electricity and magnetism developed through laboratory investigations.  Emphasizes science process skills and the nature of the scientific endeavor.    Prerequisite: Math 111 or equivalent; In-service or pre-service teacher.  Does not count as credit towards a physics degree.

516. Advanced Physics Laboratory. Experiments in classical and modern physics to stress scientific methods and experimental techniques. The experiments are open ended projects requiring individual study.   Corequisite: Phys.551.

517. Electronics Laboratory. Experiments in electronics that treat some of the applications of electronics in scientific research. Experiments cover the uses of vacuum tubes transistors, IC and digital circuits.  Prerequisite: Phys. 314.

551. Topics in Modern Physics. An introduction to selected areas of modern physics emphasizing the features of atomic nuclear and solid state physics that require modifications of classical physics for their explanation.  Prerequisite: Phys. 214 or 314 or department consent.  Corequisite: Math 344.

555. Modern Optics. Geometrical and physical optics, coherence theory, and Fourier optics. Additional topics may include radiation, scattering, optical properties of solids, and optical data processing.  Prerequisite: Phys. 214 or 314 and Math 344.

600. Individual Readings in Physics. Repeatable but total credit may not exceed six hours for physics majors.  Prerequisite: department consent.

601. Individual Readings in Astrophysics. Studies several topics in astronomy and astrophysics in depth. lectures, independent readings, and student projects may be assigned.  Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

616. Computational Physics Laboratory. Provides a working knowledge of computational techniques with applications in both theoretical and experimental physics, including a brief introduction to the C++ and/or FORTRAN languages.  Prerequisite: Phys. 551 and Math 555.

621. Analytical Mechanics. Motion of a particle in one and several dimensions, central forces, the harmonic oscillator and the Lagrangian formulation of mechanics.  Prerequisite: Phys. 214 or 314 and Math 344 with grades of C or better.

631. Electricity and Magnetism. Direct and alternating currents; electric and magnetic field theory, including an introduction to Maxwell's electromagnetic wave theory.  Prerequisite: Phys. 214 or 314 and Math 344 with grades of C or better.

641. Thermophysics. The laws of thermodynamics, distribution functions Boltzmann equation, transport phenomena, fluctuations, and an introduction to statistical mechanics.  Prerequisite: Phys. 214 or 314 and Math 344.

651. Quantum Mechanics I. Introduction to quantum mechanics, the Shroedinger equation, elementary perturbation theory, and the hydrogen atom.   Prerequisite: Phys. 551.

652. Quantum Mechanics II. A continuation of PHYS 651 and covers time dependent perturbation theory, WKB, scattering, Bell's theorem, quantum reality, applications of quantum mechanics, and nanotechnology. Prerequisite: PHYS 651.

661.  Introduction to Atomic Physics.  Introduction to Atomic Physics Quantum mechanics is the basis of all our physical understanding of atomic and molecular spectra. This course uses quantum mechanics to understand the nature and formation of the spectra of one, two and many-electron atoms. A discussion of atomic collisions will also be included. Corequisite: PHYS 651.

681. Solid State Physics. A one-semester introduction to solid state physics, which explores and explains -- in terms of the microscopic processes that produce them -- the thermal mechanical, and electronic properties of solids. Discusses practical applications and interdisciplinary material.  Prerequisite: Phys. 551.

714. Theoretical Physics. A study of mathematical techniques applicable to physics and other sciences. Instructor selects topics, such as power series, infinite products, asymptotic expansions, WKB method, contour integration and residue methods, integral transforms, Hilbert spaces, special functions, and integral equations.   Prerequisite:  Math 555 or instructor's consent.