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  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits5
Lecture
Fall
PHYSICS-103

Fundamentals of Physics I

A non-calculus physics sequence covering fundamentals of mechanics, energy, power, thermodynamics and sound. Applications to the areas of biology, chemistry, the earth science and technology. Full credit will not be granted for both Physics 103 and 201 or 202.

Prerequisites
P: Math 104 with at least a C grade or Math Placement of Math 202 or greater.
  • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
Credits5
Lecture
Spring
PHYSICS-104

Fundamentals of Physics II

A non-calculus physics sequence covering fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, electronics, light, atomic and nuclear structure and relativity. Applications to the areas of biology, chemistry, the earth science and technology. Full credit will not be granted for both Physics 104 and (201 or 202).

Prerequisites
P: Physics 103 with at least a C grade.
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    PHYSICS-141

    Astronomy

    A study of the solar system, stars, galaxies and universe.

    • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    PHYSICS-180

    Concepts of Physics

    Survey of physics, including motion, forces, momentum, energy, solids, liquids, gases, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics. Designed for non science majors. Full credit will not be granted for both Physics 180 and 103, 104, 201 or 202.

    • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
    Credits1
    LAB
    Fall
    PHYSICS-181

    Concepts of Physics Laboratory

    Laboratory course to accompany Physics 180. Full credit will not be granted for both Physics 181 and 103, 104, 201 or 202.

    Prerequisites
    P: Physics 180 or conc enr.
    • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
    Credits5
    Lecture
    Fall
    PHYSICS-201

    Principles of Physics I

    A calculus physics sequence for students of science and engineering. Includes fundamentals of mechanics, Newton's laws, momentum, energy, fluid statics and dynamics; temperature, heat transfer, thermodynamics; vibrations, waves and sound; electric forces and fields, DC and AC circuits, magnetism; atomic structure, semiconductors; electromagnetic waves, light; relativity, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics and elementary particles.

    Prerequisites
    P: Math 202 with at least a C grade.
    • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
    Credits5
    Lecture
    Spring
    PHYSICS-202

    Principles of Physics II

    A calculus physics sequence for students of science and engineering. Includes fundamentals of mechanics, Newton's laws, momentum, energy, fluid statics and dynamics; temperature, heat transfer, thermodynamics; vibrations, waves and sound; electric forces and fields, DC and AC circuits, magnetism; atomic structure, semiconductors; electromagnetic waves, light; relativity, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics and elementary particles.

    Prerequisites
    P: Physics 201 with at least a C grade and Math 203 with at least a C grade.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      PHYSICS-310

      Modern Physics

      Modern physics has opened the door to exciting areas of exploration: very fast, very small, and very large. This course first examines the fast and small (relativity and elementary particle physics) then applies them to the large scale field of cosmology.

        Credits3
        Lecture
        Fall
        Even Only
        PHYSICS-317

        Optics

        Study of geometric and physical optics. Topics include optical instruments, diffraction, interference, polarization, lasers, and modern applications of optics.

        Prerequisites
        P: Physics 202 with at least a C grade.
          Credits1
          LAB
          Fall
          Even Only
          PHYSICS-318

          Optics Laboratory

          Experiments in geometric and physical optics.

          Prerequisites
          P: Physics 317 with at least a C grade or conc enr.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            PHYSICS-320

            Thermodynamics and Kinetics

            Temperature, heat and work, thermodynamic properties of gases, solids and solutions; homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria; thermodynamics of electrochemical cells; statistical thermodynamics; calculation of thermodynamic properties; chemical kinetics.

            Prerequisites
            P: Chem 212 and 214 with at least a C grade and Physics 202 with at least a C grade and Math 203 with at least a C grade.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              PHYSICS-321

              Structure of Matter

              Integrated approach to the concepts of physical chemistry and modern physics: introduction to quantum theory, symmetry, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, X-rays, properties of gases, liquids and solids.

              Prerequisites
              P: Chem 212 and 214 with at least a C grade and Physics 202 with at least a C grade and Math 203 with at least a C grade.
                Credits1
                LAB
                Fall
                PHYSICS-322

                Thermodynamics and Kinetics Laboratory

                Laboratory course to accompany Chem 320.

                Prerequisites
                P: Chem 320 or conc enr or Physics 320 or conc enr.; and Env Sci 207 or conc enr or Hum Biol 207 or conc enr.
                  Credits1
                  LAB
                  Spring
                  PHYSICS-323

                  Structure of Matter Laboratory

                  Laboratory course to accompany Chem 321.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: Chem 321 or conc enr or Physics 321 or conc enr.; and Env Sci 207 or conc enr or Hum Biol 207 or conc enr.
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Fall
                    Even Only
                    PHYSICS-404

                    Electricity and Magnetism

                    An advanced approach to electrical and magnetic phenomena; waveguides, electrical energy generation and transmission, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, electric and magnetic properties of matter.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: Physics 202 with at least a C grade and Math 209 with at least a C grade.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Spring
                      Even Only
                      PHYSICS-415

                      Solar and Alternate Energy Systems

                      Study of alternate energy systems which may be the important energy sources in the future, such as solar, wind, biomass, fusion, ocean thermal, fuel cells and magneto hydrodynamics.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: Physics 104 with at least a C grade or 202 with at least a C grade.
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Fall
                        Odd Only
                        PHYSICS-417

                        Nuclear Physics and Radiochemistry

                        Properties and reactions of atomic nuclei; application of the properties of radioactive nuclei to the solution of chemical, physical, biological and environmental problems.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: Chem 212 and 214 with at least a C grade and Physics 202 with at least a C grade: REC: Chem 321.
                          Credits1
                          LAB
                          PHYSICS-418

                          Nuclear Physics and Radiochemistry Laboratory

                          Laboratory course to accompany Chem 417.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Chem 417 or conc enr or Physics 417 or conc enr.
                            Credits1
                            LAB
                            Fall
                            Odd Only
                            PHYSICS-420

                            Advanced Physics Laboratory

                            Upper-level experiments in Nuclear Physics, Optics and the experimental determination of fundamental physical constants.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: Math 203 with at least a C grade, Physics 310 with at least a C grade.
                              Credits1-12
                              Field EXP
                              Spring
                              Fall
                              PHYSICS-497

                              Internship

                              Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: jr st.
                              • Course is repeatable for credit.
                              Credits1-4
                              IND Study
                              Spring
                              Fall
                              PHYSICS-498

                              Independent Study

                              Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                              • Course is repeatable for credit.