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Physics

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 5
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: Natural Sciences,Quantitative Literacy
Credits 5
Lecture
Spring
physics-104

Fundamentals of Physics II

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
physics-141

Astronomy

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

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Natural Sciences
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Natural Sciences
Credits 1
Laboratory
Fall
physics-181

Concepts of Physics Laboratory

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
physics-198

First Year Seminar

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
  • Gen Ed: First Year Seminar
Credits 5
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: Natural Sciences,Quantitative Literacy
Credits 5
Lecture
Spring
physics-202

Principles of Physics II

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
physics-320

Thermodynamics and Kinetics

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
physics-321

Structure of Matter

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 1
Laboratory
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.
Credits 1
Laboratory
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
physics-404

Electricity and Magnetism

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
physics-415

Solar and Alternate Energy Systems

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
physics-417

Nuclear Physics and Radiochemistry

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 1
Laboratory
Fall
Odd Only
physics-420

Advanced Physics Laboratory

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 1-4
Lecture
physics-483

SELECTED TOPICS

P: May be repeatable for credit. None.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
physics-483A

Selected Topics in Modern Physics

  • Pre-Requisites

To provide students with a fundamental working understanding of the most important physical theories developed in the 20th century, including special relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particle physics, and cosmology.

Prerequisites
P: Math 202 and (Physics 104 or 202).
Credits 1-12
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.
Credits 1-4
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.