Catalog
2018-19

Physics

Dr. Rostislav Konoplich
Chair of the Department

Lower Division Requirements

All physics majors must take the following courses in their freshman and sophomore years:

PHYS 101Physics I3
PHYS 191Physics I Lab1
PHYS 102Physics II3
PHYS 192Physics II Lab1
PHYS 214Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 223Physics III3
PHYS 224Physics IV3
PHYS 250Optics2
PHYS 253Optics Lab II1
One of the following:8
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
General Chemistry: Honors
and General Chemistry: Honors
MATH 285Calculus III3
or MATH 287 Honors Calculus III
MATH 286Differential Equations3

Upper Division Requirements for the B.S. Major in Physics

PHYS 309Mechanics I3
PHYS 311Atomic and Nuclear Physics3
PHYS 312Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 314Electromagnetic Waves3
PHYS 351Modern Physics Laboratory I2
PHYS 352Modern Physics Lab II2
PHYS 410Advanced Theoretical Physics3
PHYS 443Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 444Research Project in Physics2
PHYS 445Research Project in Physics2
PHYS 450Seminar1

This track is standard preparation for graduate studies in physics.

Upper Division Requirements for the B.A. Major in Physics

PHYS 309Mechanics I3
PHYS 311Atomic and Nuclear Physics3
PHYS 314Electromagnetic Waves3
PHYS 351Modern Physics Laboratory I2
PHYS 352Modern Physics Lab II2
PHYS 441Senior Thesis3
Fifteen credits in the Humanities15

The B.A. Physics major program is useful to those interested in careers in such fields as education, technical writing, and patent law.  It also provides a full foundation for graduate studies in physics.

Grade Requirements

For graduation a physics major must have a 2.00 cumulative index in all required physics courses and the elective science and engineering courses. A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.

The Cooperative 3-2 Program

A track II major may choose to complete the required Physics courses in three years leaving all science and free electives to the senior year. The final two years of the five year sequence may then be spent in Engineering. At the end of the fourth year the student receives the B.S. in Physics and at the end of the fifth year the B.S. in Engineering.

Minor

Requirement for a Minor in Physics

5 courses or 15 credits in approved physics courses.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 101
CHEM 103
4MLL13
MLL13CHEM 102
CHEM 104
4
PHYS 101
PHYS 191
4ENGL 1103
MATH 185 or 1873MATH 186 or 1883
RELS 1103PHYS 102
PHYS 192
4
SCI 1001SCI 1011
 18 18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 285 or 2873MATH 2863
PHYS 2233PHYS 2143
PHYS 2502PHYS 2243
Social Sciences3PHYS 2531
LLRN 102 or PHIL 2133CMPT 1013
 14 13
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HSS Elective3PHYS 3143
PHYS 3113PHYS 3522
ENGL 1503MUSC 150 or ART 1503
PHYS 3512RELS Catholic Studies3
PHYS 3093PHIL 1503
 Social Sciences3
 14 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HSS Elective6HSS Elective6
RELS Global/Contemporary3Electives3
Electives6PHYS 4413
 HIST 1503
 15 15
Total Credits: 124

Bachelor of Science in Physics

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MLL3MLL3
CHEM 101
CHEM 103
4ENGL 1103
MATH 185 or 1873CHEM 102
CHEM 104
4
PHYS 101
PHYS 191
4MATH 186 or 1883
SCI 1001PHYS 102
PHYS 192
4
RELS 1103SCI 1011
 18 18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 285 or 2873MATH 2863
PHYS 2233PHYS 2143
PHYS 2502PHYS 2243
Social Sciences3PHYS 2531
LLRN 102 or PHIL 2133CMPT 1013
 HIST 1503
 14 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 3512HSS Elective3
PHYS 3093PHYS 3522
PHYS 3113PHYS 3123
RELS Catholic Studies3PHYS 3143
ENGL 1503PHIL 1503
 Social Sciences3
 14 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUSC 150 or ART 1503HSS Elective3
PHYS 4433PHYS 4103
PHYS 4442PHYS 4452
RELS Global/Contemporary3PHYS 4501
Electives3Electives6
 14 15
Total Credits: 126

Courses

PHYS 101. Physics I. 3 Credits.

A calculus approach to the basic concepts of mechanics. Three lecture hours. Must also register for PHYS 191 lab. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 155 or MATH 185, or MATH 187.

PHYS 102. Physics II. 3 Credits.

A calculus approach to the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism. Three lecture hours. Must also register for PHYS 192 lab. Prerequisite or corequisite PHYS 101 and MATH 156, or MATH 186, or MATH 188.

PHYS 105. Principles of Physics I. 4 Credits.

An introduction to the basic principles and concepts of Physics including mechanics, oscillations and waves. Three lecture hours.

PHYS 106. Principles of Physics II. 4 Credits.

An introduction to the basic principles and concepts of physics including, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. Three lecture hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 105 or equivalent.

PHYS 107. Introduction to Physics I. 4 Credits.

An algebra based approach to the basic concepts of mechanics, oscillations and waves, fluid statics and dynamics with biological applications. Three lecture hours.

PHYS 108. Introduction to Physics II. 4 Credits.

An algebra based approach to the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics and elementary modern physics with biological applications. Three lecture hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 107 or equivalent.

PHYS 151. Introduction to Physics Research. Credits.

Elementary Research projects for beginning students in physics. Students learn how to pursue an open ended question under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Permission of department chair required.

PHYS 152. Introduction Physics Research II. Credits.

Elementary Research projects for beginning students in physics. Students learn how to pursue an open ended question under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Permission of department chair required.

PHYS 191. Physics I Lab. 1 Credit.

Physics I Laboratory. Three lab hours, Co-requisite: PHYS101.

PHYS 192. Physics II Lab. 1 Credit.

Physics II Laboratory. Three lab hours. Co-requisite: PHYS102.

PHYS 195. Principles of Physics I Lab. 0 Credits.

Principles of Physics I Laboratory. Three lab hours. Co-requisite: PHYS105.

PHYS 196. Principles of Physics II Lab. 0 Credits.

Principles of Physics II Laboratory. Three lab hours. Co-requisite: PHYS106.

PHYS 197. Introduction to Physics I Lab. 0 Credits.

Introduction to Physics I Laboratory. Three lab hours. Co-requisite: PHYS107.

PHYS 198. Introduction to Physics II Lab. 0 Credits.

Introduction to Physics II Laboratory. Three lab hours. Co-requisite: PHYS108.

PHYS 201. Wave Theory of Light and Matter. 3 Credits.

Intermediate level introduction to electromagnetic waves and the theory of light, geometrical and physical optics, introduction to quantum concepts and the wave nature of matter with applications to the solid state.

PHYS 209. Mathematical Methods in Physics. 3 Credits.

Complex algebra and analysis, vector analysis, matrices and eigenvalue problems. Fourier series and introduction to linear spaces. Introduction to partial differential equations as applied to physics. Three lecture hours. Prerequisites: C or better in PHYS 102 and MATH 285/287.

PHYS 214. Electricity and Magnetism. 3 Credits.

Electrostatics, Magnetostatics, Faraday's Law, Maxwell's equations using vector analysis. Spring. Pre-requisite: C or better in PHYS 102; MATH 285.

PHYS 221. Physics of Digital Systems. 4 Credits.

The basic physics and selected circuit applications of solid state devices such as the diode, transistor and op-amp as used in digital systems. The lectures will concentrate on the development of band theory and the diode equation from first principles while the lab will concentrate on digital circuit application using TTL and analog IC'S. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, PHYS 102 sequence.

PHYS 223. Physics III. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the theory of oscillations and waves. Introduction to the special theory of relativity. Introduction to wave mechanics and the Schroedinger equation. Pre-requisite: C or better in PHYS 102.

PHYS 224. Physics IV. 3 Credits.

Elements of thermodynamics and an elementary introduction to condensed matter physics.

PHYS 250. Optics. 2 Credits.

The nature of light and its interaction with matter. Reflection, refraction, polarization, interference, diffraction and propagation of light through media. Lenses, optical elements and optical devices will be explored via lecture and experiments. One lecture and one 4-hour lab per week.

PHYS 251. Intermediate Laboratory. 1 Credit.

This laboratory course will complement the material presented in Physics 201. Experiments in mechanical waves, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics. One three hour period per week. Corequisite: PHYS 201.

PHYS 253. Optics Lab II. 1 Credit.

Experiments in optics at an advanced level including measuring the cardinal points of an optical system, optical aberrations, lasers and laser applications, Newton's rings, interferometry, holography, electro-optics, optical modulation, and matrix optics.

PHYS 309. Mechanics I. 3 Credits.

Dynamics of particles and systems; Gravitation; Rotating Coordinates; Motion of rigid bodies, Lagrangian formulation. Coupled oscillators. Three lectures. Pre-requisite: C or better in PHYS 214.

PHYS 311. Atomic and Nuclear Physics. 3 Credits.

Schroedinger wave theory for atomic structure. Magnetic field effects on atoms. Atomic and molecular spectra. Introductory nuclear physics. Three lectures. Pre-requisite: C or better in PHYS 214.

PHYS 312. Quantum Mechanics I. 3 Credits.

Introduction to Quantum theory. One dimensional quantum systems. The harmonic oscillator. Central Potentials. Pre-requisite: C or better in PHYS 214.

PHYS 314. Electromagnetic Waves. 3 Credits.

Electro-magnetic waves and their interaction with matter. Maxwell's Equations in free space and dielectric media. Classical theory of the laser. Pre-requisite: C or better in PHYS 214.

PHYS 323. Astronomy. 3 Credits.

An intermediate level overview of the solar system and the physical properties of stars, stellar evolution, galaxies and the universe at large. Pre-requisite: PHYS 101 and PHYS 102.

PHYS 341. Topics in Astrophysics. 3 Credits.

Topics of current interest in astrophysics, including stellar structure and atmospheres, evolution and remnants, formation of stars and planetary systems, galactic structure and evolution of galaxies. Prerequisite: C or better in PHYS 209.

PHYS 342. Topics: in Astrophysics. 3 Credits.

Topics of current interest in astrophysics, including stellar structure and atmospheres, evolution and remnants, formation of stars and planetary systems, galactic structure and evolution of galaxies. Prerequisite: C or better in PHYS 209.

PHYS 344. Topics in Cosmology. 3 Credits.

Topics of current interest in cosmology, including cosmic distance ladder, geometry of the expanding universe, thermal history and cosmic microwave background, inflation and the primordial era. Prerequisite: C or better in PHYS 209.

PHYS 351. Modern Physics Laboratory I. 2 Credits.

Experimental verification of properties of atomic structure. One three-hour period.

PHYS 352. Modern Physics Lab II. 2 Credits.

Advanced experiments in atomic and nuclear physics. Properties of radioactivity. One three-hour period.

PHYS 375. Internship for Juniors. 3 Credits.

Students participate in an off-campus training experience closely related to one of the areas of physics. Frequent meetings with the advisor plus a paper are required. Prerequisites: Junior status, 3.0 GPA, and permission of the student's advisor or Chair.

PHYS 410. Advanced Theoretical Physics. 3 Credits.

Vector and tensor analysis, complex variables, integral transform and Green's function methods in theoretical physics, special functions and partial differential equations, group theory in quantum mechanics. Three lecture hours.

PHYS 414. Electromagnetic Radiation II. 3 Credits.

Dielectric and Magnetic materials, electromagnetic waves in free space and media. Dipole radiation.

PHYS 415. Statistical Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Statistical mechanics of many body systems in equilibrium. Thermal behavior and phase transitions in condensed matter. Boltzmann's equation and non-equilibrium phenomena.

PHYS 432. Solid State Physics. 3 Credits.

Lattices and crystal binding. Phonons and lattice vibrations. Thermal properties of insulators. Metals, free electron gas, energy bands. Semiconductors, mobility, life times, p-n junctions. Superconductivity, B.C.S. theory. Phase transitions Magnetorthermal properties. Three lectures.

PHYS 434. Research Problems in Physics. 2 Credits.

PHYS 435. Research Problems in Physics. 2 Credits.

PHYS 441. Senior Thesis. 3 Credits.

An independent study program in experimental or theoretical physics to provide an opportunity for the scientific development of advanced undergraduate physics majors. Minimum of six hours a week devoted to an organized study program is required. Permission of department chair necessary.

PHYS 442. Senior Thesis. 3 Credits.

An independent study program in experimental or theoretical physics to provide an opportunity for the scientific development of advanced undergraduate physics majors. Minimum of six hours a week devoted to an organized study program is required. Permission of department chair necessary.

PHYS 443. Quantum Mechanics II. 3 Credits.

Development of the formal structure of quantum mechanics. Time independent perturbation theory. Theory of scattering. Second quantization. Pre-requisite: C or better in PHYS 312.

PHYS 444. Research Project in Physics. 2 Credits.

Introductory level student research projects in either experimental or theoretical physics carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.

PHYS 445. Research Project in Physics. 2 Credits.

Introductory level student research projects in either experimental or theoretical physics carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.

PHYS 450. Seminar. 1 Credit.

Single and sequential lectures on special topics in physics. Track I majors are required to present a research paper on either a theoretical or experimental topic in the spring semester of the senior year.

PHYS 475. Internship for Seniors. 3 Credits.

Students participate in an off-campus training experience closely related to their area of physics. Frequent meetings with the advisor plus a paper are required. Prerequisites: Senior status, 3.0 GPA, and permission of the student's advisor or the Chair.

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