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PHYS
Physics Department Site
PHYS121
Fundamentals of Physics I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PL
GenEd: DSNL
Prerequisite: MATH112 or MATH115.
Credit only granted for: PHYS121, PHYS131, or PHYS331.
The first part of a two-semester course in general physics treating the fields of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Together with PHYS122, this generally satisfies the minimum requirement of medical and dental schools.
Students must pay a $50.00 Laboratory Materials fee.
PHYS122
Fundamentals of Physics II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PL
GenEd: DSNL
Prerequisite: PHYS121; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: PHYS122, PHYS132, or PHYS332.
A continuation of PHYS121, which together with it, generally satisfies the minimum requirement of medical and dental schools.
Students must pay a $50.00 Laboratory Materials fee.
PHYS131
Fundamentals of Physics for Life Sciences I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH130, MATH131, and CHEM131; and (BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106); and (BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105). Or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: PHYS121, PHYS131, or PHYS331.
The first part of a two-semester course in general physics specifically oriented towards applications relevant for students in biology and pre-medical programs. The course covers basic mechanics including forces and energy, properties of matter, and thermodynamics done in authentic biological contexts.
PHYS132
Fundamentals of Physics for Life Sciences II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS131; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: PHYS122, PHYS132, or PHYS332.
The second part of a two-semester course in general physics specifically oriented towards applications relevant for students in biology and pre-medical programs. The course covers basic statistical physics, electricity and magnetism, and optics done in authentic biological contexts.
PHYS141
Principles of Physics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PL
GenEd: DSNL
Corequisite: MATH141 or MATH121; or MATH221.
Credit only granted for: PHYS141, PHYS161, or PHYS171.
The first of a two-semester series in general physics. The first semester covers the fields of mechanics, thermodynamics, and special relativity. This survey course will use calculus and is recommended for chemistry and zoology majors. It also satisfies the requirements of medical and dental schools.
PHYS142
Principles of Physics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PL
GenEd: DSNL
Prerequisite: PHYS141; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: PHYS142, (PHYS260 and PHYS261), or PHYS272.
A continuation of PHYS141 covering waves, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics.
PHYS161
General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MATH141.
Credit only granted for: PHYS141, PHYS161, or PHYS171.
First semester of a three-semester calculus-based general physics course. Laws of motion, force, and energy; principles of mechanics, collisions, linear momentum, rotation, and gravitation.
PHYS260
General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with PHYS261)
Prerequisite: PHYS161 and MATH141.
Corequisite: PHYS261.
Credit only granted for: PHYS142, PHYS260, or PHYS272.
Second semester of a three-semester calculus-based general physics course. Vibrations, waves, fluids; heat, kinetic theory, and thermodynamics; electrostatics, circuits, and magnetism. PHYS260 and PHYS261 must be taken in the same semester.
PHYS261
General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism (Laboratory)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Corequisite: PHYS260.
Lab includes experiments on mechanics, vibrations, waves, heat, electricity and magnetism. PHYS260 and PHYS261 (lab) must be taken in the same semester.
There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.
PHYS261M
(Perm Req)
General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism (Laboratory)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Corequisite: PHYS260.
Lab includes experiments on mechanics, vibrations, waves, heat, electricity and magnetism. PHYS260 and PHYS261 (lab) must be taken in the same semester.
PHYS270
General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern Physics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with PHYS271)
Prerequisite: PHYS261, MATH241, and PHYS260.
Corequisite: PHYS271.
Third semester of a three-semester calculus-based general physics course. Electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, special theory of relativity, and modern physics. PHYS270 and PHYS271 (lab) must be taken in the same semester.
PHYS271
General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern Physics (Laboratory)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS261.
Corequisite: PHYS270.
Lab includes experiments on ac circuits, magnetism, light and modern physics. PHYS270 and PHYS271 (lab) must be taken in the same semester.
There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.
PHYS271M
General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern Physics (Laboratory)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS261.
Corequisite: PHYS270.
Lab includes experiments on ac circuits, magnetism, light and modern physics. PHYS270 and PHYS271 (lab) must be taken in the same semester.
PHYS299
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Physics
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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PHYS399
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Physics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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PHYS499
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Physics
Credits: 1 - 16
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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PHYS798
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Advanced Physics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHYS799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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PHYS898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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PHYS899
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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