Physics (PHY)

PHY 101  Physics for the Liberal Arts     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: A comprehensive, descriptive study of the scientific principles of the physical world, including the history of science, motion, energy, cosmology, geophysics, etc. Designed to provide students without significant previous coursework in the physical sciences with a solid introduction to the terminology and concepts required for further study. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Not open to the student with credit in PHY 107, PHY 110, or PHY 210.

PHY 104  Introduction to Astronomy     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Basic course in astronomy, mostly descriptive in nature; solar system, stellar astronomy, structure of galaxy and universe. Three hours lecture and two hours lab.

PHY 107  Introduction to Physics     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A comprehensive, quantitative study of the concepts and laws of physics. Designed for students majoring in fields other than the physical sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Topics include motion, gravity, electromagnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, optics, and relativity. Three hours of lecture, two hours lab. Not open to the student with credit in PHY 110 or PHY 210. Prerequisite(s): ACT math score of 20 or higher or the equivalent.

PHY 110  College Physics I     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Classical treatment of mechanics, energy, waves, and heat. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Not open to students with credit in PHY 210. Prerequisite(s): MAT 116.

PHY 111  College Physics II     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Electricity, magnetism, optics, relativity, atomic physics and nuclear physics. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Not open to students with credit in PHY 211. Prerequisite(s): PHY 110 or PHY 210.

PHY 210  University Physics I     Credits: 5

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course is a comprehensive study of mechanics, relativity, oscillations, waves, and thermodynamics involving simulations, applications, and experimentation. Course assignments require the student to have a thorough knowledge of college algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Three hours lecture, two hours computer aided instruction lab, two hours experimentation lab. Prerequisite(s): MAT 166 or MAT 167.

PHY 211  University Physics II     Credits: 5

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This course is a comprehensive study of electricity, magnetism, optics, and introductory quantum physics involving simulations, applications, and experimentation. Course assignments require the student to have a thorough knowledge of college algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Three hours lecture, two hours computer aided instruction laboratory, two hours experimentation laboratory. Prerequisite(s): PHY 210 and MAT 177. MAT 287 recommended.

PHY 283  Introduction to Research Methods in Physics     Credits: 1-2

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to basic research methods in Physics. Individual and team projects involving methods for solving physics-related research problems. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

PHY 312  University Physics III     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Calculus-level modern physics. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite(s): PHY 211.

PHY 313  Modern Physics Laboratory     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Selected experiments in modern physics. Three hours laboratory. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in PHY 111 or PHY 312.

PHY 320  History of Physics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Comprehensive discussion of chronological development of concepts in classical and modern physics. Prerequisite(s): PHY 111 or PHY 312.

PHY 410  Selected Topics in Physics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Presentation of one of the following topics: 01-mathematical physics; 02-classical mechanics; 03-thermodynamics; 04-electricity and magnetism; 05-optics; 06-quantum mechanics; 07-astrophysics; 08-solid state physics; 09-nuclear and particle physics; 10-computational physics. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

PHY 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the minor declaration in physics, minimum 2.5 GPA in minor field, and departmental approval.

PHY 465  Physics Teaching: Methods and Materials     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Techniques, materials, and equipment used in teaching physics in secondary schools. Prerequisite(s): PHY 111 or PHY 312.