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ClassID |
Name |
Description |
Credits |

PHYS 1000 | Physics with Application to Environmental Topics | A course designed to present the basic concepts of physics in their application to the study of the environment. | 3 |

PHYS 1210 | The Language of Science | A study of the process by which scientists acquire, analyze and organize information. The student is challenged to observe carefully, to experiment, to analyze critically and to synthesize results into an analytical | 3 |

PHYS 1310 | General Physics for Science and Pre-Engineering Majors I | Corequisite: MATH 2010 or permission of instructor. A study of the fundamental concepts in physics and their use in analyzing physical systems. Topics covered: one-dimensional kinematics, vectors and kinematics in two- and three-dimensions, Newton’s laws and particle dynamics, rotational kinematics and dynamics, temperature, thermal properties of matter, the first law of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases | 3 |

PHYS 1410 | Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology | A course that gives students a relatively broad background in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The course does not have a traditional lecture-practice class format, but rather has the form of seminars with inclusion of visual presentations and specifically designed labs. The course will give the students an overview of the nanosicence, which is each day more and more important in all science disciplines and technology. It consists of the two parts: Nanoscience Background and Nanoscience Applications and Instrumentation. | 3 |

PHYS 2050 | Astronomy | An introduction to the field of astronomy. This course will acquaint the student with the methods and tools of modem astronomy. The historical development of astronomical models is briefly reviewed. The student will study the population of stars in the universe, their evolution and the processes responsible for it. They will study in some detail our galaxy, the solar system and the planets. Current cosmological theories will be reviewed. | 3 |

PHYS 2110 | General Physics I | Prerequisites: MATH 1100 and 1200 with a grade of “C” or better. An introduction to the principles of physics for students majoring in the life sciences. Topics covered include: kinematics in one- and two-dimensions, vectors, particle dynamics, energy, rotational and oscillatory motion, fluids, sound and waves. | 4 |

PHYS 2120 | General Physics II | Prerequisite: PHYS 2110. A continuation of PHYS 2110. Topics covered include: electricity and magnetism, heat and thermodynamics. | 4 |

PHYS 2300 | General Physics for Scientists and Engineers | 3 | |

PHYS 2310 | General Physics for Science and Pre-Engineering Majors II | Prerequisite: PHYS 1310. Corequisite: Math 2020. A continuation of Physics 1310. Topics covered: electric fields, Gauss’s law, electric potential, capacitors, dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields, Ampere’s law, Faraday’s law, inductance, magnetic materials, propagation of light, geometrical optics and applications. | 3 |

PHYS 2320 | General Physics for Science and Pre-Engineering Majors III | Prerequisite PHYS 1310. A continuation of Physics 2310. Topics covered include Equilibrium and elasticity, gravitation, periodic motion, uid mechanics, mechanical waves, interference and normal modes, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, interference, diffraction, polarization of waves, alternating currents, the second law of thermodynamics. | 4 |

PHYS 2410 | Laboratory I | Corequisite: PHYS 2310. Laboratory for students majoring in science or engineering. Students will develop laboratory skills, and they will be introduced to statistical methods for the analysis of data. Experiments will deal with the description and analysis of motion in one and two- dimensions, dynamical systems and waves. | 1 |

PHYS 2420 | Laboratory II | Corequisite: PHYS 2320. A continuation of PHYS 2410. Experiments will include simple electrical circuits, electromagnetic waves, properties of fluids, and thermal properties of materials. | 1 |

PHYS 2500 | Introduction to Biophysics | A basic overview of the key concepts of biophysics, especially molecular biophysics, by applying physical principles, methods, and techniques to the study of bio physical phenomena. . Lectures stress the elementary behavior of ions, proteins, and nucleic acids in the biological membranes, biopolymers, muscular movement, and nervous systems. The course objectives will be accomplished through lectures and discussion of selected topics in class, through laboratory studies, group exercises, and by assigned parts of text. | 3 |

PHYS 3060 | Electricity and Magnetism | Prerequisites: PHYS 2320; MATH 2030. A presentation of the classical theory of electricity and magnetism. Topics include: electrostatics, magnetostatics, fields of moving charges, Maxwell’s equations. | 3 |

PHYS 3070 | Electricity and Magnetism II | A brief review of PHYS 3060 | 3 |

PHYS 3100 | Principles of Electronics | Prerequisites: PHYS 2320 and 2420 or permission of the instructor. An introduction to the fundamental principles of electronic circuits and devices. Topics covered include: circuit laws and the analysis of elementary circuits, measurement instruments and techniques, phaser analysis of RLC | 3 |

PHYS 3110 | Mechanics I | Prerequisites: PHYS 2320 and MATH 2030. A presentation of the classical theory of mechanics. Topics include: particle dynamics, central forces, dynamics of a system, oscillations, motion of rigid bodies, and LaGrange Equations. | 3 |

PHYS 3120 | Mechanics II | Continuation of PHYS 3110 | 3 |

PHYS 3200 | Data Acquisition, Control and Analysis | An introduction to the computerization of data acquisition, instrumentation control, and the manipulation and analysis of signals. | 3 |

PHYS 3210 | Laboratory III | Prerequisite: PHYS 2320 and 2410. A study of the experimental basis for modern physics. Fundamental constants of atomic physics will be measured. | 2 |

PHYS 3220 | Laboratory IV | Prerequisite: PHYS 2310 and 2420. A continuation of PHYS 3210 | 2 |

PHYS 3290 | Environmental Physics | A study of physical models of environmental systems and the instrumentation utilized to measure the environmental parameters used in such models. | 3 |

PHYS 3310 | Modem Physics | Prerequisite: PHYS 2320 or permission of the instructor. A study of special relativity and an introduction to quantum theory and its application to simple systems. Elements of atomic, solid state and nuclear physics will be included. | 3 |

PHYS 3410 | Computational Physics I | Prerequisite Phys 2320 or permission of the instructor. A study of computational modeling and simulation of classical systems including projectile motion, orbital motion, oscillators, and linear and non-linear systems. Students will investigate algorithms, programming, debugging, and analysis of results and data. | 3 |

PHYS 3510 | Nanotechnology | A course designed to introduce students to the fundamental changes in photonic, electronic and magnetic properties which occur when particle sizes approach atomic and molecular dimensions. It focuses on development of new materials at the atomic and molecular level and to employment of them to achieve novel properties for next generation devices. A goal is to provide students with a design tool based on nanotechnology that will allow them to engineer next generation materials and devices. The course is designed to give students an appreciation of the different properties offered by nanostructured materials, particularly when it comes to their interactions with light, electric and magnetic fields. | 3 |

PHYS 4110 | Thermal Physics | Prerequisites: PHYS 3110 and 3310. A study of the principles of statistical mechanics. Topics include: approach to equilibrium, thermodynamics, property of ideal gases, kinetic theory, equilibrium between phases and chemical species as well as quantum statistics and some applications. | 3 |

PHYS 4220 | Mathematical Methods of Physics | Prerequisites: PHYS 3110; MATH 4410. A study of the mathematical methods used in the development of physical theories and models. Topics include: continuum theory and field theory, linear vector spaces, function spaces, partial differential equations, boundary value problems, elements of groups and their representations and their applications in physics. | 3 |

PHYS 4230 | Lasers and Applied Optics | Prerequisite PHYS 3060 or permission of the instructor. A study of classical and modern optical phenomena including geometrical, Fresnel and Fourier optics, lasers, fiber optics and optoelectronic devices. | 3 |

PHYS 4250 | Science Instrumentation | An interdepartmental course which provides junior and higher level students majoring in biology, chemistry and physics with a general knowledge of the theory and application of instrumental methods widely used in science. The course gives practical experience in the operation of instruments and interpretation of the data gathered from these instruments, and shows how these instrumental methods can be used to make measurements and solve problems common to all three of scientific areas. | 4 to 5 |

PHYS 4300 | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics | Prerequisites: PHYS 3310, 3060, and 3410. A study of the principles of quantum mechanics, the Schrodinger equations and its applications to 1-dimensional systems, the hydrogen atom, perturbation methods and scattering. | 3 |

PHYS 4310 | Quantum Mechanics II | A study of the time-independent perturbation theory and its application to the description of the fine structure of Hydrogen, the Zeeman effect, and Hyperfine splitting. Students will use time-dependent perturbation theory to study two level system and the absorption and emission of radiation. Topics include the one and two electron atoms, hydrogen molecule and molecular bond, time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory, scattering theory, the deuteron problem in nuclear physics, the nature of the nuclear force, and alpha decay. Students will be introduced to partial wave analysis and the Born approximation, the adiabatic approximation, and the variational principle. | 3 |

PHYS 4320 | Nuclear and Particle Physics | Corequisite: PHYS 4300. A study of nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, the nuclear force, models of the nucleus, elementary particles, their production and decays, and their symmetries. | 3 |

PHYS 4330 | Solid State Physics | Corequisite: PHYS 4300. A study of symmetries and crystalline structure of solids, electrical and magnetic properties of solids, semi-conductors, low temperature phenomena and excitations in solids. | 3 |

PHYS 4400 | Microelectronics Laboratory | Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. A study on the implementation of binary operations by means of electronic circuits. Operations of logic gates, design of logical networks, microprocessor architecture, memory devices and interfacing techniques will be covered. Students will use common integrated circuit devices for selected applications. | 3 |

PHYS 4410 | Computational Physics II | Prerequisites: Physics 3410, 3060, and 3310. A continuation of Physics 3410 that focuses on modeling and simulating continuously distributed systems. The course includes a study of special functions and Gaussian quadrature, boundary values and Eigen values problems, explicit and implicit methods, relaxation and spectral methods for the solution of partial differential equations, stability of solutions, and Monte Carlo Methods. | 3 |

PHYS 4520 | Applied Spectroscopy | Prerequisites: PHYS 3310, 3060. A study of the principles of atomic and molecular spectra and the design and operation of spectrometers for the study of these spectra. Attention will be given to applications of spectroscopic techniques in areas such as materials processing, communication, and environmental studies. | 3 |

PHYS 4900 | Senior Thesis | Prerequisite: Senior classiflcation. Each physics major is expected to complete a project in her/his area of concentration. The student must select a topic and the supervisor of the project from a departmentally approved list by the end of the junior year. The student must produce a written and an oral report. | 1 to 12 |

PHYS 5060 | Electromagnetic Theory | Pre-requisite: PHYS 4070. This course, the first of a two semester sequence, is a graduate level course covering the theory and application of Maxwell's equations. Topics to be covered in this course include: electric potentials and electric fields arising from static charge distributions, effects of conducting surfaces on electric fields; electrostatics of polarizable media, magnetic fields from steady currents, magnetic fields in permeable media, energy and momentum of electromagnetic fields and gauge transformations of electromagnetic fields. Mastery of these topics will result in a clear understanding of the nature and calculation of electromagnetic fields in realistic physical systems. (Three hours lecture per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5070 | Electromagnetic Theory II | Pre-requisite: PHYS 5060. This course, the second of a two semester sequence intended for graduate students, covers the theory of time dependent electromagnetic fields. Topics covered include: propagation of plane electromagnetic waves in dielectric media, waveguides and resonant cavities, fields emitted from simple radiating systems, scattering and diffraction of electromagnetic waves, application of special relativity to the theory of electromagnetic fields, dynamics of relativistic particles and fields, collisions between moving charged particles, radiation from moving charges. Understanding of these topics is of critical importance to the study of high energy, nuclear and solid state physics. (Three hours lecture per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5110 | Advanced Classical Mechanics | Pre-requisite: PHYS 3110. This course is an advanced theoretical mechanics taken by graduate students which treats formalisms used in classical mechanics, including Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian methods, and classic problems in mechanics. Formal topics covered include variational principles, generalized coordinates, symmetry and conservation laws, integrability, stability, canonical transformations, Poisson Brackets, Hamilton-Jacobi Theory, and chaos in Hamiltonian and dissipative systems. (Three hours lecture per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5210 | Statistical Mechanics | Pre-requisite: PHYS 4110, Co-requisite: PHYS 5300. This course is a graduate level course that develops the methods of statistical mechanics and uses them to calculate observable properties of systems in thermodynamic equilibrium. Topics covered are the principles of classical thermodynamics, canonical and grand conical ensembles for classical and quantum mechanical systems, partition functions and statistical thermodynamics, ideal gases of quanta, atoms and polyatomic molecules, degeneracy of Fermi and Bose gases, chemical equilibrium, ideal paramagnetics and an introduction to simple interacting systems. (Three hours lecture per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5260 | Advanced Mathematical Methods in Physics | Pre-requisite: PHYS 5110 and MATH 4410. This graduate level course on mathematical methods focuses on the formulation and solution of equations necessary to describe physical systems. Application of these methods to specific areas of physics will be emphasized. Topics covered in this course include vector analysis and calculus, tensor analysis, linear and matrix algebra, group theory, infinite series, functions of complex variables, (including contour integration and the residue theorem) differential equations and boundary value problems. (Three hours lecture per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5300 | Advanced Quantum Mechanics I | Pre-requisite: PHYS 4310. A study of the principles of quantum physics with an emphasis on selected applications to atoms, molecules, solids, nuclei and elementary particles. This is the first course of a twosemester sequence. Topics include the development of the Schrödinger wave equation description in quantum mechanics and applications to 1-dimensional and 3-dimensional time independent systems including the harmonic oscillator and alpha-decay, the hydrogen atom with spin and angular momentum operators along with multiparticle wavefunctions and symmetries and multielectron atoms with the addition of angular momentum. (Three hours lecture per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5310 | Advanced Quantum Mechanics II | Pre-requisite: PHYS 5300. A study of the principles of quantum physics with an emphasis on selected applications to atoms, molecules, solids, nuclei and elementary particles. This is the second course of a twosemester sequence. Topics include the addition of angular momenta, tensor operators and the Wigner-Eckart Theorem, the path integral formulation of quantum theory, approximation methods including the variational and WKB methods, time independent and time dependent perturbation theory, scattering theory and an introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics and the Dirac Equation. (Three hours lecture per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5330 | Advanced Solid State Physics | Pre-requisite: PHYS 5310. This graduate level course on solid state physics focuses on the physical properties of crystalline solids. Electronic, vibrational and thermal properties of semiconductors and metals of simplified and realistic physical systems, including semiconductors and metals, will be determined by analysis of their crystal structures. (Three lecture hours per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5360 | Nuclear Physics I | Pre-requisite: PHYS 5310 or permission from the instructor. This graduate level course in nuclear physics focuses on nuclear models, nuclear reactions and methods of experimental nuclear physics. Topics include internucleon forces, compound-nucleus processes, shell model, optical model, R-matrix theory, nuclear reactions, collective model, electromagnetic transitions, isobaric analog states and nuclear structure. An introduction to experimental nuclear physics covering properties of nuclear radiation, detectors and accelerators will also be presented. | 3 |

PHYS 5370 | Nuclear Physics II | Pre-requisite: PHYS 5360. This graduate level course on nuclear physics, the continuation of PHYS 5360, provides an advanced description of nuclear reactions and interaction between subatomic particles. Topics covered include nuclear astrophysics, particles, fundamental symmetries and conservation laws. The current understanding of weak interactions, neutrino physics, lepton-nucleon scattering, form factors, structure functions, QCD, gluon field, color, W and Z fields, electro-weak unification, the CKM matrix and relativistic heavy ion collisions will also be described. | 3 |

PHYS 5410 | Advanced Computational Physics I | Pre-requisite: PHYS 3020. This graduate level course in computational physics, the first in a two-course sequence, focuses on numerical methods used to solve problems encountered in many areas of physics. Topics covered include: modeling the motion of simple physical systems, solving linear and nonlinear sets of equations, fitting of experimental data, and numerical integration of partial differential equations. (Three hours lecture per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5420 | Advanced Computational Physics II | Pre-requisite: PHYS 5410. This graduate level course in computational physics, the second in a two-course sequence, focuses on numerical methods used to solve problems encountered in solid state physics, quantum mechanics and nuclear physics. Topics covered include: simulations of simple solid state physical systems, solving the Schrödinger equation with boundary conditions, and solutions of fundamental problems in nuclear physics. (Three hours lecture per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5460 | Particle Physics I | Pre-requisite: PHYS 5310 or permission from the instructor. This course is an introduction to theoretical and experimental particle physics, specifically fundamental symmetries and the dynamics of quarks and leptons. In this course, the first in a two semester sequence, the Standard Model, Dirac equation, electrodynamics of spin-0 and spin ½ particles are studied. | 3 |

PHYS 5470 | Particle Physics II | Pre-requisite: PHYS 5460. This course is an introduction to theoretical and experimental particle physics, specifically fundamental symmetries and the dynamics of quarks and leptons. In this course, the second in a twosemester sequence, the Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) model, the weak interaction, the electroweak interaction and physics beyond the Standard Model are studied. (Three lecture hours per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5500 | Biophysics | Pre-requisite: PHYS 3310, MATH 3020 and CHEM 1200. This graduate level course on biophysics focuses on the physics of biological materials and processes. Topics covered include: bonds, reactions and experimental techniques relevant to fundamental processes in biology; the physics of biological polymers and membranes; the physical basis of biologically generated energy and muscle movement; and the mechanisms of signaling in the nervous system. (Three hours lecture per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5520 | Applied Spectroscopy | Pre-requisite: PHYS 3310, PHYS 4060. This course focuses on the study of the principles of atomic and molecular spectra and the design and operation of spectrometers for the study of these spectra. Attention will be given to applications of spectroscopic techniques in areas such as materials processing, communication, and environmental studies. (Two lectures and two hours laboratory per week.) | 3 |

PHYS 5610 | Advanced Nanotechnology | Pre-requisite: PHYS 5310. This graduate level course in nanotechnology will provide students with an introduction to the physics and chemistry of nanomaterials, including semiconductor quantum dots, metal nanoparticles and carbon nanostructures. Topics covered include: synthesis of nanomaterials; imaging of nanomaterials; theory of electronic and optical properties of nanomaterials; development of technologically advanced devices based on nanomaterials. | 3 |

PHYS 5650 | Special Topics | Pre-requisite: permission of the instructor. Courses on special topics of current research interest may be offered by experienced faculty. Students with advanced standing in their coursework or those working on related thesis work are expected to take these advanced level courses. | 3 |

PHYS 5700 | Physics Graduate Seminar | Pre-requisite: permission of the instructor. This course is a study in current topics in research as presented by members of the class. The emphasis is on new and developing research in physics. The students in the course report on topics of their interest. | 1 to 3 |

PHYS 5800 | Graduate Research | (Thesis students: 1 cr per semester, 3 cr max) Prerequisite: permission of research advisor. This course involves instruction on research and performance of research under the mentorship of a member of the faculty. This course is intended to provide students with experience with either theoretical or experimental research. The student will learn to obtain background information on the topic of choice, and understand both the motivation of the research program and the relevancy of the research to its field of physics. The student will become familiar with presenting written and oral reports of research work. | 1 to 6 |

PHYS 5900 | Thesis | Pre-requisite: permission of thesis advisor. This course is taken in the final semester of completing the thesis. Upon completion of the written thesis and comprehensive oral exam, the 3 credits are earned. | 3 |

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