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Physics B.S. Phys.

School of Physics & Astronomy
College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 38 to 41
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Physics
The physics program prepares students for employment, often in industrial or governmental laboratories, or for further study at graduate or professional schools in physics, engineering, biophysics, medicine, education, law, or business. The program integrates a broad foundation in physics that can be flexibly combined with coursework in other technical disciplines or used to specialize in physics. Students should consult a physics adviser to help formulate objectives for study.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 8 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Core Coursework
All of the sub-plans start with a common foundation in physics and mathematics. This basic core of physics and math, taken during the first two years, provides the necessary tools to move into one of the sub-plans within physics. The freshman and sophomore years give students a broad introduction to the fundamental ideas of physics. During this same period students learn the mathematical techniques that they will need for advanced work in physics and other sciences.
Introductory Physics Core Requirement
PHYS 1301W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1401V - Honors Physics I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1302W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1402V - Honors Physics II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
Note: PHYS 2503 & 2403H only offered fall semester
PHYS 2503 - Physics III: Intro to Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 2403H {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2201 - Introductory Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 2601 - Quantum Physics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2605 - Quantum Physics Laboratory (3.0 cr)
Mathematics Requirements
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1371 - CSE Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1571H - Honors Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
MATH 1272 - Calculus II (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1372 - CSE Calculus II (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1572H - Honors Calculus II (4.0 cr)
MATH 2243 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2373 - CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2573H - Honors Calculus III (4.0 cr)
MATH 2263 - Multivariable Calculus (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2374 - CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2574H - Honors Calculus IV (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
In addition to the core coursework, students must select one of the five sub-plans (professional, biological, computational, engineering, teaching) and complete the respective additional programmatic requirements (48-52 cr). These requirements are subject to departmental review for each student. Requirements for each sub-plan are detailed below. Students intending to pursue graduate study in physics are strongly encouraged to take PHYS 4303.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Professional
This sub-plan is ideal for those students who want the strongest possible grounding in physics. It is designed to suit the needs of students who are interested in fundamental physics or astrophysics, applying physics to the workplace, or who are planning on continuing their physics education in graduate school.
Professional Physics Sub-Plan: Additional Programmatic Requirements (50 - 52 cr)
PHYS 4001 - Analytical Mechanics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4101 - Quantum Mechanics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4201 - Statistical and Thermal Physics (3.0 cr)
PHYS 4051 - Methods of Experimental Physics I (5.0 cr)
PHYS 4052W - Methods of Experimental Physics II [WI] (5.0 cr)
Technical Electives (25 cr)
Technical electives must include at least one upper division physics elective (3-4 cr) and at least one upper division math elective (3-4 cr). A physics elective is any course with a PHYS designator at the 3XXX-level and above. PHYS 4303 is strongly recommended for those intending to pursue graduate study. A technical elective is any course in CSE or CBS at the 3XXX-level and above. The 1XXX CSCI programming courses in java and C++ are also accepted.
Technical electives with approval of adviser. These are in addition to any courses listed above.
Biological
Students who are interested in entering the biological sciences or medicine will find this sub-plan an attractive option. Physics applies to biology at all levels, from the basics of biosystems to biomedical engineering. This option can be very useful to students who want to pursue a career in biomedical industry. It also provides a strong foundation for students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in biophysics, molecular biology, physiology, medical physics, biomedical engineering, or medical school. Combined with the physics core curriculum this biological sub-plan gives students powerful tools to achieve their goals.
Biological Sub-Plan: Additional Programmatic Requirements (48 - 50 cr)
Chemistry Requirements
CHEM 1021 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1022 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
Biochemistry Requirements
BIOC 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
Biology Requirements
Counted in the CLE requirement
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Physics Requirements
Up to 2 of these may be replaced by similar courses in other departments with adviser approval
PHYS 4001 - Analytical Mechanics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4101 - Quantum Mechanics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4201 - Statistical and Thermal Physics (3.0 cr)
Methods of Experimental Physics
PHYS 4051 - Methods of Experimental Physics I (5.0 cr)
PHYS 4052W - Methods of Experimental Physics II [WI] (5.0 cr)
Technical Electives (11 cr)
When choosing the appropriate courses for the biology requirement students should consult with faculty who have expertise in these areas. PHYS 5401 and PHYS 5402 might be of particular interest to students interested in the direct application of physics to biology. It is strongly recommended that the technical electives include PHYS 4911.
Technical electives in biology & related areas with approval of adviser. These are in addition to the courses listed above.
Computational
This sub-plan is ideal for students who seek a strong grounding in physics and the computational techniques used in physics research. Computational physics connects physics, computer science and applied mathematics to provide scientific solutions to realistic and often complex problems. Students who are interested in moving directly into industry as well as those who want to pursue a graduate degree in physics will find this program valuable.
Computational Sub-Plan: Additional Programmatic Requirements (50 - 52 cr)
Upper Division Physics Requirements
PHYS 4001 - Analytical Mechanics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4101 - Quantum Mechanics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4201 - Statistical and Thermal Physics (3.0 cr)
Methods of Experimental Physics
PHYS 4051 - Methods of Experimental Physics I (5.0 cr)
Approved PHYS4994 (3+cr) project w/ significant computational component may be substituted for 4052W
PHYS 4052W - Methods of Experimental Physics II [WI] (5.0 cr)
or PHYS 4994 - Directed Research (1.0-5.0 cr)
Computer Programming
CSCI 1113 - Introduction to C/C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers (4.0 cr)
or A comparable computer language course may be substituted for CSCI 1113.
CSCI 1901 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
Technical Electives (19 cr)
A technical elective is any course in CSE or CBS at the 3XXX level and above. The 1XXX CSCI programming courses in java and C++ are also accepted. AST 4101/PHYS 4041 is strongly recommended. At least one of the electives must be a course emphasizing the application of computational methods. For example: CHEM 4021 and AEM 5251.
Technical electives with approval of adviser. These are in addition to the courses listed above.
Teaching
For students who are interested in teaching secondary school physics, this program offers a versatile broad-based education. It is particularly useful to students who are planning on teaching in Minnesota, as it has been optimized to fit well with the new state licensure procedures. And, should a student's needs or plans change, this program combined with the physics core curriculum also prepares him or her for a variety of other career tracks, including graduate study in physics.
Teaching Sub-Plan: Additional Programmatic Requirements (50 - 52 cr)
Upper Division Physics Requirements
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· PHYS 4001 - Analytical Mechanics (4.0 cr)
· PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism (4.0 cr)
· PHYS 4101 - Quantum Mechanics (4.0 cr)
Methods of Experimental Physics
PHYS 4051 - Methods of Experimental Physics I (5.0 cr)
PHYS 4052W - Methods of Experimental Physics II [WI] (5.0 cr)
Historical and Social Perspectives of Science
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· PHYS 4111 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 4121W - History of 20th-Century Physics [WI] (3.0 cr)
· HSCI 3814 - Revolutions in Science: The Babylonians to Newton [HIS, GP] (3.0-4.0 cr)
· HSCI 3815 - Revolutions in Science: Lavoisier, Darwin, and Einstein [HIS, GP] (3.0-4.0 cr)
General Psychology
Meets Lib Ed req of Social Sciences, and therefore credits do not count towards major
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· PSTL 1281 - Principles of Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
Philosophical Foundations
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· PHIL 1005 - Scientific Reasoning (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3601W - Scientific Thought [WI] (4.0 cr)
Technical Electives (26 cr)
Students who follow this sub-plan with the intent of continuing in physics graduate school are strongly encouraged to take all four of the upper division core courses: PHYS 4001, 4002, 4101, 4201. Up to 8 credits will be counted for completion of the intro chemistry or biology requirements for the general science teaching license and one computer programming course at the CSI 1XXX level will be counted. Note that courses used to satisfy lib ed requirements cannot be counted as tech electives.
Technical electives in physics and related areas with approval of the adviser. These are in addition to the courses listed above.
Engineering
Students who are interested in the practical application of physics to the engineering fields, but who would like a less specialized education than they would find in an engineering department, will find that this sub-plan provides them with a solid education. In addition to the strong physics core curriculum, students can either focus on one area of engineering or explore a broad range of interests across a number of engineering fields. Students who are interested in moving directly into industry as well as those who want to pursue a graduate degree in either engineering or physics will find this program valuable.
Engineering Sub-Plan: Additional Programmatic Requirements (48 - 50 cr)
Note that CHEM 1021, which is required for several of the engineering majors, is strongly recommended.
Upper Divison Physics Requirements
Up to 2 of these may be replaced by courses covering related material in other CSE depts w/ approval
PHYS 4001 - Analytical Mechanics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4101 - Quantum Mechanics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 4201 - Statistical and Thermal Physics (3.0 cr)
Methods of Experimental Physics
PHYS 4051 - Methods of Experimental Physics I (5.0 cr)
PHYS 4052W - Methods of Experimental Physics II [WI] (5.0 cr)
Technical Electives (25 cr)
A technical elective is any course in CSE or CBS at the 3XXX level and above. The 1XXX CSCI programming courses in java and C++ are also accepted. In filling the engineering portion of the technical electives, credits can be taken in a single area or distributed across several engineering fields, depending on a student's interest.
Technical electives in engineering and related areas with approval of adviser. These are in addition to the courses listed above.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: http://www.honors.umn.edu/academics/curriculum/dept_courses_current.html Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
Honors
PHYS 4960H - Honors Seminar (1.0 cr)
 
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PHYS 1301W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00078 - Phys 1101W/1201W/1301W/1401V/1
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Motion, forces, conservation principles, structure of matter. Applications to mechanical systems. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1271 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1371 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1571
PHYS 1401V - Honors Physics I (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00078 - Phys 1201W/Phys1301W/Phys1401V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Comprehensive, calculus-level general physics. Emphasizes use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Description of motion, forces, conservation principles. Structure of matter, with applications to mechanical systems. prereq: honors student and permission of University Honors Program
PHYS 1302W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Phys 1202W/1302W/1402V
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Motion, forces, conservation principles, fields, structure of matter. Applications to electromagnetic phenomena. prereq: 1301W, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1272 or Math 1372 or Math 1572
PHYS 1402V - Honors Physics II (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00079 - Phys 1202W/1302W/1402V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Description of motion, forces, conservation principles, fields. Structure of matter, with applications to electro-magnetic phenomena. prereq: 1401V, honors student or permission of University Honors Program
PHYS 2503 - Physics III: Intro to Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Phys 2303/2403H/2503
Typically offered: Every Fall
Third semester of introductory physics. Mechanical/electromagnetic waves, optics, special relativity. prereq: 1302W, [MATH 1272 or MATH 1372 or MATH 1572H]
PHYS 2201 - Introductory Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Thermodynamics, its underlying statistical nature. prereq: [1302W or 1402V], [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in MATH 1272 or MATH 1372 or MATH 1572H]
PHYS 2601 - Quantum Physics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to quantum mechanics. Applications to atomic, molecular, condensed-matter, nuclear, elementary-particle, and statistical physics. Associated lab is 2605. prereq: [2403H or 2503], [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 2243 or Math 2373 or Math 2574H]
PHYS 2605 - Quantum Physics Laboratory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Laboratory experiments in atomic, solid state, and nuclear physics offered in conjunction with 2601. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 2601
MATH 1271 - Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Differential calculus of functions of a single variable, including polynomial, rational, exponential, and trig functions. Applications, including optimization and related rates problems. Single variable integral calculus, using anti-derivatives and simple substitution. Applications may include area, volume, work problems. prereq: 4 yrs high school math including trig or satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [1151 or 1155]
MATH 1371 - CSE Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Differentiation of single-variable functions, basics of integration of single-variable functions. Applications: max-min, related rates, area, curve-sketching. Use of calculator, cooperative learning. prereq: CSE or pre-bioprod concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in biosys engn (PRE), background in [precalculus, geometry, visualization of functions/graphs], instr consent; familiarity with graphing calculators recommended
MATH 1571H - Honors Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00067 - Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Differential/integral calculus of functions of a single variable. Emphasizes hard problem-solving rather than theory. prereq: Honors student and permission of University Honors Program
MATH 1272 - Calculus II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Techniques of integration. Calculus involving transcendental functions, polar coordinates. Taylor polynomials, vectors/curves in space, cylindrical/spherical coordinates. prereq: [1271 or equiv] with grade of at least C-
MATH 1372 - CSE Calculus II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572
Typically offered: Every Spring
Techniques of integration. Calculus involving transcendental functions, polar coordinates, Taylor polynomials, vectors/curves in space, cylindrical/spherical coordinates. Use of calculators, cooperative learning. prereq: Grade of at least C- in [1371 or equiv], CSE or pre-Bioprod/Biosys Engr
MATH 1572H - Honors Calculus II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00068 - Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of 1571. Infinite series, differential calculus of several variables, introduction to linear algebra. prereq: 1571H, honors student, permission of University Honors Program
MATH 2243 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2243/2373/2573
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Linear algebra: basis, dimension, matrices, eigenvalues/eigenvectors. Differential equations: first-order linear, separable; second-order linear with constant coefficients; linear systems with constant coefficients. prereq: [1272 or 1282 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-
MATH 2373 - CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2243/2373/2573
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Linear algebra: basis, dimension, eigenvalues/eigenvectors. Differential equations: linear equations/systems, phase space, forcing/resonance, qualitative/numerical analysis of nonlinear systems, Laplace transforms. Use of computer technology. prereq: [1272 or 1282 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-, CSE or pre-Bio Prod/Biosys Engr
MATH 2573H - Honors Calculus III
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00069 - Math 2263/2374/3251
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Integral calculus of several variables. Vector analysis, including theorems of Gauss, Green, Stokes. prereq: Math 1572H or Math 2574H, honors student and permission of University Honors Program
MATH 2263 - Multivariable Calculus
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2263/2373/2573H/3251
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Derivative as linear map. Differential/integral calculus of functions of several variables, including change of coordinates using Jacobians. Line/surface integrals. Gauss, Green, Stokes Theorems. prereq: [1272 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-
MATH 2374 - CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2263/2373/2573H/3251
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Derivative as linear map. Differential/integral calculus of functions of several variables, including change of coordinates using Jacobians. Line/surface integrals. Gauss, Green, Stokes theorems. Use of computer technology. prereq: [1272 or 1282 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-, CSE or pre-Bioprod/Biosys Engr
MATH 2574H - Honors Calculus IV
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00561 - Math 2243/Math 2373/Math 2573H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced linear algebra, differential equations. Additional topics as time permits. prereq: Math 1572H or Math 2573H, honors student and permission of University Honors Program
PHYS 4001 - Analytical Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Analytic Newtonian mechanics. Mathematics beyond prerequisites developed as required. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3501 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Classical theory of electromagnetic fields using vector algebra and vector calculus. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3501 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4101 - Quantum Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Mathematical techniques of quantum mechanics. Schrodinger Equation and simple applications. General structure of wave mechanics. Operator methods, perturbation theory, radiation from atoms. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4201 - Statistical and Thermal Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Selected applications such as kinetic theory, transport theory, and phase transitions. prereq: 2601
PHYS 4051 - Methods of Experimental Physics I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Contemporary experimental techniques. Introduction to modern analog and digital electronics from an experimental viewpoint. Use of computers for data acquisition and experimental control. Statistics of data analysis. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 2605 or equiv lab experience or instr consent
PHYS 4052W - Methods of Experimental Physics II (WI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Second semester of laboratory sequence. Contemporary experimental techniques illustrated by experiments with data analysis. Students design and execute an experimental project. Lectures on specialized topics of professional concern. prereq: 4051
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01929
Typically offered: 9V3V5V
Organic compounds, constitutions, configurations, conformations, reactions. Molecular structure. Chemical reactivity/properties. Spectroscopic characterization of organic molecules. prereq: C- or better in 1062/1066 or 1072H/1076H or equiv or B or better in 1071H/1075H, 1072H/1076H
BIOC 3021 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00467 - BioC 3021/BioC 6021
Prerequisites: [2331 or CHEM 2301, [BIOL 1002 or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2003]] or #
Typically offered: 9V3V5V
Fundamentals of biochemistry. Structure/function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Metabolism/regulation of metabolism. Quantitative treatments of chemical equilibria, enzyme catalysis, and bioenergetics. Chemical basis of genetic information flow. prereq: [2331 or CHEM 2301, [BIOL 1002 or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2003]] or instr consent
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01525
Typically offered: 9V3V5V
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things, energy recruitment/utilization, flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Includes lab. prereq: high school chemistry; 1 term college chemistry recommended
PHYS 4001 - Analytical Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Analytic Newtonian mechanics. Mathematics beyond prerequisites developed as required. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3501 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Classical theory of electromagnetic fields using vector algebra and vector calculus. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3501 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4101 - Quantum Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Mathematical techniques of quantum mechanics. Schrodinger Equation and simple applications. General structure of wave mechanics. Operator methods, perturbation theory, radiation from atoms. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4201 - Statistical and Thermal Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Selected applications such as kinetic theory, transport theory, and phase transitions. prereq: 2601
PHYS 4051 - Methods of Experimental Physics I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Contemporary experimental techniques. Introduction to modern analog and digital electronics from an experimental viewpoint. Use of computers for data acquisition and experimental control. Statistics of data analysis. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 2605 or equiv lab experience or instr consent
PHYS 4052W - Methods of Experimental Physics II (WI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Second semester of laboratory sequence. Contemporary experimental techniques illustrated by experiments with data analysis. Students design and execute an experimental project. Lectures on specialized topics of professional concern. prereq: 4051
PHYS 4001 - Analytical Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Analytic Newtonian mechanics. Mathematics beyond prerequisites developed as required. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3501 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Classical theory of electromagnetic fields using vector algebra and vector calculus. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3501 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4101 - Quantum Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Mathematical techniques of quantum mechanics. Schrodinger Equation and simple applications. General structure of wave mechanics. Operator methods, perturbation theory, radiation from atoms. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4201 - Statistical and Thermal Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Selected applications such as kinetic theory, transport theory, and phase transitions. prereq: 2601
PHYS 4051 - Methods of Experimental Physics I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Contemporary experimental techniques. Introduction to modern analog and digital electronics from an experimental viewpoint. Use of computers for data acquisition and experimental control. Statistics of data analysis. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 2605 or equiv lab experience or instr consent
PHYS 4052W - Methods of Experimental Physics II (WI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Second semester of laboratory sequence. Contemporary experimental techniques illustrated by experiments with data analysis. Students design and execute an experimental project. Lectures on specialized topics of professional concern. prereq: 4051
PHYS 4994 - Directed Research
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: 9V3V5V
Independent, directed study in physics in areas arranged by student and a faculty member. prereq: instr consent
CSCI 1113 - Introduction to C/C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V3V5V
Programming for scientists/engineers. C/C++ programming constructs, object-oriented programming, software development, fundamental numerical techniques. Exercises/examples from various scientific fields. prereq: Math 1271 or Math 1371 or Math 1571H or instr consent
PHYS 4001 - Analytical Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Analytic Newtonian mechanics. Mathematics beyond prerequisites developed as required. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3501 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Classical theory of electromagnetic fields using vector algebra and vector calculus. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3501 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4101 - Quantum Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Mathematical techniques of quantum mechanics. Schrodinger Equation and simple applications. General structure of wave mechanics. Operator methods, perturbation theory, radiation from atoms. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4051 - Methods of Experimental Physics I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Contemporary experimental techniques. Introduction to modern analog and digital electronics from an experimental viewpoint. Use of computers for data acquisition and experimental control. Statistics of data analysis. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 2605 or equiv lab experience or instr consent
PHYS 4052W - Methods of Experimental Physics II (WI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Second semester of laboratory sequence. Contemporary experimental techniques illustrated by experiments with data analysis. Students design and execute an experimental project. Lectures on specialized topics of professional concern. prereq: 4051
PHYS 4121W - History of 20th-Century Physics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00984 - HSci 4121/Phys 4121
Typically offered: 9V3V
Experimental and theoretical discoveries in 20th-century physics (birth of modern physics, special theory of relativity, old and new quantum theories, nuclear physics to WWII) within the context of concurrent educational, institutional, and political developments in Europe and the United States. prereq: general physics or instr consent
HSCI 3814 - Revolutions in Science: The Babylonians to Newton (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00978 - HSci 1814/HSci 3814
Typically offered: 9V3V
Development and changing nature of sciences in their cultural context. Babylonian/Greek science. Decline/transmission of Greek science. Scientific Revolution (1500-1700) from Copernicus to Newton.
HSCI 3815 - Revolutions in Science: Lavoisier, Darwin, and Einstein (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00979 - HSci 1815/HSci 3815
Typically offered: 9V3V
Development of sciences in their cultural context. Chemical revolution. Darwinian revolution. Relativity/quantum revolutions. Relationships among science, philosophy, technology, society, and politics.
PSTL 1281 - Principles of Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/PSTL 1289/Psy 1001
Typically offered: 9V3V5V
Terminology, theories, and results of research in sensation, perception, cognition, motivation, emotion, learning, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic practices, health, and social behavior. prereq: Have not received college credit for intro psych
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Typically offered: 9V3V5V
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
PHIL 1005 - Scientific Reasoning
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01327
Typically offered: 9V
How does science work? What is scientific method? How to evaluate scientific information in popular media or specialized publications, especially when it relates to technology used in everyday life? General reasoning skills. prereq: [1st or 2nd] yr student or instr consent
PHIL 3601W - Scientific Thought (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V3V5V
Introduction to philosophical issues concerning the nature of scientific knowledge. Reading of historical and contemporary sources that describe major scientific achievements and controversies. prereq: One course in philosophy or natural science
PHYS 4001 - Analytical Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Analytic Newtonian mechanics. Mathematics beyond prerequisites developed as required. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3501 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Classical theory of electromagnetic fields using vector algebra and vector calculus. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3501 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4101 - Quantum Mechanics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Mathematical techniques of quantum mechanics. Schrodinger Equation and simple applications. General structure of wave mechanics. Operator methods, perturbation theory, radiation from atoms. prereq: [2303 or 2601 or Chem 3502], two sems soph math
PHYS 4201 - Statistical and Thermal Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Selected applications such as kinetic theory, transport theory, and phase transitions. prereq: 2601
PHYS 4051 - Methods of Experimental Physics I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 9V
Contemporary experimental techniques. Introduction to modern analog and digital electronics from an experimental viewpoint. Use of computers for data acquisition and experimental control. Statistics of data analysis. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 2605 or equiv lab experience or instr consent
PHYS 4052W - Methods of Experimental Physics II (WI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: 3V
Second semester of laboratory sequence. Contemporary experimental techniques illustrated by experiments with data analysis. Students design and execute an experimental project. Lectures on specialized topics of professional concern. prereq: 4051
PHYS 4960H - Honors Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: 9V3V
Designed to prepare students for senior honors thesis projects and provide guidance in choice of future careers. prereq: Upper div honors, instr consent