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Bachelor of Science In Physics Degree, (Track in Applied Physics)
Bachelor of Science in Physics Degree
Bachelor of Science Education, (Physics Education)
Course Descriptions


In physics, three baccalaureate degree programs are offered:  (1) bachelor of science in physics, (2) bachelor of science in physics (applied physics track), and (3) bachelor of science in science education (with major in physics education).  The bachelor of science in physics degree prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in physics and engineering or to immediately work in science research and development.  The bachelor of science in physics (track in applied physics) degree prepares students to pursue a more diversified career in many science-related areas such as computers, environment, management, government agencies, and research laboratories.  The bachelor of science in science education (major in physics education) prepares a student to teach physics in the grades K-12.

Requirements for a Minor in Physics - Students wishing to minor in physics must complete a minimum of twenty-two (22) hours of physics at the course level of 2000  or above. (Note:  The minimum 22 semester hours of physics courses for the minor exclude PHY 2048 and PHY 2049 - General Physics I and II).

Faculty
Emeritus Professor: Greenfield, Mark B.
Professors: Etemadi, Babak; Johnson III, Joseph A.;  Kennedy, Robin J.; Mochena, Mogus; Saha, Bidhan C.; Treadwell, Elliott A.; Weatherford, Charles A.; Williams, Ronald L.
Associate Professors: Appartaim, Richard; Belay, Kalayu; Encinosa, Mario R.; Johnson, Lewis E.; Mezonlin, Ephrem;  Niculescu, Halina; O’Neal, Ray H.; Stampe, Patricia A.
Assistant Professors: Jack, Mark A.; Williams, Kyron

Physics Curriculum Guides
Bachelor  of  Science In Physics Degree
(Track in Applied Physics)


The applied physics track prepares students to pursue careers in the applied science areas such as computers, environment, management, government agencies, and research laboratories.
Freshman Year  Sem. Hrs.
ENC1101, 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills I,II6
MAC 3311, 3312 Calculus I, II8
Humanities Electives6
AMH 2091 African American History or
AFA 3104 African American Experience

3
Elective:  Social Science, Mathematics, Computer Science8
 31

Sophomore YearSem. Hrs.
PHY 2048, 2049 General Physics I, II10
PHZ 3113, PHZ 3114, Mathematical Methods of Physics I, II6
MAP 3302 Differential Equations3
CHM 1045, 1046 General Chemistry I, II8
BSC 1005 Biological Science w/Lab4
 31

Junior Year Sem. Hrs.
PHY 3101 Modern Physics3
PHY 3101L  Modern Physics Lab1
PHY 4703 Physical Electronics4
COP 2221 Programming in “C” Language3
ECO 2013 Principles of Economics I3
MAS 3105 Linear Algebra*3
MAN 3010 Principles of Management3
PHY 4221 Mechanics I3
PHY 4802L Advanced Lab2
PHY 4931, 4932 Physics Seminar I, II2
Electives:  Natural Sciences, Management, and Engineering6
 33

Senior YearSem. Hrs.
PHY 4323, 4324 Electromagnetism I, II6
PHY 3503 Heat and Thermodynamics3
PHY 4604 Quantum Mechanics I3
PHY 4936 Special Problems (Variable 1-4)3
PHY 3424C Modern Optics4
Electives:  Management Sciences, Engineering, and  Technology6
 25
Total 120
*Highly recommended physics electives.

Physics Curriculum Guide
Bachelor of Science in Physics Degree


The bachelor of science in Physics program prepares students for careers in physics, engineering and technology.
Freshman YearSem. Hrs.
ENC 1101, 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills, I,II6
MAC 3311, 3312 Calculus I, II8
PHI 1100 Critical Inquiry3
AMH 2091 African American History or
AFA 3104 African American Experience
3
AMH 2010 U.S. History or AMH 2020 U.S. History3
Elective:  Humanities6
 29

Sophomore YearSem. Hrs.
PHY 2048, 2049 General Physics I, II10
PHZ 3113, PHZ 3114,  Mathematical Methods of Physics I,II6
MAP 3302 Differential Equations3
CHM 1045, 1046 General Chemistry I, II8
BSC 1005 Biological Science w/Lab 4
 31
   
Junior YearSem. Hrs.
PHY 3101 Modern Physics3
PHY 3101L Modern Physics Lab1
COP 2221 Programming in “C” Language3
PHY 4221, PHY 4222 Mechanics I, II6
PHY 4703 Physical Electronics or  PHZ 3302 Radiation Physics4
MAS 3105 Linear Algebra3
PHY 3424C Modern Optics4
PHY 4931, 4932 Physics Seminar I, I2
Electives:  Social Science or Mathematics6
 32

Senior YearSem. Hrs.
PHY 4323, 4324 Electromagnetism I, II6
PHY 4604, 4605 Quantum Mechanics I, II6
PHY 3503 Heat and Thermodynamics3
PHY 4802L Advanced Lab2
PHZ 4404 Condensed Matter Physics* or PHZ 4303 Nuclear Physics*3
PHY 4936 Special Problems (Variable 1-4)3
Electives: Natural Sciences, Mathematics or Computer Science5
 28
Total120
*Highly recommended physics electives.

Physics Curriculum Guide
Bachelor of Science Education
(Physics Education)


The  bachelor of science in Science Education prepares students to obtain teacher certification and to teach physics and related science courses in grades K-12.
Freshman Year  Sem. Hrs.
ENC1101, 1102 Freshman Communication Skills, I,II6
PHI 1110 Critical Inquiry3
MAC 3311, 3312 Calculus I, II 8
Humanities Electives6
AMH 2091 African American History or
AFA 3104 African American Experience

3
AMH 2010 U.S. History or AMH 2020 U.S. History3
 3
 32

Sophomore Year Sem. Hrs.
PHY 2048, 2049 General Physics I, II 10
PHZ 3113  Mathematical Methods of Physics I3
MAP 3302 Differential Equations3
CHM 1045, 1046 General Chemistry I, II 8
EDG 2701 Teaching Diverse Populations 3
COP 2221 Programming in “C” Language3
 30

Junior Year  Sem. Hrs.
PHY 3101 Modern Physics3
PHY 3101L Modern Physics Lab1
PHY 4221, PHY 4222 Mechanics I, II6
PHY 4802L Advanced Lab2
EDP 3002  Educational Psychology3
DEB3004 Human Growth and Development 3
EDF3604 Introduction to American Education3
RED 3333 Teaching Reading in the Content Area 3
ESE 3341 Theory and Practice in the Secondary School  3
EME 2040 Introduction to Educational Technology3
 30
 
Senior YearSem. Hrs.
PHY 4323, 4324 Electromagnetism I, II6
PHY 4604 Quantum Mechanics I  3
EDF 3430 Measurement and Evaluation of Educational Growth3
SCE 3330 Teaching Science in the High School 3
EDG 4931 Seminar in Special Topics3
ESE 4943 Student Teaching in the High School (Variable 6-12)  10
EME 4400 Computer Application in Education3
 31
Total120
*Highly recommended physics electives.


AST 1002 Astronomy (4)    Physical science course designed to acquaint non-science majors with the fundamental laws of nature through the study of the motion, characteristics and properties of celestial objects.  Extensive use of the university observatory and related equipment will be made.
PHY 1023 Phenomena of Physics (2) Prereq: Curiosity and interest in science phenomena.  Demonstration and discussion of some of the most important discoveries of the past in physics.
PHY 1038 Physics of the Environment (4)  Applications of basic physics principles to study natural resources on the earth, efficiency of energy conversions processes, alternative energy sources, causes and control of pollution.
PHY 2048, 2049 General Physics I, II (4,4) Coreq:   MAC 3311.  Introductory physics with calculus for chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, and biology majors.  A laboratory and recitation are required.
PHY 2048L General Physics-I Laboratory (1) Coreq:   PHY 2048.  Practical and up-to-date hands-on experiments in physics for students in PHY 2048 lecture.
PHY 2049L General Physics-II Laboratory (1) Coreq:   PHY 2049.  Practical and up-to-date hands-on experiments in physics for students in PHY 2049 lecture.
PHY 2053, 2054 College Physics I, II (3,3) Prereq: MAC 1133.  Introductory physics without calculus for technology, pharmacy, and architecture majors.  Also meets general physics requirements for other majors not directed to take PHY 2048, 2049 General Physics I, II. A laboratory is required.
PHY 2053L College Physics-I Laboratory (1) Coreq:  PHY 2053.  Practical and up-to date hands-on experiments using modern day equipment for students in PHY 2053 lecture.
PHY 2054L College Physics-II Laboratory (1) Coreq:  PHY 2054.  Practical and up-to date hands-on experiments using modern day equipment for students in PHY 2054 lecture.
PHY 2464 The Physical Basis of Music (4)  A physical science course for those interested in learning fundamental principles behind string, wind, and percussion instruments, the musical scales, the voice, the ear.  Physical and physiological quantities related to music will be discussed and compared.  This course is designed to satisfy the physical science requirement of those who would prefer a course with this emphasis to a more general course.
PHY 2464L Physical Basis of Music Laboratory  (0) Physical experiments in music and sound for students of PHY 2464.
PHY 3101 Modern Physics (3)  Prereq:  2049 or PHY 2054.  Special theory of relativity, particle aspects of electromagnetic radiation, physical optics, application of old quantum theory,  Schroedinger equation, and the hydrogen atom.
PHY 3101L Modern Physics Laboratory (1) Coreq:  PHY 3101.  Practical and up-to-date hands-on experiments using modern day equipment for students enrolled in PHY 3101 lecture.
PHY 3424C Modern Optics (4) Prereq:  PHY 2049.  Geometric optics, interference, diffraction, polarization, and laser action.
PHY 3503 Heat and Thermodynamics (3) Prereq:  PHY 2049.  Thermal properties of matter, ideal gases, kinetic theory of gases, laws of thermodynamical systems.
PHY 4221 Mechanics I (3)  Prereq:  PHZ 3113.  Static equilibrium, motion of a particle under central forces and motions of a system of particles.
PHY 4222 Mechanics II (3) Prereq:  PHY 4221.  Motion of a rigid body in a plane and in three dimensions, Hamiltonian and Lagrangian formulations of mechanics, and oscillations.
PHY 4323 Electromagnetics-I (3) Prereq:  PHZ 3114.  Electrostatics, electrostatic fields in matter, special techniques for calculating potentials, magnetostatics and magnetostatics in matter.
PHY 4324 Electromagnetics II (3) Prereq:  PHY 4323.  Electrodynamics (Maxwell’s equations, potential formulation, energy and momentum), propogation of electromagnetic waves through conducting and nonconducting media, radiation and special relativity.
PHY 4523 Statistical Physics (3) Prereq:  PHY 3503.  Classical statistical mechanics, quantum statistics, and applications to various systems.
PHY 4604 Quantum Mechanics I (3)  Prereq:  PHY 4323.  Motivation (black body radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton Scattering, and line spectra, etc.), Postulates, Analysis of One-dimensional Systems: Simple Harmonic Oscillators, Potential Barriers and Wells, Quantum Mechanical Measurement, and Numerical Solution Methods for Schrodinger Equation.
PHY 4605 Quantum Mechanics II (3) Prereq:  PHY 4604.  Second Quantization, Angular Momentum (Orbital, Spin, and Total) for One Particle, Three Dimensional Harmonic Oscillator, Hydrogen Atom; Perturbation Theory, EPR Experiments, Spin-Orbit Effects, Helium Atom, Relativistic Effects and Dirac Equation, Matrix Mechanics.
PHY 4703 Physical Electronics I (4) Prereq:  PHY 2049.  Introduction to passive circuit elements.  Resonant L, C, R circuits filters and rectifiers.
PHY 4722 Physical Electronics II (4) Prereq:  PHY 4703.  Active circuits elements.  Diodes, rectifiers, low pass and high pass filters, semiconductors, electronics circuits and familiarization with electronic equipment.
PHY 4722L Physical Electronics-II Laboratory (0) Coreq:  PHY 4722.  Practical hands-on experiments for students enrolled in PHY 4722 lecture.
PHY 4802L Advanced Laboratory (2) Prereq:  PHY 4604.  For physics majors.  Emphasizes independent work.  Involves four experiments in modern physics.
PHY 4931, 4932 Physics Seminar I, II (1,1) Current topics in physics, with some lectures by distinguished visiting scientists.  Discussions on nature of physics, its opportunities, and prospectus.
PHY 4936 Special Problems Variable (1-4) Prereq:  Consent of instructor.  Provision made for advanced students to work independently on special lab or theoretical research problems.
PHZ 3113 Mathematical Methods for Physics I (3) Prereq:  MAC 3313.  Vector and tensor analysis, matrices and determinants, vector differential calculus, line and surface integrals, ordinary and partial differential equations, and Fourier series and integrals.
PHZ 3114 Mathematical Methods for Physics II (3) Prereq:  PHZ 3113.  Sturm-Liouville problem,  power series solutions, Laplace and Bessel equations, complex analysis (Taylor and Laurent series, residues, analytic functions) probability and statistics, numerical analysis.
PHZ 3302 Radiation Physics (4) Prereq:  PHY 3101.   Radiations emitted by atomic nuclei, nuclear transformations, nuclear reactors, and experimental detection of radiation.
PHZ 3302L Radiation Physics Laboratory (0) Coreq:  PHZ 3302.  Modern equipment is used to familiarize students with modern day equipment in physics.
PHZ 4303 - Nuclear Physics (3) Prereq:  PHY 4604.  Nuclear structure, stability, abundancies and nucleogenesis, interaction of electrons, alpha particles and gamma rays with matter.
PHZ 4404 Condensed Matter Physics (3) Prereq:  PHY 3101, PHY 4324.  For senior physics majors or materials engineering majors.  Crystallography, x-ray diffraction, magnetic materials, nuclear magnetic resonance, electrons in metals and superconductivity.
PSC 1121 Introduction to Physical Science (4) History, philosophy, methodology, and content of astronomy, physics, and chemistry which have allowed man to orient himself to his physical environment. A series of practical experiments and laboratory demonstrations are included.  Independent projects may also be assigned.