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Courses | B.S. in Applied Physics

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.


Major Courses

Principles and theories of the structure and properties of matter including stoichiometry, atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, states of matter, gas laws and solutions. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory; one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A, N.

Continuation of General Chemistry I. Subjects include chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, solubility, acidity, electrochemistry, coordination complexes and various special topics. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory; one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: A minimum grade of a "C-" is required to subsequently register in CHEM 321 and 322 or CHEM 301 and CHEM 311. Grade Mode: A, N.

Limits, differentiation and integration of rational and trigonometric functions, with applications. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit. Grade Mode: A.
Differentiation and integration of logarithmic, exponential and inverse trigonometric functions; various methods of integration; infinite sequences and series; parametric equations, polar coordinates. Grade Mode: A.
Functions of two and three variables, partial differentiation, multiple integration, curves and surfaces in three dimensional space. Grade Mode: A.
Topics from matrices, determinants, linear transformations and vector spaces. Grade Mode: A.
First order differential equations, second order linear differential equations, power series solutions, Laplace transforms, systems of first order linear equations. When Offered: Spring. Grade Mode: A.

This course is intended for Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department majors or anyone else interested in learning to develop their intuition for problem-solving using formal and informal techniques. Involves the use of MATLAB, Excel and other computer tools for data analysis. Grade Mode: A.

Basic principles of physics emphasizing Newtonian mechanics; conservation of energy and momentum; oscillations, fluids and thermodynamics. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A, N.

The application of the laws and theories of mechanics and thermodynamics through experiment. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours of laboratory weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.

Introduction to electrostatics, conductors and currents, magnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. Grade Mode: A, N.

Wave theory, sound, geometric optics, interference and diffraction, relativity, wave properties of particles, and introduction to quantum physics. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. The optics section may be taken for one credit (PHSC 450). Grade Mode: A, N.

The application of the laws and theories of electricity and magnetism through experiment. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A, N.

Use of computation tools using MATLAB and LabVIEW in chemistry, physics and engineering, digital signal analysis and instrument control. Grade Mode: A.

Introduction to circuit elements, network theorems, response, semiconductor devices, integrated circuits, and the operation and design of analog DC/AC circuits. Also introduces the fundamentals of Boolean logic and digital design. Laboratory work involves extensive construction and analysis of circuits, as well as introduction of soldering and assembly techniques. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; six hours laboratory, weekly. Grade Mode: A, N.

Boolean algebra and relevant theorems and design practices covering discrete devices, application-specific integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices. Both lecture and laboratory sessions will be integrated into the class meeting times as required. Lecture/Lab Hours: Two hours lecture; three hours laboratory, weekly. Grade Mode: A.

This course covers a variety of advanced mathematical techniques essential to the solution of problems in the physical sciences and engineering. Topics include tensors, complex variables, contour integrals, solutions of partial differential equations, boundary-value problems, special functions (such as Bessel functions and Legendre functions), and Fourier series and Fourier and Laplace transforms. Grade Mode: A.
A capstone course for all biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and physical science majors that includes: (1) presentation of a seminar, (2) service learning project and, (3) integration readings and discussion. Grade Mode: A.

A laboratory course in which selected experiments cover several areas of classical and contemporary physics. Emphasis on data collection and analysis techniques. Grade Mode: A.


Electives

Minimum of 6 upper-level credits required

The first semester of the traditional yearlong course in organic chemistry. Structure, properties and reactivity of carbon-containing compounds with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. An introduction to the major functional groups and the instrumental methods for structure determination: IR, NMR, and MS. Grade Mode: A.
Continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Continued work with more complicated reactions and mechanisms. An introduction to computer-based drawing and searching tools. The last third of the course is devoted to the structure and properties of major biochemical substances. Grade Mode: A.

Basic laboratory techniques for the synthesis, isolation, purification and analysis of organic compounds including the major chromatographic methods, TLC, GC, LC. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A.

Continuation of the laboratory methods in organic chemistry including the major structural determination and analysis tools of NMR, IR, HPLC, UV/Vis. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A.

Linear lists, strings, arrays and orthogonal lists; graphs, trees, binary trees, multi-linked structures, searching and sorting techniques, dynamic storage allocation; applications. Grade Mode: A.
Prepares the student for biostatistical application essential to practice in evidence-based professions. Content includes: descriptive statistics; probability theory and rules; discrete and continuous probability distributions; sampling distributions; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; experimental design; ANOVA; linear and multiple regression; contingency table analysis; non-parametrics; survival analysis; discussion of the use of statistics in journal articles. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit. Credit given for only one of 210 and 318. Grade Mode: A.
Complex variables, analytic functions, complex integral theorems, power series, conformal mappings. When Offered: Alternate years. Grade Mode: A.
Statics of particles, rigid bodies in two and three dimensions, centroids and centers of gravity, structures, friction, and inertia. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture weekly. Notes: Primarily for Engineering Physics majors. Grade Mode: A.
Analysis of stress, strain and deflection of mechanical elements due to tension. Shear, bending or torsion, combined stresses, elastic stability and energy methods. Notes: Primarily for Engineering Physics majors. Grade Mode: A.
The concepts of force, mass, and acceleration, of work and energy, and of impulse and momentum as applied to problems involving the motion of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions. Notes: Primarily for Engineering Physics majors. Grade Mode: A.
Newtonian mechanics of particles and systems of particles, rigid bodies, oscillating systems, gravitation, moving coordinate systems, Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture. Notes: Primarily for physics majors. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to energy, heat, work, entropy, temperature and states of matter. The first, second and third laws of thermodynamics with an emphasis on applications. Grade Mode: A.
The application of vector calculus and Maxwell's equations in the analysis of static and dynamic electromagnetic waves in dielectrics and conductors. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to the structure-property relationships of engineering and natural materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. Examines the strength of materials, strengthening mechanisms, diffusion, phase transformations, heat treatment and microstructure control. Considers how materials are selected for design of a product. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to quantum mechanics including 1-D potentials, Schrodinger's equation, the hydrogen atom with spin, Dirac notation, operator formalism, bonding, the solid state and interpretation. Grade Mode: A.

Research or industrial internship to provide practical experience in a field of the student's interest. Designed for students working on or off campus in a situation where directed research is possible. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A. 

Varying course content. Topics such as optics, special relativity, nuclear and biophysics will be offered. Grade Mode: A.

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