The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

- Physics: 2016-2017 (PDF)

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.

CHEM 105 | General Chemistry I |

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. Prerequisites: Passing score on Chemistry Placement Exam; or CHEM 092, CHEM 104, or CHEM 107 with at least a "B-". | |

CHEM 106 | General Chemistry II |

Continuation of General Chemistry I. Subjects include chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, solubility, acidity, electrochemistry, coordination complexes and various special topics. Prerequisites: CHEM 105. | |

MATH 105 | Calculus I |

Limits, differentiation and integration of rational and trigonometric functions, with applications. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit. | |

MATH 106 | Calculus II |

Differentiation and integration of logarithmic, exponential and inverse trigonometric functions; various methods of integration; infinite sequences and series; parametric equations, polar coordinates. | |

MATH 205 | Calculus III |

Functions of two and three variables, partial differentiation, multiple integration, curves and surfaces in three dimensional space. | |

MATH 335 | Ordinary Differential Equations |

First order differential equations, second order linear differential equations, power series solutions, Laplace transforms, systems of first order linear equations. | |

PHSC 124 | Data Analysis and Presentation |

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. | |

PHSC 132 | General Physics I: Mechanics and Heat |

Basic principles of physics emphasizing Newtonian mechanics; conservation of energy and momentum; oscillations, fluids and thermodynamics. Prerequisites: MATH 105 (concurrent registration permitted). Passing score on the Physics Placement Exam or PHSC 092 with a grade of "B" or better. | |

PHSC 134 | General Physics I Laboratory |

The application of the laws and theories of mechanics and thermodynamics through experiment. | |

PHSC 233 | General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism |

Introduction to electrostatics, conductors and currents, magnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: PHSC 132, PHSC 134. | |

PHSC 234 | General Physics III: Waves, Optics and Modern Physics |

Wave theory, sound, geometric optics, interference and diffraction, relativity, wave properties of particles, and introduction to quantum physics. Prerequisites: PHSC 233, PHSC 237. | |

PHSC 237 | General Physics II Laboratory |

The application of the laws and theories of electricity and magnetism through experiment. | |

PHSC 311 | Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering |

Use of computation tools using MATLAB and LabVIEW in chemistry, physics and engineering, digital signal analysis and instrument control. | |

PHSC 318 | Classical Mechanics |

Newtonian mechanics of particles and systems of particles, rigid bodies, oscillating systems, gravitation, moving coordinate systems, Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations. Prerequisites: PHSC 132, PHSC 134; MATH 335. | |

PHSC 321 | Circuits and Instrumentation I |

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. Prerequisites: PHSC 233, PHSC 237. | |

PHSC 336 | Mathematical Methods in Physics |

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. | |

PHSC 340 | Electrodynamics |

The application of vector calculus and Maxwell's equations in the analysis of static and dynamic electromagnetic waves in dielectrics and conductors. | |

PHSC 412 | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics |

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. | |

PHSC 460 | Capstone Seminar |

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. | |

PHSC 480 | Advanced Physics Laboratory |

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