Physics (PHY) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Physics Department Under the Division of Natural Science

PHY 1101, 2101, 3101, 4101 Physics Practicum

Each course, one hour

Experiences in physics, such as: physics teaching, physics demonstration design and implementation, or laboratory design and implementation. An additional fee may be associated with each course.

Offered upon sufficient request

PHY 1114 Fundamentals of Physics I

Four hours

An introductory study of the principles of Newtonian mechanics, vibrations, waves, and sound. Primarily for Biology, Construction Management, and Kinesiology majors. Three hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory period per week. Meets the Physical Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite(s): minimum ACT math score of 24, or SAT match score of at least 580, or MTH 1113 and MTH 1122.

Offered fall semester

PHY 1124 Fundamentals of Physics II

Four hours

An introductory study of the principles of thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Primarily for Biology, Construction Management, and Kinesiology majors. Three hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory per week. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: PHY 1114.

Offered spring semester

PHY 2114 General Physics I

Four hours

A study of the principles of Newtonian mechanics, vibrations, fluids, waves, and sound. Primarily for Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Engineering majors. Three hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory per week. An additional fee associated with this course. Meets the Physical Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: MTH 1134.

Offered fall semester

PHY 2124 General Physics II

Four hours

A study of the principles of thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Three hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory per week. An additional fee associated with this course. Primarily for Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Engineering majors. Prerequisite: PHY 2114.

Offered spring semester

PHY 3113 Thermal Sciences

Three hours

An introduction to the thermal sciences of mechanical engineering providing an overview of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer. Three hours lecture-discussion per week. (Same as ME 3113.) Prerequisite: MTH 1144. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHY 2114.

Offered fall semester

PHY 3171, 3172, 3173 Selected Topics

One to three hours

Topics chosen from the many branches of physics such as optics, acoustics, nuclear physics, relativity, quantum physics, astronomy, and theoretical physics. May be repeated for credit when content differs.

Offered upon sufficient request

PHY 3223 Thermodynamics

Three hours

A continuation from ME 3113 or PHY 3113 of the study of the laws of classical thermodynamics with a brief introduction to compressible flow. Energy conservation in closed and flowing systems. Application to power and refrigeration cycles. Three hours lecture-discussion per week. (Same as ME 3223.) Prerequisite: ME 3113 or PHY 3113.

Offered spring semester

PHY 4123 Electromagnetics

Three hours

Application of Maxwell's equations to transmission lines, waveguides, and antennas. Include antenna design. Three hours lecture-discussion per week. (Same as EE 4123). Prerequisite: EN 3413.

Offered spring semester

PHY 4221, 4222, 4223 Physics Research

One to three hours

Laboratory-based research projects in an area of Physics of interest to the student and supervising faculty. May be repeated for credit. A not-for-credit option, PHY 4220, is only for REU experiences at other institutions and is graded ‘S’ or ‘U’. An additional fee associated with each course (except 4220).

Offered each semester

PHY 4310 Physics Internship

No credit

Practical experience in a Physics-related field through work in industry, a non-profit organization, or a government agency. Internships may be paid, unpaid, or stipend-based. Graded ‘S’ or ‘U’. Prerequisite: junior standing.

Offered each semester

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