Physics

Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description. Prerequisites are also listed. A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours Course Description Cross Listed Course Prerequisite
PHY 130 Physics and Society 3 A lecture and discussion
course about science topics in the news. Topics include terrorism, energy, nuclear energy and weapons, space flight, and global warming. The course
will look at the science behind the issues to see why we are where we are today and the science between possible solutions and non solutions.
Not Applicable Testing out of all or successful completion
of all developmental courses.
PHY 207 Physics in Biological Science I 4 A study of rigid-body mechanics, gravitation, friction, elasticity, harmonic motion, sound, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and kinetic
theory, with particular attention to living systems. Included
in the course are computer modeling and simulation exercises. (Three hours of lecture, two hours of
laboratory per week)
Not Applicable MAT 120
PHY 208 Physics in Biological Science II 4 Continuation of PHY 207,
with study of electricity, magnetism, electrical circuits, light, optical systems, molecular and atomic structure, and radiation. Included in the course are computer modeling and simulation exercises. (Three hours of
lecture, two hours of laboratory per week)
Not Applicable PHY 207
PHY 211 General Physics I 5 Study of the calculus-based description of rigid-body
mechanics, harmonic motion, sound, thermometry,
and heat transfer. Included in the course are computer
modeling, simulation and programming exercises. (Four hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week)
Not Applicable MAT 131, or consent of instructor
PHY 212 General Physics II 5 Continuation of
PHY 211. Electricity, magnetism, electrical circuits and devices, optics, atomic and molecular physics, kinetic theory and radiation physics are studied. Included in the course are computer modeling, simulation and
programming exercises. (Four hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week)
Not Applicable PHY 211 or MAT 132
PHY 305 Electrical Circuits and Electronics for Engineers 3 Comprehensive
electrical engineering principles for engineering and
science majors. Topics include: Circuit analysis, power systems, electronic, digital logic, and instrumentation.
Not Applicable PHY 212, MAT 132
PHY 311 Statics 3 The analysis of gravitational, elastic, and frictional forces in static rigid bodies and structures. Included in the course are
computer modeling, simulation and programming exercises.
(Three hours of lecture per week)
Not Applicable PHY 211 and MAT 132
PHY 320 Engineering Thermodynamics 3 Equations of state, energy, enthalpy, and entropy of several fundamental physical systems; includes laws of thermodynamics
applied to these systems and to common engines. Included in the course are computer modeling, simulation and programming exercises.
Not Applicable PHY 211 and MAT 132
PHY 331 Introduction to Robotics 3 Introduction to robotics including the design, building, and programming simple robots. Included will be the basic science, engineering, and mathematics needed to
design and build a simple robot. Students will also be introduced to the topic of project management. The course is a combination lecture/laboratory course that will meet five hours per week for three credit hours.
COS 331, CIT 331 Not Applicable
PHY 340 Engineering Electromagnetics 3 Corequisite: MAT 231. Electric and magnetic forces; fields and potentials accompanying
charge and current in vacuum/
dielectrics/conductors. Motion of charged particles,
electromagnetic waves, electrical circuits and
devices. Included in the course are computer modeling, simulation, data acquisition, virtual instrumentation
and programming exercises.
Not Applicable PHY 212
PHY 346 Advanced Physics Laboratory 1 A laboratory course
where students perform advance experiments in physics. Topics include modern physics, optics, thermodynamics.
Not Applicable PHY 211, PHY 212
PHY 350 Electrical Circuits 4 Fundamental laws and principles for linear circuits whose elements consist of passive and active components used in present day engineering practice. Determination of sinusoidal steady state responses using algebra of complex numbers. [Lecture 3 hours; laboratory 2 hours] Not Applicable PHY 212 and MAT 132 or consent of instructor
PHY 361 Modern Physics 3 Corequisite: MAT 232. Kinetic theory of gases;
bonding forces (liquids/solids); statistical thermodynamics;
thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties;
photon and electron characteristics; atomic and nuclear structures and radiations. Included in the course are computer modeling, simulation, data acquisition,
virtual instrumentation and programming exercises.
Not Applicable PHY 212 [PHY 320 is recommended]
PHY 381 Undergraduate Research in Physics and Engineering 1 - 4 This course is designed to give pre-engineering
majors an opportunity to conduct independent research. A formal oral presentation of the findings of the student is required. May be repeated for credit.
Not Applicable Junior standing in pre-engineering, mathematics, or chemistry and permission of the instructor.
PHY 390 Special Topics in Physics 3 Selected topics
for individuals or small groups of students. For Applied Mathematics, Pre-Engineering. The course will be the senior exit activity using topics from the Engineering
in Training Exam. The course may be repeated
twice for credit.
Not Applicable Permission of instructor
PHY 399 Undergraduate Teaching Experience 1 Students earn
course credit for undergraduate teaching experience including but not limited to (1) assisting students during laboratory sessions, (2) helping to set up laboratories
or lecture/lab quizzes, or (3) conducting PLTL-Excel type workshops for students. Course may be repeated for credit.
BIO 399, CHE 399,
COS 399, MAT 399
Consent of instructor