Physics
Dale Van Harlingen 
209 Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green, Urbana PH: (217) 3333761 
http://physics.illinois.edu 
Curriculum in Engineering Physics
Fax: (217) 3339819
Email: undergradinfo@physics.illinois.edu
For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
The Engineering Physics curriculum is a flexible program that combines a firm foundation in physics and mathematics with the freedom to choose from a diverse range of technical options. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of technical and professional careers, including graduate study in physics or a closely allied field.
Overview of Curricular Requirements
The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as shown below.
A technical grade point average requirement for graduation applies to students in this curriculum. This rule is summarized at the College of Engineering's Undergraduate Advising Website.
Orientation and Professional Development
These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.
Code  Title  Hours 

ENG 100  Engineering Orientation ^{1}  0 
PHYS 110  Physics Careers ^{1}  0 
Total Hours  0 
^{1}  External transfer students take ENG 300 instead. 
Foundational Mathematics and Science
These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.
Code  Title  Hours 

MATH 221  Calculus I ^{1}  4 
MATH 231  Calculus II  3 
MATH 241  Calculus III  4 
MATH 285  Intro Differential Equations ^{2}  3 
PHYS 211  University Physics: Mechanics  4 
PHYS 212  University Physics: Elec & Mag  4 
PHYS 213  Univ Physics: Thermal Physics  2 
PHYS 214  Univ Physics: Quantum Physics  2 
CHEM 102  General Chemistry I  3 
CHEM 103  General Chemistry Lab I  1 
CS 101  Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci  3 
Total Hours  33 
^{1}  MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 
^{2} 
Engineering Physics Technical Core
These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of engineering physics.
Code  Title  Hours 

PHYS 225  Relativity & Math Applications  2 
PHYS 325  Classical Mechanics I  3 
PHYS 435  Electromagnetic Fields I  3 
PHYS 486  Quantum Physics I ^{1,2}  4 
or PHYS 485  Atomic Phys & Quantum Theory  
Total Hours  12 
^{1}  If PHYS 486 is chosen, take prerequisite MATH 415, which may be used to meet free elective requirements. 
^{2}  If PHYS 485 is taken, an additional free elective hour or a surplus flexible physics core course hour offsets the onehour credit differential. 
Flexible Physics Core Electives
These courses complement the Engineering Physics Technical Core, extending the intellectual understanding of engineering physics.
Code  Title  Hours 

Flexible physics core electives. Choose three courses from a departmentally approved list with at least one being a lab course, PHYS 401, PHYS 402, PHYS 403, PHYS 404, or PHYS 406. The number of hours varies depending upon the courses chosen. ^{1}  915 
^{1} 
Mathematics Elective
Code  Title  Hours 

Mathematics elective, chosen from a departmentally approved list of Mathematics Electives. ^{1}  3 
^{1} 
Technical/Professional Option Electives
Students may select from a list of preapproved options or design a custom option, subject to departmental approval. The current preapproved options, requiring 1222 credit hours of course work, are:

Acoustical Physics

Astrophysics

Atmospheric Science

Biophysics

Business

Computational Physics

Computer Engineering

Energy/Sustainability

Materials Science

Nuclear Physics

Optical Physics

Law

Professional Physics

Solid State Electronics

PreMed

PreLaw
The course work is selected in consultation with the student's advisor to address an intellectually coherent body of knowledge.
Code  Title  Hours 

Technical/professional option electives for the option selected, chosen from a departmentally approved list of Technical/Professional Option Electives (or a list designed for a departmentally approved custom option). The number of hours varies depending upon the option chosen. ^{1}  1227 
^{1} 
Liberal Education
The liberal education courses develop students’ understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.
Code  Title  Hours 

Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list.  6  
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list.  6  
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts.  6  
Total Hours  18 
Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course and (ii) one nonwestern/U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and nonwestern lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.
Composition
These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.
Code  Title  Hours 

RHET 105  Writing and Research  4 
Advanced Composition. May be satisfied by completing a course with the Advanced Composition designation in either the social sciences and humanities or the free elective categories.  
Total Hours  4 
Free Electives
These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors.
Code  Title  Hours 

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. The number of hours varies depending upon the total hours earned in both the Flexible Physics Core and the Technical/Professional Option and whether or not MATH 415 and PHYS 486 are taken in place of PHYS 485.  1337 
Suggested Sequence
The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years. Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken.
First Year  

First Semester  Hours  
CHEM 102  General Chemistry I  3 
CHEM 103  General Chemistry Lab I  1 
ENG 100  Engineering Orientation  0 
MATH 221^{1,2}  Calculus I  4 
PHYS 110  Physics Careers  0 
RHET 105 (or Liberal education elective)^{3,4}  Writing and Research  43 
Liberal education elective^{4}  3  
Semester Hours  1514  
Second Semester  
CS 101  Intro Computing: Engrg Sci  3 
MATH 231  Calculus II  3 
PHYS 211^{2}  University Physics: Mechanics  4 
RHET 105 (or Liberal education elective)^{3,4}  Writing and Research  34 
Liberal education elective^{4}  3  
Semester Hours  1617  
Second Year  
First Semester  
MATH 241  Calculus III  4 
PHYS 212  University Physics: Elec Mag  4 
PHYS 225  Relativity Math Applications  2 
Liberal education electives^{4}  6  
Semester Hours  16  
Second Semester  
MATH 285^{5}  Intro Differential Equations  3 
PHYS 213  Univ Physics: Thermal Physics  2 
PHYS 214  Univ Physics: Quantum Physics  2 
PHYS 325  Classical Mechanics I  3 
Technical/professional option elective^{6}  3  
Liberal education elective^{4}  3  
Semester Hours  16  
Third Year  
First Semester  
MATH 415 (if PHYS 486 will be taken) or Free elective  Applied Linear Algebra  3 
PHYS 435  Electromagnetic Fields I  3 
Flexible physics core elective^{7,8}  3  
Mathematics elective^{9}  3  
Technical/professional option elective^{6}  3  
Free elective  3  
Semester Hours  18  
Second Semester  
PHYS 485 or 486^{10}  Atomic Phys Quantum Theory  34 
Flexible physics core electives^{7,8}  6  
Technical/professional option electives^{6}  6  
Semester Hours  1516  
Fourth Year  
First Semester  
Technical/professional option electives or Free electives^{6,11}  10  
Flexible physics core electives or Free electives^{7,8}  6  
Semester Hours  16  
Second Semester  
Free electives  1110  
Technical/professional option electives or Free electives^{6,11}  5  
Semester Hours  1615  
Total Hours:  128 
^{1}  MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 
^{2}  Students with proficiency or advanced placement (AP or IB) credit in MATH 221 are strongly encouraged to enroll in MATH 231 and PHYS 211 for the first semester. 
^{3}  RHET 105 may be taken in the first or second semester of the first year as authorized. The alternative is a social sciences or humanities elective. 
^{4}  Liberal education electives must include 6 hours of social & behavioral sciences and 6 hours of humanities & the arts course work from the campus General Education lists. The remaining 6 hours may be selected from a list maintained by the college, or additional course work from the campus General Education lists for social & behavioral sciences or humanities & the arts. Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course and (ii) one nonwestern/U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and nonwestern lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements. 
^{5}  
^{6}  To be chosen from a departmentally approved list of Technical/Professional Option Electives, in consultation with the student’s advisor, for the option elected (or a list fashioned for a departmentally approved custom option). The number of credit hours varies 1222 depending upon the option chosen. 
^{7}  The flexible physics core requirement consists of three courses chosen from a departmentally approved list of Flexible Physics Core Electives with at least one of them being a lab course, PHYS 401, PHYS 403, PHYS 404, or PHYS 406. The number of credit hours varies 915 depending upon the courses chosen. 
^{8}  For courses chosen with more than 3 hours credit, the surplus hours may be used to meet free elective requirements. 
^{9}  To be chosen from a departmentally approved list of Mathematics Electives. Any course satisfying the Mathematics Elective cannot be used to satisfy any other requirement. 
^{10}  If PHYS 485 is taken, an additional free elective hour or a surplus flexible physics core course hour offsets the onehour credit differential. 
^{11}  Taken if needed to complete a technical/professional option requiring more than 12 hours of credit. 
Courses
PHYS 100 Thinking About Physics credit: 1 or 2 Hours.
Conceptual and problem solving skills in preparation for PHYS 211. Part I (first eight weeks, 1 credit hour): analysis and mathematical descriptions of physical situations; understanding the meaning of the solutions. Part II (remainder of term, 2 credit hours for full term): development of problem solving skills and content from Part I. Approval of the department is required to register. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in MATH 220 or MATH 221.
PHYS 101 College Physics: Mech & Heat credit: 5 Hours.
Newton's Laws, work and energy, rotational motion, fluids, thermodynamics, and waves. A noncalculusbased approach for majors in the life sciences, preprofessional health programs, agriculture, and veterinary medicine. Credit is not given for both PHYS 101 and either PHYS 211 or PHYS 213. Prerequisite: Trigonometry.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Nat Sci & Tech  Phys Sciences
Quantitative Reasoning II
PHYS 102 College Physics: E&M & Modern credit: 5 Hours.
Electric forces and fields, electric potential, electric circuits, magnetic forces and fields, geometrical optics, relativity, and modern physics. A noncalculusbased approach for majors in the life sciences, preprofessional health programs, agriculture, and veterinary medicine. Credit is not given for both PHYS 102 and either PHYS 212 or PHYS 214. Prerequisite: PHYS 101.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Nat Sci & Tech  Phys Sciences
Quantitative Reasoning II
PHYS 110 Physics Careers credit: 0 Hours.
Exploration of careers founded on physics undergraduate training. Introduction to the Physics Department, faculty, research and curricula. Outside speaker presentations. Approved for S/U grading only.
PHYS 123 Physics Made Easy credit: 3 Hours.
Inquirybased, nonmathematical, handson study of physics for elementary school teachers. Coverage of most of the National Science Education K4 Content Standards. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Nat Sci & Tech  Phys Sciences
PHYS 140 How Things Work credit: 3 Hours.
Nonmathematical approach underscoring the generality and ubiquity of basic physical laws in understanding commonplace phenomena: musical instruments, photography, electric and electronic circuits, television, motors, engines, etc. Credit is not given to engineering majors.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Nat Sci & Tech  Phys Sciences
Quantitative Reasoning II
PHYS 150 Physics of Societal Issues credit: 3 Hours.
Physics topics and applications relevant in the modern world: energy, quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics, waves, light, and outer space. Application to satellites, alternative energy, medical imaging, radiation, nuclear weapons, climate change, and electronics. Emphasis on analytical thinking and the applicability to modern societal issues.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Nat Sci & Tech  Phys Sciences
Quantitative Reasoning II
PHYS 192 Science and Pseudoscience credit: 1 Hour.
Extrasensory perception, alien abduction, and psychic crimesolving from the standpoint of scientific inquiry and exploration; the scientific method, how science progresses, and the types of argumentative fallacies that pervade the pseudoscientific community; examples of good science and how the scientific method is selfcorrecting.
PHYS 193 Physics of Music credit: 2 Hours.
Physics of music and musical instruments; acoustical physics, propagation of sound waves, the biological physics of human hearing, and the acoustical physics associated with all types of musical instruments.
PHYS 194 Behavior of Complex Systems credit: 1 Hour.
Exploration of systems with simple rules that nevertheless exhibit complex behavior. Lecture demonstrations on fractal growth, chaos, catastrophes, selfassembly, lightning, turbulence, explosions, and human rhythms. Simple computer models which exhibit regular, irregular, symmetric, and selfsimilar patterns and dynamics. Dynamics of isolated and coupled complex systems and mathematical tools for quantifying complex behavior.
PHYS 199 Undergraduate Open Seminar credit: 0 to 5 Hours.
Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.
PHYS 211 University Physics: Mechanics credit: 4 Hours.
Newton's Laws, work and energy, static properties and fluids, oscillations, transverse waves, systems of particles, and rotations. A calculusbased approach for majors in engineering, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Credit is not given for both PHYS 211 and PHYS 101. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in MATH 231.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Nat Sci & Tech  Phys Sciences
Quantitative Reasoning II
PHYS 212 University Physics: Elec & Mag credit: 4 Hours.
Coulomb's Law, electric fields, Gauss' Law, electric potential, capacitance, circuits, magnetic forces and fields, Ampere's law, induction, electromagnetic waves, polarization, and geometrical optics. A calculusbased approach for majors in engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Credit is not given for both PHYS 212 and PHYS 102. Prerequisite: PHYS 211; credit or concurrent registration in MATH 241.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Nat Sci & Tech  Phys Sciences
Quantitative Reasoning II
PHYS 213 Univ Physics: Thermal Physics credit: 2 Hours.
First and second laws of thermodynamics including kinetic theory of gases, heat capacity, heat engines, introduction to entropy and statistical mechanics, and introduction to application of free energy and Boltzmann factor. A calculusbased approach for majors in engineering, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Credit is not given for both PHYS 213 and PHYS 101. Prerequisite: PHYS 211; credit or concurrent registration in MATH 241.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Nat Sci & Tech  Phys Sciences
Quantitative Reasoning II
PHYS 214 Univ Physics: Quantum Physics credit: 2 Hours.
Interference and diffraction, photons and matter waves, the Bohr atom, uncertainty principle, and wave mechanics. A calculusbased course for majors in engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Credit is not given for both PHYS 214 and PHYS 102. Prerequisite: PHYS 212.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Nat Sci & Tech  Phys Sciences
Quantitative Reasoning II
PHYS 221 Enrichment Mechanics credit: 1 Hour.
Supplement to PHYS 211 with a collaborative group learning approach to improving conceptual understanding and problem solving in introductory calculusbased mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 100; concurrent registration in PHYS 211.
PHYS 222 Enrichment E & M credit: 1 Hour.
Supplement to PHYS 212 with a collaborative group learning approach to improving conceptual understanding and problem solving in introductory calculusbased electricity & magnetism. Prerequisite: PHYS 100; concurrent registration in PHYS 212.
PHYS 225 Relativity & Math Applications credit: 2 Hours.
Theory of Special Relativity, with applications to kinematics and dynamics. Key mathematical methods as they apply to aspects of electromagnetic theory and classical mechanics, including vector analysis, series expansions, matrices, Fourier analysis, partial differentiation, threedimensional calculus, and simple differential equations. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in PHYS 212.
PHYS 280 Nuclear Weapons & Arms Control credit: 3 Hours.
Nontechnical analysis of the physics of nuclear weapons, nuclear weapon effects, delivery systems, and defenses against nuclear attack; presentation of current issues; basis for making informed judgments about nuclear armaments and arms control. Same as GLBL 280.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition
PHYS 298 Freshmen/Sophomore Special Topics in Physics credit: 0 to 4 Hours.
Topical offerings of technical interest, skills, and knowledge in physics, and its practice, intended to augment the existing curriculum at the introductory level. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in separate terms up to 12 credit hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: See Class Schedule or departmental course information for topics and prerequisites. For students with freshman or sophomore standing.
PHYS 325 Classical Mechanics I credit: 3 Hours.
Kinematics and dynamics of classical systems, including a review of Newtonian kinematics and dynamics. Three dimensional motion, variable mass, and conservation laws; damped and periodically driven oscillations; gravitational potential of extended objects and motion in rotating frames of reference; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 225; credit or concurrent registration in MATH 285.
PHYS 326 Classical Mechanics II credit: 3 Hours.
Continuation of PHYS 325. Central force motion, collisions and scattering, rotational motion, coupled oscillations, continuous media, and fluid dynamics. Prerequisite: PHYS 325.
PHYS 398 Sophomore/Junior Special Topics in Physics credit: 1 to 4 Hours.
Topical offerings of technical interest, skills, and knowledge in physics, and its practice, intended to augment the existing curriculum at the intermediate level. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in separate terms up to 12 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: See Class Schedule or departmental course information for topics and prerequisites. For students with sophomore or junior standing.
PHYS 401 Classical Physics Lab credit: 3 Hours.
Experiments and techniques in classical mechanics and electromagnetism. Dynamics of electrical and mechanical oscillators in the linear domain. Fourier analysis of system response. Measurements of electrostatic fields, transmission lines, waves, and radiation. Electromagnetic phenomena in dielectrics, conductors, and magnetic materials. Instruction in data analysis and report writing. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 325.
PHYS 402 Light credit: 4 Hours.
Wave kinematics; geometrical optics: basic concepts, raytracing and matrix formalism, Gaussian imaging by thick lenses, stops, apertures, and intensity relations; interference; interference spectroscopy and coherence; diffraction: FresnelKirchhoff formulation, Fraunhofer case, Fresnel case, and holography; polarized light. 4 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. (3 hours without lab). Prerequisite: MATH 285; PHYS 102 or PHYS 214.
PHYS 403 Modern Experimental Physics credit: 4 or 5 Hours.
Techniques and experiments in the physics of atoms, atomic nuclei, molecules, the solid state, and other areas of modern physical research. 5 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in PHYS 486.
PHYS 404 Electronic Circuits credit: 5 Hours.
Physics of semiconductor devices; theory and application of discrete and integrated devices in linear circuits; use of operational amplifiers and feedback; regulation, oscillators, and modulation; emphasizes practical experience. 5 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 325.
PHYS 406 Acoustical Physics of Music credit: 4 Hours.
Acoustical physics associated with music and musical instruments, propagation of sound waves in and from musical instruments, and the biological physics of human hearing. Investigation of topics via advanced laboratory and data acquisition techniques. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 213 and PHYS 214.
PHYS 419 Space, Time, and MatterACP credit: 3 or 4 Hours.
Identical to PHYS 420 except for the additional writing component including a final term paper. Same as PHIL 419. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both PHYS 419 and PHYS 420. Prerequisite: PHIL 101; PHYS 101 or PHYS 211.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition
PHYS 420 Space, Time, and Matter credit: 2 Hours.
Philosophical examination of some fundamental concepts and theories of the physical world, such as time, matter, space, and geometry; interpretation of quantum theory. Same as PHIL 420. 2 undergraduate hours. 2 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both PHYS 420 and PHYS 419. Prerequisite: PHIL 101; PHYS 101 or PHYS 211.
PHYS 427 Thermal & Statistical Physics credit: 4 Hours.
Equilibrium thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory of gases. A unified treatment is used in that the principles of heat and thermodynamics are discussed along with statistical postulates and the microscopic approach of introductory quantum mechanics. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both PHYS 427 and any of ME 404, CHEM 444, MSE 500. Prerequisite: PHYS 213, PHYS 214, and PHYS 325.
PHYS 435 Electromagnetic Fields I credit: 3 Hours.
Static electric and magnetic fields, their interactions with electric charge and current, and their transformation properties; the effect of special relativity is incorporated. Macroscopic fields in material media are described. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MATH 285; credit or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 325.
PHYS 436 Electromagnetic Fields II credit: 3 Hours.
Timedependent fields. Electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic wave propagation in various media and structures, and electromagnetic radiation from charge and current distributions. Relativistic covariance of Maxwell's equations. Course Information:3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 435.
PHYS 460 Condensed Matter Physics credit: 4 Hours.
Bonding and structure of crystals; energy bands in insulators, semiconductors, and metals; electrical conductivity; optical properties; lattice vibrations; elasticity; point defects; dislocations. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both PHYS 460 and MSE 304. Prerequisite: PHYS 435; PHYS 485 or PHYS 486.
PHYS 470 Subatomic Physics credit: 4 Hours.
The nature and properties of nuclei and elementary particles, symmetries, interactions, nuclear models, tools and techniques of experimental subatomic physics, and applications to power generation, astrophysics, chemistry, medicine, and biology. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 485 or PHYS 486.
PHYS 475 Introduction to Biophysics credit: 3 or 4 Hours.
Major concepts of physics inherent to biological systems. Basics of biology, including protein and DNA structure and their organization into cells with a focus on single molecule biophysics. Major experimental techniques including xray diffraction, optical and magnetic traps, and fluorescence microscopy, including new superresolution techniques. Applications to cytoplasmic and nuclear molecular motors, bacterial motion, nerves, and vision. Same as BIOP 401. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 213 and PHYS 214.
PHYS 485 Atomic Phys & Quantum Theory credit: 3 Hours.
Basic concepts of quantum theory which underlie modern theories of the properties of materials; elements of atomic and nuclear theory; kinetic theory and statistical mechanics; quantum theory and simple applications; atomic spectra and atomic structure; molecular structure and chemical binding. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both PHYS 485 and CHEM 442. Prerequisite: MATH 285 and PHYS 214.
PHYS 486 Quantum Physics I credit: 4 Hours.
Atomic phenomena integrated with an introduction to quantum theory; evidence for the atomic nature of matter and the properties of the Schrodinger equation, single particle solutions in one dimension, the hydrogen atom, perturbation theory, external fields, and atomic spectroscopy of outer electrons. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MATH 285; PHYS 214; credit or concurrent registration in MATH 415.
PHYS 487 Quantum Physics II credit: 4 Hours.
Continuation of PHYS 486. Identical particles, spectral hyperfine structure, magnetic properties of matter, atomic spectroscopy of inner electrons, highenergy photon effects, molecular binding and spectra, emission and absorption of light, and symmetry principles. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 486.
PHYS 496 Intro to Physics Research credit: 3 Hours.
Examination of current research topics through extensive reading, writing, and oralpresentation activities. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition
PHYS 497 Individual Study credit: 1 to 4 Hours.
Individual study at an advanced level in a subject not covered by course offerings. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
PHYS 498 Special Topics in Physics credit: 1 to 4 Hours.
Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in physics intended to augment the existing curriculum. See Class Schedule or departmental course information for topics and prerequisites. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same or separate terms if topics vary.
PHYS 499 Senior Thesis credit: 3 Hours.
Facultyguided writing of a senior thesis involving independent research Oral presentations of research and outside journal articles, proposal writing and reviewing, poster presentation, preparation of graduate school applications, and discussion of physics frontiers with outside experts. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: PHYS 496.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition