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Physics Department

Undergraduate physics majors and physics/astronomy majors may pursue either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. Although the BA and BS programs have different objectives, both emphasize the basic principles of physics and their applications, an analytical approach to problem solving including the use of mathematical methods, and direct experience with physics laboratory and research techniques. The instructional facilities of the Department of Physics, housed in the new Mathematics and Science Center, include general and advanced physics laboratories; optics, analog and digital electronics, and microprocessor laboratories; and two observational astronomy facilities. One facility is a ten-station rooftop observing deck with small reflecting telescopes used for introductory astronomy. The other primary facility is the Emory observatory, which houses a research-grade, twenty-four-inch Cassegrain telescope for use in advanced astrophysics and astronomy courses. Faculty research laboratories and computer equipment are available to students engaged in research projects in condensed matter physics, biophysics, and nonlinear dynamics. Other specialized teaching facilities for physics and astronomy include a one-hundred-and-eighty seat lecture demonstration theater, a sixty-seat Zeiss Planetarium classroom, and a sixteen-station computational physics classroom/laboratory. The graduate school offers the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in physics.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Eric R. Weeks
P5164386
Winship Distinguished Professor

Education

  • BS, University of Illinois, 1992
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1997

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • sand
  • foam
  • pastes
  • emulsions
  • soap films
  • microscopy of colloidal glasses
  • nonlinear dynamics, complex fluids, and granular media
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Jed Brody
P4964025
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BS, Haverford College, 1999
  • MS, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999
  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty
Core Faculty
Keith Berland
P8853197
Professor

Education

  • BA, Oberlin College, 1989
  • MS, University of Illinois, 1991
  • PhD, University of Illinois, 1995

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • experimental biophysics
  • optics and microscopy
Thomas Bing
P1083250
Lecturer

Education

  • PhD, University of Maryland, 2008

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty
Stefan Boettcher
P1324355
Associate Professor

Education

  • Diploma, Kiel University, 1990
  • MA, Washington University, 1991
  • PhD, Washington University, 1993

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • theoretical and statistical physics
Erin Bonning
P1607086
Lecturer

Education

  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2004

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty
Jed Brody
P4964025
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BS, Haverford College, 1999
  • MS, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999
  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty
Justin Burton
P1247879
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2006

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty
Fereydoon Family
P6699679
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1968
  • MS, Tufts University, 1970
  • PhD, Clark University, 1974

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • theoretical and computational condensed matter physics
  • nonequilibrium and nonlinear physics
Laura Finzi
P4367030
Professor

Education

  • BS, University of Bologna, 1984
  • MS, University of New Mexico, 1987
  • PhD, University of New Mexico, 1990

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • experimental biophysics
George Hentschel
P0497527
Professor

Education

  • BS, University College, London, 1973
  • PhD, Cambridge University, 1978

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • nonlinear physics
  • biocomplexity
Minsu Kim
P1833998
Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty
Minsu Kim
P1833998
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty
Ilya Nemenman
P3768567
Associate Professor

Education

  • PhD, Princeton University, 2000

Departments

  • Physics, Core Faculty
  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Connie Roth
P8019555
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Guelph, Canada,

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • expermimental soft condensed matter
  • polymer physics
Sergei Urazhdin
P3343670
Associate Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, Michigan State University, 2002

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty
Kurt Warncke
P7989763
Professor

Education

  • BA, Cornell University, 1981
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • experimental biophysics
Eric R. Weeks
P5164386
Winship Distinguished Professor

Education

  • BS, University of Illinois, 1992
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1997

Department

  • Physics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • sand
  • foam
  • pastes
  • emulsions
  • soap films
  • microscopy of colloidal glasses
  • nonlinear dynamics, complex fluids, and granular media

Courses

Physics 100-Level Courses
PHYS 115: Intro Astronomy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring, summer. Students having taken Physics 116 for credit may not take this course. A descriptive overview of astronomy. The celestial coordinate system, time keeping, the planetary system, ancient astronomy, the sun, stellar evolution, galactic astronomy, cosmology, and the origin of the universe.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
PHYS 116: Intro Astronomy W/Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. Students having taken Physics 115 for credit may not take this course. A descriptive astronomy course with laboratory. The celestial coordinate system, ancient astronomy, light and telescopes, the solar system, the sun, stellar evolution, galactic astronomy, and cosmology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 121: How Things Work
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Bicycles, rockets, CDs, jet airplanes, cars, Frisbees, kayaks, TV, lasers, microwave ovens, cell phones' the mysteries of these and other objects are explored, introducing the physics and science in everyday life.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PHYS 122: How Things Work II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. DVDs, cell phones, computers, TV,microwave ovens, lasers, cameras' the mysteries of these and other everyday objects are explored, introducing the physics and science of everyday life.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PHYS 131: Elements Of Physics W/Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
none
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Remove class

Contact Hour Information
PHYS 140: Mathematics For Intro Physics
General Information
Credit Hours
none
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Remove class

Contact Hour Information
PHYS 141: Intro Physics I W/Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, summer. Introductory classical mechanics and thermodynamics. The student is expected to be competent in algebra, trigonometry, and plane geometry. Physics 141 and 142 are appropriate courses to satisfy a one-year physics requirement for professional schools.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 142: Intro Physics II W/Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring, summer. Prerequisite: Physics 141 or 151. Introduction to electricity, magnetism, optics, and the essentials of quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, and special relativity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 151: Gen Physics: Mechanics W/Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisite: Either Math 112 or 112S or 112Z, or consent of instructor. Introductory classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Physics 151 and 152 are primarily for students who are strongly motivated in science and mathematics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 152: Electricity & Magnetism W/Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisite: Physics 151 or consent of instructor. Electric and magnetic fields and forces, Gauss's law, electrical properties of materials, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, and optical phenomena.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 190: Fresh Sem: Physics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, Spring Freshmen only. Variable Topics

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Physics 200-Level Courses
PHYS 211: Adv Calculus (Multivariable)
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
MQR
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MATH 211: Adv Calculus (Multivariable)
Course Description

Fall, spring. Prerequisite: Mathematics 112. Vectors; multivariable functions; partial derivatives; multiple integrals; vector and scalar fields; Green's and Stokes' theorems; divergence theorem.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PHYS 227: Seminar in Modern Med Physics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Offered as required. Prerequisite: Physics 142 or 152. Explores some of the ways in which principles and methods used in physics are applied to problems in modern medicine. Includes a study of the physics of modern imaging systems such as MRI, CT, and PET as well as more traditional areas (x-ray, radiation, and nuclear medicine physics). Mathematical and statistical ideas will be developed as needed. For pre-med students, students in health or biological sciences, or physics majors who are curious about medical physics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PHYS 228: Intro To Nuclear Physics W/Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PHYS 231: Intro Elec Circuits W/Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 234: Digital Elec/Microprocessors
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisite: Physics 142 or 152. Introduction to combinational and sequential logic circuits, and microprocessor hardware. Topics include transistors, gates, flipflops, counters, clocks, decoders, displays, microprocessors, memory, input/output circuits, and device interfacing.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PHYS 253: Modern Physics With Laboratory
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisite: Physics 142 or 152 and Math 112 or the equivalent. Special theory of relativity, wave and particle properties of electromagnetic radiation and matter, introduction to quantum mechanics, Schrödinger equation, atomic models, and simple molecules.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 271: Undergraduate Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Undergraduate research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
PHYS 290: Special Topics
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
PHYS 290W: Special Topics
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
PHYS 291: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
PHYS 292: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
PHYS 293: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Physics 300-Level Courses
PHYS 311: Astrophysics I with Laboratory
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisite: Physics 253. Covers astronomical coordinates, celestial mechanics, Kepler's Laws, gravitation, planetary analysis techniques, planetary and interplanetary debris composition and structure, ring system formation, extrasolar planetary systems, with laboratory sessions in the Emory observatory.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 312: Astrophysics II with Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisite: Physics 253. Covers stellar analysis techniques, binary stars, stellar structure, the sun, stellar evolution, stellar variability, stellar death, the Milky Way, galactic structure, structure of the universe, cosmology, with laboratory sessions in the Emory observatory.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 320: Math Methods for Scientists
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisite: Physics 142 or 152 and Math 211 and 212, or consent of instructor. Practical introduction to advanced mathematical methods: partial differential equations, boundary value problems, special functions, integral transforms, functions of complex variables, contour integrals, the residue theorem, Hermitian and unitary matrices.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
professor assisted problem solving
PHYS 361: Analytical Mechanics I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisite: Physics 152 and Math 211, or consent of instructor. Vector calculus, central forces and planetary motion, rigid bodies, Lagrangian methods. Course is designed for BS and BS applied physics majors. Physics BA majors may take Physics 361 and 365 or Physics 254 Classical Physics. Students who take this course should not take Physics 254.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
professor assisted problem solving
PHYS 365: Electromagnetic Fields I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Electrostatics, solution methods for Poisson and Laplace equations, steady currents and electromagnetic induction, magnetic and electrostatic energy, slowly varying currents, Maxwell's equations, propagation of electromagnetic waves, wave propagation in bounded regions. Students who take this course should not take Physics 254.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
professor assisted problem solving
PHYS 380: Special Topics in Physics
General Information
Credit Hours
2 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Offered as required. Credit, two to four hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.Selected topics and problems of special or current interest in physics. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
PHYS 380W: Special Topics in Physics
General Information
Credit Hours
2 - 4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Offered as required. Credit, two to four hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.Selected topics and problems of special or current interest in physics. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
PHYS 381: Dynamics of Living Systems
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Maymester Course. This course will focus on proteins, DNA and their interactions emphasizing the role that dynamics play in these macromolecules function. The structure and conformation of biological molecules are, actually, dynamic and this feature is underlying their function in living systems.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
PHYS 397R: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring, summer. Credit, two to four hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Adapted to particular needs of individual student with instructor acting as adviser.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Physics 400-Level Courses
PHYS 421: Thermal Physics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisite: Physics 253. Laws of thermodynamics, entropy, Carnot engine, thermodynamic potentials, Gibbs ensembles, classical and quantum statistics, photon gas, phonons, Debye theory, electron gas, Bose-Einstein condensation, chemical kinetics, phase transitions, and critical phenomena.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
professor assisted problem solving
PHYS 422: Applied Solid State Physics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Offered as required. Prerequisite: Physics 421 or Physics 425, or consent of instructor. Physics and material properties of technically important solids including semiconductors and superconductors. Applications to electronic and optoelectronic devices including transistors, photodiodes, solid state lasers, SQUIDS.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PHYS 428: Fluid Dyn.for Biol.& Soft Cond
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PHYS 432: Principles Of Optics With Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisite: Physics 320 and Physics 365, or consent of instructor. The wave equation, electromagnetic theory of light, aberrations, matrix methods, polarization, interference, diffraction, quantum aspects of light, lasers, holography, and fiber optics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 434: Physical Biology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The course explores physical and statistical constraints on strategies used by biological systems, from bacteria, to large organisms, and to entire populations, to sense external environmental signals, process them, and shape a response

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
professor assisted problem solving
PHYS 436: Computational Physics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Offered as required. Prerequisite: Physics 142 or 152 and Computer Science 150 or 170, or consent of instructor. Computational techniques for solving equations as well as for simulating, analyzing, and graphically visualizing physical systems and processes. Projects will be selected from different areas of physics according to student interest and background.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PHYS 444: Adv Undergraduate Laboratory
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisite: Physics 253. Introduces modern experimental techniques and methods; the experiments include analog electronics, instrumentation and computer interfacing, cryogenics, and electro-optics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
PHYS 444W: Adv Undergraduate Laboratory
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
WRT
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisite: Physics 253. Introduces modern experimental techniques and methods; the experiments include analog electronics, instrumentation and computer interfacing, cryogenics, and electro-optics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
150 - 190
Writing Requirement
Yes
PHYS 454: Molecular Biophysics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. The physical view of molecular structure and dynamics and their relation to protein function is addressed in selected exemplary systems. Physical techniques used to molecular information are examined.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PHYS 461: Intro To Quantum Mechanics I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Introductory quantum theory, including the Schrödinger equation, simple soluble problems, hydrogen atom, operator formalism, approximation methods, and perturbation theory.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
professor assisted problem solving
PHYS 462: Quantum Mechanics II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisite: Physics 461 or consent of instructor. Applications of quantum mechanics to atomic, molecular, nuclear, particle, and solid state physics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
professor assisted problem solving
PHYS 495R: Honors Research
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring, summer. Prerequisite: consent of the undergraduate physics adviser. Independent research for students invited to participate in the physics department Honors Program.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Independent Research & Writing Thesis
PHYS 495RW: Honors Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring, summer. Prerequisite: consent of the undergraduate physics adviser. Independent research for students invited to participate in the physics department Honors Program.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Independent Research & Writing Thesis
Writing Requirement
Yes
PHYS 499R: Undergraduate Research
General Information
Credit Hours
2 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring, summer. Credit, two to four hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. For students who wish to participate in physics research with the instructor acting as research director.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Undergraduate research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable

Honors Program

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the department for further details.

Chapters of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, and the Society of Physics Students offer recognition and sponsored activities.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

Several students each year participate in study abroad programs, typically for one semester. The Director of Undergraduate Studies works with students to fit such programs into their four-year-plan.

For more information, see Study Abroad.

Advising

For advising, set up an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  You do not need to be majoring or minoring in physics to meet with the DUS.

Independent Research and Study

Many physics majors participate in research, although this is not a requirement. Research can be done for academic credit (Phys 499R). This class can be repeated multiple times, and can count as an elective toward the major or minor (although only as one elective, even if taken multiple times). Research can also be done for pay; this is typically arranged between the supervising faculty member and the student. The most typical case is to do research for credit during the academic year and for pay during the summer. Students who meet the appropriate GPA requirements can opt to do a research honors thesis during their senior year. For more information about participating in research or doing an honors thesis, consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.