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PHYS 404G    Laboratory Optics    1 Hour

The conclusions and concepts of optics and techniques of experimental optics.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 441G

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

PHYS 409G    Laboratory Exper Physics/Research Tech    1 Hour

Laboratory techniques in experimental research, includes drawing and fabrication of apparatus, technical photography, and statistical treatment of data. Note: 2 years of college physics required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 410G    Physics for Teachers    3 Hours

A broad study, including laboratory experiences, of the areas of physics relevant to science teaching in grades K-12. For pre-service for in-service teachers who have a minimal physics background. Instruction will be differentiated according to student needs. Applicable toward a major or minor in physics only for those students obtaining teacher certification.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 431G    Radiation Biophysics    4 Hours

The properties of the various forms of radiation and their interactions with, and effects on, living matter. Laboratory offers training in monitoring ionizing radiations and techniques of radioactive isotopes.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 201 and PHYS 202 or (PHYS 231 and PHYS 232)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 440G    Electromagnetism I    3 Hours

Introduction to the study of classical electromagnetic fields, including electrostatics.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

PHYS 441G    Optics    3 Hours

Geometrical and physical optics including wave propagation, refraction, dispersion, diffraction, and polarization. Note: One year of college physics and one year of calculus required.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 404G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 445G    Electromagnetism II    3 Hours

Study of classical electrodynamics with emphasis on Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, dispersion and radiation.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 450G    Classical Mechanics II    3 Hours

A continuation of PHYS 350. Includes motion in central potentials, dynamics of systems of particles, rigid body motion.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

PHYS 465G    Geophysics    3 Hours

General and exploration geophysics. Topics include the origin of the earth and the solar system, the earth's interior, gravity and isostasy, seismology, upper atmosphere, continents and ocean basins, etc. Note: One year of college physics required.

Prerequisite(s): GEOL 111 or permission of instructor

Equivalent(s): GEOS 565

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 475G    Topics/Physics    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Directed study under the supervision of a faculty member.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

PHYS 480G    Quantum Mechanics    3 Hours

Fundamental principles of quantum mechanics including the hydrogen and helium atoms, the harmonic oscillator, and the Schroedinger wave equation.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 320 and PHYS 350 and PHYS 450

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 501    Classical Dev in Physics    3 Hours

Physics for junior high and high school teachers covers the discovery of physical laws, the origin of forces, motion, energy, momentum, conservation, principles, wave phenomena, and electromagnetics.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 502    Modern Develop/Physics    3 Hours

Physics for junior high and high school teachers. Covers atomic structure, the nucleus, elementary particles, probability and uncertainty, and special relativity. Emphasizes the impact of twentieth century discoveries on the foundations of physical law.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 503    Physics Demonstration    3 Hours

Designed to acquaint the junior high and high school teacher with laboratory equipment and demonstrations for use in secondary education.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 505    Investigations/Physics    3 Hours

Topics of individual interest relating to the teaching of physics.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 506    Overview of Homeland Security    1 Hour

Special requirements: Instructor permission required if not enrolled into graduate program in Homeland Security Sciences. A weekly seminar course available as an in-class group discussion, a real-time webcast, or a downloadable PEG file from the departmental website. Seminar speakers from Department of Homeland Security, businesses, and other recognized national and international experts, will provide an overview of the Homeland Security area. To be taken during the first semester of matriculation.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017; fall 2018

PHYS 510    Methods in Math Physics    3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 511    Quantitative Modeling for Physics Instruction I: Mechanics    3 Hours

An in-depth study of topics in physics typically taught at the high school level. Emphasizes both the content of physics as well as the process of effectively communicating the content to secondary students. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, energy, momentum and other topics in mechanics. Note: One year of math-based physics at the college level required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2018

PHYS 512    Quantitative Modeling for Physics Instruction II: Electromagnetism    3 Hours

An in-depth study of topics in physics typically taught at the high school level. Emphasizes both the content of physics as well as the process of effectively communicating the content to secondary students. Topics include electric and magnetic fields, and circuits. Note: One year of math-based physics at the college level required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 516    Classroom Physics Teaching: Theory and Practice    3 Hours

Designed to assist new physics instructors in teaching physics. Includes constructing and using laboratory equipment, implementing research-based curriculum, and assessments in physics. Note: Must be instructor in a physical science course as verified by a letter from the school principal or equivalent.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 511 or PHYS 512

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2018

PHYS 518    Classroom Applications of Physics and Science Education Research    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Help instructors to make practical connections between discipline-based science education research in physics and other areas with their own classroom teach. Students will read original research, document examples in classroom, and evaluate and modify curricular materials. Note: Must be instructor in a physical science course as verified by a letter from the school principal or equivalent.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 511 or PHYS 512

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 519    Physical Science Education Research Methods    3 Hours

Equips physics and physical science instructors to design and carry out practical educational research projects with the goal of improving instruction. Covers research methodologies in physics and other discipline-based science education research (DBSER), designing and carrying out research projects with the goal of informing classroom instruction.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 518

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 520    Atomic and Molecular    3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 530    Statistical Physics    3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 540    Electromagnetic Theory    3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 550    Classical Mechanics    3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 560    Introduction to Physics Applications in Homeland Security    3 Hours

A preparatory course in Homeland Security Science for students with limited physics background. An overview of physics applicable to Homeland Security Sciences. Topics include atomic and nuclear physics, optics and analytical techniques.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017; fall 2018

PHYS 565    Optical Detection Methods of Biological and Chemical Agents    3 Hours

Explore the application of optical detection technologies to detect and characterize chemical and biological agents. Optical methods such as laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), light detection and ranging (LIDAR), coherent anti-stokes Raman spectroscopy, photoacoustic, and photothermal imaging. Apply theoretical principles to real-world examples.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 560 or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2018

PHYS 570    Nuclear / Radiological Detection and Remediation    3 Hours

An advanced study of the fundamental principles of nuclear physics and their applications for detection and remediation of nuclear and radiological threats.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 560

Corequisite(s): PHYS 571

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

PHYS 571    Nuclear / Radiological Detection and Remediation Laboratory    1 Hour

Students perform laboratory experiments in applications of nuclear physics for detection and remediation of nuclear and radiological threats. Students will gain experience in computerized data acquisition and data analysis using modern techniques and equipment.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 560

Corequisite(s): PHYS 570

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

PHYS 580    Quantum Theory    3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 590    Physical Principles of CBE Detection and Remediation    3 Hours

The course explores physical principles behind chemical agent, biological agent and explosives detection and remediation, and examines current detection techniques and systems deployed.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 570 or equivalent

Corequisite(s): PHYS 591

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017

PHYS 591    Physics CBE Detection and Remediation Laboratory    1 Hour

Explores physical principles behind chemical agent, biological agent and explosives detection and remediation. Examines current detection techniques and systems deployed.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 570 or equivalent

Corequisite(s): PHYS 590

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017

PHYS 598    Graduate Seminar    0.5 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PHYS 599    Thesis Research / Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research/writing.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 570 or CHEM 572 or BIOL 552

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PHYS 600    Maintain Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018

PHYS 660    Theory of Solids    3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 670    Theoretical Nuclear Physics    3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PHYS 675    Advanced Topics in Physics    1-3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

PHYS 799    Doctoral Research/Physics    1-10 Hours

Research undertaken to complete requirements for the doctoral program. Note: Admission to candidacy in collaborative doctoral program required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None