Physics Minor

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Required Courses:

PHYS 231: Introductory Physics I (4)

An introduction to the study of the physical aspect of reality for students intending to continue in the physical sciences and engineering. Linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, statics, and gravitation will be covered. Three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Pre or corequisite: Mathematics 152.

PHYS 232: Introductory Physics II (4)

Continuation of Physics 231. Topics covered include fluid, oscillations, waves, heat and thermodynamics, and electricity. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Physics 231.


two courses from Physics 324, 325, 326, 331, 337. (Note required prerequisites for courses when planning program of study.)

PHYS 324: Introduction to Light, Energy, and Matter (4)

Advanced classical and introduction to modern physics topics. Optics, advanced waves, semiconductors, and modern physics topics in particle, nuclear, and quantum physics are covered. Prerequisite: Physics 232. Pre or corequisite: Mathematics 204.

PHYS 325: Classical Mechanics (4) 

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, general rigid body motion, theory of vibrations and waves, planetary motion, and chaos are studied. Prerequisites: Mathematics 204; Physics 231. Corequisite: Mathematics 201.

PHYS 326: Electromagnetic Fields (4)

Review of vector calculus; divergence, curl, Gauss’ and Stoke’s theorems; electro- and magneto-statics; polarization; boundary conditions; Laplace and Poisson equations; magnetic vector potential; energy; Maxwell’s equations for time varying fields; wave propagation; and Poynting’s theorem. Prerequisites: Mathematics 204; Physics 232. Corequisite: Mathematics 201. [Cross-listed: Engineering 326]

PHYS 331: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)

The study of heat, the laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic generating functions, Maxwell’s relations, kinetic theory, partition functions, and classical and quantum statistics. Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 111; Mathematics 152, 153; Physics 215, 216 or 231, 232; Chemistry 231 or Physics 324. [Cross-listed: Chemistry 331]

PHYS 337: Modern Physics (4)

Developments in modern physics: special relativity, atomic nature of matter and electricity, wave and particle aspects of electrons and light, quantum theory and applications to the study of atomic and molecular structure, condensed matter physics, particle and nuclear physics. Three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: Mathematics 204; Physics 232. Corequisite: Mathematics 201.