Undergraduate Course Catalog

Physics and Astronomy

T. Robertson, Chairperson

Physics Major Options and Minors in Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers two options for majors in physics and several programs for minors in astronomy and/or physics. For majors, the general physics option is a course of study for those students who intend to pursue graduate work or industrial careers in physics, astronomy, or engineering. The applied physics option is for those students who are primarily interested in careers in industry. Minors are available in physics, applied physics in electronics, applied physics in nanoscience, astrophysics, and introductory astronomy, and are designed for those students who have an interest in those fields but have a major in another area. 
    Several options are available for those students who are planning careers as teachers in secondary education. A teaching major in physical science will prepare students to be certified in both high school physics and chemistry, and is generally a four-year program. A program of four and one-half years additionally provides a certification in middle school/junior high science. (See Science under Interdepartmental Programs in the College of Sciences and Humanities.)

Pre-Engineering Major
The pre-engineering major is generally a five-year program in which students attend Ball State for three years and then transfer to an engineering school to complete requirements for their engineering degree. Upon successful completion of the engineering program, a student is eligible to receive a bachelor’s degree from Ball State in addition to the engineering degree. Students in this program are responsible for knowing and meeting the graduation requirements of both Ball State and the school to which they transfer. Admission to Ball State as a pre-engineering major does not guarantee admission to an accredited school of engineering. 
    Three options in the pre-engineering major are available: chemical engineering, metallurgical engineering, and general engineering, which includes civil, electrical, mechanical, and nuclear engineering specializations.

MAJOR IN PHYSICS, 65-67 hours

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Common core, 53 hours

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HONRS
PHYCS

120
165
166
267
115
120
122
260
262
330
340
434
450
464
482
or
369
or
479
or
499
483
485

Comp Sci 1
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Calculus 3
Career Iss
Gen Phycs 1
Gen Phycs 2
Intro Modern
Modern Lab
Mechanics
Physcl Optic
Thermodynamc
Elec Mag 1
Intro Q M
Indpen Study (1-3)

Prof Exper (1-3)

Prac Exper (1-3)

Hnrs Project (3)
Sem Phys (1-2)
Meas Learn

4
4
4
4
1
5
5
4
1
3
3
3
3
3






3
2
1


53 hrs
Complete one option
Option 1: Physics (general), 12 hours

PHYCS

452
465

Elec Mag 2
Quant Mech

3
3

Electives from departmental courses as approved by the student’s departmental advisor and the department chairperson.




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12 hrs
Option 2: Physics (applied), 14 hours
14 hours from

ASTRO

PHYCS

330
332
354
356

Astrophycs 1 (4)
Astrophycs 2 (4)
Electronic 1 (4)
Electronic 2 (4)




14


65-67 hrs
Other PHYCS courses at the 300-level and above, with the approval of the student’s departmental advisor and the department chairperson, may be applied to option 2.


MAJOR IN PRE-ENGINEERING PREPARATION,
67-77 hours

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Common core, 56 hours

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CS
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MATHS



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111
112
120
105
165
166
217
267
115
120
122
260
262
330
354
483
485

Gen Chem 1
Gen Chem 2
Comp Sci 1
Tec Dsgn Gra
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Lin Algebra
Calculus 3
Career Iss
Gen Phycs 1
Gen Phycs 2
Intro Modern
Modern Lab
Mechanics
Electronic 1
Sem Phys (1-2)
Meas Learn

4
4
4
3
4
4
4
4
1
5
5
4
1
3
4
1
1


56 hrs
Complete one option as approved by the
pre-engineering advisor.
Option 1: General (civil, electrical, mechanical,
nuclear), 12 hours

PHYCS

356

Electronic 2

4

8 hours from electives in APHYS, CS, MATHS, and PHYCS as approved by the pre-engineering advisor.



8


12 hrs
Option 2: Metallurgical, 11 hours

CHEM

225
344
345

Analysis
Physl Chem 1
Physl Chem 2

3
4
4


11 hrs
Option 3: Chemical, 21 hours

CHEM

225
234
235
344
345

Analysis
Organic Ch 1
Organic Ch 2
Physl Chem 1
Physl Chem 2

3
5
5
4
4


21 hrs

67-77 hrs
To begin this program it is expected that students will have completed high school mathematics courses equivalent to the prerequisite for MATHS 165.


MINOR IN APPLIED PHYSICS, 24-26 hours

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MATHS

PHYCS

161
162
120
122

Appl Calc 1
Appl Calc 2
Gen Phycs 1
Gen Phycs 2

3
3
5
5


16 hrs
Complete one option
Option 1: Electronics, 8 hours

PHYCS

354
356

Electronic 1
Electronic 2

4
4


8 hrs
Option 2: Nanoscience, 10 hours

APHYS
PHYCS

310
260
466

Nan Sci Tech
Intro Modern
Cond Matter

3
4
3


10 hrs

24-26 hrs
To begin this program it is expected that students will have completed high school mathematics courses equivalent to the prerequisite for MATHS 161. MATHS 165, 166 may be substituted for MATHS 161, 162.


MINOR IN ASTROPHYSICS, 24 hours

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ASTRO

MATHS

PHYCS

330
332
161
162
120
122

Astrophycs 1
Astrophycs 2
Appl Calc 1
Appl Calc 2
Gen Phycs 1
Gen Phycs 2

4
4
3
3
5
5


24 hrs
MATHS 165, 166 may be substituted for MATHS 161, 162.


MINOR IN INTRODUCTORY ASTRONOMY, 15 hours

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ASTRO

120
122
124
302

Sun & Stars
Universe
Solar System
Obs Astro

3
3
3
3

3 hours from

ASTRO

PHYCS

200
380
469

Topics Astro (1-3)
Sem Md Astro (3)
Imm Exper (3)



3


15 hrs


MINOR IN PHYSICS, 27 hours

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MATHS

PHYCS




161
162
120
122
260
262
330
450

Appl Calc 1
Appl Calc 2
Gen Phycs 1
Gen Phycs 2
Intro Modern
Modern Lab
Mechanics
Elec Mag 1

3
3
5
5
4
1
3
3


27 hrs
MATHS 165, 166 may be substituted for MATHS 161, 162. MATHS 267 is waived as prerequisite on PHYCS 450 for the minor, though recommended as an elective.


TEACHER EDUCATION

SCIENCE TEACHING MAJORS

(See Science, College of Sciences and Humanities, for the teaching majors in science.)

TEACHING MAJOR IN PHYSICS, 50 hours

This is a four-year program that will meet the high school physics certification standards of Indiana.

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Common core, 34 hours

CHEM

MATHS

PHYCS

111
112
165
166
120
122
260
262

Gen Chem 1
Gen Chem 2
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Gen Phycs 1
Gen Phycs 2
Intro Modern
Modern Lab

4
4
4
4
5
5
4
1

Research (honors, thesis, internship, or department research)


3


34 hrs
Students must complete the high school physics concentration area or follow the guidelines outlined below.
High school physics concentration area,
16 hours

PHYCS

330
340
354
434
450

Mechanics
Physcl Optic
Electronic 1
Thermodynamc
Elec Mag 1

3
3
4
3
3


16 hrs

50 hrs
Students who currently hold or are pursuing a secondary license in one of the following areas will not be required to complete the high school physics concentration area: life science, earth/space science, mathematics, chemistry.


SENIOR HIGH, JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE
SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM

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Professional education sequence, 39 hours

EDFON
EDJHM
EDMUL
EDPSY

EDSEC
SCI

420
385
205
251
390
380
150
295
396

Fnds of Educ
Prin Mid Sch
Multi Educ
Dev Sec Ed
Educ Psychol
Prin Sec Sch
Basic Concpt
Int Tch Sci
Sci Mth Mtrl

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Student Teaching

12


39 hrs
See Professional Education Assessment/Decision Points, for additional information.


APPLIED PHYSICS (APHYS)

310 Introduction to Nanoscience and Technology. (3)
Explores science and technology at the nanoscale. Studies the physical properties of nanomaterials, the tools and techniques for nanosystem fabrication and investigation; principles of mechanical, optical, electrical, and magnetic nanosystems; current state of technology in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, and information systems; and future applications. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 260.

312 Fundamentals of Nano Materials Growth and Device Fabrication. (4)
Introduces basic experimental techniques in: nano materials growth, nano devices fabrication, and materials and devices characterization. Introductory laboratory in the field of nanoscience and technology. Intended for those interested in semiconductor technology or experimental work in general. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 260 or permission of the department chairperson.

315 Medical Physics 1. (3)
Biomechanics, statistical physics, bioelectric fields, biomagnetic fields, electricity, and magnetism at the cellular level. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 112 or 122. 
    Prerequisite recommended: BIO 111, 215; MATHS 161, 162, or 165, 166.

316 Medical Physics 2. (3)
Signal analysis, images, biomagnetism, x-rays, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 260; APHYS 315 or permission of the department chairperson or instructor.

420 Solar Thermal Systems. (3)
Physics of the solar energy resource, solar collection, concentration, thermal conversion, energy storage, and the design and performance of solar thermal energy systems. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 122; MATHS 162 or 166.

422 Photovoltaics. (3)
Physics of photovoltaic systems, including basic operating principles, design and technology, and performance of individual solar cells and solar cells systems. 
    Prerequisite: APHYS 420.

ASTRONOMY (ASTRO)

100 Introductory Astronomy: A Study of the Solar System and Beyond. (3)
Study of the physical nature of objects in the universe and methods used by astronomers to understand them. Topics selected from basic laws of nature, the solar system, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and cosmology.

101 Astronomy Materials for the Teacher. (3)
Fundamentals of astronomy including historical aspects and modern astronomy concepts. Emphasizes construction of models and experimentation appropriate to the classroom. Designed primarily for students in education programs.

120 The Sun and Stars. (3)
Introduction to the science underlying modern stellar astronomy. Topics include history of astronomy, practical astronomy, naked-eye cosmology, gravity and orbital motion, light and matter and properties of the sun and stars. Observational and experimental data are used to reveal natural physical laws which provide information about remote objects in space. 
    Prerequisite: at least two years of high school algebra.

121 Honors Astronomy Laboratory. (1)
Introduction to observational stellar astronomy. The student will plan and execute sessions in the Ball State University Observatory and analyze and interpret astronomical data related to the determination of the properties of stars. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
    Prerequisite or parallel: ASTRO 120.

122 Stellar Evolution, Galaxies, and Cosmology. (3)
Continuation of ASTRO 120. Topics include stellar evolution, the Milky Way Galaxy, galaxies, quasars, active galactic nuclei, supermassive black holes, large scale structure of the universe and cosmology. 
    Prerequisite: ASTRO 120. 
    Not open to students who have credit in ASTRO 332.

124 The Solar System. (3)
Introduction to the scientific study of our Solar System and Earth as a planet. Topics include scientific methodologies, object classification, planetary environments and components, formation and evolution of the Solar System, space science, space exploration, and the search for life in the Solar System.

151 The Universe and You. (3)
Examines the nature of the universe in order to increase our appreciation of the scope and complexity of physical reality. The universe's origin and development and the conditions necessary to support life will be investigated for clues which illuminate the central question of the purpose of our existence. 
    Not open to students who have credit in HONRS 296.

200 Topics in Astronomy. (1-3)
Discussion of specific topics in astronomy, such as comets, eclipses, UFOs, and interstellar travel. Designed for students not majoring in physics, the course requires no math or science background. Students may consult their curricular advisors or the Department of Physics and Astronomy for specific topics being studied during a given semester. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

302 Observational Astronomy. (3)
Introduction to observational astronomy. Topics include night sky observing skills, celestial coordinate and time systems, planning astronomical observing sessions, astronomical telescopes and instruments, basic digital imaging, image processing and analysis. Designed for astronomy educators and amateur astronomers. 
    Prerequisite: ASTRO 120.

330 Astronomy and Astrophysics 1. (4)
A review of mechanics, electromagnetic radiation, and atomic structure in the context of modern observational astrophysics. Solar system astrophysics—including an introduction to celestial mechanics and astronomical coordinate and time systems—are surveyed, and astronomical instruments are discussed. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 120, 122.

332 Astronomy and Astrophysics 2. (4)
An examination of observational stellar astronomy with applications to the study of stellar structure and evolution, and a review of the physics of stellar systems such as star clusters, galaxies, and clusters of galaxies. 
    Prerequisite: ASTRO 330.

380 Seminar in Modern Astronomy. (3)
Seminar covering selected topics in contemporary astronomy. Extensive use of library facilities including current journals and periodicals in astronomy. Discussions of current astronomical research. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

382 Instruments and Techniques in Planetarium Operations. (3)
Use of planetarium instruments, console, and chamber. Creation and presentation of planetarium programs including slide-duplicating techniques, slide opaquing, and the production of sound tracks. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the planetarium director.

386 Theories and Instruments of the Astronomer. (3)
Reviews of various atlases, catalogs, ephemerides, and charts. The development of methods used to compute and update stellar positions. Discusses astronomical instruments in the context of their use by research astronomers. Analyzes specific techniques employed in astronomical photometry, spectroscopy, and photography. 
    Prerequisite: ASTRO 332.

PHYSICS (PHYCS)

100 Conceptual Physics. (3)
Includes a survey of physics with conceptual emphasis on basic classical and modern concepts of matter, motion, energy, and forces with application to mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, atomic, nuclear, and elementary particles.

101 Physical Science Concepts for Teachers. (1-3)
Principles and concepts of the laws of nature involving mechanical, heat, light, electrical, nuclear, and chemical energy and the conservation laws associated with these forms of energy. Emphasizes applications appropriate to the classroom. Designed primarily for students in elementary education programs. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

102 Preparation of Physical Science Teaching Materials. (3)
Selected topics in physical science stressing the construction of models and experimentation appropriate to the classroom. Designed primarily for students in elementary education programs. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 101 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to students in the teacher education curriculum.

110 General Physics 1. (4)
Studies the laws of Newtonian mechanics. Introductory fluid statics and dynamics, heat and thermodynamics, and wave motion and sound. Recommended background: one year of college preparatory physics in high school. 
    Prerequisite: MATHS 112, trigonometry or appropriate trigonometry sub scores on mathematics placement exam or passing grade in high school physics. 
    Parallel: PHYCS 111 is recommended for students who have not attained the recommended background

111 Problem Solving in General Physics 1. (1)
Helps students master problem solving in physics. Work in small groups with the assistance of a professor who will guide their work and teach them to analyze and set up problems on mechanics and thermodynamics. Intended to help students succeed in physics.

112 General Physics 2. (4)
Static and current electricity, magnetism, light and optics, and an introduction to modern physics including relativity and elements of atomic and nuclear physics. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 110.

115 Career Issues in Physics, Applied Physics, and Engineering. (1)
Introduction to departmental, university, and professional resources essential for the successful completion of undergraduate programs and entry into related career paths. Seminars and campus field trips will provide information about resources related to academic success, experiential activities outside the classroom, and resume/portfolio development.

120 General Physics 1. (5)
First course in calculus-based physics for students in pre-engineering, the physical sciences, or mathematics. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, work and energy, motion, impulse and momentum, elasticity and wave motion, sound, and hydrostatics and hydrodynamics. 
    Prerequisite or parallel: MATHS 161 or 165.

122 General Physics 2. (5)
Continuation of PHYCS 120. Topics include heat and laws of thermodynamics, Coulomb’s law and the electric field, Ampere’s law and the magnetic field, introduction to Maxwell’s equation, DC and AC circuits; the nature, propagation, and properties of light; and lens systems. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 120. 
    Parallel: MATHS 162 or 166.

140 General Physics 1 (Calculus-based). (4)
First course in calculus-based general physics. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, work and energy, impulse and momentum, elasticity, wave motion and sound, hydrostatics and hydrodynamics. Computer-based content delivery for self-paced learning. 
    Prerequisite or parallel: MATHS 161 or 165; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Not open to students who have credit in PHYCS 120.

141 General Physics 1 (Calculus-based) Lab. (1)
Laboratory component to accompany PHYCS 140. Computer simulations and in-lab experiments are performed. 
    Prerequisite or parallel: PHYCS 140. 
    Not open to students who have credit in PHYCS 120.

142 General Physics 2 (Calculus-based). (4)
Continuation of PHYCS 140. Topics include heat and thermodynamics, Coulomb's Law, electric fields, magnetic fields, AC and DC circuits, geometric and physical optics. Computer-based content delivery for self-paced learning. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 120 or 140; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Prerequisite or parallel: MATHS 162 or 166. 
    Not open to students who have credit in PHYCS 122.

143 General Physics 2 (Calculus-based) Lab. (1)
The laboratory component to accompany PHYCS 142. Computer simulations and in-lab experiments are performed. 
    Prerequisite or parallel: PHYCS 142. 
    Not open to students who have credit in PHYCS 122.

151 Energy: Technology and Society. (3)
An investigation of the sources, generation, transmission, storage, and uses of energy based on physical laws and processes, and an overview of the implications and consequences for society.

200 Topics in Physics. (1-3)
Discussion of specific topics in physics, such as lasers, holography, and solid-state electronics. Designed for students not majoring in physics, the course requires no math or science background. Students may consult their curricular advisors or the Department of Physics and Astronomy for the specific topics being studied during a given semester. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

260 Introduction to Modern Physics. (4)
Basic concepts, underlying principles, theories, and applications of modern physics. Some topics include special relativity, quantum physics, atomic structure and models, molecules, solids, nuclei, particles, statistical mechanics, astrophysics, and cosmology. Applications include lasers, scanning tunneling microscopes, semiconductor devices, and nanoelectronics. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 122.

262 Modern Physics Laboratory. (1)
Classic experiments such as the Cavendish measurement of G, determination of Planck’s Constant, Rutherford Scattering, Millikan Oil Drop Experiment, Franck-Hertz Experiment, and the Hall Effect will be performed. Use of computer software for report generation will be stressed. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 260.

330 Mechanics. (3)
Basic concepts of mechanics, general motion of particles in three dimensions. Simple and damped harmonic motion. Particle dynamics in noninertial frames of reference, central forces. Dynamics of systems of particles. Motion of rigid bodies in three dimensions. Dynamics of oscillation systems. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 120; MATHS 162.

340 Physical Optics. (3)
The electromagnetic wave theory of light, spectra, interference, diffraction, polarization, and double refraction. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 122.

346 Acoustics. (3)
Elements of pure and applied acoustics. Topics include solutions to the wave equation, acoustic impedances, electro-mechanical-acoustic analogies, direct-radiator loudspeaker and enclosure theory, and a discussion of room acoustics. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 122.

354 Electronics 1. (4)
Introductory DC and AC circuit theory, semiconductor components, power supplies, transistor amplification; integrated circuit operational amplifiers, active filters, oscillators, and function generators. Basic combinational logic circuits and Boolean algebra. Emphasizes applications of integrated circuits. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 122 or permission of the department chairperson.

356 Electronics 2. (4)
Sequential logic circuits including scalars, displays, memories, shift registers, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion techniques. Microprocessor architecture and support electronics for microcomputer design. IC chips and circuits for experiment to microcomputer interfacing. Use of a microprocessor development system. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 354 or permission of the department chairperson.

360 Introductory Nuclear Techniques. (3)
Emphasizes experimental studies of radioactive disintegrations and decay products and their relation to nuclear structure. Instrumentation in radioisotope measurements. Two lectures and two two-hour laboratory periods a week. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 260.

369 Professional Experience. (1-3)
Paid work and learning experience in applied or theoretical physics or astronomy in an institutional, industrial, or university research or development setting. May occur during one or more semesters. 
    Prerequisite: approval of proposed program by the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

370 Introductory Mathematical Physics 1. (3)
Application of mathematical techniques to the formulation and solution of physical problems in classical mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetic theory, and in quantum mechanics. Topics include computer algebra systems and applications. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 122, 260; or permission of the department chairperson.

372 Introductory Mathematical Physics 2. (3)
Techniques in the formulation and solution of physical problems. Computer algebra systems (e.g. Mathematica) may be introduced for the study of topics such as boundary value problems, transforms, special functions of mathematical physics, and applications of tensor analysis in physics. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 122, 260; or permission of the department chairperson.

380 Seminar in Modern Physics. (3)
Seminar covering selected topics in contemporary physics. Extensive use of library facilities including current journals and periodicals in physics. Discussions of current research in physics and related fields. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

390 Honors Colloquium in Physics. (1-3)
Exploration of selected topics in physics, with emphasis on individual projects, study, and discussion. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to honors students or with permission of the department chairperson.

396 The Teaching of Physics in the Secondary School. (1-3)
Aims, nature of the subject matter, calculus concepts, and applications in the teaching of physics; amount and nature of laboratory work, standardized tests, and textbooks used in the teaching of physics. No regularly scheduled laboratory. 
    Prerequisite: 16 hours of credit in physics or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

434 Thermodynamics. (3)
Classical and statistical thermodynamics. Basic concepts, principles, and theories of thermodynamics. Equations of state, laws of thermodynamics, introduction to the kinetic theory of gases, and classical and quantum statistics. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 330; MATHS 267 or permission of the department chairperson. 

450 Electricity and Magnetism 1. (3)
Application of vector analysis to electrostatics, dielectric theory, magnetostatics, dipole and multipole fields, currents, and Maxwell's equations. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 122; MATHS 267. 

452 Electricity and Magnetism 2. (3)
The study of electric and magnetic fields in electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations, EM waves, radiation of moving charges, and relativistic kinematics and dynamics. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 450. 

461 Elementary Particles. (3)
Investigates the nature and behavior of elementary particles through the study of the symmetries and dynamics responsible for their production, reactions, and decays. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 464.

463 Nuclear Physics. (3)
Nucleus and nuclear interactions. Emphasizes experimental facts about nuclear processes in discussions of particle accelerators, detectors, radioactivity (alpha, beta, and gamma decay), interaction of radiation with matter, nuclear reactions, nuclear structure, nuclear models, and nuclear applications in science and technology. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 260.

464 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. (3)
De Broglie’s postulate, the uncertainty principle, the Schroedinger equation, the free particle, square well potentials, harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, angular momentum and other selected wave mechanics problems. No regularly scheduled laboratory. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 260; MATHS 267.

465 Quantum Mechanics. (3)
Review of barrier problems, the harmonic oscillator, and angular momentum using matrix methods. Problems involving perturbation theory, one-electron atoms, magnetic moments, spin, relativistic effects, symmetric and anti-symmetric wave functions, the helium atom, transition rates, and scattering theory. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 464.

466 Condensed Matter Physics. (3)
Structure and physical properties of matter in the solid state. Electrical and magnetic properties, and band theory of solids with special emphasis on semiconductors. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 260.

469 Immersion Experiences Related to Physics and Astronomy. (3)
Student teams will design and complete a project related to physics and/or astronomy which creates a tangible outcome. Team activities will be multifunctional and multidisciplinary. Students must form a project team and prepare a project outline prior to requesting permission from the department chairperson to enroll for the course. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

479 Practical Experience. (1-3)
Unpaid work and learning experience in applied or theoretical physics or astronomy in an institutional, industrial, or university research or development setting. May occur during one or more semesters. 
    Prerequisite: approval of a proposed program by the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned. 

482 Independent Studies in Physics. (1-3)
Scientific investigations in physics on an individual basis, consisting of experimental or theoretical/computational work, reading, and development of research techniques and skills. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned. 

483 Seminar in Physics. (1-2)
Selected literature on current physics, astronomy, education, or other science research. Students will report on departmental seminar series presentations and make presentations on selected research topics. 
    A total of 2 hours of credit may be earned.

485 Measures of Learning in Physics. (1)
Integration of the fundamental principles underlying undergraduate physics education and related measures of learning. Emphasis is on developing familiarity with the contents of local and national exams in physics which are often reflected in graduate level qualifying exams. Emphasis will be focused on basic concepts in the context of problem solving. 
    Prerequisite: PHYCS 260, 330.