Upper Division Courses

PHY-301 Theoretical Mechanics 3.0 cr.

Prereq: PHY-272 and MAT-352. A survey of classical and modern topics in dynamics. Topics include orbital mechanics, non-inertial reference frames, rigid-body motion, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods, and elements of nonlinear mechanics and chaos. (NON-LAB NATURAL SCIENCE)

PHY-312 Special Topics 2.0 to 3.0 cr.

Winter. Prereq.: Permission. Independent study of selected areas of physics not available in the regular curriculum. (NON-LAB NATURAL SCIENCE)

PHY-313 Thermal Physics 3.0 cr.

Fall. Prereq.: PHY-272. An introduction to Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics and their application to the solution of thermal, mechanical and electrical problems in fluids and solids. (NON-LAB NATURAL SCIENCE)

PHY-330 Electricity & Magnetism 3.0 cr.

Prereq.: PHY-272 and MAT-352. An intermediate level survey of classical electro magnetic theory up to and including the unification of the subject matter in the form of Maxwell's equations. (NON-LAB NATURAL SCIENCE)

PHY-400 Quantum Physics 2.0 to 3.0 cr.

Prereq.: PHY-272 and MAT-152. Approximately three-fifths of the course covers an introduction to modern quantum physics including the development of matrix methods, the Schroedinger equation, and elementary applications. The last part of the course examines applications of quantum mechanics to atomic, molecular, and solid state systems. Students may enroll for the first three-fifths of the course and earn 2 units of credit or for the full course and earn 3 units of credit. (NON-LAB NATURAL SCIENCE)

PHY-494 Independent Study 1.0 to 3.0 cr.

Prereq.: Junior or senior standing and permission. May be repeated up to a maximum of 4 credits and is subject to arrangement with the Mathematical and Physical Science Department. See independent study guidelines. (INDEPENDENT WORK)

PHY-497 Internship 1.0 to 3.0 cr.

Prereq: Junior or senior standing and permission. Individually arranged programs of work and study with the department, academic institutions, private industries, or government agencies. See internship guidelines. (INDEPENDENT WORK)