2015-16 General Bulletin

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http://www.phys.cwru.edu/
Phone: 216.368.4000; Fax: 216.368.4671
Kathleen Kash, Department Chair

The Department of Physics offers programs leading to the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in physics, Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics, and Bachelor of Science in engineering with an engineering physics major. Associated with the Bachelor of Science in physics degree are optional concentrations in mathematical physics and in biophysics. The department also offers the graduate degrees Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, as well as a unique master’s degree in entrepreneurship.

All of these programs involve the study of the basic laws of nature and the properties of energy and matter in their various forms. The curriculum reflects the varied interests of the faculty and will prepare students for a wide range of future activities. At the undergraduate level, open electives and engineering physics concentration area courses tailor the programs to the student’s interests and career plans. Employment opportunities at the bachelor’s level include research, development, and technical assistance (engineering, computer programming, management) in industrial, government, and university settings.

A similar flexibility exists in the first few years of graduate study. The research leading to the PhD degree normally centers on a specific area of physics. However, even at this stage, the broad background and training characteristic of a physics degree are emphasized.

Department Faculty

Kathleen Kash, PhD
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Professor and Chair
Experimental condensed matter and mesoscopic physics; synthesis of novel semiconductors

Jesse Berezovsky, PhD
(University of California, Santa Barbara)
Assistant Professor
Imaging coherent transport in mesoscopic graphene; optical readout of single spin dynamics in a quantum dot; spin dynamics in layered core/shell nanocrystal quantum dots; measurements of nuclear and electron spin at a ferromagnetic/semiconductor interface; spatio-temporal imaging and simulation of magnetization dynamics in ferromagnetic structures

Robert W. Brown, PhD
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Distinguished University Professor and Institute Professor
Medical imaging; industrial physics; particle physics theory; cosmology

Edward M. Caner, MS
(Case Western Reserve University)
Instructor
Science entrepreneurship

Gary S. Chottiner, PhD
(University of Maryland)
Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Experimental physics of surfaces and thin films

Craig Copi, PhD
(University of Chicago)
Instructor
Theoretical cosmology; particle physics; astrophysics

Corbin E. Covault, PhD
(Harvard University)
Professor
Experimental high-energy astrophysics

Claudia de Rham, PhD
(University of Cambridge)
Assistant Professor
Massive gravity and degravitation; Supersymmetric Large Extra Dimensions (SLED); physics of codimension-2 objects; cosmological perturbations

Diana I. Driscoll, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Instructor
Introductory physics

Xuan Gao, PhD
(Columbia University)
Associate Professor
Experimental condensed matter physics; nanomaterials; electron transport in nanostructures; correlated electrons in low dimensions

Michael Hinczewski, PhD
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Assistant Professor
Theoretical Biophysics

Peter J. Kernan, PhD
(Ohio State University)
Instructor
Cosmology; Astrophysics

Walter R. Lambrecht, PhD
(University of Ghent)
Professor
Theoretical condensed matter physics; electronic structure-based physics of materials

Michael A. Martens, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Professor
Medical imaging physics, high energy particle physics, accelerator physics

Harsh Mathur, PhD
(Yale University)
Associate Professor
Condensed matter theory, particle-astrophysics theory

Rolfe G. Petschek, PhD
(Harvard University)
Professor
Theoretical condensed matter; optical materials

Charles Rosenblatt, PhD
(Harvard University)
Professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Condensed Matter Physics
Experimental condensed matter; liquid crystals and complex fluids

John E. Ruhl, PhD
(Princeton University)
Connecticut Professor
Experimental astrophysics and cosmology

Kenneth D. Singer, PhD
(University of Pennsylvania)
Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics; Director, Engineering Physics
Experimental condensed matter physics; nonlinear optics

Glenn D. Starkman, PhD
(Stanford University)
Professor; Director, Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics (CERCA)
Theoretical cosmology, particle physics, astrophysics

Giuseppe Strangi, PhD
(University of Calabria, Italy)
Professor and The Ohio Research Scholar in Surfaces of Advanced Materials
Opto-Plasmonics of Soft Composite Metamaterials; Liquid Crystal Photonics

Cyrus C. Taylor, PhD
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Albert A. Michelson Professor in Physics; Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Theoretical and experimental particle physics; physics entrepreneurship

Philip L. Taylor, PhD
(University of Cambridge)
Distinguished University Professor and Perkins Professor of Physics
Theory of solids, polymers and other materials

Andrew J. Tolley, PhD
(University of Cambridge)
Associate Professor
Early universe cosmology; dark energy; gravity; extra dimensions; branes


Secondary Faculty

Roger H. French, PhD
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
F. Alex Nason Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case School of Engineering
Optical materials and technologies; experimental VIS/UV/VUV optical properties and long range interactions

Mark A. Griswold, PhD
(University of Wuerzburg)
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine
Medical imaging, MRI

Eckhard Jankowsky, PhD
(Dresden Institute of Technology)
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine
Proteins and enzymes; structural biology; regulation of gene expression

R. Earle Luck, PhD
(University of Texas at Austin)
Worcester R. and Cornelia B. Warner Professor of Astronomy
Stellar and galactic chemical evolution; stellar spectrophotometry

Stacy S. McGaugh, PhD
(University of Michigan)
Professor, Department of Astronomy
Galaxy formation and evolution, low surface brightness galaxies, cosmology, dark matter, and gravity

J. Christopher Mihos, PhD
(University of Michigan)
Professor, Department of Astronomy
Galaxy formation and evolution; galaxy interactions; clusters of galaxies; observational and computational astrophysics

Heather Morrison, PhD
(Australian National University)
Professor, Department of Astronomy
Galactic structure; stellar populations; dark matter

Idit Zehavi, PhD
(Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy
Astrophysics


Adjunct Faculty

Daniel S. Akerib, PhD
(Princeton University)
Professor
Experimental astrophysics

James H. Andrews, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Adjunct Professor; Professor of Physics, Youngstown State University
Optical materials

Pierre Carlès, PhD, Habilitation
(National Polytechnic Institute, Toulouse)
Adjunct Associate Professor; Associate Professor, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
Fluid mechanics; critical behavior; stability

Jeffrey S. Dyck, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Adjunct Professor; Professor, John Carroll University
Experimental condensed matter physics

Karsten Eggert, PhD
(RWTH Aachen University)
Adjunct Professor
Experimental particle physics; cosmic ray physics; diffractive physics; TOTEM experiment at CERN

Hiroyuki Fujita, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Adjunct Professor; President and CEO, Quality Electrodynamics and eQED
Hardware technology in imaging and renewable energies

Evalyn Gates, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Adjunct Professor; Executive Director and CEO, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Cosmology and particle astrophysics

John T. Giblin, Jr., PhD
(Yale University)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Theoretical cosmology; high energy physics and particle physics; high performance computing and gravitational waves

E. Mark Haacke, PhD
(University of Toronto)
Adjunct Professor; Professor, Wayne State University
Physics of imaging; experimental biophysics

Daeseung Kang, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Experimental condensed matter; liquid crystal

Emmanuelle Lacaze, PhD (Université Denis Diderot - Paris VII), Habilitation (Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI)
Professor
Galaxy formation and evolution, low surface brightness galaxies, cosmology, dark matter, and gravity

Timothy Peshek, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Experimental semiconductor physics

Jie Shan, PhD
(Columbia University)
Associate Professor
Experimental condensed matter physics; ultrafast optics; terahertz spectroscopy

Irina Shiyanovskaya, PhD
(Institute of Physics, National Academy of Science of Ukraine)
Adjunct Associate Professor; Kent Displays, Inc.

Thomas A. Shutt, PhD
(University of California, Berkeley)
Professor
Experimental astrophysics

Shmaryu Shvartsman, PhD
(Tomsk State University)
Adjunct Professor; Principal Scientist, ViewRay Inc.
General physics research and development

Mano Singham, PhD
(University of Pittsburgh)
Adjunct Associate Professor; Director, University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE)
Particle physics; physics teaching

Michael Thompson, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Adjunct Assistant Professor; Director of Research, Development, and Advanced Applications, AllTech Medical Systems America
MRI signal acquisition

Mesfin Tsige, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Theory of solids; polymers and other materials


Visiting Faculty

Cory Christenson, PhD
(University of Arizona)
Visiting Assistant Professor
Experimental condensed matter physics; Quantum optics

BA in Physics  |  BS in Physics  |  BSE in Engineering Physics  |  BS Math and Physics  |  Minor

Undergraduate Programs

Majors

Course requirements and typical schedules for the majors are summarized in the Plan of Study Grids (click the button above).

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Bachelor of Arts in Physics

The BA physics major includes a large number of elective courses, making it easy for the student to pursue other interests or complete a second major while earning a degree in physics.

Teacher Licensure Option

The Physics department offers a special option for undergraduate students who wish to pursue a physics major and a career in teaching. The Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Teacher Education Program in Physical Sciences prepares CWRU students to receive an Ohio Teaching License for grades 7-12. Students declare a second major in education, which involves 34 hours in Education and practicum requirements, and complete a planned sequence of physics courses within the context of the BA Physics major. The program is designed to offer several unique features not found in other programs and to place students in mentored teaching situations throughout their teacher preparation career. This small, rigorous program is designed to capitalize on the strengths of CWRU's Physics department, its Teacher Education Program, and the relationships the university has built with area schools. (For details on education course work, see the program description for Teacher Licensure elsewhere in this bulletin.)

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Bachelor of Science in Physics

The BS degree has two alternatives to the standard program: a mathematical physics concentration and a biophysics concentration.

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BSE Degree in Engineering Physics

The BSE degree in engineering physics supplies an excellent background for graduate studies in physics, but is also designed for students who value an engineering credential and who are considering a career in engineering, either through employment following the BSE or through engineering graduate studies. This degree is awarded by the Case School of Engineering and includes the Engineering Core Curriculum. The technical electives in this program are concentrated in any of sixteen specific engineering areas.

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BS in Mathematics and Physics

The BS in mathematics and physics is a single degree for students interested in advanced mathematics and theoretical physics. This degree is distinct from the mathematical physics concentration in the BS in physics degree. The program is jointly administered by the Department of Physics and the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics. Students may be advised by faculty members from either department.

All BS, BA, and BSE candidates complete a year-long senior project in which they work one-on-one with a faculty researcher, write a senior thesis, and present their work in public.

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Minor

Course requirements for the minor in physics are as follows:

PHYS 121General Physics I - Mechanics4
or PHYS 116 Introductory Physics II
or PHYS 123 Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics
PHYS 122General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism4
or PHYS 116 Introductory Physics II
or PHYS 124 Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 221Introduction to Modern Physics3
Two of the following courses:6
Advanced Laboratory Physics I
Classical Mechanics
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
Introduction to Biological Physics
Electricity and Magnetism I
Physical Optics
Laser Physics
Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe
Modern Cosmology
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II
Total Units17

Graduate Programs in Physics

Overview

The graduate student in physics has two primary responsibilities: to broaden and deepen his or her own understanding of physics, and to contribute in a significant way to the progress of physics as a research discipline. Neither of these efforts can be completely separated from the other. Your understanding of physics is necessarily reflected in your research: your research will help to deepen your understanding of physics. However, the relative emphasis gradually shifts during graduate study from early concentration on formal course work to the original research necessary for a Ph.D. dissertation.

At Case Western Reserve University, the formal requirements for the Ph.D. degree are a course requirement, a qualifying examination, and a dissertation requirement. Exceptions to these departmental requirements are possible, and individual requests for changes will be carefully considered. There is no foreign language requirement.

Although most students apply to the department’s Ph.D. program, the department maintains a master’s degree program as well. This program involves fewer courses than the Ph.D. program, and may or may not involve a dissertation, depending upon the student’s needs and interests. Requirements for this program are outlined in this brochure.

The department has a master’s track in Physics Entrepreneurship. This program is designed for students who have a background in physics and a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and working for small companies and startups. Students study graduate-level physics, practical business, and technology innovation while working on a real-world entrepreneurial project with an existing company or their own startup. The Physics Entrepreneurship Program helps connect students with mentors, advisors, partners, funding sources and job opportunities. The requirements for this master’s track are also outlined in this brochure.

Requirements for Graduation

Requirements for the Ph.D. degree include coursework, the Ph.D. qualifying examination, a topical oral examination, and submission and defense of a written thesis

Requirements for the master’s degree include coursework, a comprehensive examination, and an optional thesis.

Requirements for the master’s degree, Entrepreneurship Track, include coursework, a qualifying examination, and a required thesis.

Required Courses for the Ph.D. Degree

With the help of a faculty advisor, students choose a curriculum of course work from among a large array of offerings in physics and related science and engineering departments. The University requires a total of 36 hours of course work for students entering with a bachelor's degree, or 18 hours of course work for those students entering with a master's degree. This requirement may be met by supervised research, by lecture courses, by reading courses, or a combination. Twelve of the course hours involve required courses, but any of these requirements may be waived for students who have had the equivalent material elsewhere or, in the case of Graduate Laboratory, equivalent experience elsewhere. The required courses are:

Two from the following five:

Additionally, students are required to take PHYS 472 Graduate Physics Laboratory plus one additional 400- or 500-level lecture course from the following list*:

*Other courses, either in physics or in other departments, may be substituted by petition. Note that courses that have dual listings with 300-level courses generally do not satisfy this requirement.

Although not required, most students take the following introductory courses during the first year, as much of the Ph.D. qualifying exam is based on material in these courses:

  • PHYS 331 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I and PHYS 332 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHYS 423 Classical Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 413 Classical and Statistical Mechanics I and PHYS 414 Classical and Statistical Mechanics II 

The classroom lecture courses will be augmented by official reading courses, which will have specified syllabi (published in the catalogue and monitored by the Graduate Committee), graded homework, and final examinations. Courses in special topics, as well as individualized study, can be arranged by mutual consent when the demand is sufficient.

Required Courses for the Master’s Degree

The requirements for the M.S. degree depend on whether or not the candidate completes the research and writing for a master’s thesis. A total of 27 credit hours of graduate coursework must be completed. The two options corresponding to Program A (with thesis) and Program B (without thesis) are as follows:

Program A:  M.S. with Thesis

  • PHYS 413 Classical and Statistical Mechanics I (3 hours)
  • PHYS 423 Classical Electromagnetism (3 hours)
  • PHYS 651 Thesis M.S. (6 to 9 hours)
  • Other graduate courses (15 to 12 hours, of which at least 6 must be in physics)
  • Thesis and oral defense

Program B:  M.S. without Thesis

  • PHYS 413 Classical and Statistical Mechanics I (3 hours)
  • PHYS 423 Classical Electromagnetism) (3 hours)
  • Other graduate courses (21 hours, of which at least 9 must be in physics)
  • Comprehensive examination (Given in May and August)

The 27 hours of required courses can generally be completed in three semesters, though thesis research and writing may take longer. Candidates must be in residence (paying tuition) during the semester in which they complete requirements and receive the degree; applications for degree should be filed early in the third semester. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree may apply for and receive M.S. degrees on the basis of work completed toward the Ph.D. degree.

Required Courses for the Master’s Degree, Entrepreneurship Track

The requirements for the master’s degree, Entrepreneurship Track, are 27 credit hours as follows:

  • PHYS 491 Modern Physics for Innovation I (3 hours)
  • PHYS 492 Modern Physics for Innovation II (3 hours)
  • PHYS 493 Feasibility and Technology Analysis (3 hours)
  • PHYS 494 Technology-Based Venture Creation (3 hours)
  • 400-level Physics Elective (3 hours)
  • Restricted Elective (3 hours)
  • Thesis work (9 hours)

The program is typically a two-year program.

Additional Courses for Cultural Purposes

The University permits graduate students to enroll in up to eight “fellowship” courses that are not counted toward the degree requirements for no additional charge. These may include courses in foreign language, history, philosophy, business and management, music, engineering, etc. These courses will be graded, and a grade will appear on the student’s transcript.

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination and Master’s Comprehensive Examination

The Ph.D. qualifying examination is based on advanced undergraduate material and that covered in the introductory courses:  Quantum Mechanics I & II; Classical Electromagnetism; and Classical and Statistical Mechanics I & II. Additionally, written material from the graduate laboratory course and undergraduate courses (such as relativity) may be incorporated into the qualifying exam.  A normally prepared student will be expected to take the qualifying examination in May at the end of the first year of graduate study. Students who fail the first time will speak with the chair of the qualifying committee and Director of Graduate Studies to ascertain if there is a disconnect between knowledge and performance on the exam. They will discuss with the student how best to maximize the chance of passing on the student’s second attempt, generally in mid to late August. For students not passing the second time, the chair of the qualifying committee and Director of Graduate Studies will discuss the student’s future plans, or the unusual possibility of a third exam.

Program B candidates for the master’s degree (not Entepreneurship Track) must complete a comprehensive examination. This examination is identical to, and offered the same time as, the Ph.D. qualifying examination. The passing grade for the master’s exam is set lower than the passing grade for the Ph.D. qualifying examination. Students who fail the first time will be allowed a second opportunity in August. Under special circumstances, students may be given an oral examination instead of a written exam.

The Ph.D. qualifying and master’s comprehensive examination consists of a written two-day examination. Several months in advance of the date for the qualifying examination, a written announcement is made which gives more specific details about the forthcoming examination. Previous examinations are on file and available to students.

The qualifying exam for the Physics Entrepreneurship Program is a distinct exam, reflecting the distinctive character of the program.

Admission to Ph.D. Candidacy

A student will be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy upon passing the qualifying exam and upon a vote of the faculty to determine whether the student is making satisfactory academic progress.

Topical Oral Exam

Within one year of formal association with a research advisor, but no later than the end of the fifth semester after a student matriculates, each student will have an oral examination of her/his research progress with the dissertation committee. The examination will consist of a presentation by the student relating to literature in her/his thesis topic, a proposed direction for work, and a progress report. Passing this examination is a requirement for the Ph.D. degree. If the time deadline cannot be met because of extenuating circumstances, the student may petition the graduate committee for an extension.

Advising

Upon entry to graduate school, the master’s or Ph.D. student’s academic advisor will be the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Eventually, each successful student will acquire a research advisor and dissertation committee. At that time, the responsibility of the Director of Graduate Studies will greatly diminish, but not vanish entirely. It will remain the Graduate Studies Director’s responsibility to assist the research advisor in academic matters. The Director of Graduate Studies, as well as the research advisor, will countersign the student’s course program. It is the responsibility of the Director of Graduate Studies to follow the career of the student and see that all requirements for the degree are fulfilled.

The Director of the Physics Entrepreneurship Program will be the academic advisor for students in the Entrepreneurship Track of the master’s program. Each successful student will also acquire a research advisor and thesis committee, which will meet with the student at least once per semester. It is the responsibility of the Director of the Physics Entrepreneurship Program to follow the career of the students in this track and see that all requirements for the degree are fulfilled.

Ph.D. Research and Dissertation

A Ph.D. degree implies, in addition to the course and qualifying exam requirements, the performance of a piece of original research and its presentation as a doctoral dissertation. The research requirement for the Ph.D. is at the heart of the doctoral program. The final requirement for the Ph.D. degree is the written doctoral dissertation and oral defense.

Entering students should interest themselves in the available research possibilities in the physics department at an early state of their careers. They should be thinking about the area of interest, the kind of problem they would like to tackle, and the faculty member under whose direction they would like to work. As soon as they have passed the qualifying exam, they should devote themselves increasingly to research.

By January or February of the first year, the student should begin to speak with faculty members about their research, and ultimately find a faculty member who will sponsor and supervise the student’s work. The relationship between a student and research advisor is a very close one. It is in the course of this relationship that students develop their skills in the actual doing of physics. Students should give much thought to their choice of research area and research advisor. Once a student has made this commitment, it takes the highest priority. Students must understand that they are unlikely to bring their thesis research to a successful conclusion without a total commitment on their part. Our policy on financial support of graduate students reflects the importance of such a commitment. Renewal of a student’s support will be contingent upon evidence of progress toward a degree.

Colloquia and Seminars

In addition to course work and individualized direction in research, the physics department provides a third medium of teaching, colloquia and seminars, which are shared by students and faculty alike.

Colloquia are talks of a general nature, given at a level that all graduate students in all areas of physics should be able to follow.  They are usually held on Thursdays. Notices (and, whenever possible, brief introductions to the subject) will be distributed well in advance of each colloquium. Graduate students are urged and expected to attend all of these colloquia. (All graduate students are required to register each semester for the zero-credit-hour course PHYS 666 Frontiers in Physics, which consists of attendance at colloquia.)

Seminars tend to deal with more specific topics and often require some expertise in the field. Some groups hold weekly luncheon seminars; others meet whenever a speaker is available. Advanced students are expected not only to attend, but also to participate in the seminars in their fields. Students who have not yet chosen a field of research may find the seminars a valuable means of sampling the types of research available. Students in the Entrepreneurship Track are expected to attend all of that program’s seminars, and are encouraged to attend other relevant seminars.

Policy on Working outside the Department

The teaching and research assistantships represent a rich and exciting experience and a total time commitment on the part of both the graduate student and his or her advisor. It is generally not advisable for a student to accept other employment or non-family responsibilities, inside or outside of the department or university. If a student nevertheless desires an additional position, written approval must first be obtained from the student’s advisor, and a petition then made to the Graduate Committee. Prior approval of the committee is required in order to avoid a possible reduction or termination in assistantship financial support.

A variety of special circumstances may arise in the case of students in the Entrepreneurship Track. Oversight will be provided by the Physics Entrepreneurship Committee, and approval of the Director of the Physics Entrepreneurship Program is required.

Requirements Tables for Physics Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Physics

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a physics major requires completion of the Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements (GER) and 120 total credits, of which 50 are specified by the physics department as shown below. Courses specified for this major satisfy the 6-credit Arts and Sciences GER in Sciences and Mathematics.

One of the following:4
Introductory Physics I
General Physics I - Mechanics
Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics
One of the following:4
Introductory Physics II
General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism
Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism
All of the following:
PHYS 221Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHYS 301Advanced Laboratory Physics I3
PHYS 303Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar 31
PHYS 313Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 331Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I3
Two of the following:6
Computational Methods in Physics
Classical Mechanics
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
Introduction to Biological Physics
Electricity and Magnetism I
Physical Optics
Laser Physics
Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe 1
Modern Cosmology 1
General Relativity
All of the following:
Intro Science 1 23
Intro Science 2 23
ENGR 131Elementary Computer Programming3
or EECS 132 Introduction to Programming in Java
MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
or MATH 125 Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I
One of the following:4
Calculus for Science and Engineering II
Calculus II
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
SAGES First and University Seminars10
SAGES Departmental Seminar 32-3
SAGES Capstone 43-4
Breadth Requirements 512
Open electives 643-41
PHED Physical Education (2 semesters)0
Total Units120
1

Students may choose only one of these two courses to satisfy the requirements of the BA degree.

2

A two-course science sequence chosen from ASTR 221 Stars and Planets and ASTR 222 Galaxies and Cosmology; CHEM 105 Principles of Chemistry I and CHEM 106 Principles of Chemistry II; CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers and ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials; BIOL 214 Genes, Evolution and Ecology and BIOL 215 Cells and Proteins; EEPS 101 (Earth & Planets) or EEPS 110 (Physical Geology); and EEPS 115 (Introduction to Oceanography) or EEPS 117 (Weather and Climate or another two-course sequence totaling 6 or more credits in a quantitative science (other than physics), with approval of the physics undergraduate curriculum committee.

3

PHYS 303 + PHYS 352 can be used to satisfy this requirement.

4

PHYS 351 can be used to satisfy this requirement.

5

The breadth requirements include 6 hours of Social Sciences and 6 hours of Arts and Humanities. This may increase by 3 credits if the required Global and Cultural Diversity course is not also one of the breadth requirement courses. Courses required for the BA in Physics satisfy the 6-credit GER for Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as the Quantitative Reasoning course requirement.

6

The number of open electives will vary depending on course choices made by each student.  The BA degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours at the 300-400 level, of which only 16 are specified as PHYS courses. No more than 42 hours beyond the 100-level in any one department (the physics BA specifies 19 such credits) may be applied to the 120 credit total and at least 90 credits must be in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Typical Schedule

First YearUnits
FallSpring
General Physics I - Mechanics (PHYS 121)
or Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics (PHYS 123)
4  
Calculus for Science and Engineering I (MATH 121)4  
Intro Science Elective I3  
SAGES First Seminar4  
Physics Today and Tomorrow (PHYS 166)1  
PHED Physical Education Activities0  
Calculus for Science and Engineering II (MATH 122)  4
General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 122)
or Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 124)
  4
Intro Science Elective II   3
University Seminar  3
Elementary Computer Programming (ENGR 131)  3
PHED Physical Education Activities  0
Year Total: 16 17
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Introduction to Modern Physics (PHYS 221)3  
Calculus for Science and Engineering III (MATH 223)3  
University Seminar3  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Open Elective3  
Physics Elective  3
Elementary Differential Equations (MATH 224)  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Advanced Laboratory Physics I (PHYS 301)3  
Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar (PHYS 303)1  
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 313)3  
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 331)3  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Open Elective2  
Physics Elective  3
Global and Cultural Diversity Elective  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Senior Physics Project (PHYS 351)2  
Senior Physics Project Seminar (PHYS 352)1  
Open Elective3  
Open Elective3  
Open Elective3  
Open Elective3  
Senior Physics Project (PHYS 351)  2
Senior Physics Project Seminar (PHYS 352)  1
Open Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Year Total: 15 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The Bachelor of Science in physics requires completion of the courses listed in the table below as well as the Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements, for a total of 127 credits. Many courses may be taken at times other than those shown in the "Typical Schedule" tables below.

PHYS 121General Physics I - Mechanics4
or PHYS 123 Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics
PHYS 122General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism4
or PHYS 124 Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 203Analog and Digital Electronics4
PHYS 204Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory4
PHYS 221Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHYS 250Computational Methods in Physics3
PHYS 301Advanced Laboratory Physics I3
PHYS 302Advanced Laboratory Physics II4
PHYS 303Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar1
PHYS 310Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 313Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 324Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 325Electricity and Magnetism II3
PHYS 331Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 332Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II3
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Introduction to Biological Physics
Physical Optics
Laser Physics
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe
Modern Cosmology
General Relativity
CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I3-4
or CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II3-4
or ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials
ENGR 131Elementary Computer Programming3
or EECS 132 Introduction to Programming in Java
MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
SAGES First and University Seminars10
SAGES Departmental Seminar 12-3
SAGES Capstone 23-4
Breadth Requirements 312
Open Electives 423-19
PHED Physical Education (2 semesters)0
Total Units127
1

PHYS 303 Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar + PHYS 352 Senior Physics Project Seminar can be used to satisfy this requirement.

2

PHYS 351 can be used to satisfy this requirement.

3

The breadth requirements include 6 hours of Social Sciences and 6 hours of Arts and Humanities. This may increase by 3 credits if the required Global and Cultural Diversity course is not also one of the breadth requirement courses. Courses required for the BS in physics satisfy the 6-credit GER for Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as the Quantitative Reasoning course requirement.

4

The number of open electives may vary, depending on course choices made by the student, but the degree requires that the total number of credits be at least 127.

Typical Schedule

First YearUnits
FallSpring
General Physics I - Mechanics (PHYS 121)
or Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics (PHYS 123)
4  
Calculus for Science and Engineering I (MATH 121)4  
Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 105)
or Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (CHEM 111)
3-4  
SAGES First Seminar4  
Physics Today and Tomorrow (PHYS 166)1  
PHED Physical Education Activities0  
General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 122)
or Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 124)
  4
Calculus for Science and Engineering II (MATH 122)  4
Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 106)
or Chemistry of Materials (ENGR 145)
  3-4
Elementary Computer Programming (ENGR 131)  3
University Seminar  3
PHED Physical Education Activities  0
Year Total: 16-17 17-18
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Analog and Digital Electronics (PHYS 203)4  
Introduction to Modern Physics (PHYS 221)3  
Calculus for Science and Engineering III (MATH 223)3  
University Seminar3  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory (PHYS 204)  4
Computational Methods in Physics (PHYS 250)  3
Classical Mechanics (PHYS 310)  3
Elementary Differential Equations (MATH 224)  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Advanced Laboratory Physics I (PHYS 301)3  
Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar (PHYS 303)1  
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 313)3  
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 331)3  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Open Elective3  
Advanced Laboratory Physics II (PHYS 302)  4
Electricity and Magnetism I (PHYS 324)  3
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS 332)  3
Global and Cultural Diversity Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Electricity and Magnetism II (PHYS 325)3  
Senior Physics Project (PHYS 351)2  
Senior Physics Project Seminar (PHYS 352)1  
Condensed Matter Physics Elective3  
Open Elective3  
Open Elective3  
Senior Physics Project (PHYS 351)  2
Senior Physics Project Seminar (PHYS 352)  1
Particle/Astrophysics Elective  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Open Elective  3-1
Year Total: 15 15-13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  127

Bachelor of Science in Physics with Mathematical Physics Concentration

Students who are interested in theoretical physics and who have a strong background in mathematics may consider this concentration. The program is based on the BS in physics, but with certain substitutions in the course requirements. Several of the laboratory courses are replaced by advanced mathematics courses, and some of the undergraduate physics courses are replaced by graduate courses.

This program is not the same as the BS program in mathematics and physics, which provides a coherent and parallel education in both mathematics and physics.

The following table shows the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in physics with mathematical physics concentration.

PHYS 121General Physics I - Mechanics4
or PHYS 123 Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics
PHYS 122General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism4
or PHYS 124 Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 203Analog and Digital Electronics4
PHYS 221Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHYS 250Computational Methods in Physics3
PHYS 301Advanced Laboratory Physics I3
PHYS 303Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar1
PHYS 310Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 313Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 349Methods of Mathematical Physics I3
PHYS 350Methods of Mathematical Physics II3
PHYS 481Quantum Mechanics I3
Choose PHYS 423 or both PHYS 324 & PHYS 3253
Classical Electromagnetism
Electricity and Magnetism I
Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 482Quantum Mechanics II3
M-Group 1, 2 & 3 19
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Introduction to Biological Physics
Physical Optics
Laser Physics
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe
Modern Cosmology
General Relativity
CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I3-4
or CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II3-4
or ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials
ENGR 131Elementary Computer Programming3
or EECS 132 Introduction to Programming in Java
MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
SAGES First and University Seminars10
SAGES Departmental Seminar 22-3
SAGES Capstone 33-4
Breadth Requirements 412
Open Electives 519-15
PHED 2 semesters0
Total Units127
1

M-group 1, 2 and 3 are to be chosen, in consultation with the advisor, from among approved advanced mathematics or statistics courses.

2

PHYS 303 Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar + PHYS 352 Senior Physics Project Seminar can be used to satisfy the SAGES departmental seminar requirement.

3

PHYS 351 can be used to satisfy the SAGES capstone requirement.

4

The breadth requirements include 6 hours of Social Sciences and 6 hours of Arts and Humanities. This may increase by 3 credits if the required Global and Cultural Diversity course is not also one of the breadth requirement courses. Courses required for the BS in physics satisfy the 6-credit GER for Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as the Quantitative Reasoning course requirement.

5

The number of open electives may vary, depending on course choices made by the student, but the degree requires that the total number of credits be at least 127.

Typical Schedule

First YearUnits
FallSpring
General Physics I - Mechanics (PHYS 121)
or Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics (PHYS 123)
4  
Calculus for Science and Engineering I (MATH 121)4  
Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 105)
or Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (CHEM 111)
3-4  
Physics Today and Tomorrow (PHYS 166)1  
SAGES First Seminar4  
PHED Physical Education Activities0  
General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 122)
or Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 124)
  4
Calculus for Science and Engineering II (MATH 122)  4
Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 106)
or Chemistry of Materials (ENGR 145)
  3-4
Elementary Computer Programming (ENGR 131)  3
University Seminar  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
PHED Physical Education Activities  0
Year Total: 16-17 20-21
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Analog and Digital Electronics (PHYS 203)4  
Introduction to Modern Physics (PHYS 221)3  
Calculus for Science and Engineering III (MATH 223)3  
University Seminar3  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Computational Methods in Physics (PHYS 250)  3
Classical Mechanics (PHYS 310)  3
Elementary Differential Equations (MATH 224)  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Advanced Laboratory Physics I (PHYS 301)3  
Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar (PHYS 303)1  
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 313)3  
Methods of Mathematical Physics I (PHYS 349)3  
Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 481)3  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Methods of Mathematical Physics II (PHYS 350)  3
Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS 482)  3
Global and Cultural Diversity Elective  3
Advanced Mathematics Elective  3
Electricity and Magnetism I (PHYS 324)  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Senior Physics Project (PHYS 351)2  
Senior Physics Project Seminar (PHYS 352)1  
Condensed Matter Physics Elective3  
Advanced Mathematics Elective3  
Electricity and Magnetism II (PHYS 325)3  
Open Elective3  
Senior Physics Project (PHYS 351)  2
Senior Physics Project Seminar (PHYS 352)  1
Particle/Astrophysics Elective  3
Advanced Mathematics Elective  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Open Elective  2-0
Year Total: 15 14-12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  127

Bachelor of Science in Physics with Biophysics Concentration

This concentration is directed towards students interested in the combined study of biology and physics. The degree is a track within the standard BS in physics, in which four physics courses and certain open electives are replaced by a “biogroup” of five courses and a technical elective.

The following table illustrates the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in physics with biophysics concentration.

PHYS 121General Physics I - Mechanics4
or PHYS 123 Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics
PHYS 122General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism4
or PHYS 124 Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 203Analog and Digital Electronics4
PHYS 204Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory4
PHYS 221Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHYS 250Computational Methods in Physics3
PHYS 301Advanced Laboratory Physics I3
PHYS 303Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar1
PHYS 310Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 313Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 324Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 325Electricity and Magnetism II3
PHYS 331Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I3
Technical Elective 13
CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I3-4
or CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II3-4
or ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials
CHEM 113Principles of Chemistry Laboratory2
ENGR 131Elementary Computer Programming3
or EECS 132 Introduction to Programming in Java
MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
B-Group 1 23-4
B-Group 2 23-4
B-Group 3 23
B-Group 4 23
B-Group 5 23-4
SAGES First and University Seminars10
SAGES Departmental Seminar 32-3
SAGES Capstone 43-4
Breadth Requirements 512
Open Electives 616-9
PHED 2 Semesters0
Total Units127
1

Suggested technical electives include PHYS 315 Introduction to Solid State Physics, PHYS 316 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics, PHYS 326 Physical Optics, PHYS 327 Laser Physics, PHYS 328 Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe, PHYS 336 Modern Cosmology, PHYS 365 General Relativity.

2

B-group 1-5 are to be chosen in consultation with the biophysics academic advisor from among approved biology, biophysics, biochemistry, and biomedical engineering courses, including certain prerequisites as needed (e.g., chemistry). BIOL 214 Genes, Evolution and Ecology and BIOL 215 Cells and Proteins are suggested for B-group 1 and 2. The listing of credits includes numbers for the most likely choices of courses and, in parentheses, possible alternatives.

3

PHYS 303 Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar + PHYS 352 Senior Physics Project Seminar can be used to satisfy the SAGES departmental seminar requirement.

4

PHYS 351 can be used to satisfy the SAGES capstone requirement.

5

The breadth requirements include 6 hours of Social Sciences and 6 hours of Arts and Humanities. This may increase by 3 credits if the required Global and Cultural Diversity course is not also one of the breadth requirement courses. Courses required for the B.S. in physics satisfy the 6-credit GER for Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as the Quantitative Reasoning course requirement.

6

The number of open electives may vary, depending on course choices made by the student, but the degree requires that the total number of credits be at least 127.

Typical Schedule

First YearUnits
FallSpring
General Physics I - Mechanics (PHYS 121)
or Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics (PHYS 123)
4  
Calculus for Science and Engineering I (MATH 121)4  
Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 105)
or Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (CHEM 111)
3-4  
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 113)2  
Physics Today and Tomorrow (PHYS 166)1  
SAGES First Seminar4  
PHED Physical Education Activities0  
General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 122)
or Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 124)
  4
Calculus for Science and Engineering II (MATH 122)  4
Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 106)
or Chemistry of Materials (ENGR 145)
  3-4
Elementary Computer Programming (ENGR 131)  3
Biogroup Elective  4
PHED Physical Education Activities  0
Year Total: 18-19 18-19
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Analog and Digital Electronics (PHYS 203)4  
Introduction to Modern Physics (PHYS 221)3  
Calculus for Science and Engineering III (MATH 223)3  
Biogroup Elective3  
University Seminar3  
Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory (PHYS 204)  4
Computational Methods in Physics (PHYS 250)  3
Classical Mechanics (PHYS 310)  3
Elementary Differential Equations (MATH 224)  3
University Seminar  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Advanced Laboratory Physics I (PHYS 301)3  
Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar (PHYS 303)1  
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 313)3  
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 331)3  
Biogroup Elective4  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Electricity and Magnetism I (PHYS 324)  3
Biogroup Elective  3
Global and Cultural Diversity Elective  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Year Total: 17 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Electricity and Magnetism II (PHYS 325)3  
Senior Physics Project (PHYS 351)2  
Senior Physics Project Seminar (PHYS 352)1  
Physics Elective3  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Open Elective3  
Senior Physics Project (PHYS 351)  2
Senior Physics Project Seminar (PHYS 352)  1
Biogroup Elective  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Open Elective  3-1
Year Total: 15 12-10
 
Total Units in Sequence:  127

Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Engineering Physics Major

The engineering physics major allows students with strong interests in both physics and engineering to concentrate their studies in the common areas of these disciplines. The major prepares students to pursue careers in industry, either directly after undergraduate studies, or following graduate study in engineering or physics. Many employers value the unique problem-solving approach of physics, especially in industrial research and development.

Students majoring in engineering physics complete the Engineering Core as well as a rigorous course of study in physics. Students select a concentration area from an engineering discipline, and must complete a sequence of at least four courses in this discipline. In addition, a senior research project under the guidance of a faculty member is required. The project includes a written report and participation in the senior seminar and symposium.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
General Physics I - Mechanics (PHYS 121)24  
Calculus for Science and Engineering I (MATH 121)14  
Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (CHEM 111)4  
SAGES First Seminar4  
PHED Physical Education Activities0  
General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 122)2  4
Calculus for Science and Engineering II (MATH 122)1  4
Elementary Computer Programming (ENGR 131)  3
Chemistry of Materials (ENGR 145)  4
University Seminar  3
PHED Physical Education Activities  0
Year Total: 16 18
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Introduction to Modern Physics (PHYS 221)3  
Calculus for Science and Engineering III (MATH 223)3  
Statics and Strength of Materials (ENGR 200)3  
Introduction to Circuits and Instrumentation (ENGR 210)4  
University Seminar3  
Instrumentation and Signal Analysis Laboratory (PHYS 208)  4
Computational Methods in Physics (PHYS 250)  3
Classical Mechanics (PHYS 310)  3
Elementary Differential Equations (MATH 224)  3
Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer (ENGR 225)  4
Year Total: 16 17
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar (PHYS 303)1  
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 313)3  
Engineering Physics Laboratory I (PHYS 317)3  
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 331)3  
Engineering Concentration33  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Engineering Physics Laboratory II (PHYS 318)  4
Electricity and Magnetism I (PHYS 324)  3
Professional Communication for Engineers (ENGL 398)
& Professional Communication for Engineers (ENGR 398)
  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Engineering Concentration3  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Introduction to Solid State Physics (PHYS 315)3  
Electricity and Magnetism II (PHYS 325)3  
Senior Physics Project Seminar (PHYS 352)1  
Senior Engineering Physics Project (PHYS 353)2  
Engineering Concentration33  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Senior Physics Project Seminar (PHYS 352)  1
Senior Engineering Physics Project (PHYS 353)  2
Applied Quantum Mechanics4  3
Engineering Concentration3  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  129
1

Selected students may be invited to take MATH 123, 124, 227, and 228 in place of MATH 121, 122, 223, and 224.

2

Selected students may be invited to take PHYS 123, 124 (Physics and Frontiers I, II Honors) in place of PHYS 121, 122.

3

Engineering physics concentration courses are flexible, but they must be in a specific engineering discipline or study area and approved by an advisor. Possible concentration areas include aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering “hardware,” biomedical engineering “software,” chemical engineering, civil engineering (solid mechanics, structural and geotechnical, environmental), computer science, computer systems hardware, computer systems software, control systems and automation, electrical engineering, macromolecular science, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, signal processing, systems analysis and decision making.

4

PHYS 332, PHYS 327/427, EEAP 321, EEAP 420, EMSE 314, or EMSE. Students may choose to fulfill this requirement in their third year.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics

MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
MATH 307Linear Algebra3
MATH 308Introduction to Abstract Algebra3
MATH 321Fundamentals of Analysis I3
MATH 322Fundamentals of Analysis II3
MATH 324Introduction to Complex Analysis3
PHYS 121General Physics I - Mechanics4
or PHYS 123 Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics
PHYS 122General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism4
or PHYS 124 Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 221Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHYS 310Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 313Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 331Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I3
or PHYS 481 Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 332Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II3
or PHYS 482 Quantum Mechanics II
Choose PHYS 423 or both PHYS 324 & PHYS 3253
Classical Electromagnetism
Electricity and Magnetism I
Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 472Graduate Physics Laboratory3
MP Group 1 13
MP Group 2 13
MP Group 3 13
MP Group 4 13
CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I 23-4
or CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II 23-4
or ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials
ENGR 131Elementary Computer Programming 33
Advanced Physics Elective 43
SAGES First and University Seminars10
SAGES Departmental Seminar 53
SAGES Capstone 53-4
Breadth Requirements 612
Open Electives 716-13
PHED 2 semesters0
Total Units126
1

The “MP group” of four courses corresponds to two physics courses and two mathematics courses. The physics courses are chosen from PHYS 250 Computational Methods in Physics, PHYS 349 Methods of Mathematical Physics I, and PHYS 350 Methods of Mathematical Physics II. The mathematics courses are subject to approval by the MP committee and are hence referred to as “approved electives.” They may be chosen from the general list of mathematics courses at the 300 level or higher. It may also be possible to choose a course outside the mathematics and physics departments as a substitute in the MP group, subject to approval by the committee.

2

Other science sequence courses may be substituted if approved by the mathematics and physics (MP) committee.

3

Or other approved computational course

4

An advanced physics course to be selected from the following list: PHYS 315 Introduction to Solid State Physics, PHYS 316 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics, PHYS 320 Introduction to Biological Physics, PHYS 326 Physical Optics,PHYS 327 Laser Physics, PHYS 328 Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe, PHYS 336 Modern Cosmology, PHYS 365 General Relativity.

5

Students are encouraged to take either the Math or Physics SAGES departmental seminar and capstone courses but should then take both courses from the same department. The physics departmental seminar consists of 1 credit ofPHYS 303 Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar +PHYS 352 Senior Physics Project Seminar .

6

The breadth requirements include 6 hours of Social Sciences and 6 hours of Arts and Humanities. This may increase by 3 credits if the required Global and Cultural Diversity course is not also one of the breadth requirement courses. Courses required for the BS in mathematics and physics satisfy the 6-credit GER for Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as the Quantitative Reasoning course requirement.

7

The number of open electives may vary as determined by the degree requirement that the total number of credits be at least 126.

Typical Schedule

First YearUnits
FallSpring
General Physics I - Mechanics (PHYS 121)
or Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics (PHYS 123)
4  
Calculus for Science and Engineering I (MATH 121)4  
Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 105)
or Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (CHEM 111)
3-4  
Physics Today and Tomorrow (PHYS 166)1  
SAGES First Seminar4  
PHED Physical Education Activities0  
General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 122)
or Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 124)
  4
Calculus for Science and Engineering II (MATH 122)  4
Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 106)
or Chemistry of Materials (ENGR 145)
  3-4
Elementary Computer Programming (ENGR 131)  3
University Seminar  3
PHED Physical Education Activities  0
Year Total: 16-17 17-18
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Introduction to Modern Physics (PHYS 221)3  
Calculus for Science and Engineering III (MATH 223)
or Calculus III (MATH 227)
3  
Linear Algebra (MATH 307)3  
University Seminar3  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Open Elective2  
Classical Mechanics (PHYS 310)  3
Elementary Differential Equations (MATH 224)  3
Introduction to Abstract Algebra (MATH 308)  3
MATH/PHYS Elective  3
Humanities/Social Science Elective  3
Year Total: 17 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 313)3  
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 331)
or Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 481)
3  
Fundamentals of Analysis I (MATH 321)3  
MATH/PHYS Elective3  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3  
Open Elective3  
SAGES Departmental Seminar  3
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS 332)
or Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS 482)
  3
Fundamentals of Analysis II (MATH 322)  3
Introduction to Complex Analysis (MATH 324)  3
Global and Cultural Diversity Elective  3
Year Total: 18 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
SAGES Capstone 4  
Physics Elective3  
Classical Electromagnetism (PHYS 423)3  
MATH/PHYS Elective3  
Open Elective3  
Graduate Physics Laboratory (PHYS 472)  3
MATH/PHYS Elective  3
Open Elective  3
Open Elective  3-1
Year Total: 16 12-10
 
Total Units in Sequence:  126

Courses

PHYS 101. Distinguishing Science from Pseudo-Science. 3 Units.

There are many current issues arising in popular discourse, ranging from the believability of ESP to reincarnation, to "free energy" machines, which can benefit from simple physical analyses. This course will provide an introduction to the use of basic principles of physics to explore the viability of these ideas. A seminar format will be utilized with specific topics presented by students and by the instructor. Recommended preparation: PHYS 100, PHYS 115, PHYS 121, or PHYS 123.

PHYS 113A. Principles of Physics Laboratory - Mechanics. 1 Unit.

The laboratory portion of first semester introductory physics.

PHYS 113B. Principles of Physics Laboratory - Electricity and Magnetism. 1 Unit.

The laboratory portion of the second semester of physics.

PHYS 115. Introductory Physics I. 4 Units.

First part of a two-semester sequence directed primarily towards students working towards a B.A. in science, with an emphasis on the life sciences. Kinematics; Newton's laws; gravitation; simple harmonic motion; mechanical waves; fluids; ideal gas law; heat and the first and second laws of thermodynamics. This course has a laboratory component. Students may earn credit for only one of the following courses: PHYS 115, PHYS 121, PHYS 123.

PHYS 116. Introductory Physics II. 4 Units.

Electrostatics, Coulomb's law, Gauss's law; capacitance and resistance; DC circuits; magnetic fields; electromagnetic induction; RC and RL circuits; light; geometrical optics; interference and diffraction; special relativity; introduction to quantum mechanics; elements of atomic, nuclear and particle physics. This course has a laboratory component. Students may earn credit for only one of the following courses: PHYS 116, PHYS 122, PHYS 124. Prereq: PHYS 115.

PHYS 121. General Physics I - Mechanics. 4 Units.

Particle dynamics, Newton's laws of motion, energy and momentum conservation, rotational motion, and angular momentum conservation. This course has a laboratory component. Recommended preparation: MATH 121 or MATH 123 or MATH 125 or one year of high school calculus. Students who do not have the appropriate background should not enroll in PHYS 121 without first consulting the instructor. Students may earn credit for only one of the following courses: PHYS 115, PHYS 121, PHYS 123.

PHYS 122. General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism. 4 Units.

Electricity and magnetism, emphasizing the basic electromagnetic laws of Gauss, Ampere, and Faraday. Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, interference, and diffraction. This course has a laboratory component. Students may earn credit for only one of the following courses: PHYS 116, PHYS 122, PHYS 124. Prereq: PHYS 121 or PHYS 123. Prereq or Coreq: MATH 122 or MATH 124 or MATH 126.

PHYS 123. Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics. 4 Units.

The Newtonian dynamics of a particle and of rigid bodies. Energy, momentum, and angular momentum conservation with applications. A selection of special frontier topics as time permits, including fractals and chaos, special relativity, fluid mechanics, cosmology, quantum mechanics. This course has a laboratory component. Admission to this course is by invitation only. Students may earn credit for only one of the following courses: PHYS 115, PHYS 121, PHYS 123.

PHYS 124. Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism. 4 Units.

Time-independent and time-dependent electric and magnetic fields. The laws of Coulomb, Gauss, Ampere, and Faraday. Microscopic approach to dielectric and magnetic materials. Introduction to the usage of vector calculus; Maxwell's equations in integral and differential form. The role of special relativity in electromagnetism. Electromagnetic radiation. This course has a laboratory component. Students may earn credit for only one of the following courses: PHYS 116, PHYS 122, PHYS 124. Prereq: PHYS 123. Prereq or Coreq: MATH 122 or MATH 124.

PHYS 166. Physics Today and Tomorrow. 1 Unit.

This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about the most exciting and timely research areas in physics, as well as other topics germane to being a professional physicist. These discussions will cover fields such as nanoscience, ultrafast optics, exotic materials, biophysics, cosmology, string theory and the role of physicists in developing new technologies. Each week a member of the faculty will meet with students to discuss a topic of current interest, how a physicist approaches the problem, and how physicists interact with others to find a solution. Other topics germane to being a professional physicist also will be discussed, including the relationship among academic, industrial, and governmental laboratories; ethics, and non-traditional careers for students trained in physics.

PHYS 203. Analog and Digital Electronics. 4 Units.

Elements of both analog and digital electronics from the practical viewpoint of the experimental scientist; AC circuits, linear and non-linear operation of op-amps, logic gates, flip-flops, counters, display, memory, transducers, A/D and D/A conversion. Laboratory work involves quantitative investigation of the operation of all these elements, together with projects that explore their combination. Recommended preparation: PHYS 122 or PHYS 124.

PHYS 203A. Analog and Digital Electronics for B.A.. 2 Units.

This course is the first half of the laboratory requirement for the B.A. degree in Physics and is the first half of PHYS 203. Elements of both analog and digital electronics from the practical viewpoint of the experimental scientist; AC circuits, linear and non-linear operation of op-amps, digital circuits including logic gates. This course includes weekly lecture and laboratory work in electronics; it may also include an additional weekly lecture, associated with PHYS 301, on topics such as error analysis, technical writing and oral presentations. Recommended preparation: PHYS 116, PHYS 122, or PHYS 124.

PHYS 204. Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory. 4 Units.

Principles of experimental design; limits of resolution via band-width, thermal noise, background signals; data acquisition and control by computer; computer simulation; signal processing techniques in frequency and time domains, FFT, correlations, and other transform methods; counting techniques. Applications include lock-in amplifiers, digitizing oscilloscopes and data acquisition systems. Recommended preparation: PHYS 203 and PHYS 221.

PHYS 208. Instrumentation and Signal Analysis Laboratory. 4 Units.

AC circuit theory, Fourier series, discrete Fourier series. Fourier integral, discrete Fourier integral; analysis in time and frequency domains, correlation, cross-correlation and other transform techniques; computer control of experiments via IEEE488 interface; advanced instrumentation; DMM, arbitrary waveform generator, multiplexing and digitizing oscilloscopes; experimental design, noise; design, construction, and testing of a lock-in amplifier. Recommended preparation: PHYS 221.

PHYS 221. Introduction to Modern Physics. 3 Units.

Concepts in special relativity, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics. Applications to atomic structure, and selected topics in nuclear, condensed matter physics, particle physics, and cosmology. Prereq: PHYS 116 or PHYS 122 or PHYS 124.

PHYS 250. Computational Methods in Physics. 3 Units.

Numerical methods, data analysis, and error analysis applied to physical problems. Use of personal computers in the solution of practical problems encountered in physics. Interpolation, roots of equations, integration, differential equations, Monte Carlo techniques, propagation of errors, maximum likelihood, convolution, Fourier transforms. Prereq: ENGR 131. Prereq or Coreq: MATH 224.

PHYS 301. Advanced Laboratory Physics I. 3 Units.

Problem solving approach with a range of available experiments in classical and modern physics. Emphasis on experimental techniques, data and error analysis, and the formal presentation of the work performed. Recommended preparation: PHYS 204. Coreq: PHYS 303.

PHYS 301B. Advanced Laboratory Physics for B.A.. 2 Units.

This course is the second half of the laboratory requirement for the B.A. degree in Physics and is the second half of PHYS 301. Problem solving approach with a range of available experiments in classical and modern physics. Emphasis on experimental technique and data and error analysis, and the formal presentation of the work performed. Recommended preparation: PHYS 203 or PHYS 203A and concurrent enrollment in PHYS 303.

PHYS 302. Advanced Laboratory Physics II. 4 Units.

Several projects using research-quality equipment in contemporary fields of experimental physics. Each requires reading appropriate literature, choosing appropriate instrumentation, performing data acquisition and analysis, and writing a technical paper. Topics include particle counting techniques, neutron activation, gamma-ray spectroscopy, a range of condensed matter experiments including temperature dependent properties between 10 and 350 K, modern optics, ultrahigh vacuum surface science. Recommended preparation: PHYS 301.

PHYS 303. Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar. 1 Unit.

Students will discuss various issues associated with physics research. These include how to judge the quality of an experiment and data (error analysis), how to present your work in written and oral formats, safety and ethical concerns in the laboratory. Recommended preparation: PHYS 250. Counts as SAGES Departmental Seminar.

PHYS 310. Classical Mechanics. 3 Units.

Lagrangian formulation of mechanics and its application to central force motion, scattering theory, rigid body motion, and systems of many degrees of freedom. Recommended preparation: PHYS 221 and either MATH 223 or MATH 227.

PHYS 313. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. 3 Units.

Thermodynamic laws, entropy, and phase transitions from the quantum mechanical viewpoint. Gibbs and Boltzmann factors. Ideal, degenerate fermion, degenerate boson, photon, and phonon gases. Correlation functions and transport phenomena. Applications ranging from solid state physics to astrophysics. Prereq: PHYS 221.

PHYS 315. Introduction to Solid State Physics. 3 Units.

Characterization and properties of solids; crystal structure, thermal properties of lattices, quantum statistics, electronic structure of metals and semiconductors. PHYS 415 for graduate students in engineering and science. (May not be taken for departmental credit by graduate students in the Department of Physics.) Prerequisite may be waived with consent of department. Recommended preparation for PHYS 415: PHYS 331. Offered as PHYS 315 and PHYS 415. Prereq: PHYS 331 or PHYS 481.

PHYS 316. Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics. 3 Units.

The physics of nuclei and elementary particles; experimental methods used to determine their properties; models and theories developed to describe their structure. Prereq: PHYS 331 or PHYS 481.

PHYS 317. Engineering Physics Laboratory I. 3 Units.

Laboratory course for engineering physics majors. Emphasis is on experimental techniques, data and error analysis, and written and oral presentation of work. Four experiments drawn from classical and modern physics are carried out. These emphasize condensed matter, material and optical physics. Experiments include electric fields, resistivity of materials, optical interference, chaotic systems, and spectroscopy. Design of data analysis systems and software is required. Prereq: PHYS 208. Coreq: PHYS 303.

PHYS 318. Engineering Physics Laboratory II. 4 Units.

Laboratory course for engineering physics majors. Several projects using research-quality equipment in contemporary fields of experimental physics. Open-ended experiments each require reading appropriate literature, designing the experiment, performing data analysis, and writing a technical paper. Topics are drawn from areas of modern physics, and concentrate on condensed matter, material, and optical physics. Prereq: PHYS 317.

PHYS 320. Introduction to Biological Physics. 3 Units.

This course explores the intersection of physics and biology: how do fundamental physical laws constrain life processes inside the cell, shaping biological organization and dynamics? We will start at the molecular level, introducing the basic ideas of nonequilibrium statistical physics and thermodynamics required to describe the fluctuating environment of the cell. This allow us to build up a theoretical framework for a variety of elaborate cellular machines: the molecular motors driving cell movement, the chaperones that assist protein folding, the information-processing circuitry of genetic regulatory networks. The emphasis throughout will be on simple, quantitative models that can tackle the inherent randomness and variability of cellular phenomena. We will also examine how to verify these models through the rich toolbox of biophysical experimental and computational technologies. The course should be accessible to students from diverse backgrounds in the physical and life sciences: we will explain both the biological details and develop the necessary mathematical / physical ideas in a self-contained manner. Prereq: (MATH 122 or MATH 124) and (ENGR 131 or EECS 132).

PHYS 324. Electricity and Magnetism I. 3 Units.

First half of a sequence that constitutes a detailed study of the basics of electromagnetic theory and many of its applications. Electrostatics and magnetostatics of free space, conductors, dielectric and magnetic materials; basic theory illustrated with applications drawn from condensed matter physics, optics, plasma physics, and physical electronics. Prereq: PHYS 116 or PHYS 122 or PHYS 124.

PHYS 325. Electricity and Magnetism II. 3 Units.

(Continuation of PHYS 324.) Electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with matter, potential formulation of electromagnetism, and relativity. Prereq: PHYS 324.

PHYS 326. Physical Optics. 3 Units.

Geometrical optics and ray tracing, wave propagation, interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter, interference, diffraction, and coherence. Supplementary current topics from modern optics such as nonlinear optics, holography, optical trapping and optical computing. Prerequisite(s) may be waived with consent of department. Offered as PHYS 326 and PHYS 426. Prereq: PHYS 122 or PHYS 124.

PHYS 327. Laser Physics. 3 Units.

An introduction to theoretical and practical quantum electronics covering topics in quantum optics, laser physics, and nonlinear optics. Topics to be addressed include the physics of two-level quantum systems including the density matrix formalism, rate equations, and semiclassical radiation theory; laser operation including oscillation, gain, resonator optics, transverse and longitudinal modes, Q-switching, mode-locking, and coherence; and nonlinear optics including the nonlinear susceptibility, parametric interactions, stimulated processes, and self-action. Recommended preparation for PHYS 427: PHYS 331 or PHYS 481. Offered as PHYS 327 and PHYS 427. Prereq: PHYS 331 or PHYS 481.

PHYS 328. Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe. 3 Units.

Distances to galaxies. The content of the distant universe. Large scale structure and galaxy clusters. Physical cosmology. Structure and galaxy formation and evolution. Testing cosmological models. Offered as ASTR 328, PHYS 328, ASTR 428, and PHYS 428. Prereq: ASTR 222.

PHYS 329. Independent Study. 1 - 4 Unit.

An individual reading course in any topic of mutual interest to the student and the faculty supervisor.

PHYS 331. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I. 3 Units.

Quantum nature of energy and angular momentum, wave nature of matter, Schroedinger equation in one and three dimensions; matrix methods; Dirac notation; quantum mechanical scattering. Two particle wave functions. Prereq: PHYS 221.

PHYS 332. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II. 3 Units.

Continuation of PHYS 331. Spin and fine structure; Dirac equation; symmetries; approximation methods; atomic and molecular spectra; time dependent perturbations; quantum statistics; applications to electrons in metals and liquid helium. Prereq: PHYS 331.

PHYS 336. Modern Cosmology. 3 Units.

An introduction to modern cosmology and an exploration of current topics in the field. The first half of the course will cover the mathematical and physical basis of cosmology, while the second will delve into current questions and the observations that constrain them. Offered as PHYS 336 and PHYS 436. Prereq: PHYS 221.

PHYS 339. Seminar. 1 - 3 Unit.

Conducted in small sections with presentation of papers by students and informal discussion. Special problem seminars and research seminars offered according to interest and need, often in conjunction with one or more research groups.

PHYS 349. Methods of Mathematical Physics I. 3 Units.

Analysis of complex functions: singularities, residues, contour integration; evaluation and approximation of sums and integrals; exact and approximate solution of ordinary differential equations; transform calculus; Sturm-Liouville theory; calculus of variations. Additional work required for graduate students. Offered as PHYS 349 and PHYS 449. Prereq: MATH 224.

PHYS 350. Methods of Mathematical Physics II. 3 Units.

(Continuation of PHYS 349/449.) Special functions, orthogonal polynomials, partial differential equations, linear operators, group theory, tensors, selected specials topics. Additional work required for graduate students. Prereq: PHYS 349.

PHYS 351. Senior Physics Project. 2 Units.

A two semester course required for senior BS and BA physics majors. Students pursue a project based on experimental, theoretical or teaching research under the supervision of a physics faculty member, a faculty member from another CWRU department or a research scientist or engineer from another institution. A departmental Senior Project Committee must approve all project proposals and this same committee will receive regular oral and written progress reports. Final results are presented at the end of the second semester as a paper in a style suitable for publication in a professional journal as well as an oral report in a public symposium. Counts as SAGES Senior Capstone. Prereq: PHYS 303. Coreq: PHYS 352.

PHYS 352. Senior Physics Project Seminar. 1 Unit.

This two semester seminar is taken concurrently with the student's two semester senior project. Students meet weekly to discuss their projects and the research experience. The class will include dialogues about professional issues such as ethics, graduate school, jobs, funding, professional organizations, public obligations, writing and speaking. Assignments include proposals, progress reports and posters. Counts as SAGES Departmental Seminar. Coreq: PHYS 351 or PHYS 353.

PHYS 353. Senior Engineering Physics Project. 2 Units.

A two semester course required for BSE Engineering Physics majors. Students are expected to complete a research project in their concentration area under the supervision of a faculty member in science, engineering, or, with approval, a researcher at another institution or company. The project may be calculational, experimental or theoretical, and will address both the underlying physics and appropriate engineering and design principles. A program Senior Project Committee must approve all project proposals and will receive regular oral and written progress reports. Final results are presented at the end of the second semester as a paper in a style suitable for publication in a professional journal as well as an oral report in a public symposium. Counts as SAGES Senior Capstone. Prereq: PHYS 318. Coreq: PHYS 352.

PHYS 365. General Relativity. 3 Units.

This is an introductory course in general relativity. The techniques of tensor analysis will be developed and used to describe the effects of gravity and Einstein's theory. Consequences of the theory as well as its experimental tests will be discussed. An introduction to cosmology will be given. Additional work required for graduate students. Offered as PHYS 365 and PHYS 465.

PHYS 390. Undergraduate Research in Physics. 3 - 6 Units.

Research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Physics. Arrangements must be made with a faculty member and a written description of these arrangements must be submitted to and approved by the department before a permit will be issued to register for this course. A final report must be supplied to the department at the end of the semester.

PHYS 413. Classical and Statistical Mechanics I. 3 Units.

An integrated approach to classical and statistical mechanics. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations, conservation laws, kinematics and dynamics, Poisson brackets, continuous media, derivation of laws of thermodynamics, the development of the partition function. To be followed by PHYS 414.

PHYS 414. Classical and Statistical Mechanics II. 3 Units.

A continuation of PHYS 413. Noninteracting systems, statistical mechanics of solids, liquids, gases, fluctuations, irreversible processes, phase transformations. Recommended preparation: PHYS 413 or consent of department.

PHYS 415. Introduction to Solid State Physics. 3 Units.

Characterization and properties of solids; crystal structure, thermal properties of lattices, quantum statistics, electronic structure of metals and semiconductors. PHYS 415 for graduate students in engineering and science. (May not be taken for departmental credit by graduate students in the Department of Physics.) Prerequisite may be waived with consent of department. Recommended preparation for PHYS 415: PHYS 331. Offered as PHYS 315 and PHYS 415.

PHYS 423. Classical Electromagnetism. 3 Units.

Electromagnetic theory in the classical limit. Gauge invariance and special relativity. Applications to electrostatic, magnetostatic, and radiation problems using advanced mathematical techniques. Dielectric, magnetic, and conducting materials. Wave propagation in open and confined geometries. Radiation from accelerating charges. Cherenkov, synchrotron, and transition radiation.

PHYS 426. Physical Optics. 3 Units.

Geometrical optics and ray tracing, wave propagation, interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter, interference, diffraction, and coherence. Supplementary current topics from modern optics such as nonlinear optics, holography, optical trapping and optical computing. Prerequisite(s) may be waived with consent of department. Offered as PHYS 326 and PHYS 426.

PHYS 427. Laser Physics. 3 Units.

An introduction to theoretical and practical quantum electronics covering topics in quantum optics, laser physics, and nonlinear optics. Topics to be addressed include the physics of two-level quantum systems including the density matrix formalism, rate equations, and semiclassical radiation theory; laser operation including oscillation, gain, resonator optics, transverse and longitudinal modes, Q-switching, mode-locking, and coherence; and nonlinear optics including the nonlinear susceptibility, parametric interactions, stimulated processes, and self-action. Recommended preparation for PHYS 427: PHYS 331 or PHYS 481. Offered as PHYS 327 and PHYS 427.

PHYS 428. Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe. 3 Units.

Distances to galaxies. The content of the distant universe. Large scale structure and galaxy clusters. Physical cosmology. Structure and galaxy formation and evolution. Testing cosmological models. Offered as ASTR 328, PHYS 328, ASTR 428, and PHYS 428.

PHYS 431. Physics of Imaging. 3 Units.

Description of physical principles underlying the spin behavior in MR and Fourier imaging in multi-dimensions. Introduction of conventional, fast, and chemical-shift imaging techniques. Spin echo, gradient echo, and variable flip-angle methods. Projection reconstruction and sampling theorems. Bloch equations, T1 and T2 relaxation times, rf penetration, diffusion and perfusion. Flow imaging, MR angiography, and functional brain imaging. Sequence and coil design. Prerequisite may be waived with consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: PHYS 122 or PHYS 124 or EBME 410. Offered as EBME 431 and PHYS 431.

PHYS 436. Modern Cosmology. 3 Units.

An introduction to modern cosmology and an exploration of current topics in the field. The first half of the course will cover the mathematical and physical basis of cosmology, while the second will delve into current questions and the observations that constrain them. Offered as PHYS 336 and PHYS 436.

PHYS 441. Physics of Condensed Matter I. 3 Units.

Crystal structure, x-ray diffraction, band theory and applications. Free electron theory of metals and electrons in magnetic fields.

PHYS 442. Physics of Condensed Matter II. 3 Units.

Continuation of PHYS 441. Lattice vibrations, thermal properties of solids, semiconductors, magnetic properties of solids, and superconductivity. Prerequisite may be waived with consent of department. Recommended preparation: PHYS 441.

PHYS 449. Methods of Mathematical Physics I. 3 Units.

Analysis of complex functions: singularities, residues, contour integration; evaluation and approximation of sums and integrals; exact and approximate solution of ordinary differential equations; transform calculus; Sturm-Liouville theory; calculus of variations. Additional work required for graduate students. Offered as PHYS 349 and PHYS 449.

PHYS 451. Empirical Foundations of the Standard Model. 3 Units.

The experimental basis for modeling the electroweak and strong interactions in terms of fundamental fermions, quarks and leptons, and gauge bosons, photons, the weak bosons, and gluons; particle accelerators and detection techniques; phenomenology of particle reactions, decays and hadronic structure; space, time and internal symmetries; symmetries; symmetry breaking.

PHYS 460. Advanced Topics in NMR Imaging. 3 Units.

Frontier issues in understanding the practical aspects of NMR imaging. Theoretical descriptions are accompanied by specific examples of pulse sequences, and basic engineering considerations in MRI system design. Emphasis is placed on implications and trade-offs in MRI pulse sequence design from real-world versus theoretical perspectives. Recommended preparation: EBME 431 or PHYS 431. Offered as EBME 460 and PHYS 460. Prereq: Graduate standing or Undergraduate with Junior or Senior standing and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.

PHYS 465. General Relativity. 3 Units.

This is an introductory course in general relativity. The techniques of tensor analysis will be developed and used to describe the effects of gravity and Einstein's theory. Consequences of the theory as well as its experimental tests will be discussed. An introduction to cosmology will be given. Additional work required for graduate students. Offered as PHYS 365 and PHYS 465.

PHYS 472. Graduate Physics Laboratory. 3 Units.

A series of projects designed to introduce the student to modern research techniques such as automated data acquisition. Students will be assessed as to their individual needs and a sequence of projects will be established for each individual. Topics may include low temperature phenomena, nuclear gamma ray detection and measurement and optics.

PHYS 481. Quantum Mechanics I. 3 Units.

Quantum mechanics with examples of applications. Schroedinger method; matrix and operator methods. Approximation methods including WKB, variational and various perturbation methods. Applications to atomic, molecular and nuclear physics including both bound states and scattering problems. Applications of group theory to quantum mechanics.

PHYS 482. Quantum Mechanics II. 3 Units.

Continuation of PHYS 481, including quantum field theory. Prerequisite may be waived with consent of department. Recommended preparation: PHYS 481 or consent of department.

PHYS 491. Modern Physics for Innovation I. 3 Units.

The first half of a two-semester sequence providing an understanding of physics as a basis for successfully launching new high-tech ventures. The course will examine physical limitations to present technologies, and the use of physics to identify potential opportunities for new venture creation. The course will provide experience in using physics for both identification of incremental improvements, and as the basis for alternative technologies. Case studies will be used to illustrate recent commercially successful (and unsuccessful) physics-based venture creation, and will illustrate characteristics for success.

PHYS 492. Modern Physics for Innovation II. 3 Units.

Continuation of PHYS 491, with an emphasis on current and prospective opportunities for Physics Entrepreneurship. Longer term opportunities for Physics Entrepreneurship in emerging areas including, but not limited to, nanoscale physics and nanotechnology; biophysics and applications to biotechnology; physics-based opportunities in the context of information technology. Recommended preparation: PHYS 491.

PHYS 493. Feasibility and Technology Analysis. 3 Units.

This course provides the tools scientists need to determine whether a technology is ready for commercialization. These tools include (but are not limited to): financial analysis, market analysis, industry analysis, technology analysis, intellectual property protection, the entrepreneurial process and culture, an introduction to entrepreneurial strategy and new venture financing. Deliverables will include a technology feasibility analysis on a possible application in the student's scientific area. Offered as BIOL 493, CHEM 493, and PHYS 493.

PHYS 494. Technology-Based Venture Creation. 3 Units.

This course provides the advanced tools needed to develop, articulate, and launch a venture plan for a technology identified as likely to be successful through a feasibility analysis. Additional topics include: entrepreneurial strategy, communication, sales, negotiation, entrepreneurial finance, and leadership in an entrepreneurial environment. Guest speakers will be featured in nearly every class session. Prereq: BIOL 493 or CHEM 493 or PHYS 493.

PHYS 539. Special Topics Seminar. 1 - 3 Unit.

Individual or small group instruction on topics of interest to the department. Topics include, but are not limited to, particle physics, astrophysics, optics, condensed matter physics, biophysics, imaging. Several such courses may run concurrently.

PHYS 566. Cosmology. 3 Units.

Introduction to our current understanding of the origin and evolution of the Universe and connection between our understanding of elementary particle physics and cosmology. Specific topics will include: General Parameters of Cosmology: Expansion, Lifetime, and Density of the Universe. The Early Universe, Constraints on Elementary Particles, Dark Matter and Dark Energy, Nucleosynthesis, Cosmic Microwave Background, Inflation, Stellar Evolution, Gravitational Waves, Baryogenesis. Some background in general relativity and particle physics phenomenology is recommended.

PHYS 581. Quantum Mechanics III. 3 Units.

Continuation of PHYS 482. The methods of quantum field theory applied to the nonrelativistic many-body problem, radiation theory, and relativistic particle physics. Second quantization using canonical and path integration techniques, constrained systems, and gauge theories. Graphical perturbative methods and graphs summation approaches. Topological aspects of field theories. Recommended preparation: PHYS 482 and consent of department.

PHYS 591. Gauge Field Theory I. 3 Units.

Noether's theorem, symmetries and conserved currents, functional integral techniques, quantization, Feynman rules, anomalies, QED, electroweak interactions, QCD, renormalization, renormalization group, asymptotic freedom and assorted other topics. Prereq: PHYS 581.

PHYS 592. Gauge Field Theory II. 3 Units.

(See PHYS 591.) Recommended preparation: PHYS 591.

PHYS 601. Research in Physics. 1 - 9 Unit.


PHYS 651. Thesis M.S.. 1 - 9 Unit.


PHYS 666. Frontiers in Physics. 0 Units.

Weekly colloquia given by eminent physicists from around the world on topics of current interest in physics.

PHYS 701. Dissertation Ph.D.. 1 - 9 Unit.

Prereq: Predoctoral research consent or advanced to Ph.D. candidacy milestone.