Faculty

Professor Homer White (Chair); Associate Professors David Bowman (Coordinator) and Jonathan Dickinson

engineering student

Major

(B.S. degree) Fifty-one hours required. Thirty-two semester hours of physics including PHY 211, 212, 241, 319, and 343. The remaining fifteen hours of physics courses must be numbered 300 and above. The allied courses required are MAT 125, 225, and 325, and no less than ten hours to be chosen from the following courses: MAT 310 and 345; CHE 111, 112, and 113; CSC 115.

Minor

Twenty semester hours required in Physics including PHY 211, 212, 241; and nine hours of 300 or 400 level course work in Physics.

Courses

A prerequisite must be taken before the course; a co-requisite may be taken before or concurrently with a course.

103. Astronomy. (3 hours) Covers the earth, moon, planets, sun, stars, galaxy, universe; occasional use of the planetarium. No laboratory. This course carries a Quantitative Flag (Q) in the Foundations and Core Program.
Spring

105. Sustainable Energy. (4 hours) An introduction to the physical sciences through an examination of sustainable energy. The course is primarily for non-science majors and pre-service elementary and middle school teachers. Mathematics requirements will be kept to a minimum. Laboratory.
Odd Falls

109. Meteorology. (3 hours) Introduction to atmospheric structure and behavior including cloud structure and precipitation as well as the effects of pressure, density, temperature, and humidity differences on energy transport and atmospheric motions. Climate, weather forecasting, air pollution, and other applications will be covered. No laboratory.
Even Falls

208. Science Careers Seminar. (2 hours) An interdisciplinary seminar in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines that will introduce students interested in scientific research to an array of professions and professionals in these fields. This introduction will emphasize comprehension and analysis of published scientific research and provide students with the opportunity to meet the science professional who produced the work. Prerequisites: One science or mathematics course for majors, sophomore or junior standing, and approval of the instructor.
Fall

211. College Physics I. (4 hours) First course in an introductory, algebra-based, physics sequence for college students. Topics include mechanics, heat, thermodynamics, sound, and waves. Laboratory. This course carries a Quantitative Flag (Q) in the Foundations and Core Program. Prerequisite: MAT 107 or equivalent background.
Fall

212. College Physics II. (4 hours) Second course in an introductory, algebra-based, physics sequence for college students. Topics include electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory. This course carries a Quantitative Flag (Q) in the Foundations and Core Program. Prerequisite: PHY 211.
Spring

241. Engineering Physics. (3 hours) Supplements Physics 211-212. Selected topics in mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics with the application of calculus in physics. This course carries a Quantitative Flag (Q) in the Foundations and Core Program. Prerequisites: PHY 211, MAT 125 and 225. Co-requisite: PHY 212.
Spring

260. Engineering Preceptorship. (1 hour) On site supervised experience in the engineering sciences, observing and working with practicing engineers in the field. Pass/fail grading. As needed 301. Electronics. (3 hours) D.C. circuits; A.C. circuits; basic devices; basic instruments. Laboratory. Prerequisites: PHY 211, 212 or approval of instructor.
Odd Springs

305. Mathematical Physics. (3 hours) An introduction to mathematical methods used in physics such as matrix algebra, vector calculus, special functions, and function spaces. Prerequisites: PHY 241 and MAT 325.
Even Falls

313. Thermal Physics. (3 hours) Basic principles of thermal and statistical physics; laws of thermodynamics; equilibrium and irreversibility; cyclic processes; ensembles; thermodynamic potentials; canonical distribution; equipartition theorem; Maxwell distribution; phase changes; applications. Prerequisites: PHY 212 and 241. Co-requisite: MAT 325.
Fall

317. Statics. (3 hours) Application of the conditions of equilibrium to two and three dimensional systems; trusses, frames and beams; friction; shear and bending moment diagrams; centroids, centers of gravity, area and mass moments of inertia, vectors. This course carries a Quantitative Flag (Q) in the Foundations and Core Program. Prerequisites: PHY 211 and MAT 225.
Fall

319. Dynamics. (3 hours) Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies; work-energy method; impulse and momentum; harmonic motion; two body problem. Prerequisite: PHY 241 or 317.
Spring

343. Relativity and Modern Physics. (3 hours) Special relativity, introduction to general relativity, introduction to quantum physics, hydrogen atom and complex atoms, atomic spectra, topics in nuclear and solid-state physics. Prerequisites: PHY 211 and 212; PHY 241.
Fall

401. Advanced Experimental Physics. (3 hours) Selected experiments in mechanics, heat, physical optics, electricity and magnetism, solid state, atomic and nuclear physics, and lasers. Prerequisites: PHY 211 and 212.
Even Springs

405. Electricity and Magnetism. (3 hours) Theory of the behavior of electric and magnetic fields and their sources including Maxwell’s equations. Prerequisite: PHY241. Co-requisites: MAT325 and MAT345.
Odd Falls

440. Independent Study. (1, 2, or 3 hours)
As needed

450. Seminar. (1 hour) May be taken as many as three times. One formal presentation of current interest must be completed. Visiting scientists will constitute a portion of this course.
As needed

471. Topics in Classical Physics. (1, 2, or 3 hours)
As needed

473. Topics in Modern Physics. (1, 2, or 3 hours)
As needed