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Minor in Physics

The Area of Physics is a non-degree granting area which provides service and support courses for completion of general education requirements for non-science majors and backgrounds in physics for students majoring in sciences. A minor in physics is also offered (see the Area Coordinator for additional information).

Minor in Physics

This program is designed for students who desire additional capabilities in physics beyond the basic sequence of courses. This program is especially recommended for chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computer science, and Biology majors. Program includes 6 courses, 18 credit hours in physics, and allows students to become more deeply involved in physics without the commitment of a major. Consult a physics adviser or check the catalog for details on getting a minor. A grade of C is required for all courses in the minor. For Physics minor, the requirement consists of

Required Courses (15 Cr)

PH251 College Physics I      3 Cr
PHL251 College Physics I     1 Cr
PH252 College Physics I      3 Cr
PHL252 College Physics II   1 Cr
PH320 Mathematical Physics         3 Cr
PH331 Mechanics I               3Cr
PH311 Intermediate Lab     1 Cr
Total                                       15 Cr

Any one from the following (3 Cr):

PH333 Thermodynamics      3 Cr
PH431 Electricity & Magnetism      3 Cr
PH435 Modern Physics I                  3 Cr
PH430 Biophysics                 3 Cr

Please note that many of these courses require pre-requisites. You are encouraged to see the area coordinator for additional information.

PH 251 - College Physics I                                                 4 semester hours
Prerequisite: MAT 242. Co-requisite: PHL 251L.The beginning of a sequence designed for physics and others who require a calculus-based introductory physics. The topics include kinematics, dynamics including waves and sound, and heat and thermodynamics.

PHL 251 - College Physics I Laboratory                            1 semester hour
Co-requisite: PH 251.           Co-requisite: PH 251.Experiments in mechanics, waves, sound, and heat. To be taken concurrently with PH 251.

PH 252 - College Physics II                                               3 semester hours

Pre-requisite: PH 251 and PH 251L. Co-requisite: PH 252L.The course is the continuation of College Physics I. Includes the study of electric and magnetic fields; DC and AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, and optics.

PHL 252 - College Physics II Laboratory                          1 semester hours
Pre-requisites: PH 251 and PH 251L. Co-requisite: PH 252.       Laboratory course to be taken concurrently with PH 251 includes experiments in electricity, magnetism and light.

PH 320 - Mathematical Physics                                         3 semester hours
Prerequisite: MAT 334, PH 252 and PH 252L. A treatment of several topics in mathematics of special importance in physics. The topics include vector and tensor analysis, integration in complex plane, boundary value problems, partial differential equations, orthogonal functions and Fourier Transform methods. Emphasis on the physical interpretation of problem solution.

PH 331 – Mechanics I                                                        3 semester hours
Prerequisite: PH 252 and MA 242. A study of mechanics using Newton’s laws of motion. Includes a discussion of velocity and acceleration using rectangular, cylindrical and spherical systems of coordinates, Simple harmonic motion, Kepler’s laws of motion and dynamics of system of many particles.

PHL 311L – Intermediate Laboratory                               1 semester hours
Prerequisite: PH 252 and PHL 252L. A practical course based on measurement techniques for physical measurement using transducer, laser, X-rays, radio-active sources, electronics and computer interface.

PH 333 Thermodynamics                                                  3 semester hours
Prerequisite: PH 252 and PH 252L. A study of thermodynamic systems making use of equations of state. The first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Includes a discussion of engineering  applications, along with kinetic theory and statistical mechanics.

PH 431 - Electromagnetism I                                           3 semester hours
Prerequisite: PH 252 and PH 252L.An intermediate course in the study of electric fields and electric potentials; electric current and magnetic fields; solutions to Maxwell's equations; plane waves, polarization, propagation in media, refraction and dispersion.

PH 435 Modern Physics I                                                 3 semester hours
Prerequisite: PH 252 and PH 252L. An introduction to quantum mechanics covers the Schrodinger equation, tunneling phenomena, the hydrogen atom, multi-electron atoms, and a survey of statistical mechanics.

PH 430 - Biophysics                                                         3 semester hours
Prerequisite: PH 252, PH 252L, BI 142 and CH 242. Topics considered include the levels of organization within biological systems, flow of energy in living things with an introduction to thermodynamics systems, utilized in biological research; and an introduction to the physical techniques used in the study of biological systems.

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