I like to say when asked why I pursue science, that it is to satisfy my curiosity, that I am by nature a searcher trying to understand. If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.
John A. Wheeler

Thematic Sequences

 

Majors &

Advising

 

Physics

Honors

 

Physics

Minor

 

Thematic

Sequences

 

Course

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PHY 1  The Physical World: Contemporary Physics
Option One, experimental emphasis - stresses experimental, hands-on experience in the laboratory.

Option Two, theoretical emphasis - stresses modeling and simulation approaches to problem solving.

 

Extends the basic foundation in the broad area of physics developed in "The Physical World."  Provides in-depth developments of topics in modern and contemporary physical science.  The goal is to provide a level of understanding and skills in contemporary scientific methodology to enable further study in the sciences or to provide a substantial technical background for a future career.

  1. PHY 182, 184 The Physical World II and Laboratory (MPF) (4,1); and,
  2. PHY 281, 293 Contemporary Physics I and Laboratory (3, 2); and,
  3. Experimental Option: PHY 292, 294 Electronic Instrumentation and Lab (3, 2); or, Theoretical Option: PHY 286 Introduction to Computational Physics (3)

Note: Although laboratory sections are listed as separate courses in this Bulletin, they are integral co-requisites to the companion courses. Not open to majors in the Department of Physics.

 

PHY 2  Your Place In the Universe
For untold generations, humans have gazed at the stars, planets, and cosmos, and asked what is it all, and how do I fit in?  This sequence attempts to address this timeless, universal, and totally human question from the viewpoint of modern science.  The Foundation course provides an overview of our present understanding of the universe and some insight as to how we came to such an understanding.  The second course addresses the crucial question, how do we know what we claim to know?  Here, the observational foundation of our theories is examined in detail.  The final course addresses several topics from astronomy that currently are without explanation.

  1. PHY 111 Astronomy and Space Physics (3) (MPF); and
  2. PHY 211 Observational Foundations of Astronomy (3); and
  3. PHY 311 Contemporary Astronomy (3)

Note: Not open to majors in the Department of Physics.

 

PHY 3  Physics in Living Systems
This sequence provides the physical and biological foundations for understanding the role physics plays in living systems. There are two options for emphasis: the biophysical option develops and explores physical models used in understanding biological systems and biological phenomena; the medical option emphasizes the physical basis of the various diagnostic and therapeutic technologies used in medicine.

  1. PHY 182, 184 The Physical World II and Lab (MPF) (4,1)
  2. BIO 203 (3)
  3. PHY 421 (4) or PHY 422 (4)