Julio Gea-Banacloche
Chair of the Department
226 Physics Building
479-575-2506
http://www.uark.edu/depts/physics/
physics@uark.edu

The Department of Physics offers two undergraduate majors, one leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a second leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics.

Physicists ask questions and try to find answers to almost everything. If you have wondered about rainbows, thunderstorms, why stars shine, the colors of beetles, why curve balls curve, how the universe began, or how quarks and leptons interact – if you like to explore and figure out why things are the way they are – you might want to become a physicist.

The Bachelor of Science degree program is designed for students interested in professional employment or who want to pursue graduate work in physics or closely related fields such as astronomy, engineering, laser technology, or computational science. It offers the option of one of seven concentrations.

The Bachelor of Arts degree program provides a broad background in the physics and technology of today and tomorrow. Training in physics provides students with a unique background, the usefulness of which transcends the boundaries of the professional disciplines.

In our increasingly technological society, scientific literacy is ever more important for the successful employee. Physics, the most fundamental science, gives students the fascination of studying the deepest principles of the universe while preparing them for a wide range of practical employment.

For information on advanced degrees in physics, see the Graduate School Catalog.

Requirement for B.S. Degree with a Major in Physics

In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University Core requirements.

The student must present a minimum of 39 semester hours in physics* including:

PHYS 2054University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2074University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2094University Physics III (Fa)4
PHYS 3414Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)4
PHYS 3613Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)3
PHYS 4073Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)3
PHYS 4991Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1
Concentration hours16-24
For all seven of the possible concentrations the following mathematics courses are required:
MATH 2554Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2564Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2574Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2584Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 3423 1
CHEM 1103
CHEM 1101L
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121L
University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa) 2
8
Total Hours63-71
*

 Note: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, and geosciences courses as specified within the concentration requirements listed below can be applied to this 39 hours.

1

CSCE 3513, CSCE 4423, MEEG 2703, or GEOS 4223 can be substituted for MATH 3423 with the adviser’s approval.

2

Or CSCE 2004 and CSCE 2014, or an approved 8 hours of laboratory-based courses in CSCE are required.

Majors must propose participation in a research experience project no later than the end of their junior year of study. A written report of the results must be submitted during Senior Seminar (PHYS 4991).

Astronomy Concentration

PHYS 3544Optics (Fa)4
6 semester hours of ASTR courses numbered 3000 or above (ASTR 3033, ASTR 4013, ASTR 4073).6
6 additional hours numbered 3000 and above in physics or astronomy6
Total Hours16

Writing Requirement: Students majoring in physics may satisfy the Fulbright College writing requirement by means of a senior thesis (PHYS 498V), an honors thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the honors program (), or by means of a paper submitted as part of PHYS 4991 or any physics or astronomy course numbered 3000 or above. Students electing the last route must obtain approval of the instructor during the first three weeks of the semester. The research/analytical paper should demonstrate competency in the use of word processing software and also at least one computer analytical tool such as a spreadsheet, mathematical or graphics program, or an original program written by the student.

Assessment of Student Learning: In accordance with state, University, and college requirements, all students must have learning assessed before graduation. Students majoring in physics will be assessed in the course PHYS 4991, which must be taken in the year prior to graduation.

Physics B.S. with Astronomy Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core US History requirement3  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities requirement   3
General Electives  1
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
Year Total: 14 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 2094 University Physics III (Fa)14  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4  
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  3
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  4
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  4
Year Total: 15 14
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,24  
MATH 4423 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,23  
PHYS/ASTR Group A or General Elective4  
PHYS 3213 Electronics in Experimental Physics (Odd years, Sp)1,23  
PHYS 3414 Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)1,2  4
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
General Elective or PHYS/ASTR Group A (as needed)  3
General Elective   3
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
Year Total: 14 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)1,23  
PHYS 3544 Optics (Fa)1,24  
ASTR 4073 Cosmology (Odd years, Sp)3  
General Electives6  
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  1
PHYS 4734 Introduction to Laser Physics (Sp)1,2
or PHYS 4773 Introduction to Optical Properties of Materials (Even years, Sp)
  4
ASTR 4013 Astrophysics (Even years, Sp)1,2  3
General Electives  8
Year Total: 16 16
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

Group A:

Any PHYS or ASTR classes numbered 3000 or above.

Requirement for B.S. Degree with a Major in Physics

In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University Core requirements.

The student must present a minimum of 39 semester hours in physics* including:

PHYS 2054University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2074University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2094University Physics III (Fa)4
PHYS 3414Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)4
PHYS 3613Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)3
PHYS 4073Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)3
PHYS 4991Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1
Concentration hours16-24
For all seven of the possible concentrations the following mathematics courses are required:
MATH 2554Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2564Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2574Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2584Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 3423 1
CHEM 1103
CHEM 1101L
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121L
University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa) 2
8
Total Hours63-71
*

 Note: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, and geosciences courses as specified within the concentration requirements listed below can be applied to this 39 hours.

1

CSCE 3513, CSCE 4423, MEEG 2703, or GEOS 4223 can be substituted for MATH 3423 with the adviser’s approval.

2

Or CSCE 2004 and CSCE 2014, or an approved 8 hours of laboratory-based courses in CSCE are required.

Majors must propose participation in a research experience project no later than the end of their junior year of study. A written report of the results must be submitted during Senior Seminar (PHYS 4991).

Biophysics Concentration

PHYS 4333Thermal Physics (Sp)3
13 semester hours numbered 3000 and above in physics, astronomy, biology, and chemistry chosen with the adviser’s permission. 13
Total Hours16

Writing Requirement: Students majoring in physics may satisfy the Fulbright College writing requirement by means of a senior thesis (PHYS 498V), an honors thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the honors program (), or by means of a paper submitted as part of PHYS 4991 or any physics or astronomy course numbered 3000 or above. Students electing the last route must obtain approval of the instructor during the first three weeks of the semester. The research/analytical paper should demonstrate competency in the use of word processing software and also at least one computer analytical tool such as a spreadsheet, mathematical or graphics program, or an original program written by the student.

Assessment of Student Learning: In accordance with state, University, and college requirements, all students must have learning assessed before graduation. Students majoring in physics will be assessed in the course PHYS 4991, which must be taken in the year prior to graduation.

Physics B.S. with Biophysics Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Plan

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Well prepared students may skip BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L, and go immediately into the biology core courses. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
BIOL 2533 Cell Biology (Sp, Fa)
& BIOL 2531L Cell Biology Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
4  
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
BIOL 2323 General Genetics (Sp, Fa)  3
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities  3
Year Total: 15 17
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 2094 University Physics III (Fa)14  
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4  
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  3
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  4
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  4
BIOL 2013 General Microbiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& BIOL 2011L General Microbiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)1,3
  4
Year Total: 15 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
MATH 4423 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,23  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
University/State Core U.S. History Requirement3  
CHEM 3603 Organic Chemistry I (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 3601L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Su, Fa)1,2
4  
PHYS 3414 Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)1,2  4
PHYS 4333 Thermal Physics (Sp)  3
CHEM 3613 Organic Chemistry II (Sp, Su)
& CHEM 3611L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Sp, Su)2
  4
University/State Core Social Science requirement   3
Year Total: 13 14
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)1,23  
BIOL 4003 Laboratory in Prokaryote Biology (Sp, Fa)1,2,33  
University/State Core Social Science requirement 3  
General Electives6  
BIOL 2323 General Genetics (Sp, Fa)  3
BIOL 3023 Evolutionary Biology (Sp, Fa)2  3
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  1
General Electives as needed to total 120 degree credit hours  9
Year Total: 15 16
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

3

Or another chemistry, biology, astronomy or physics elective from PHYS/ASTR Group A (below).

Group A:

Any PHYS or ASTR classes numbered 3000 or above.

Requirement for B.S. Degree with a Major in Physics

In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University Core requirements.

The student must present a minimum of 39 semester hours in physics* including:

PHYS 2054University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2074University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2094University Physics III (Fa)4
PHYS 3414Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)4
PHYS 3613Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)3
PHYS 4073Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)3
PHYS 4991Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1
Concentration hours16-24
For all seven of the possible concentrations the following mathematics courses are required:
MATH 2554Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2564Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2574Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2584Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 3423 1
CHEM 1103
CHEM 1101L
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121L
University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa) 2
8
Total Hours63-71
*

 Note: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, and geosciences courses as specified within the concentration requirements listed below can be applied to this 39 hours.

1

CSCE 3513, CSCE 4423, MEEG 2703, or GEOS 4223 can be substituted for MATH 3423 with the adviser’s approval.

2

Or CSCE 2004 and CSCE 2014, or an approved 8 hours of laboratory-based courses in CSCE are required.

Majors must propose participation in a research experience project no later than the end of their junior year of study. A written report of the results must be submitted during Senior Seminar (PHYS 4991).

Computational Concentration 

PHYS 3113Analytical Mechanics (Fa)3
13 semester hours numbered 3000 and above in physics, astronomy, advanced computer science, or mathematics chosen with the adviser’s permission.13
Total Hours16

Writing Requirement: Students majoring in physics may satisfy the Fulbright College writing requirement by means of a senior thesis (PHYS 498V), an honors thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the honors program (), or by means of a paper submitted as part of PHYS 4991 or any physics or astronomy course numbered 3000 or above. Students electing the last route must obtain approval of the instructor during the first three weeks of the semester. The research/analytical paper should demonstrate competency in the use of word processing software and also at least one computer analytical tool such as a spreadsheet, mathematical or graphics program, or an original program written by the student.

Assessment of Student Learning: In accordance with state, University, and college requirements, all students must have learning assessed before graduation. Students majoring in physics will be assessed in the course PHYS 4991, which must be taken in the year prior to graduation.

Physics B.S. with Computational Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Well prepared students may skip BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L, and go immediately into the biology core courses. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities requirement 3  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
General Electives (as desired)2-3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
University/State Core US History requirement or General Elective   3
Year Total: 16 14
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 2094 University Physics III (Fa)14  
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
General Elective or University/State Core US History requirement (as needed)3  
CSCE 2004 Programming Foundations I (Sp, Fa)4  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  3
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  4
CSCE 2014 Programming Foundations II (Sp, Fa)  4
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
Year Total: 15 14
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 3113 Analytical Mechanics (Fa)23  
MATH 4423 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)23  
Advanced Level Elective3  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
General Electives3  
PHYS 3414 Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)1,2  4
Select one of the following:  3
CSCE course
Advanced Level Electives
PHYS/ASTR Group A3
PHYS/ASTR Group A or Advanced Level Electives1,2,3  3
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
General Elective  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Select one of the following:3  
CSCE 4133 Algorithms (Fa) (recommended)
PHYS/ASTR Group A or Advanced Level Electives3
PHYS/ASTR Group A or Advanced Level Electives1,2,4  
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)1,2,33  
University/state core humanities or fine arts requirement (as needed)3  
General Electives3  
Select one of the following:  4
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,2,3
3000+ Level Fulbright College Elective (if needed)1,2,3
Advanced Level Electives3
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2,3  1
Advanced Level Electives1  9
Year Total: 16 14
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

3

Nine hours of upper division computer science or mathematics courses can count toward the physics major.

Group A

Any PHYS or ASTR classes numbered 3000 or above.

Requirement for B.S. Degree with a Major in Physics

In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University Core requirements.

The student must present a minimum of 39 semester hours in physics* including:

PHYS 2054University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2074University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2094University Physics III (Fa)4
PHYS 3414Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)4
PHYS 3613Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)3
PHYS 4073Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)3
PHYS 4991Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1
Concentration hours16-24
For all seven of the possible concentrations the following mathematics courses are required:
MATH 2554Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2564Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2574Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2584Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 3423 1
CHEM 1103
CHEM 1101L
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121L
University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa) 2
8
Total Hours63-71
*

 Note: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, and geosciences courses as specified within the concentration requirements listed below can be applied to this 39 hours.

1

CSCE 3513, CSCE 4423, MEEG 2703, or GEOS 4223 can be substituted for MATH 3423 with the adviser’s approval.

2

Or CSCE 2004 and CSCE 2014, or an approved 8 hours of laboratory-based courses in CSCE are required.

Majors must propose participation in a research experience project no later than the end of their junior year of study. A written report of the results must be submitted during Senior Seminar (PHYS 4991).

Electronics Concentration 

PHYS 3213Electronics in Experimental Physics (Odd years, Sp)3
PHYS 4333Thermal Physics (Sp)3
10 semester hours numbered 3000 and above in physics or astronomy.10
Total Hours16

Writing Requirement: Students majoring in physics may satisfy the Fulbright College writing requirement by means of a senior thesis (PHYS 498V), an honors thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the honors program (), or by means of a paper submitted as part of PHYS 4991 or any physics or astronomy course numbered 3000 or above. Students electing the last route must obtain approval of the instructor during the first three weeks of the semester. The research/analytical paper should demonstrate competency in the use of word processing software and also at least one computer analytical tool such as a spreadsheet, mathematical or graphics program, or an original program written by the student.

Assessment of Student Learning: In accordance with state, University, and college requirements, all students must have learning assessed before graduation. Students majoring in physics will be assessed in the course PHYS 4991, which must be taken in the year prior to graduation.

Physics B.S. with Electronics Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Well prepared students may skip BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L, and go immediately into the biology core courses. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core Social Science requirement 3  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
General Elective1  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
University/State Core Social Science requirement   3
General Elective  1
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
PHYS 2094 University Physics III (Fa)14  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4  
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities requirement 3  
General Elective1  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  3
PHYS 3213 Electronics in Experimental Physics (Odd years, Sp)1,2  3
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  4
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  4
General Elective  1
Year Total: 16 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
MATH 4423 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)23  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
General Elective6  
PHYS 3414 Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)1,2  4
PHYS 4333 Thermal Physics (Sp)1,2  3
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
General Elective   3
General Elective or PHYS/ASTR Group A1,2  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)1,23  
PHYS/ASTR Group A 1,23  
PHYS/ASTR Group A or General Elective (as needed)1,23  
General Electives6  
PHYS 4713 Solid State Physics (Even years, Sp)1,2  3
PHYS/ASTR Group A (as needed) or General Elective  3
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  1
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

Group A

Any PHYS or ASTR classes numbered 3000 or above.

Requirement for B.S. Degree with a Major in Physics

In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University Core requirements.

The student must present a minimum of 39 semester hours in physics* including:

PHYS 2054University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2074University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2094University Physics III (Fa)4
PHYS 3414Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)4
PHYS 3613Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)3
PHYS 4073Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)3
PHYS 4991Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1
Concentration hours16-24
For all seven of the possible concentrations the following mathematics courses are required:
MATH 2554Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2564Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2574Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2584Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 3423 1
CHEM 1103
CHEM 1101L
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121L
University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa) 2
8
Total Hours63-71
*

 Note: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, and geosciences courses as specified within the concentration requirements listed below can be applied to this 39 hours.

1

CSCE 3513, CSCE 4423, MEEG 2703, or GEOS 4223 can be substituted for MATH 3423 with the adviser’s approval.

2

Or CSCE 2004 and CSCE 2014, or an approved 8 hours of laboratory-based courses in CSCE are required.

Majors must propose participation in a research experience project no later than the end of their junior year of study. A written report of the results must be submitted during Senior Seminar (PHYS 4991).

Geophysics Concentration 

PHYS 3113Analytical Mechanics (Fa)3
GEOS 1113
GEOS 1111L
General Geology (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and General Geology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4
GEOS 2313Mineralogy and Petrology (Fa)3
GEOS 3413Sedimentary Rocks & Fossils (Sp)3
GEOS 3514Structural Geology (Sp)4
GEOS 4223Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (Fa)3
GEOS 4924Earth System History (ACTS Equivalency = PHSC 1104) (Sp)4
Completion of GEOG 3383 Principles of Landscape Evolution and GEOL 4666 Geology Field Camp in addition to the stated requirements for a physics-geophysics major will enable a student to complete the requirements for a double major in physics and geology.
Total Hours24

Writing Requirement: Students majoring in physics may satisfy the Fulbright College writing requirement by means of a senior thesis (PHYS 498V), an honors thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the honors program (), or by means of a paper submitted as part of PHYS 4991 or any physics or astronomy course numbered 3000 or above. Students electing the last route must obtain approval of the instructor during the first three weeks of the semester. The research/analytical paper should demonstrate competency in the use of word processing software and also at least one computer analytical tool such as a spreadsheet, mathematical or graphics program, or an original program written by the student.

Assessment of Student Learning: In accordance with state, University, and college requirements, all students must have learning assessed before graduation. Students majoring in physics will be assessed in the course PHYS 4991, which must be taken in the year prior to graduation.

Physics B.S. Geophysics Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3    
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)14    
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)14    
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4    
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3  
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4  
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4  
GEOS 1113 General Geology (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& GEOS 1111L General Geology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  4  
Year Total: 15 15  
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
PHYS 2094 University Physics III (Fa)14    
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,24    
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4    
GEOS 2313 Mineralogy and Petrology (Fa)3    
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  3  
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  4  
GEOS 3413 Sedimentary Rocks & Fossils (Sp)  3  
University/State Core Social Science Requirement  3  
General Elective  1  
Year Total: 15 14  
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
PHYS 3113 Analytical Mechanics (Fa)23    
GEOS 4223 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (Fa)3    
GEOS 3383 Principles of Landscape Evolution (Fa)3    
University/State Core History Requirement3    
University/State Core Social Science Requirement3    
GEOS 3514 Structural Geology (Sp)  4  
University/State Core Social Science Requirement  3  
General Electives  6  
GEOS 4686 Geology Field Camp (Su)2    6
Year Total: 15 13 6
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)3    
GEOS 4433 Geophysics (Irregular)3    
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3    
General Electives3    
PHYS 3414 Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)2  4  
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)2  1  
GEOS 4924 Earth System History (ACTS Equivalency = PHSC 1104) (Sp)  4  
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities Requirement (as needed)  3  
General Electives  3  
Year Total: 12 15  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   120
1

 Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

 Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule.  See College Academic Regulations.

Requirement for B.S. Degree with a Major in Physics

In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University Core requirements.

The student must present a minimum of 39 semester hours in physics* including:

PHYS 2054University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2074University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2094University Physics III (Fa)4
PHYS 3414Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)4
PHYS 3613Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)3
PHYS 4073Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)3
PHYS 4991Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1
Concentration hours16-24
For all seven of the possible concentrations the following mathematics courses are required:
MATH 2554Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2564Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2574Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2584Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 3423 1
CHEM 1103
CHEM 1101L
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121L
University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa) 2
8
Total Hours63-71
*

 Note: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, and geosciences courses as specified within the concentration requirements listed below can be applied to this 39 hours.

1

CSCE 3513, CSCE 4423, MEEG 2703, or GEOS 4223 can be substituted for MATH 3423 with the adviser’s approval.

2

Or CSCE 2004 and CSCE 2014, or an approved 8 hours of laboratory-based courses in CSCE are required.

Majors must propose participation in a research experience project no later than the end of their junior year of study. A written report of the results must be submitted during Senior Seminar (PHYS 4991).

Optics Concentration 

PHYS 3544Optics (Fa)4
PHYS 4734Introduction to Laser Physics (Sp)4
or PHYS 4773 Introduction to Optical Properties of Materials (Even years, Sp)
8 semester hours numbered 3000 and above in physics or astronomy.8
Total Hours16

Writing Requirement: Students majoring in physics may satisfy the Fulbright College writing requirement by means of a senior thesis (PHYS 498V), an honors thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the honors program (), or by means of a paper submitted as part of PHYS 4991 or any physics or astronomy course numbered 3000 or above. Students electing the last route must obtain approval of the instructor during the first three weeks of the semester. The research/analytical paper should demonstrate competency in the use of word processing software and also at least one computer analytical tool such as a spreadsheet, mathematical or graphics program, or an original program written by the student.

Assessment of Student Learning: In accordance with state, University, and college requirements, all students must have learning assessed before graduation. Students majoring in physics will be assessed in the course PHYS 4991, which must be taken in the year prior to graduation.

Physics B.S. with Optics Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Well prepared students may skip BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L, and go immediately into the biology core courses. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core US History requirement3  
General Elective1  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities requirement   3
General Electives  2
Year Total: 15 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 2094 University Physics III (Fa)14  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4  
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
General Elective1  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  3
PHYS 3213 Electronics in Experimental Physics (Odd years, Sp)1,2  3
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  4
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  4
Year Total: 16 14
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,24  
MATH 4423 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,23  
PHYS/ASTR Group A or General Elective4  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
PHYS 3414 Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)1,2  4
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
General Elective or PHYS/ASTR Group A (as needed)1,2  3
General Elective  3
Year Total: 14 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)1,23  
PHYS 3544 Optics (Fa)1,24  
General Electives9  
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  1
PHYS 4734 Introduction to Laser Physics (Sp)1,2
or PHYS 4773 Introduction to Optical Properties of Materials (Even years, Sp)
  4
General Electives  8
Year Total: 16 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

Group A

Any PHYS or ASTR classes numbered 3000 or above.

Requirement for B.S. Degree with a Major in Physics

In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University Core requirements.

The student must present a minimum of 39 semester hours in physics* including:

PHYS 2054University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2074University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
PHYS 2094University Physics III (Fa)4
PHYS 3414Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)4
PHYS 3613Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)3
PHYS 4073Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)3
PHYS 4991Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1
Concentration hours16-24
For all seven of the possible concentrations the following mathematics courses are required:
MATH 2554Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2564Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2574Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 2584Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)4
MATH 3423 1
CHEM 1103
CHEM 1101L
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121L
University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa) 2
8
Total Hours63-71
*

 Note: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, and geosciences courses as specified within the concentration requirements listed below can be applied to this 39 hours.

1

CSCE 3513, CSCE 4423, MEEG 2703, or GEOS 4223 can be substituted for MATH 3423 with the adviser’s approval.

2

Or CSCE 2004 and CSCE 2014, or an approved 8 hours of laboratory-based courses in CSCE are required.

Majors must propose participation in a research experience project no later than the end of their junior year of study. A written report of the results must be submitted during Senior Seminar (PHYS 4991).

Professional Concentration 

PHYS 3113Analytical Mechanics (Fa)3
PHYS 4333Thermal Physics (Sp)3
10 semester hours numbered 3000 and above in physics or astronomy.10
Total Hours16

Writing Requirement: Students majoring in physics may satisfy the Fulbright College writing requirement by means of a senior thesis (PHYS 498V), an honors thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the honors program (), or by means of a paper submitted as part of PHYS 4991 or any physics or astronomy course numbered 3000 or above. Students electing the last route must obtain approval of the instructor during the first three weeks of the semester. The research/analytical paper should demonstrate competency in the use of word processing software and also at least one computer analytical tool such as a spreadsheet, mathematical or graphics program, or an original program written by the student.

Assessment of Student Learning: In accordance with state, University, and college requirements, all students must have learning assessed before graduation. Students majoring in physics will be assessed in the course PHYS 4991, which must be taken in the year prior to graduation.

Physics B.S. with Professional Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Well prepared students may skip BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L, and go immediately into the biology core courses. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core U.S. History requirement 3  
General Elective1  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)2  4
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
General Elective  1
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 2094 University Physics III (Fa)14  
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa) (Or Core from areas a, b, c or e; as needed)3  
University/State Core Social Science requirement 3  
General Elective2  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  3
PHYS 3213 Electronics in Experimental Physics (Odd years, Sp)1,2  3
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  4
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  4
Year Total: 16 14
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 3113 Analytical Mechanics (Fa)1,23  
MATH 4423 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,23  
Advanced Level Elective13  
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities requirement 3  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
PHYS 3414 Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)1,2  4
PHYS 4333 Thermal Physics (Sp)1,2  3
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement   3
General Electives   6
Year Total: 15 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)23  
PHYS/ASTR Group A23  
PHYS 462VL Modern Physics Laboratory (Sp)1  
General Elective (as needed for a minimum of 14 hours)9  
PHYS/ASTR Group A 1,2  3
PHYS/ASTR Group A (as needed) or General Electives  3
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  1
General Electives (as needed to total 120 hours)  6
Year Total: 16 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

PHYS/ASTR Group A

Any PHYS or ASTR courses numbered 3000 or above.

Requirements for a B.A. Degree with a Major in Physics:

This track is for students desiring a broader program in the arts, sciences, and social sciences while majoring in physics. This program is recommended for pre-medical, journalism, pre-business, pre-law and other students planning careers in fields for which a physics education would be beneficial. For B.A. students seeking teaching licensure, see the Teacher Licensure Requirements below. This program requires a total of 120 semester hours. The student must present 24 semester hours in physics or astronomy, including:

PHYS 2013
PHYS 2011L
College Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and College Physics I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lab) (Su, Fa)
4
PHYS 2033
PHYS 2031L
College Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lecture) (Sp, Su)
and College Physics II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lab) (Su)
4
PHYS 3603
PHYS 360VL
Introduction to Modern Physics (Fa)
and Modern Physics Laboratory (Sp)
4-6
PHYS 4991Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1
Eleven semester hours chosen from any physics or astronomy courses at the 3000 level or above.11
The student must also present:
MATH 1284CPrecalculus Mathematics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1305) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
or MATH 1203 College Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa) (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)
or MATH 1213 Plane Trigonometry (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1203) (Sp, Su, Fa)
MATH 2554Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)4
or MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and two additional courses at the 2000 level or above in mathematics or statistics6-8
An additional 9 semester hours at the 3000-level or above must be taken from a single special emphasis area chosen with the adviser's approval. The special emphasis area may be chosen in any single degree-granting department at the University of Arkansas. For B.A. students seeking teacher licensure, the special emphasis area may involve courses from more than one degree-granting department at the University of Arkansas with the approval of their adviser.9
Total Hours47-51

Writing Requirement: Students majoring in physics may satisfy the Fulbright College writing requirement by means of a senior thesis (PHYS 498V), an honors thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the honors program (), or by means of a paper submitted as part of PHYS 4991 or any physics or astronomy course numbered 3000 or above. Students electing the last route must obtain approval of the instructor during the first three weeks of the semester. The research/analytical paper should demonstrate competency in the use of word processing software and also at least one computer analytical tool such as a spreadsheet, mathematical or graphics program, or an original program written by the student.

Assessment of Student Learning: In accordance with state, University, and college requirements, all students must have learning assessed before graduation. Students majoring in physics will be assessed in the course PHYS 4991, which must be taken in the year prior to graduation.

Physics B.A.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as the Fulbright College requirements. Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area.

The Physics B.A. program includes requirements for a special emphasis area. In this case, journalism was used as an example. Journalism courses indicated below are recommended by the Department of Journalism as the foundation needed for science reporting. It is recommended that the free electives be chosen in a second science, or in journalism.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
Select one of the following:3  
JOUR 1023 Media and Society (Sp, Fa) (required for journalism sequence)3
General Elective
MATH 1203 College Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa) (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)
or MATH 1284C Precalculus Mathematics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1305) (Sp, Su, Fa)
3-4  
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities or US History requirement3  
General Elective3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
Select one of the following:  3
JOUR 1033 Fundamentals of Journalism (Sp, Su, Fa) (required for journalism sequence)3
General Elective
Select one of the following:  3-4
MATH 1213 Plane Trigonometry (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1203) (Sp, Su, Fa) (as required)
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
University/State Core Humanities or US History or Fine Arts requirement   3
University/State Core Social Science requirement   3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 2013 College Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& PHYS 2011L College Physics I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lab) (Su, Fa)1
4  
University/State Core U.S. History or Fine Arts or Humanities requirement3  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
Select one of the following:3-4  
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa) (as required)1
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH/STAT Elective1
Select one of the following:3  
JOUR 2013 News Reporting I (Sp, Fa) (pre-req. JOUR 1023 and 1033)1,3
General Elective
PHYS 2033 College Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lecture) (Sp, Su)
& PHYS 2031L College Physics II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lab) (Su)1
  4
Select one of the following:  3
JOUR 3023 News Reporting II (Sp, Fa)1,2,3
Other Special Emphasis Area4
MATH or STAT elective1  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 16 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 3603 Introduction to Modern Physics (Fa)1,23  
MATH/STAT elective (as required) or General Elective13  
Select one of the following:3  
JOUR 3633 Media Law (Sp, Fa)1,2,3
Other Special Emphasis Area4
General Electives6  
PHYS 360VL Modern Physics Laboratory (Sp)  1-3
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,2  3
Select one of the following:  3
JOUR 3013 Editing (Sp, Fa)1,2,3
Other Special Emphasis Area4
3000+ Advanced Level Elective1  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,22-4  
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,23-4  
Fulbright College 3000+ Elective (as needed)1,23  
Advanced level elective16  
PHYS 4203 Physics of Devices (Even years, Sp) (or other PHYS/ASTR Group A)1,2  3
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  1
3000+ Advanced level elective (as needed) or General Elective1  3
General Electives (as needed to total 120 degree credits)  6
Year Total: 14 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

3

Required for journalism emphasis.

4

Additional 9 semester hours at 3000 level or above from a single emphasis area chosen with adviser approval. This requirement is automatically fulfilled by the bold-faced upper-level journalism courses.

Group A

Eleven semester hours chosen from: Any PHYS or ASTR classes numbered 3000 or above.

Requirements for a Minor in Physics: Students wishing to obtain a minor in physics must take either:

Select one of the following:8
College Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and College Physics I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lab) (Su, Fa)
and College Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lecture) (Sp, Su)
and College Physics II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lab) (Su)
University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Plus at least seven additional hours of physics courses numbered 3000 or above. 7
Total Hours15

A student must notify the department of his or her intent to minor.

Requirements for Departmental Honors in Physics: The Departmental Honors Program in Physics provides upper-division undergraduate students with an opportunity to formally participate in scholarly physics activities. Honors candidates carry out independent study and research under the guidance of the physics faculty and participate in special honors classes, seminars, and colloquia. Outstanding student achievement will be recognized by awarding the distinction “Physics Scholar Cum Laude” at graduation. Higher degree distinctions are recommended only in truly exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.  In addition to satisfying the general college requirements for the bachelor’s degree with honors, an honors candidate in physics must

  1. Become a candidate no later than the first semester of the junior year of study,
  2. Enroll in honors sections of physics courses when available,
  3. Complete a minimum of 12 hours of honors coursework to include:
    Six hours of honors research PHYS 399VH and
    Three hours of  physics honors colloquium PHYS 3923H,
  4. Complete and orally defend an honors thesis based upon the project carried out in PHYS 399VH,
  5. Achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 3.125 in physics, and
  6. Maintain a 3.50 grade-point average overall.

Physics (B.A. or B.S.) Physical Science Teacher Licensure Requirements:

Please refer to the Secondary Education Requirements for Fulbright College Students.  Students wishing to pursue licensure through the UAteach undergraduate curriculum should consult with a UAteach adviser, uteach@uark.edu.

Students wanting to teach science in middle school should consult with a middle level adviser in the College of Education and Health Professions.

Astronomy Courses

ASTR 2001L. Survey of the Universe Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHSC 1204 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa). 1 Hour.

Daytime and nighttime observing with telescopes and indoor exercises on selected topics. Pre- or Corequisite: ASTR 2003.

ASTR 2001M. Honors Survey of the Universe Laboratory (Fa). 1 Hour.

An introduction to the content and fundamental properties of the cosmos. Topics include planets and other objects of the solar system, the sun, normal stars and interstellar medium, birth and death of stars, neutron stars, and black holes. Pre- or Corequisite: ASTR 2003 or ASTR 2003H.

This course is equivalent to ASTR 2001L.

ASTR 2003. Survey of the Universe (ACTS Equivalency = PHSC 1204 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

An introduction to the content and fundamental properties of the cosmos. Topics include planets and other objects of the solar system, the Sun, normal stars and interstellar medium, birth and death of stars, neutron stars, pulsars, black holes, the Galaxy, clusters of galaxies, and cosmology. Corequisite: ASTR 2001L or ASTR 2001M.

ASTR 2003H. Honors Survey of the Universe (Fa). 3 Hours.

An introduction to the content and fundamental properties of the cosmos. Topics include planets and other objects of the solar system, the Sun, normal stars and interstellar medium, birth and death of stars, neutron stars, pulsars, black holes, the Galaxy, clusters of galaxies, and cosmology. Corequisite: ASTR 2001M. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

This course is equivalent to ASTR 2003.

ASTR 301V. Observational Astronomy (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Individual experimental or observational problems studied with small telescopes, cameras, and other basic equipment. No credit is given toward a B.S. degree in physics. Prerequisite: ASTR 2003.

ASTR 3033. Solar System Astronomy (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Basic course on state of knowledge of solar system astronomy, especially designed for students in B.A. Physics program or as an elective for undergraduates in related areas. Prerequisite: PHYS 2033 and PHYS 2031L or PHYS 2074.

ASTR 4013. Astrophysics (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Introduction to astrophysics for seniors. The course covers stellar evolution, interstellar medium, galactic nucleogenesis and observational cosmology. Prerequisite: PHYS 3613 or CHEM 3504.

ASTR 4073. Cosmology (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

An introduction to modern Big Bang cosmology. The course covers the origin, evolution, and structure of the Universe, based on the Theory of Relativity. Prerequisite: PHYS 3613 or CHEM 3504.

Physics Courses

PHYS 100V. Projects (Irregular). 1-2 Hour.

Independent study in experimental or theoretical physics for lower division undergraduate students. May be repeated for up to 2 hours of degree credit.

PHYS 1021L. Physics and Human Affairs Laboratory (Sp, Su, Fa). 1 Hour.

Laboratory 2 hours per week. Pre- or Corequisite: PHYS 1023.

PHYS 1021M. Honors Physics and Human Affairs Laboratory (Sp, Su, Fa). 1 Hour.

Laboratory 2 hours per week. Pre- or Corequisite: PHYS 1023H.

This course is equivalent to PHYS 1021L.

PHYS 1023. Physics and Human Affairs (Sp, Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

The great ideas of physics, together with their philosophical and social impact. Scientific topics include cosmology, relativity, quantum mechanics. Philosophical and social topics include methods and values of science, problems related to energy sources, and implications of modern weapons. Non-mathematical. Designed for non-science majors. Along with PHYS 1021L, can be used to satisfy a 4-year physical science requirement for a B.A. degree. Students who have received credit in PHYS 2013 and PHYS 2033, or PHYS 2054 and PHYS 2074 cannot also receive degree credit in this course. Corequisite: PHYS 1021L.

PHYS 1023H. Honors Physics and Human Affairs (Sp, Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

The great ideas of physics, together with their philosophical and social impact. Scientific topics include cosmology, relativity, quantum mechanics. Philosophicaland social topics include methods and values of science, problems related to energy sources, and implications of modern weapons. Non-mathematical. Designed for non-science majors. Along with PHYS 1021L, can be used to satisfy a 4-year physical science requirement for a B.A. degree. Students who have received credit in PHYS 2013 and PHYS 2033, or PHYS 2054 and PHYS 2074 cannot also receive degree credit in this course. Corequisite: PHYS 1021M.

This course is equivalent to PHYS 1023.

PHYS 1034. Physics for Elementary Education Majors (Sp). 4 Hours.

For elementary education majors. Physical science concepts based on state frameworks are explored in a mixed lecture/lab environment. The inquiry-based lab activities can be transferable for school classroom use. Topics covered include: scientific inquiry, motion and forces, conservation of energy, heat, light, electricity and simple circuits, and magnetism. Prerequisite: Elementary education major. Corequisite: Lab component.

PHYS 1044. Physics for Architects I (Fa). 4 Hours.

The relation between the principles of physics and the practice of building and operating structures. Topics include: The behavior of structures under various loads, the statics and dynamics of fluids, thermal storage, thermal expansion, the greenhouse effect, heat transfer, refrigeration, the energy problem, efficiency in the operation of buildings. One underlying theme is that the self-sufficiency of a building is an important part of architecture. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: Major in architecture or interior design or agricultural education communication & technology.

PHYS 1054. Physics for Architects II (Sp). 4 Hours.

Acoustics, electricity and magnetism, light, and environmental physics. Topics include resonance, acoustical isolation, interference, reverberation time, electrical circuitry with emphasis on power and efficiency, electrical storage, light sources, reflection, refraction, absorption, transmission, color, astronomy (to give perspective to the use of sunlight in architecture), heat, noise, and radioactivity pollution. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: PHYS 1044.

PHYS 2011L. College Physics I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lab) (Su, Fa). 1 Hour.

Laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: PHYS 2013.

PHYS 2013. College Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lecture) (Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

A non-calculus survey of the principles of physics including mechanics, heat and sound. Lecture 3 hours per week and drill 1 hour per week. Corequisite: Drill component and PHYS 2011L. Prerequisite: (MATH 1203 and MATH 1213) or (MATH 1284C or MATH 2554) or a score of at least 26 on the math component of the ACT exam, or a score of at least 600 on the math component of the SAT.

PHYS 2031L. College Physics II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lab) (Su). 1 Hour.

Laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: PHYS 2033.

PHYS 2033. College Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lecture) (Sp, Su). 3 Hours.

Continuation of PHYS 2013. Topics include electricity and magnetism, light, relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear structure. Lecture 3 hours, drill 1 hour per week. Corequisite: Drill component and PHYS 2031L. Prerequisite: PHYS 2013.

PHYS 2054. University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa). 4 Hours.

Introduction to the principles of mechanics, wave motion, temperature and heat, with calculus. Lecture three hours per week and practicum two hours a week (included in lab component). Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2554. Corequisite: Lab component.

PHYS 2054H. Honors University Physics I (Sp, Su, Fa). 4 Hours.

Introduction to the principles of mechanics, wave motion, temperature and heat, with calculus. Lecture three hours per week and practicum two hours a week (included in lab component). Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2554. Corequisite: Lab component.

This course is equivalent to PHYS 2054.

PHYS 2074. University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa). 4 Hours.

Continuation of PHYS 2054. Topics covered include electricity, magnetism, light and geometric optics. Lecture three hours per week and practicum two hours per week. Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2564. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: PHYS 2054.

PHYS 2074H. Honors University Physics II (Sp). 4 Hours.

Continuation of PHYS 2054H. Topics covered include electricity, magnetism, light and geometric optics. Lecture three hours per week and practicum two hours per week. Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2564. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: PHYS 2054 or PHYS 2054H.

This course is equivalent to PHYS 2074.

PHYS 2094. University Physics III (Fa). 4 Hours.

A continuation of PHYS 2054 and PHYS 2074. Topics include waves, physical optics, thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and an introduction to quantum mechanics. Lecture 3 hours per week and practicum 2 hours per week (included in lab component). Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2574. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: PHYS 2074.

PHYS 306V. Projects (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Individual experimental or theoretical research problems for advanced undergraduates. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

PHYS 3113. Analytical Mechanics (Fa). 3 Hours.

Newton's laws of motion applied to particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Introduction to Hamilton's and Lagrange's equations. Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2584.

PHYS 3213. Electronics in Experimental Physics (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

DC & AC electronics, semiconductors, operational amplifiers, and digital logic circuits with lab applications in experimental physics. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: PHYS 2094 or instructor consent.

PHYS 3273. UAteach Research Methods (Sp). 3 Hours.

A project-based course for prospective science and mathematics teachers utilizing scientific research methods and inquiry to solve research problems. Prerequisite: ARSC 1201 and ARSC 1221 and junior standing.

This course is cross-listed with CHEM 3273, BIOL 3273.

PHYS 3273H. Honors UAteach Research Methods (Sp). 3 Hours.

A project-based course for prospective science and mathematics teachers utilizing scientific research methods and inquiry to solve research problems. Prerequisite: ARSC 1201 and ARSC 1221, junior standing and honors.

This course is cross-listed with PHYS 3273, CHEM 3273, BIOL 3273.

PHYS 3414. Electromagnetic Theory (Sp). 4 Hours.

Electrostatics including dielectrics, magnetostatics and magnetic materials. Maxwell's equations, radiation theory, and wave propagation. Prerequisite: MATH 2574 and PHYS 2074. Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2584.

PHYS 3544. Optics (Fa). 4 Hours.

Elements of geometrical, physical, and quantum optics. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: PHYS 2074 or MATH 2564.

PHYS 3603. Introduction to Modern Physics (Fa). 3 Hours.

An introduction to the basic ideas of 20th century physics, with an emphasis on those that form the foundations of modern technology: quantum theory and its application to atomic, nuclear, optical and condensed matter physics. No credit is given toward a B.S. degree in physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 2033 and MATH 2043 or MATH 2554.

PHYS 360VL. Modern Physics Laboratory (Sp). 1-3 Hour.

Experiments illustrating the development and concepts of modern physics. No credit given toward a B.S. major in physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 3603.

PHYS 3613. Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

Introduction to special relativity, statistical physics, quantum physics, and a survey of molecules, solids, and statistical physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 2074.

PHYS 3923H. Honors Colloquium (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Covers a special topic or issue, offered as part of the honors program. No more than 3 hours may be offered toward fulfillment of the requirements for the B.S. or B.A. degree in Physics. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy (not restricted to candidacy in physics). May be repeated for degree credit.

PHYS 399VH. Honors (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Independent study for physics students enrolled in the honors program. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

PHYS 400V. Laboratory and Classroom Practices in Physics (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

The pedagogy of curricular materials. Laboratory and demonstration techniques illustrating fundamental concepts acquired through participation in the classroom as an apprentice teacher. Prerequisite: PHYS 3113 or PHYS 3414.

PHYS 4073. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa). 3 Hours.

A survey of quantum mechanics from the wave mechanical point of view including the application of quantum mechanics to the simple harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, and the hydrogen atom. Required course for B.S. Physics majors. Prerequisite: PHYS 3613, MATH 2574, and MATH 2584.

PHYS 4103. Physics in Perspective (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Human implications of physics, including life's place in the universe, the methods of science, human sense perceptions, energy utilization, social impacts of technology, and the effect of physics on modern world views. No credit given toward a B.S. major in Physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 3603 or PHYS 3613.

PHYS 4113. Physics in Perspective (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Human implications of physics, including life's place in the universe, the methods of science, human sense perceptions, energy utilization, social impacts of technology, and the effect of physics on modern world views. Credit allowed for only one of PHYS 4113 or PHYS 4103. Prerequisite: PHYS 3613.

PHYS 4203. Physics of Devices (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Principles of physics applied in a selection of technologically important devices in areas including computing, communications, medical imaging, lasers, and energy utilization. Students will utilize technical journals. No credit given toward a B.S. major in Physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 3603 or PHYS 3613.

PHYS 4213. Physics of Devices (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Principles of physics applied in a selection of technologically important devices in areas including computing, communications, medical imaging, lasers, and energy utilization. Students will utilize technical journals. Credit allowed for only one of PHYS 4203 or PHYS 4213. Prerequisite: PHYS 3613.

PHYS 4333. Thermal Physics (Sp). 3 Hours.

Equilibrium thermodynamics, statistical physics, and kinetic energy. Prerequisite: PHYS 3613.

PHYS 4613. Introduction to Biophysics and Biophysical Techniques (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Origins of biophysics, biological polymers and polymer physics, properties of DNA and proteins, techniques to study DNA and proteins, biological membrane and ion channels, biological energy, experimental techniques to study single DNA and proteins. Two experiments are included: (1) DNA Gel electrophoresis; (2) Measurement of double-stranded DNA melting point. Prerequisite: PHYS 3613 and PHYS 4333, or consent.

This course is cross-listed with PHYS 5613.

PHYS 462VL. Modern Physics Laboratory (Sp). 1-3 Hour.

Advanced experiments, projects, and techniques in atomic, nuclear, and solid state physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 3613.

PHYS 4653. Subatomic Physics (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Nuclear structure and nuclear reactions. Nature and properties of elementary particles and resonances, their interactions and decays. Phenomenological theory and discussion of experimental evidence. Prerequisite: PHYS 3613.

This course is cross-listed with PHYS 5653.

PHYS 4713. Solid State Physics (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Crystal structure, diffraction and symmetry. Lattice vibrations, elasticity and optical properties. Electronic structure, band theory, transport and magnetism. Course emphasizes applications and current topics in semiconductors, optics and magnetism. Pre- or Corequisite: PHYS 3414 and PHYS 4073.

PHYS 4734. Introduction to Laser Physics (Sp). 4 Hours.

A combined lecture/laboratory course covering the theory of laser operation, laser resonators, propagation of laser beams, specific lasers such as gas, solid state, semiconductor and chemical lasers, and laser applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 3414 and PHYS 3544.

PHYS 4773. Introduction to Optical Properties of Materials (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

A course covering crystal symmetry optical transmission and absorption, light scattering (Raman and Brillouin) optical constants, carrier mobility, and polarization effects in semi-conductors, quantum wells, insulators, and other optically important materials. Prerequisite: PHYS 3414 and PHYS 3544.

PHYS 4793L. Nanotechnology Laboratory (Fa). 3 Hours.

Provides students with hands-on experience in several major areas of nanotechnology, including nanoscale imaging, synthesis of nanomaterials, nanostructure assembly and manipulation, device and system integration, and performance evaluation. Students can earn credit for only one of the following courses: MEEG 4323L, BENG 4753L, BMEG 4103L, CHEM 4153L, PHYS 4793L. Corequisite: Drill component, junior standing and instructor consent. Prerequisite: MATH 2564, PHYS 2074, CHEM 1123 or CHEM 1133.

This course is cross-listed with MEEG 4323L, CHEM 4153L.

PHYS 4793M. Honors Nanotechnology Laboratory (Fa). 3 Hours.

Provides students with hands-on experience in several major areas of nanotechnology, including nanoscale imaging, synthesis of nanomaterials, nanostructure assembly and manipulation, device and system integration, and performance evaluation. Students can earn credit for only one of the following courses: MEEG 4323L, BENG 4753L, BMEG 4103L, CHEM 4153L, PHYS 4793L. Corequisite: Drill component, junior standing and instructor consent. Prerequisite: MATH 2564, PHYS 2074, CHEM 1123 or CHEM 1133.

This course is cross-listed with MEEG 4323L, CHEM 4153L, PHYS 4793L.

PHYS 4803. Mathematical Physics (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Development of mathematics used in advanced physics, including tensors, matrices, group theory, special functions and operators. Prerequisite: MATH 2584.

PHYS 498V. Senior Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

PHYS 4991. Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa). 1 Hour.

Student mastery of the principles of physics are assessed by means of research paper writing and an examination chosen by the faculty. The research paper may be used to satisfy the Fulbright College writing requirement. (Required of all B.S. and B.A. physics majors in their last year.).

PHYS 5033. Design and Fabrication of Scientific Apparatus (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Students will learn mechanical and electronic techniques used in the design and fabrication of scientific apparatus. (This course cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements in any physics program.).

Salvador Barraza-Lopez, Assistant Professor
Laurent Bellaiche, Professor
Hugh O.H. Churchill, Assistant Professor
Huaxiang Fu, Associate Professor
Julio R. Gea-Banacloche, Professor
Bothina Hamad, Research Associate
William G. Harter, Professor
Tacy Marie Joffe Minor, Assistant Professor
Daniel John Kennefick, Assistant Professor
Julia Dusk Kennefick, Assistant Professor
Pradeep Kumar, Assistant Professor
Bret Darby Lehmer, Assistant Professor
Jiali Li, Professor
William Oliver III, Associate Professor
Sergey Prosandeev, Associate Professor
Fuad Rawwagah, Assistant Professor
Wei Ren, Assistant Professor
Gregory J. Salamo, Distinguished Professor
Woodrow L. Shew, Assistant Professor
Surendra P. Singh, University Professor
Stephen R. Skinner, Instructor
Tamara D. Snyder, Assistant Professor
Paul M. Thibado, Professor
Reeta Vyas, Professor
Yong Wang, Assistant Professor
Rick Wise, Research Professor
Min Xiao, Distinguished Professor
Mark Zajac, Visiting Assistant Professor