Undergraduate Physics Courses

Below are listings for lower and upper division courses offered through the Department of Physics. The authoritative source for course information is the Marshall University Catalog.

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100 Level Physics Courses


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300 Level Physics Courses


400 Level Physics Courses


100 Level Physics Courses


PHY 101 – Conceptual Physics
Introduces nonscience majors to applications of physics in life. Emphasizes conceptual understanding of basic prin- ciples in classical and modern physics. Recommended for science students with no high school physics. (PR: MTH 120, 121 or MTH 123).
3 Credit Hours

PHY 101L – Conceptual Physics Lab
A laboratory course designed to include the principles and applications of physics that are introduced in Physics 101. (CR: PHY 101) 2 lab.
1 Credit Hours

PHY 120 Introduction to LabView
An introduction to the LabView programming environment for instrumentation control, data acquisition and analysis.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 190 – Overview of Physics (CT)
An overview of well-established topics characteristic of an undergraduate physics major, including classical physics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, particle physics, and cosmology. Also covered are the factors leading to new scientific discoveries and distinctively scientific ways of thinking and the interplay between science and culture.
3 Credit Hours

 

200 Level Physics Courses


PHY 201 – College Physics I
First half of an introduction to physics for life-science students, using algebra and vectors by triangles: force, energy, particle dynmaics, rotation, fluids, waves, thermal phenomena.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 202 – General Physics I Laboratory
Laboratory to accompany PHY 201 or PHY 211, focusing on mechanics concepts and applications.
1 Credit Hours

PHY 203 – College Physics II
Second half of an introduction to physics for students of natural (life) sciences, using algebra and vectors by triangles: E&M fields, circuits; ray optics, interference; atoms, nuclei.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 204 – General Physics 2 Laboratory
Laboratory to accompany PHY 203 or PHY 213, focusing on classical E&M, circuits, and optics.
1 Credit Hours

PHY 211 – University Physics I
First half of an introduction to physics for students of physical science or engineering, using calculus and vectors by components: force, energy, particle dynamics, rotation, fluids, waves, thermodynamics.
4 Credit Hours

PHY 213 – University Physics II
Second half of an introduction to physics for students of physical science or engineering, using calculus and vectors by components: E&M fields, circuits; ray optics, interference; atoms, nuclei.
4 Credit Hours

PHY 222 – Investigating the Universe
A creative laboratory course designed to give students an opportunity to work with modern research equipment, with ample time to conduct experiments and/or investigate phenomenae of their choosing. (PR: MTH 122, and MTH 127 or MTH 130; or MTH 132)
2 Credit Hours

 

300 Level Physics Courses


PHY 300 – Electricity and Magnetism I
A course including the study of electrostatics, magneto- statics, electromagnetic induction, introduction to Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves. 3 lec.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 302 – Electricity and Magnetism II
A study of Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves, radiation theory, optical phenomena, and electrodynamics. 3 lec. (PR: PHY 300)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 304 – Optics I
An intermediate course in geometrical and physical optics. 3 lec. (PR: PHY 203 or 213; CR: PHY 405 or 505) See 405.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 308 – Thermal Physics I
A study of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, and an introduction to statistical mechanics 3 lec. (PR: PHY 203 or 213 and MTH 231)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 314 – Electronic Physics II
A study of transistors, integrated circuits and their associated circuits. 3 lec. (PR: PHY 203 or 213 and 204) See PHY 415.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 320 – Intro Modern Physics I
An introductory study of atomic and molecular theories, relativity, quantum theory, and nuclear physics. 3 lec.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 330 – Mechanics I
An intermediate study of the fundamental principles of statics of particles and rigid bodies, momentum and energy, dynamics of particles, harmonic oscillations, and wave motion. 3 lec. (PR: PHY 203 or 213 and MTH 231)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 350 – Biological Physics II
A one-semester survey course in biomedical applications of physical principles designed for students in premedical, paramedical, and life sciences. 3 lec-2 lab. (PR: PHY 203 or 213 and 204, or consent of instructor)
4 Credit Hours

 

400 Level Physics Courses


PHY 405 – Optics Laboratory
A course in optical experiments encompassing geometrical and physical optics. This course is to be taken with Physics 304.
2 Credit Hours

PHY 412 – Atmospheric Physics with Computer Simulation Modeling
A general introduction to the earth’s atmosphere. The physical and chemical dynamic behavior of the earth’s atmosphere will be analyzed by comparing computer simulated profiles with in situ measurements. (PR: Permission of instructor)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 415 – Electronics Laboratory
A course in laboratory measurements encompassing transistors, integrated circuits, and their associated circuits. This course is to be taken with Physics 314.
2 Credit Hours

PHY 421 – Modern Physics Lab
Laboratory exercises on modern physics topics encompassing both experiments of historic significance and current applications. To be taken with Physics 320, or equivalent.
2 Credit Hours

PHY 425 – Solid State Physics
The course provides a broad introduction to the structure and physical properties of solids. It also serves as a basis for advanced courses in solid state and condensed matter physics. (CR/PR: PHY 320 or 442 or CHM 442)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 431-432 – Seminar I, II
One semester required of physics majors.
Each 1 Credit Hours

PHY 435 – Scientific Computing
Introduction to some of the most important tools and techniques in scientific computing, including object-oriented design, version control, and MPI for high-performance computing. (PR: IST 163 or MTH 229)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 442 – Quantum Mechanics I
A study of waves and particles, the Schroedinger and Heisenberg formulations, particles in potential fields, scattering and perturbation theories, and applications to atomic and nuclear structure. 3 lec. (PR: MTH 231 and PHY 330)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 443 – Quantum Mechanics II
This is a second part of a two-semester introduction to quantum mechanics. Emphasis is on applications of quantum theory, including approximation techniques and the study of more realistic quantum systems. (CR/PR: PHY 442 or CHM 442)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 445 – Mathematical Methods of Physics II
An introduction to theory of orthogonal functions, curvilinear coordinate systems, vector and tensor fields, and their applications in physics. Problems are drawn from different areas of physics. 3 lec. (PR: PHY 203 or 213 and MTH 231 or permission)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 447 – Mechanics for Teachers
An in-depth study of mechanics for education majors specializing in Physics with emphasis on problem-solving techniques, demonstrations, experiments and computer applications. The course also examines recent advances in physics education. (PR: PHY 203 or 213, MTH 122, MTH 140)
4 Credit Hours

PHY 450 – Radiation Physics in Life Sciences II
A course in radiation physics with emphasis on applications in the medical sciences. Designed for students interested in the life sciences. A field trip to the University of Michigan nuclear reactor is an integral part of the course. 3 lec-2 lab. (PR: PHY 203 or PHY 213 and 204, or consent of instructor)
4 Credit Hours

PHY 462 – Nuclear Physics and Chemistry II
An introduction to the description of nucleons, electric and magnetic properties of a nucleus, nuclear energy levels, nuclear reactions including neutron activation, interaction of particles with matter, and nuclear forces. 3 lec. (PR: PHY 320 and MTH 231 or consent of instructor.) See 463.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 463 – Nuclear Physics Laboratory
Laboratory techniques for the measurement of nuclear properties, theory and characteristics of various detectors, statistics of counting, and energy determination of nuclear particles and radiation. This course is to be taken with PHY 462. A field trip to the University of Michigan Nuclear Reactor is an integral part of the course.
2 Credit Hours

PHY 480-483 – Special Topics I, II, and S
By permission of department chairman.
Each 1 to 4 Credit Hours

PHY 485-488 – Independent Study by permission of department chairman.
Each 1 to 4 Credit Hours


PHY 491 – To give a capstone experience to physics majors in their junior or senior years by applying the principles of physics to the solution of real life problems. (PR: CSD 203, or 218 and lab).
1 to 2 Credit Hours


PHY 492 – To give a capstone experience to physics majors in their junior or senior years by applying the principles of physics to the solution of real life problems. (PR: PHY 491)
1 to 2 Credit Hours