Graduate Physics Courses

Below are listings for graduate level courses offered through the Department of Physics. The authoritative source for course information is the Marshall University Graduate Course Catalog.

 500 Level Physics Courses

PHY 505 – 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 512 – 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.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 515 – 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 521 – Modern Physics Laboratory
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 525 – Solid State Physics
The purpose of the course is to provide a broad introduction to the structures and physical properties of solids, which are of extraordinary importance in the modern world.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 542 – Quantum Mechanics
Alternate years. Mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics, particles in potential fields, perturbation theory and other approximation methods, scattering, applications to simple systems. 3 lec. (REC: PHY 331 and MTH 335 or equivalent)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 543 – Quantum Mechanics II
This is the second part of a two-semester introduction to quantum mechanics. Emphasis is on application of quantum theory including approximation techniques and the study of more realistic quantum systems. (PR: PHY 442/542)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 545 – Mathematical Methods of Physics
Offered on demand. An introduction to the 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)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 546 – Mathematical Methods of Physics II
A second semester of a full year course on methods of solving problems in physics: calculus of variations, ordinary partial differential equations and special functions with real physics problems. (PR: PHY 545)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 547 – 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. (PR: PHY 203, MTH 122, MTH 140)
4 Credit Hours

PHY 550 – Radiation Physics in the Life Sciences
Alternate years. 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/demonstration. (PR: PHY 203 and 204, or consent of instructor)
4 Credit Hours

PHY 562 – Nuclear Chemistry and Physics
Alternate years. An introduction or 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 424d.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 563 – 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 Physics 462/562. A field trip to the University of Michigan Nuclear Reactor is an integral part of the course.
2 Credit Hours

PHY 580-583 – Special Topics

Each 1 to 4 Credit Hours

PHY 585-588 – Independent Study

Each 1 to 4 Credit Hours


600 Level Physics Courses

PHY 600 – Electricity and Magnetism I
A study of electrostatics and associated boundary-value problems, electric multipoles and macroscopic media, dielectrics, magnetostatics, time varying fields, Maxwell equations and conservation laws, plane electromagnetic waves and wave propagation.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 608 – Statistical Mechanics
The course introduces thermodynamics and statistical mechanics to graduate students of physics and other science and engineering disciplines as two complimentary approaches to study physical properties of systems in equilibrium. (PR: Permission of instructor)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 610 – Special and General Relativity
General relativity, the classical theory of one of the four fundamental forces, is not a standard course offering. This course of Special and General Relativity intends to fill this gap by introducing the key concepts that lead to a revolution in our understanding of space and time. The students will learn about spacetime curvature, metrics, geodesics, black holes, gravitational waves and cosmology. (PR: Permission of instructor)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 616 – X-Ray Diffraction
Offered on demand. A study of the properties of X-rays, X-ray diffraction, and crystal structure. 2 lec-3 lab. (REC: CHM 358 or equivalent)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 620 – Modern Astrophysics I
Modern astrophysics is firmly grounded in the fundamental principles of physics and will offer students the opportunity to use the physics they have learned in understanding the nature of the universe. This course provides a graduate-level introduction to astrophysics, focusing on stellar structure and evolution. (PR: Permission of instructor)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 625 – Condensed Matter Physics
This course studies complex phenomena that occur in solids and quantum liquids, and exposes the students to some theoretical tools used to describe the basic interactions behind these phenomena. (PR: Permission of instructor)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 630 – Classical Mechanics
Study of variational principles and Lagrange’s equations, the two-body central force problem, the kinematics and dynamics of rigid-body motion, Hamilton’s equations of motion, canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, and small oscillations.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 631-632 – Seminar I and II
Each 1 Credit Hours

PHY 640 – Fundamentals of Physics S
Offered on demand. A course in fundamental concepts of physics. Subject content varies. Designed primarily to strengthen conceptual understanding of teachers.
4 Credit Hours

PHY 644 – Atomic Physics
A historical development of the modern theories concerning the structure of matter, electricity, and light, including applications of optical spectra and X-rays. (PR: PHY 203, 204 or PHY 213, 204 or equivalent)
3 Credit Hours

PHY 661-662 – Special Topics
Each 1 to 3 Credit Hours

PHY 682 – Thesis Research
(PR: Graduate status and approval of advisor)
Each 1 to 6 Credit Hours

PHY 685-686 – Independent Study in Physics
Advanced independent study in physics. (PR: specific to course)
3 Credit Hours