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Physics & Engineering course catalog

Schedule of Physics course offerings

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Spring 2022 Courses

SCI 100: Climate Change

This course provides an introduction to the science of climate change. Core topics include albedo, the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle, and feedback mechanisms between these phenomena. Students will study past climates, climate models, and the impacts of modern climate change. Near the end of the semester students will discuss efforts to mitigate climate change. They conclude by briefly discussing the most widely adopted climate change policies. No previous experience with these subjects is assumed.

Gen Ed Attribute: Science Distributive Requirement.

Dr. Morrison Syllabus

SCI 102: Electricity with Phys and Bio Applications

An exploration of the physics of electrical circuits, the chemical basis of electricity as the flow of electrons, acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions in chemical and in chemical and in living systems, the electrical activity in the human nervous system, and connections between electricity and sensation and locomotion in humans.

Pre / Co requisites: Education majors only.

Dr. Sudol Syllabus

SCI 103: Waves of Reality

This class will be geared towards how physics shows up in art and music. Students will initially study what will seem like basic physics: force and motion, electric and magnetic fields, periodic oscillations, and wave properties. They will then begin to focus on light, optics and color, and the human eye. Next, they will focus on sound, sound production, sound perception, and the organization of sound into musical scales such that "music" can be constructed.

Gen Ed Attribute: Science Distributive Requirement.

103-02    Dr. Mitchell   Syllabus

PHY 100: Elements of Physical Science

A study of motion, energy, light, and some aspects of modern physics.

Gen Ed Attribute: (SD) Science Distributive Requirement.


100-02&04    Dr. Sawyer   Syllabus
100-03    Dr. Chyba    Syllabus

PHY 123: Food, Fire, and Physics: The Science of Cooking

An exploration of food and cooking from a physical science perspective. Principles of soft matter physics (e.g. phase diagram, intermolecular forces, viscosity, diffusion, self-assembly, polymer physics) are discussed and used to gain insight into food and cooking.

Gen Ed Attribute: Science Distributive Requirement.

Dr. Aptowicz Syllabus

BME 120:  Introduction to Computer Aided Engineering Design

This course introduces students to the modern computational tools used for engineering design and analysis. Topics include: the principles of SolidWorks, simple and advanced part modeling approaches, assembly modeling, drawing, configurations/design tables and surface modeling, the applications of SolidWorks in manufacturing processes, mechanical systems, and engineering analysis.

Dr. Ramo Syllabus

PHY 130: General Physics I

An introductory, non-calculus, physics course. Mechanics of solids and fluids, wave motion, heat and temperature, thermodynamics, and kinetic theory.

Gen Ed Attribute: (SD) Science Distributive Requirement.


130-01   Dr. Pfeil Syllabus
130-02   Dr. Pfeil Syllabus
130-03   Dr. Morrison Syllabus

PHY 140: General Physics II

An extension of PHY 130. Electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics.

Pre / Co requisites: PHY 140 requires prerequisite of PHY 130.


140-01 Dr. Kandalam Syllabus
140-02 Dr. Thornton Syllabus

140-03 Dr. Chen Syllabus                                                                                                                          

PHY 170: Physics I

An introductory calculus-based physics course. Includes mechanics, kinetic theory, waves, heat, and thermodynamics. The laboratory emphasizes error analysis, the writing of technical reports, and data analysis using computers.


Pre / Co requisites: PHY 170 requires a prerequisite of MAT 161.
Gen Ed Attribute: (SD) Science Distributive Requirement.


170-01 Dr. Kandalam Syllabus

PHY 180: Physics II

A continuation of PHY 170. Includes electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, electronics, and modern physics.

Pre / Co requisites: PHY 180 requires prerequisite of PHY 170 and co-requisite of MAT 162.
Gen Ed Attribute: (SD) Science Distributive Requirement.

180-01 Dr. Chen Syllabus

BME 230: Dynamics

This course is to present the fundamentals of particle and rigid body dynamics and to apply these fundamentals to the systematic solution of engineering problems. Topics include: work, energy, and momentum; kinetics and kinematics of a particle; planar and three-dimensional kinematics; and dynamics of rigid bodies.

Pre / Co requisites: BME 230 requires a prerequisite of BME 220.

Dr. Ramo Syllabus

BME 325: Biomedical Engineering Laboratory II

This course is the continuation of BME 315. Students will perform a series of laboratory experiments. A project will be conducted at the end of the semester.

Pre / Co requisites: BME 325 requires prerequisites of BME 110 and BIO 265.

Dr. Placone Syllabus

BME 345: Biotransport Phenomena

This course provides the fundamental biomedical applications of fluid mechanics, heat, and mass transfer. Topics include: the principles and applications of biotransport fundamentals, fluid mechanics, macroscopic biotransport, 1-D steady and unsteady state transport, and general multidimensional microscopic transport.

Pre / Co requisites: BME 345 requires prerequisites of BIO 265, BME 310, and MAT 315.

Dr. Huang Syllabus

BME 355: Biomedical Instrumentation

This course is to study the fundamentals of instrumentation in biomedical fields. Topics include: various types of medical instruments; basic analog and digital electronics; data acquisition signal processing; and applications of instrumentation in diagnoses, medical imaging, and laboratory. Regulation and medical safety will be discussed.

Pre / Co requisites: BME 355 requires prerequisites of BIO 265 and PHY 180.

Dr. Placone Syllabus

BME 365: Biomechanics

Particle kinematics, dynamics, energy, and momentum considerations; oscillations; central force motion; accelerated reference frames; rigid body mechanics; Lagrangian mechanics.

Pre / Co requisites: BME 365 requires prerequisites of BIO 265 and BME 230.

Dr. Ramo Syllabus

PHY 175: Computational Physics

This is an introductory course on the basic ideas and programming skills of computational physics, with a six-week introduction to programming given at the beginning of the course. Students will develop their own computer software to solve problems in mechanics, electrostatics, magnetism, quantum mechanics, chaos and other areas.

Pre / Co requisites: PHY 175 requires prerequisites of MAT 162 and PHY 170. PHY 175 requires corequisite courses of MAT 261 and PHY 180.

Dr. Chen Syllabus

PHY 240: Introduction to Modern Physics

An atomic view of electricity and radiation, atomic theory, special relativity theory, X-rays, radioactivity, nuclear fission, and introductory quantum mechanics.

Pre / Co requisites: PHY 240 requires prerequisites of PHY 140 or PHY 180 and MAT 162.

Dr. Waite Syllabus

PHY 320: Intermediate Physics Lab II

This course is a continuation of PHY 310, a lecture and laboratory course designed to familiarize students with modern physics laboratory equipment and practices through a series of experiments. Students write three research papers and give one research talk describing the experiments and their results in a style consistent with scientific conventions.

Pre / Co requisites: PHY 320 requires a prerequisite of PHY 310.
Gen Ed Attribute: (W) Writing Emphasis.

Dr. Mitchell Syllabus

PHY 330: Electronics I

Emphasis is divided between theory and experiment. The course begins with a brief review of resistive and RC voltage dividers. Electronic circuits studied include basic operational amplifiers, timers, instrumentation amplifiers, logic circuits, flip flops, counters, and timers.

Pre / Co requisites: PHY 330 requires prerequisites of MAT 161 and PHY 140 or PHY 180.

Dr. Waite Syllabus

PHY 350: Heat and Thermodynamics

Equations of state, first and second laws of thermodynamics, ideal and real gases, entropy, and statistical mechanics.

Pre / Co requisites: PHY 350 requires prerequisites of PHY 240 and MAT 261.


Dr. Aptowicz Syllabus

PHY 425: Quantum Mechanics II

This course is the second-semester quantum mechanics course. The following fundamental topics will be covered: Time-independent Perturbation Theory, the Variational Principle, the WKB approximation, time-dependent Perturbation Theory, and advanced topics.

Pre / Co requisites: PHY 425 requires a prerequisite of PHY 420.

Dr. Kandalam Syllabus

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