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Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy Courses


Physics and Astronomy undergraduate majors and minors should consult the following resources to determine which courses to take for specific tracks, and to plan a four-year curriculum:

Courses in Physics and Astronomy are listed below.

  • Course IDs link to the catalog description on TOPNET.
  • Course types are: Lec=Lecture, Lab=Laboratory, L+L=Lecture and Laboratory, Sem=Seminar, and Ind=Independent Study.
  • Separate lecture and laboratory courses that must be taken together are listed together, even if the course numbers are not in order.
  • Timings of regularly-offered courses are given as "no"=not offered in a given semester, "Yes"=offered every year, "Odd"=offered in odd-numbered years, or "Even"=offered in even-numbered years. Other courses are offered on a less regular schedule; please inquire if interested. In all cases, "offered" means opened for registration and taught if enrollment is sufficient.
  • Co-requisite and pre-requisite courses are encoded with A=ASTR, B=BIOL, C=CHEM, G=GEOL, M=MATH, P=PHYS, "+"="and", and "/"="or".

 

 

Course ID Course Name Credit Course Offered Course Requirements ("+"="and", "/"="or")
Catalog Link   Hours Type Fall Spring Co-Requisites Pre-Requisites
ASTR 104 Astronomy of the Solar System 3 L+L Yes Yes - -
ASTR 106 Astronomy of Stellar Systems 3 L+L Yes Yes - -
ASTR 108 Descriptive Astronomy 3 Lec Yes Yes - -
PHYS 100 Energy 3 Lec - - - -
PHYS 101 Concepts of Motion 3 L+L Yes Yes - -
PHYS 103 Light, Color and Vision 3 L+L Yes Yes - -
PHYS 105 Concepts of the Physical World 3 L+L - - - -
PHYS 130 Acoustics of Music and Speech 3 L+L Yes Yes - -

 

 

Course ID Course Name Credit Course Offered Course Requirements ("+"="and", "/"="or")
Catalog Link   Hours Type Fall Spring Co-Requisites Pre-Requisites
ASTR 214 General Astronomy 4 L+L Yes no - M136
ASTR 275 Astronomy Research Methods 3 Lec - - - M117
ASTR 298 Research Experience 1-3 Ind - - - M117+A106/A214/A275
ASTR 305 Introduction to Astrobiology 3 Lec - - - M116+A106/B120/C120/G111
ASTR 314 Observational Astronomy 4 L+L no Even - A214
ASTR 414 Astrophysics 4 L+L no Odd M331 P321+M237
PHYS 180 Introductory Modern Physics 3 Lec Yes Yes P181 M117
PHYS 181 Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory 1 Lab Yes Yes P180 M117
PHYS 201 College Physics I 4 L+L Yes Yes - -
PHYS 215 Seminar for Physics Learning Assistants 1 Sem - - - See catalog
PHYS 231 Physics and Biophysics I 3 Lec Yes Yes P232 -
PHYS 232 Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I 1 Lab Yes Yes P231 -
PHYS 332 Physics and Biophysics II 3 Lec Yes Yes P233 P231
PHYS 233 Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics II 1 Lab Yes Yes P332 -
PHYS 255 University Physics I 4 Lec Yes Yes P256+M137 M136
PHYS 256 University Physics I Laboratory 1 Lab Yes Yes P255 -
PHYS 265 University Physics II 4 Lec Yes Yes P266 P255+M137
PHYS 266 University Physics II Laboratory 1 Lab Yes Yes P265 M137
PHYS 295 Introduction to Research Methodology 1 Lec - - - See catalog
PHYS 299 Research Experience 1-3 Ind - - - M117+P180/P201/P231/P255
PHYS 359 Clinical Optics 4 Lec - - - P332/P265
PHYS 379 Nanotechnology in Biophysics and Medicine 4 Lec no Even - P332/P265

 

 

 

Course ID Course Name Credit Course Offered Course Requirements ("+"="and", "/"="or")
Catalog Link   Hours Type Fall Spring Co-Requisites Pre-Requisites
PHYS 301 ELectrical Measurements Laboratory 1 Lab no Yes - P265+P266
PHYS 302 Atomic Physics Laboratory 1 Lab Yes no - P321
PHYS 316 Computational Physics 3 Lec - - - P265
PHYS 318 Data Acquisition Using LabVIEW 3 L+L no Yes - P265
PHYS 321 Introductory Modern Physics II 3 Lec Yes Yes - P180+P265+M237+C120+C121
PHYS 330 Thermodynamics 3 Lec no Yes - P321+M237+M331
PHYS 335 General Biophysics 4 L+L - - - P332+B120
PHYS 337 Medical Imaging 4 Lec Odd no - B120+M136+P332/P265
PHYS 350 Classical Mechanics I 3 Lec Yes no M237+M331 P265
PHYS 389 Practicum in Physics and Astronomy 3-6 Ind - - - -
PHYS 398 Junior Seminar 0.5 Sem no Yes - P321+P350
PHYS 399 Research Problems in Physics and Astronomy 1-3 Ind - - - P321
PHYS 425 Physics of Materials Science 3 Lec - - P440+M431 P321+M237
PHYS 431 Radiation Biophysics 1-4 L+L no Odd - P202/P332
PHYS 440 ELectricity and Magnetism I 3 Lec no Yes - P350+M237+M331
PHYS 441 Optics 3 Lec Yes no P404 P180+P265+M137
PHYS 404 Optics Laboratory 1 Lab Yes no P441 -
PHYS 445 ELectricity and Magnetism II 3 Lec - - - P440
PHYS 450 Classical Mechanics II 3 Lec - - - P350+M237+M331
PHYS 460 Solid State Physics 3 Lec Odd no P406 P321+M237+M331
PHYS 406 Solid State Physics Laboratory 1 Lab Odd no P460 -
PHYS 465 Geophysics 3 Lec - - - P202/P332/P265+G111
PHYS 470 Nuclear Physics 3 Lec no Even P407 P302+P321+M331
PHYS 407 Nuclear Physics Laboratory 1 Lab no Even P470 -
PHYS 475 SeLected Topics in Physics 1-3 Lec - - - See catalog
PHYS 480 Quantum Mechanics 3 Lec Yes no - P321+P350+M237+P440/P450/M435
PHYS 489 Internship in Physics and Astronomy 3-6 Ind - - - See catalog
PHYS 498 Senior Seminar 0.5 Sem Yes no - P398

 

Course ID Course Name Credit Course Offered Course Requirements ("+"="and", "/"="or")
Catalog Link   Hours Type Fall Spring Co-Requisites Pre-Requisites
ASTR 405 Astronomy for Teachers 3 Lec no Yes - A104/A106/A108
PHYS 410 Physics for Teachers 3 Lec Yes no - P201/P231/P255

 

 

 


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