Astronomy
Information on Courses for NonPhysics Majors: Dr. Dana Browne
Undergraduate Advisor for Physics Majors: Dr. A. Ravi P. Rau and Dr. David Young
Our Undergraduate Program is for students wishing to major in Physics and Astronomy, Medical and Health Physics, or who would like to minor in Physics. The usual course of study includes Calculus, General Physics including laboratory experiments in the first year. In the second year, courses in differential equations, modern physics, mechanics are suggested. In your junior and senior years, you can choose an area in which to concentrate  Physics, Minor in Physics, Astronomy, Medical/Health Physics, Secondary Education or Second Discipline.
Freshman (31 Semester Hours)
Fall 
Spring 

PHYS 1201 General Physics for Physics Majors (4)This is a General Education course. Prereq.: credit or registration in MATH 1550 or
MATH 1551. 
PHYS 1202 General Physics for Physics Majors (4)This is a General Education course. Prereq.: PHYS 1201 and credit or registration
in MATH 1552 or MATH 1553. 
PHYS 1208 General Physics for Laboratory Physics Majors (1)Prereq.: credit or registration in PHYS 1201. Credit will not be given for this course
and PHYS 2108. Laboratory to accompanyPHYS 1201. 
PHYS 1209 General Physics Laboratory for Physics Majors (1)Prereq.: credit or registration in PHYS 1202. Credit will not be given for this course and PHYS 2109. Laboratory to accompanyPHYS 1202. 3 hrs. lab. 
MATH 1550 Analytic Geometry and Calculus (5)[LCCN: CMAT 2115, Calculus I] This is a General Education course. An honors course, MATH 1551, is also available. Prereq.:An appropriate ALEKS placement score. Credit will be given for only one of the following: MATH 1431, MATH 1550, MATH 1551.Limits, derivatives, and integrals of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, with applications. 
MATH 1552 Analytic Geometry and Calculus (4)[LCCN: CMAT 2124, Calculus II] This is a General Education course. An honors course, MATH 1553, is also available. Prereq.:MATH 1550 or MATH 1551. Credit will not be given for both this course and MATH 1553 or MATH 1554. Techniques of integration, parameter equations, analytical geometry, polar coordinates, infinite series, vectors in low dimensions; introduction to differential equations and partial derivatives. 
ENGL 1001 English Composition (3)[LCCN: CENL 1013, English Composition I] This is a General Education course. Placement by department. Introduction to analytical writing and researchbased inquiry. 
Any 2000 level courses in English literature (3) 
Art (3) General education courses  Humanities (3) General education courses 
Total: (16)  Total: (15) 
Sophomore (32 Semester Hours)
Fall 
Spring 

PHYS 2203 Introductory Modern Physics (3)Prereq.: PHYS 1202 or PHYS 2112, PHYS 2113. Elementary modern physics; special relativity, wave/particle duality, quantum mechanics, hydrogen atom, manyelectron atoms, nuclear structure elementary particles, solid state, astrophysics and cosmology. 
PHYS 2221 Introduction to Mechanics (3)Prereq.: MATH 2057; PHYS 1202 or both PHYS 2112 and PHYS 2113. 
PHYS 2207 Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory (1)Prereq.: PHYS 1209. Coreq.: PHYS 2203. For physics majors only. Laboratory to accompany
PHYS 2203. 
PHYS 3098 Instrumentation Electronics for Scientists (3)Prereq.: PHYS 1202 or both PHYS 2112 and PHYS 2113; PHYS 2207; CSC 1253 or equivalent. For physics majors only. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Basic electronic technology and circuits used in scientific instrumentation; circuit analysis, discrete components, operational amplifiers, digital electronics and microcontrollers. 
MATH 2057 Multidimensional Calculus (3)An honors course, MATH 2058, is also available. Prereq.: MATH 1552 or MATH 1553. Credit will not be given for both this course and MATH 2058. Threedimensional analytic geometry, partial derivatives, multiple integrals. 
MATH 2090 Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (4)Prereq.: MATH 1552 or MATH 1553. Credit will not be given for both this course and MATH 2065, MATH 2070,or MATH 2085.Introduction to first order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, and systems of differential equations; vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, determinants, linear dependence, bases, systems of equations, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and Laplace transforms. 
CSC 1253 Computer Science I with C++(3)Prereq.: credit or registration in MATH 1550 or credit in MATH 1431. Credit will not
be given for both this course and CSC 1250 orCSC 1350. 
BIOL 1X01 (3) 
ASTR 1101 (3)[LCCN: CAST 1103, Astronomy/The Solar System] This is a General Education course. Prereq.: MATH 1021 or an ACT math score of at least 21. Fundamental principles of the solar system. 
ASTR 1102 Stellar Astronomy (3)[LCCN: CAST 1113, Astronomy/Stars & Galaxies] This is a General Education course. Prereq.: MATH 1021 or an ACT math score of at least 21. Fundamental principles of stellar astronomy. 
ENGL 2000 English Composition (3)[LCCN: CENL 1023, English Composition II] This is a General Education course. Prereq.:
ENGL 1001 or equivalent and 39 total credit hours earned by the time of enrollment.


Total: (16) 
Total: (16) 
Junior (31 Semester Hours)
Fall 
Spring 

PHYS 2411 Computational Science I (3)Prereq.: CSC 1253 or equivalent and one of the following three choices: PHYS 2221; or MATH 2057 and PHYS 1202 or both PHYS 2112 and PHYS 2113; or CHEM 4581 and credit or registration in MATH 2065 (or MATH 2090). 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Introduction to symbolic manipulation and numerical techniques used to analyze or simulate a broad range of physical systems. 
PHYS 4125 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)Prereq.: PHYS 2203 or CHEM 3491; PHYS 2221 or CHEM 4581; credit or registration in MATH 2065 or MATH 2090. Basic physical concepts and methods appropriate for description of systems involving many particles; unified view point of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and kinetic theory. 
PHYS 2231 Electricity and Magnetism (3)Prereq.: PHYS 2221 or CHEM 4581 and credit or registration in MATH 2065 or MATH 2090. Electricity and magnetism; static and quasistatic electromagnetic fields in vacua and in dielectric and magnetic media. 
PHYS 4132 Electromagnetism and Electromagnetic Waves (3)Prereq.: PHYS 2231. Continuation of PHYS 2231. Emphasis on electromagnetic waves and radiation. 
PHYS 4123 Intermediate Mechanics (3)Prereq.: PHYS 2221 and MATH 2057. Lagrangian mechanics; central force motion; rigid body dynamics; small oscillations. 
PHYS 4141 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3)Prereq.: PHYS 2221 and credit or registration in MATH 2065 or MATH 2090; or CHEM 4581 and credit or registration in MATH 2065or MATH 2090. Elementary principles of quantum mechanics, including Schrodinger equation, onedimensional problems, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, perturbation theory, matrix mechanics and spin. 
ASTR 4221 Introductory Astrophysics (3)Prereq.: PHYS 1202 or PHYS 2112 and PHYS 2113, or consent of instructor. Sun, stars and stellar systems; results and problems of modern astrophysical research. 
ASTR 4222 Introductory Astrophysics (3)Prereq.: ASTR 4221. Sun, stars and stellar systems; results and problems of modern astrophysical research.

Soc. Sci. (3) General education courses  For. Lang. (4) General education courses 
Total: (16)  Total: (15) 
Senior (26 Semester Hours)
Fall 
Spring 

ASTR 4261 Modern Observational TechniquesPrereq.: ASTR 1101, ASTR 1102 and MATH 1552. 1 hr. lecture; 6 hrs. lab. Modern astronomical observations and reductions; the telescope, astronomical photography, spectroscopic and photoelectric observations and reductions. 
PHYS 4135 Modern Optics (3)Prereq.: PHYS 2221 and MATH 2065 or MATH 2090; or CHEM 4581 and MATH 2065 or MATH 2090. Review of geometrical optics and optical instruments, scalar diffraction theory, spatial filtering and holography, Gaussian beam optics, optical resonators, lasers and optical properties of materials. 
Humanities (3) General education courses  Soc. Sci. (3) General education courses 
Electives (6)  Electives (8) 
Total: (12)  Total: (14) 
The core of the physics program can be started in the second year and still finished
in 4 years.
Students who need additional background before starting should fill their first year
with General Education and electives.
ENGL 20XX is a Gen. Ed. English literature course.
The ASTR 4221/4222 and ASTR 4261/PHYS 4135 sequences are offered alternate years.
Student in their third year should take the sequence offered that year and complete
the other sequence their senior year.