Physics and Astronomy
The Physics and Astronomy Department offers graduate-level course work, but no graduate degree programs.
Matthew Evans, Ph.D.
Lyle Ford, Ph.D.
J. Erik Hendrickson, Ph.D. (Chair)
Nathan Miller, Ph.D.
Kim Pierson, Ph.D.
James Rybicki, Ph.D.
Paul Thomas, Ph.D.
Scott Whitfield, Ph.D.
William Wolf, Ph.D.
Graduate courses in Physics are offered as electives for programs in other disciplines.
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bold first line is the capitalized course abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number, title and credits.
Prerequisite: Coursework to be completed and/or requirements to be met before taking the course.
Course description: Summary of the purpose and key topical areas of the course.
Attributes: Indicates Liberal Education (LE) (or General Education-GE) area for which the course may fulfill a requirement and/or special course fee requirements.
NOTE: Attributes are term specific to the term course is taken. Defer to the Schedule of Classes in CampS for term specific attributes.
GE – General Education applies to requirements in catalogs prior to Fall 2016.
Courses listed in the prerequisite that are not linked indicate that the course is inactive and is listed for historical purposes.
The unit of credit is the semester hour. It is defined as one class hour per week (or its equivalent) for one semester. Thus, a lecture-discussion course which meets three hours per week ordinarily carries three semester credits. Laboratory and studio classes usually require two hours in class as the equivalent of one semester credit.
PHYS 793 Directed Studies (1-4 crs)
Permits groups of students to study topical areas in an intensive way under the direction of departmental faculty members.
Repeat: Course may be repeated
Grading Basis: No S/U Grade Option