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Physics Courses

The Physics major blends a set of core courses with choices from a broad range of optional courses, allowing students to tailor their curriculum to their career goals. Specialized instruction on specific topics can be arranged with faculty.

The following courses in Physics are presently available at Kutztown University. PHY 100 and PHY 102 are required of all physics majors and are prerequisites for all higher level courses in physics. Additional details on these courses can be found in the course catalog.

PHY 020 Introduction to Physics - 3 sh

An introduction to the principles of physics intended primarily for non-science majors.

PHY 040, 042 General Physics I & II - 8 sh

A one-year course in physics intended primarily for students in the biological and earth sciences and related fields.

PHY 100, 102 Physics I & II - 8 sh

A one-year calculus-based course in physics designed for physical science and pre-engineering students.

PHY 110 Modern Physics - 3 sh

A study of the development of the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics and a brief history of modern physics.

PHY 220 Electronics - 3 sh

The theory and laboratory applications of solid state electronic components and control elements to the design of electronic equipment.

PHY 230 Optics - 3 sh

A thorough study of the fundamentals of geometrical, physical, and quantum optics. Laboratory is included.

PHY 290 Introduction to Nanotechnology- 3 sh

Nanotechnology deals with the various structures of matter, both man-made and natural, having dimensions of the order of a billionth of a meter or less.

PHY 310 Physics of Sound - 3 sh

The mathematics, theory and study of the physical principles of vibrations and sound.

PHY 312 Mechanics - 4 sh

A study of statics, kinematics, and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, and the theories relating to potential and motion in force fields.

PHY 315 Advanced Physics Laboratory I - 2 sh

An advanced level undergraduate laboratory physics course in mechanics and heat and thermodynamics.

PHY 316 Electricity and Magnetism - 3 sh

A study of the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, and the extension of these principles to Maxwell's Equation.

PHY 319 Advanced Physics Laboratory II - 2 sh

An advanced level laboratory physics course in electricity, magnetism and modern physics.

PHY 327 Heat and Thermodynamics - 3 sh

A study of the equations of state of a system and the fundamental laws and principles governing energy transformations and exchanges between a system and its near-surroundings and between one part of a system and another.

PHY 345 Mathematical Physics- 3 sh

This course will be used to do an in depth study of problem solving and modeling as it applies to various physical situations in nature.

PHY 360 Quantum Mechanics - 3 sh

Topics include wave-particle duality, state functions and their usefulness, the Schrodinger equation, uncertainty principle, expectation values of observables and applications of quantum physics to one dimensional system.

PHY 362 Solid State Physics - 3 sh

Topics include crystal structure, crystal binding, lattice vibrations, thermal and electrical properties of solids, the Fermi gas, band theory of solids, conductors and semiconductors, superconductivity, magnetic properties, and crystal defects.

PHY 364 Nuclear Physics - 3 sh

Topics include nuclear structure and models, nuclear transitions and decay, nuclear reactions, radiation detection, natural radioactivity and elementary particles.

PHY 370 Research in Physics - 1-4 sh

A laboratory course involving individual research on a specialized problem in physics.

PHY 372-375 Selected Topics in Physics - 1-3 sh

Topics in the field of physics that are of current interest will be selected for in-depth study. The course content will normally change each time the course is offered. The course may be repeated for credit provided that the same topic is not repeated.

PHY 380 Senior Seminar in Physics - 2 sh

A course consisting of readings and discussion in physics required of all liberal arts students in physics.

PHY 390 Internship in Physics

Supervised, practical work experience in laboratory and/or field situations. Semester hour credit will be based upon the proposal and scheduled clock hours, but a maximum of 4 credits may be applied toward Arts and Sciences electives.

PHY 465 Advanced Physics Laboratory II - 2 sh

An advanced level laboratory physics course in electricity, magnetism and modern physics. Advanced experiments from the areas of electricity, magnetism, optics and atomic, nuclear and solid state physics are performed. Topics in error and data analysis are included. This course will cover topics at a more in-depth level than PHY 319. A student may not enroll in this course if she/he has successfully completed PHY 319.

PHY 470 Quantum Mechanics - 3 sh

Topics include wave-particle duality, state functions and their usefulness, the Schrodinger equation, uncertainty principle, expectation values of observables and applications of quantum physics to one dimensional systems. The hydrogen atom is also considered. This course will cover topics at a more in-depth level than PHY 360. A student may not enroll in this course if she/he has successfully completed PHY 360.

PHY 472 Solid State Physics - 3 sh

Topics include crystal structure, crystal binding, lattice vibrations, thermal and electrical properties of solids, the Fermi gas, band theory of solids, conductors and semiconductors, superconductivity, magnetic properties, and crystal defects. This course will cover topics at a more in-depth level than PHY 362. A student may not enroll in this course if she/he has successfully completed PHY 362.

PHY 474 Nuclear Physics - 3 sh

Topics include nuclear structure and models, nuclear transitions and decay, nuclear reactions, radiation detection, natural radioactivity and elementary particles. This course will cover topics at a more in-depth level than PHY 364. A studnet may not enroll in this course if she/he has successfully c ompleted PHY 364.

EGR 121 Engineering Drawing and Lettering

This course is an introduction to basic mechanical drawing emphasizing multiview and pictorial drawing, dimensioning, space analysis, graphs and engineering standards. Lettering and experiences with various design tools and media will facilitate the development of the graphic communication skills for the engineer/draftsman/designer.