Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science Courses

Astronomy (AST) courses

  • AST 613 Solar and Extra-Solar Systems

    Prerequisite: AST 113 or AST 114 or AST 115; and MTH 303.

    Formation of planetary systems, planetary dynamics, and comparative planetology. Project required. May be taught concurrently with AST 313 and/or AST 513. May only receive credit for one of AST 313, AST 513, and AST 613.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall (odd-numbered years)
  • AST 615 Stellar Structure and Evolution

    Prerequisite: AST 113 or AST 114 or AST 115; and MTH 303.

    Basic concepts of stellar structure, atmospheres, and evolution. Project required. May be taught concurrently with AST 315 and/or AST 615. May only receive credit for one of AST 315, AST 515, and AST 615.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring (odd-numbered years)
  • AST 617 Galaxies and Cosmology

    Prerequisite: AST 113 or AST 114 or AST 115; and MTH 303.

    Study of galaxies and the Universe. Topics include the structure and content of our Galaxy and other galaxies, clusters of galaxies, the Big Bang theory (including Inflation), and the eventual fate of our Universe. Project required. May be taught concurrently with AST 317 and/or 617. May only receive credit for one of AST 317, AST 517, and AST 617.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring (even-numbered years)
  • AST 711 Astronomy for Teachers

    Theory and techniques of observational astronomy.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • AST 719 Advanced Astronomical Techniques

    Advanced astronomical observational techniques in imaging, photometry, spectroscopy, and astrometry. Techniques of data and error analysis. Laboratory portion will include obtaining and analyzing observational data.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall (odd-numbered years)

Materials Science (MAT) courses

  • MAT 609 Special Topics in Materials Science

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Variable content course. Topics to be chosen from current areas of interest in Materials Science. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours with a different topic. May be taught concurrently with MAT 509. Cannot receive credit for both MAT 509 and MAT 609.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • MAT 614 Techniques in Electron Microscopy

    An introduction to techniques in electron microscopy with a primary emphasis on scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis. Theoretical background and experimental procedures involve both techniques but the major focus will be on obtaining secondary electron images. Additional coverage will include sample preparation, back-scattered electron imaging, X-ray mapping, and related image processing techniques. May be taught concurrently with MAT 514. Cannot receive credit for both MAT 514 and MAT 614.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    212Fall (even-numbered years)
  • MAT 640 Thermodynamics of Materials

    Prerequisite: PHY 343 or CHM 506 or CHM 606.

    Review of classical thermodynamics, equilibrium in thermodynamic systems, the statistical interpretation of entropy, unary and multi-component systems, thermodynamics of phase diagrams and phase equilibrium. May be taught concurrently with MAT 540. Cannot receive credit for both MAT 540 and MAT 640.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • MAT 651 Introduction to Materials Science

    Prerequisite: PHY 375 or CHM 507 or CHM 607.

    Investigation of the relationships that exist between the structure, properties, processing and performance of materials. Different types of materials will be studied with a special emphasis on polymers and semiconductors. Structure-property correlations, including electronic, thermal, and mechanical properties, will be presented for these materials. May be taught concurrently with MAT 550. Cannot receive credit for both MAT 550 and MAT 651.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • MAT 681 Structure of Solids

    Prerequisite: PHY 375 or CHM 507 or CHM 607.

    Review of quantum mechanics, followed by an in-depth study of crystal structures, energy band structures in solids, lattice dynamics, and a survey of the physical properties of solids. May be taught concurrently with MAT 580. Cannot receive credit for both MAT 580 and MAT 681.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • MAT 720 Advanced Quantum Mechanics

    Advanced topics in quantum mechanics including variational methods, approximation techniques, time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory, second quantization, and the interactions of light with matter.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • MAT 750 Experimental Design

    Laboratory techniques necessary for the development of instrumentation. Topics will include elementary computer interfacing, prototype design, mechanical and electronic construction, and reliability testing. The student will develop, design and build a test instrument and study each of the above topics during this process.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    314Fall
  • MAT 758 Optoelectronic Materials

    Course includes the study of advanced electronic properties of materials, lattice dynamics, and a survey of the optical-electronic interactions in materials.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • MAT 770 Synthesis and Characterization of Advanced Materials

    Experimental techniques in the synthesis of advanced materials applications in electronics and energy technology. The mechanism of growth of thin films using different deposition techniques will be studied. Structural and physical characterization of the thin films will also be studied. Experimental methods including physical vapor deposition, X-ray diffraction, and optical spetrocopies and analysis will be studied.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    314Spring
  • MAT 780 Polymer Preparation and Characterization

    Preparation of polymers, including the techniques of condensation polymerization, free radical polymerization, and if time permits, plasma polymerization. Characterization experiments will be viscosity measurements, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermal gravimetric analysis. Film preparation including spin coating, aspiration, and doctor blade systems will also be investigated.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    314Spring
  • MAT 790 Statistical Applications in Materials Science

    Selective topics in materials science important to the design, testing, fabrication, and manufacture of materials whose underlying theme is mathematical modeling based in statistical methods. The topics include mass transport in solids, atomic diffusion on surfaces, adsorption and desorption on surfaces, epitaxial growth, degradation of materials, queuing theory, and operations research.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • MAT 792 Introduction to Computational Materials Science

    Prerequisite: PHY 575 or PHY 675 or equivalent Introduction to Quantum Mechanics course.

    The course aims to provide an introduction to and practical applications in high-performance computing as implemented in atomistic-based computational materials science. Topics include electronic structure calculations, classical molecular dynamics, Monte-Carlo simulations and crystal structure predictions for materials processes and/or fundamental materials properties.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall (odd-numbered years)
  • MAT 796 Science Internship

    Completion of an internship project (480 hours) at a discipline-related business, nonprofit organization, or government agency, approved and supervised by both the departmental and internship advisors. Includes a formal report in the appropriate professional format, and an oral presentation at an approved venue. Graded Pass/Not Pass only. No more than 6 hours may count toward a masters degree.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Fall, Spring, Summer
  • MAT 798 Seminar in Materials Science

    Prerequisite: candidate for the MS degree in Materials Science.

    Selected topics in materials science of a theoretical, experimental, or applied nature with an emphasis on recent developments and their impact. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1Spring
  • MAT 799 Research in Materials Science

    Prerequisite: permission.

    Supervised research in areas of materials science. May be repeated, but no more than 12 hours may be counted toward the MS degree.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand

Physics (PHY) courses

  • PHY 602 Physics and Astronomy By Inquiry

    Prerequisite: PHY 101.

    This course is a continuation of PHY 101. Additional topics in mechanics, optics, heat, electricity and magnetism will be covered. The course will also include an introduction to Astronomy. Concepts will be explored using the inquiry approach. Will not count towards a major or minor in physics. May be taught concurrently with PHY 501. Cannot receive credit for both PHY 501 and PHY 602.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    212Fall
  • PHY 609 Special Topics in Physics and Astronomy

    Prerequisite: permission.

    Variable content, variable credit course. Topics to be chosen from current areas of interest. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours with different topic. May be taught concurrently with PHY 509. Cannot receive credit for both PHY 609 and PHY 509.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • PHY 675 Quantum Mechanics

    Prerequisite: PHY 375 or CHM 607.

    A mathematical development of the principles of quantum mechanics and their application to selected systems. Topics include Schrodinger's equation, operators, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, angular momentum, and applications, including the hydrogen atom. May be taught concurrently with PHY 575. Cannot receive credit for both PHY 575 and PHY 675.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PHY 692 Computational Methods and Data Analysis in Physical Sciences

    Prerequisite: PHY 291 or permission of instructor.

    Computational techniques related to physical sciences including techniques used for data analysis. An exploration of scientific operating systems, programs used for analysis and simulations, and methods for analyzing data and producing simulations. May be taught concurrently with PHY 591. Cannot receive credit for both PHY 591 and PHY 692.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall (odd-numbered years)
  • PHY 701 Workshop on Topical Issues in Science Education

    Prerequisite: permission.

    Workshop to upgrade understanding of selected topics in science, and improve elementary, middle school and/or secondary science teaching. Each workshop will include performance and analysis of appropriate investigations to enhance understanding of the selected topics. Number of class hours determined by semester hours of credit. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided the topics are different.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • PHY 785 Physics Laboratory for Teachers

    Prerequisite: permission.

    Performance and analysis of secondary laboratory experiments in physics.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    314Upon demand
  • PHY 790 Seminar in Physics

    Prerequisite: permission.

    Extensive paper on agreed topic in physics or astronomy to be read before staff seminars. May be repeated to a total of 4 hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    220Upon demand
  • PHY 796 Science Internship

    Completion of an internship project (80 hours/credit hour) at a discipline-related business, nonprofit organization, or government agency, approved and supervised by both the departmental and internship advisors. Includes a formal report in the appropriate professional format, and an oral presentation at an approved venue. Graded Pass/Not Pass only. No more than 6 hours may count toward a masters degree.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Fall, Spring, Summer
  • PHY 799 Research in Natural and Applied Sciences

    Prerequisite: permission of department head.

    Supervised research in the natural and applied sciences. May be repeated, but no more than 12 hours may be counted toward the masters degree. Cannot be applied toward the MS degree in Materials Science.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand