Arts & Sciences Physics

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College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Kenneth Bloom
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Physics

COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Physics

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Kenneth Bloom

DESCRIPTION

Chair: Daniel R. Claes, 208 Jorgensen Hall

Vice Chair: Bradley Shadwick, 208 Jorgensen Hall

Professors: Batelaan, Binek, Claes, Dominguez, Dowben, Ducharme, Fabrikant, Gay, Gruverman, Liou, Sellmyer, Snow, Starace, Tsymbal, Umstadter

Associate Professors: Adenwalla, Belashchenko, Bloom, Centurion, Enders, Kravchenko, Shadwick, Uiterwaal

Assistant Professors: Fuchs, Hong, Kovalev, Xu

Research Professor: Skomski

Research Associate Professors: Banerjee, Bettis, Lee, Y. Liu

Research Assistant Professors: Burton, Chen, Kalmykov, Komesu, Ngoko Djiokap, Paudel, Sokolov

Senior Research Associates: Balasubramanian, Golovin, C. Liu, Ratnikov, Zhang

Lecturers: Sibbernsen, Yenen

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs leading to the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students preparing for either graduate study or a professional career in physics should pursue the bachelor of science degree (Professional Track described below). For students who have special interests, the Department offers additional tracks in optics and lasers, materials physics, and computational physics.

The courses required for the bachelor of arts degree in physics offer a broader program in science and the liberal arts suitable for a variety of preprofessional curricula and for interdisciplinary studies in areas including biophysics, chemical physics, and geophysics. Students in this degree program should select elective courses in consultation with their advisors.

Further details concerning the Department’s undergraduate programs are given on the Departmental Web page, http://physics.unl.edu/. See the Department’s chief undergraduate advisor, Associate Professor Kenneth Bloom, 258E Jorgensen Hall.

Graduate Work. The advanced degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy are offered. For details of these programs, see the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

Core Courses for the BS Degree (51 hrs)

Required courses – listed in the recommended sequence51

PHYS 201 Modern Topics in Physics & Astronomy1

MATH 106 Calculus I5

PHYS 211 General Physics I4

PHYS 221 General Physics Lab I1

MATH 107 Calculus II4

PHYS 212 General Physics II4

PHYS 222 General Physics Lab II1

CHEM 113 Fundamental Chemistry I4

MATH 208 Calculus III4

PHYS 213 General Physics III4

PHYS 223 General Physics Lab III1

MATH 221 Differential Equations3

PHYS 231 Electrical & Electronic Circuits3

PHYS 311 Mechanics3

PHYS 431 Thermal Physics3

PHYS 451 Electromagnetic Theory3

PHYS 461 Quantum Mechanics3

Core Courses for the BA Degree (36 hrs)

Required courses – listed in the recommended sequence36

PHYS 201 Modern Topics in Physics & Astronomy1

MATH 106 Calculus I5

PHYS 211 General Physics I (preferred) (4 hr) & PHYS 221 General Physics Lab I (preferred) (1 hr) or PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 hr)5

MATH 107 Calculus II4

CHEM 113 Fundamental Chemistry I (preferred) or CHEM 111 Chemistry for Engineering & Technology or CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

PHYS 212 General Physics II (preferred) (4 hr) & PHYS 222 General Physics Laboratory II (preferred) (1 hr) or PHYS 142 Elementary General Physics II (5 hr)5

MATH 208 Calculus III4

PHYS 213 General Physics III4

PHYS 223 General Physics Lab III1

MATH 221 Differential Equations3

Tracks/Options/Concentrations/Emphases Requirements

Standard Track – BA ONLY (24 hrs)

The Standard Track is designed for students pursuing careers for which the knowledge and methodology of physics are essential.

Standard Track24

Required courses – listed in the recommended sequence12

PHYS 231 Electrical & Electronic Circuits3

PHYS 311 Mechanics3

PHYS 361 Concepts of Modern Physics3

PHYS 441 Experimental Physics I3

In addition, at least 6 hours must be taken from the following courses6

PHYS 343 Physics of Lasers & Modern Optics (3 hr)

PHYS 391 Undergraduate Research (3 hr)

PHYS 451 Electromagnetic Theory (3 hr)

PHYS 461 Quantum Mechanics (3 hr)

PHYS 431 Thermal Physics (3 hr)

PHYS 480 Introduction to Lasers & Laser Applications (ELEC 480) (3 hr)

In addition, at least 6 hours must be taken at the 300- or 400-level in mathematics, statistics, engineering, or science (including physics)6

I. Professional Track – BS ONLY (18 hrs)

The Professional Track is designed for students intending to pursue graduate study or employment in physics or a related scientific or engineering discipline.

Professional Track18

Required courses – listed in the recommended sequence12

PHYS 441 Experimental Physics I3

PHYS 442 Experimental Physics II3

PHYS 452 Optics & Electromagnetic Waves3

PHYS 462 Atoms, Nuclei & Elementary Particles3

In addition, at least 6 hours must be taken from the following courses6

PHYS 343 Physics of Lasers & Modern Optics (3 hr)

PHYS 361 Concepts of Modern Physics (3 hr)

PHYS 391 Undergraduate Research (3 hr)

PHYS 401 Computational Physics (3 hr)

PHYS 422 Introduction to Physics & Chemistry of Solids (ELEC 422) (3 hr)

PHYS 443 Experimental Physics III (1-3 hr)

PHYS 480 Introduction to Lasers & Laser Applications (ELEC 480) (3 hr)

ASTR 403 Galactic & Extragalactic Astronomy (3 hr)

ASTR 404 Stellar Astrophysics (3 hr)

ASTR 405 Physics of the Solar System (3 hr)

ASTR 407 Physics of the Interstellar Medium (3 hr)

MATH 314 Linear Algebra (3 hr) or MATH 424 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (3 hr)

II. Optics and Lasers Track – BS ONLY (18 hrs)

The Optics and Lasers Track is designed for students intending to pursue graduate study or employment in optical or laser physics or in related engineering disciplines.

Optics and Lasers Track18

Required courses – listed in the recommended sequence12

PHYS 343 Physics of Lasers & Modern Optics3

PHYS 441 Experimental Physics I3

PHYS 452 Optics & Electromagnetic Waves3

PHYS 480 Introduction to Lasers & Laser Applications (ELEC 480)3

In addition, at least 6 hours must be taken from the following courses6

PHYS 391 Undergraduate Research (Up to 3 hours of PHYS 391 may be counted toward these 6 hours by substitution, provided that the research project is approved by the advisor.) (3 hr)

PHYS 361 Concepts of Modern Physics (3 hr)

PHYS 401 Computational Physics (3 hr)

PHYS 422 Introduction to Physics & Chemistry of Solids (ELEC 422) (3 hr)

PHYS 442 Experimental Physics II (3 hr)

PHYS 462 Atoms, Nuclei & Elementary Particles (3 hr)

MATH 314 Linear Algebra (3 hr) or MATH 424 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (3 hr)

III. Materials Physics Track – BS ONLY (20 hrs)

The Materials Physics Track (for the physics B.S.) is designed for students intending to pursue graduate study or employment in Materials Physics or in related disciplines.

Materials Physics Track20

Required courses – listed in the recommended sequence17

CHEM 114 Fundamental Chemistry II3

CHEM 221 Elementary Quantitative Analysis4

MATL 360 Elements of Materials Science4

MATL 462 X-ray Diffraction or MATL 471 Electron Microscopy of Materials3

PHYS 422 Introduction to Physics & Chemistry of Solids (ELEC 422) 3

In addition, at least 3 hours must be taken from the following courses3

PHYS 391 Undergraduate Research (Up to 3 hours of PHYS 391 may be counted toward these 3 hours by substitution, provided that the research project is approved by the advisor.) (3 hr)

CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry (3 hr)

CHEM 481 Physical Chemistry I (4 hr)

ELEC 216 Electronics & Circuits II (3 hr)

PHYS 343 Physics of Lasers & Modern Optics (3 hr)

PHYS 401 Computational Physics (3 hr)

PHYS 441 Experimental Physics I (3 hr)

IV. Computational Physics Track – BS ONLY (17 hr)

The Computational Physics Track (for the physics B.S.) is designed for students intending to pursue graduate study or employment in Computational Physics or in related disciplines.

Computational Physics Track17

Required courses – listed in the recommended sequence11

CSCE 155N Computer Science I: Engineering & Science Focus3

CSCE 156 Computer Science II4

CSCE 251 UNIX Programming Environment (1 hr) or CSCE 252A FORTRAN Programming1

PHYS 401 Computational Physics 3

In addition, at least 6 hours must be taken from the following courses6

PHYS 391 Undergraduate Research (Up to 3 hours of PHYS 391 may be counted toward these 6 hours by substitution, provided that the research project is approved by the advisor.) (3 hr)

CSCE 235 Introduction to Discrete Structures (3 hr)

CSCE 310 Data Structures & Algorithms (3 hr)

CSCE 440 Numerical Analysis I (MATH 440) (3 hr)

CSCE 456 Parallel Programming (3 hr)

PHYS 343 Physics of Lasers & Modern Optics (3 hr)

PHYS 441 Experimental Physics I (3 hr)

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass Limits

Students majoring in physics may not take any course from the list of core courses or from the list of track courses for Pass/No Pass credit. Students who are getting a minor in physics may not take any courses listed as requirements for the Plan A or Plan B minors for Pass/No Pass credit.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Plan A. (19 hrs)

PHYS 201

PHYS 211, PHYS 221, PHYS 212, PHYS 222 or PHYS 141, PHYS 142

PHYS 213

PHYS 223

3 additional hours chosen from physics courses listed as requirements for the major in physics, or ASTR 204 and ASTR 224.

Plan B. (15 hrs)

PHYS 201

PHYS 211, PHYS 221, PHYS 212, PHYS 222 or PHYS 141, PHYS 142

PHYS 213

Pass/No Pass. Students majoring in physics may not take any course from the list of core courses or from the list of track courses for Pass/No Pass credit. Students who are getting a minor in physics may not take any courses listed as requirements for the Plan A or Plan B minors for Pass/No Pass credit.