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### Graduate Physics Courses

**PHYS-200/201. Modern Physics. 3 crs. ea.**

Introduction to quantum physics and relativity. Includes discussion of
Schrodinger equation and its application to atomic and molecular
spectra, a brief introduction to lasers, solid state, nuclear physics,
elementary particles. This course covers the same materials as
PHYS-190, 191, however, additional assignments are given to graduate
students.

**PHYS-202. Optics. 3 crs.**

Same as PHYS-176.

**PHYS-203. Thermodynamics. 3 crs.**

Same as PHYS-175.

**PHYS-204/205. Electricity and Magnetism. 3 crs.**

Same as PHYS -178, 179.

**PHYS-208/209. Physical Mechanics. 3 crs. ea.**

Same as PHYS-182, 183.

**PHYS-210/211. Classical Mechanics. 3 crs. ea.**

Study of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, variational methods,
central force problems, rigid body motion, small oscillations and
canonical transformations.

**PHYS-214/215. Electromagnetic Theory. 3 cr. ea.**

Electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell equations, electromagnetic
waves, waveguides, radiation scattering and diffraction, special theory
of relativity, radiation by moving charges. Prereq.: PHYS-178, 179 or
PHYS-204/205.

**PHYS-216/217. Mathematical Methods in Physics. 3 crs. ea.**

A study of vectors, matrices, tensors, linear transformations, complex
variables, Fourier series, orthogonal functions, partial differential
equations of physics, Fourier and Laplace transforms.

**PHYS-218/219. Advanced Laboratory. 3 crs. ea.**

Experimental projects in spectroscopy, electronics, nuclear physics, low temperature and Solid State Physics.

**PHYS-220/221. Quantum Mechanics. 3 crs. ea.**

A study of wave and matrix mechanics, angular momentum, perturbation theory, scattering theory, and applications.

**PHYS-222/223. Statistical Mechanics. 3 crs. ea.**

Ensemble theory, classical and quantum statistics, dense gases and
liquids, magnetism, applications in solid state physics, superfluids,
superconductivity, kinetic theories, special topics.

**PHYS-226/227. Solid State Physics. 3 crs. ea.**

Crystal lattice, X-ray diffraction, electron in periodic potential,
Bloch theorem, band structure, semiconductors, phonons, optical
properties, amorphous structures, superconductivity, special topics.

**PHYS-230. Current Issues in Physics Education. 3 crs.**

This course examines issues in teaching physics at the introductory
level to a diverse student population. Topics include laboratory
experiences, test taking skills, and reading comprehension, as well as
physics content.

**PHYS-232/233. Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. 3 crs. ea.**

This course provides an advanced treatment of fluid-flow phenomena in
the atmosphere and will cover nonlinear wave theory and its use in the
development and interpretation of the atmosphere. Hydrodynamics
instabillity mechanism, which are in present in atmospheric flow and
turbulence, will also be covered.

**PHYS-234. Introduction to Atmospheric Science. 3 crs.**

Introductory course designed to provide a comprehensive background in
weather, climate, and atmospheric optics. Lectures will stress the
understanding and application of basic principles of physics and
chemistry for semi-quantitative description of the Earth's atmosphere.

**PHYS-236/237. Electronic Physics. 3 crs. ea.**

An examination of analog and digital electronics and instrumentation.
Consists of two one-hour lectures and a two-hour laboratory.

**PHYS-238/239. Theoretical Physics. 3 crs. ea.**

Special topics of current interest in mathematical physics and in quantum and statistical physics.

PHYS-245. Elementary Particle Physics. (1) cr.

Topics may include decay rates and cross sections, dirac equation, particle exchange, electron-positron annihilation, electron proton scattering, DIS, symmetries and the quark model, QCD and color, V-A and the weak interaction, leptonic weak interactions, neutrinos and neutrino oscillations, CKM and CP violation, electroweak unification and the W and Z, tests of the standard model, the Higgs boson.

**PHYS-250/251. Atmospheric Physics. 3 crs. ea.**

Atmospheric thermodynamics, hydrostatics, cloud and radiative processes
and chemical cycles. Cloud physics and formation, energy balance, and
the impact on global climate. Elementary dynamics with applications to
the earth and planetary atmospheres.

**PHYS-252. Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere. 3 crs.**

Elements of radiative transfer as applied to the upper and lower
atmospheres and ocean surface. Both passive and active remote sensing
methods are discussed. Satellite technology and applications to the
understanding of the Earth and extraterrestrial atmospheres will be
discussed.

**PHYS-253. Atmospheric Radiation. 3 crs.**

Application of radiative transfer theory to problems in planetary
atmospheres, with primary emphasis on the earthÌs atmosphere;
principles of atomic and molecular spectroscopy; infrared band
representation; absorption and emissions of atmospheric gases;
radiation flux and flux divergence computations; radiative transfer and
fluid motions; additional application such as greenhouse effect,
inversion methods and climate models.

**PHYS-254. Current Topics in Atmospheric Physics. 1 cr.**

Atmospheric Thermodynamics, hydrostatics, cloud and radiative
processes, and chemical cycles. Cloud physics and formation, energy
balance, and the impact on global climate. Elementary dynamics with
applications to the Earth and planetary atmospheres.

**PHYS-266/267. Advanced Mathematical Methods in Physics. 3 crs. ea.**

A selection of group theory, calculus of variations, integral
equations, differential geometry, homotopy, homology, cohomology,
K-theory and other topics with applications to physics.

PHYS-268. Nuclear Physics. (1) cr.

Topics may include nucleon structure, nuclear force and two nucleon systems, properties of nuclei, models of nuclear structure, nuclear excitations, nuclear decay and radioactivity, nuclei under extreme conditions, and nuclear astrophysics.

**PHYS-276/277. Advanced Topics in Quantum Mechanics. 3 crs. ea.**

Quantum radiation theory, relativistic quantum theory, and covariant perturbation theory.

**PHYS-278/279. General Seminar. 3 crs. ea.**

Lectures on current topics of interest in physics.

**PHYS-280/281. General Seminar. 2 crs. ea.**

Lectures on current topics of interest in physics.

**PHYS-282/283. General Seminar. 1 crs. ea.**

Lectures on current topics of interest in physics.

**PHYS-284/285. Special Topics in Astrophysics. 3 crs. ea.**

Current topics of interest in astrophysics.

**PHYS-286/287. Special Topics in Laser Spectroscopy. 3 crs. ea.**

Current research problems of interest in astrophysics.

**PHYS-290/291. Special Topics in Statistical Mechanics. 3 crs. ea.**

Special topics of current interest in statistical mechanics.

**PHYS-292/293. Special Topics in Solid-State Physics. 3 crs. ea.**

Special topics of current interest in Solid-State Physics.

**PHYS-298/299. Graduate Research. 1-6 crs.**

Supervised research for students without approved thesis or dissertation topics.

**PHYS-300/301. M. S. Thesis Research. 1-6 crs.**

Independent research for the M.S. degree.

PHYS-310. Quantum Field Theory. (1) cr.

Topics
may include relativistic quantum mechanics, scattering theory, the
cluster decomposition principle, quantum fields and particles, Feynman
rules, canonical formalism, electrodynamics, path-integrals,
non-perturbative methods, one-loop radiative corrections, infrared
effects, bound states, gauge theories, operator product expansions,
broken symmetries, and anomalies.

**PHYS-400. Ph.D. Dissertation Research. 1-12 crs.**

Consists of independent research for the Ph.D. degree