Chairperson: Brian Bennett, D.Phil.
Department of Physics website

The Physics Department at Marquette offers three majors that prepare students for graduate study, employment, professional training and diversification into a variety of other fields that require rigor and a combination of creative and analytical skills. The majors offered are Physics, Biophysics and Applied Physics. Physics students achieve a general understanding of leading edge computational, theoretical and experimental approaches to explaining diverse natural phenomena from sub atomic particles, to exotic stars and galaxies, and progress into areas as diverse as medicine, law, engineering and finance, as well as mainstream areas of physics such as particle physics, astrophysics, solid state, atomic and molecular physics. Biophysics students learn about the structures and mechanisms of living systems at the chemical, molecular, atomic and electronic levels, and become familiar with the techniques and instrumentation with which to study these. The Biophysics major is a rigorous preparation for a career in medicine or in the rapidly growing biomedical industry, or for further study and research in biophysical and biomedical sciences. Applied Physics students study a core physics curriculum along with practical and engineering techniques and applications, and carry out an intensive research or work-study program, in preparation for employment, specialist vocational training or further specialized study. Minors are offered in Physics, Astrophysics and Biophysics. In addition, together with the Graduate School of Management, the Department of Physics offers a five-year B.S./M.B.A. accelerated degree program.

 

Major in Physics

The major in physics consists of thirty credit hours. Students complete the common physics core: one required physics core sequence of two courses (8 credit hours) and five required physics core courses (14 credit hours) for a total of 22 credit hours. In addition, eight credit hours of upper division physics elective courses are required. Physics majors must also complete four required mathematics courses (16 credit hours) and two chemistry courses (8 credit hours) for a total of 24 credit hours of background course work.

Note:

  • Students may develop areas of concentration that prepare them for specific careers. These concentrations build on the foundation of the common physics core. Students should refer to the section, Areas of Concentration in Physics.
Common Physics Core:
Required Physics Core Sequence: Choose one of the following.8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
Required Physics Core Courses:
PHYS 2004Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta3
PHYS 2005Modern Physics: The States of Matter3
PHYS 2055Electronics Lab2
PHYS 3011Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 4031Electricity and Magnetism 13
Electives: Upper-division Physics courses.8
Total Credit Hours30

Note:

  • PHYS 1013 Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1 and PHYS 1014 Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2 are studio style courses recommended for students considering a physics major.
Required Background Mathematics and Chemistry Courses:
Mathematics Courses:
MATH 1450Calculus 14
MATH 1451Calculus 24
MATH 2450Calculus 34
MATH 2451Differential Equations4
Chemistry Courses:
CHEM 1001General Chemistry 14
or CHEM 1013 General Chemistry 1 for Majors
CHEM 1002General Chemistry 24
or CHEM 1014 General Chemistry 2 for Majors
Total Credit Hours24

Typical Program for Physics Majors

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PHYS 1013 (recommended)4PHYS 1014 (recommended)4
MATH 14504ENGL 10023
ENGL 10013MATH 14514
UCCS-Hist. of Cultures & Soc.3THEO 10013
 14 14
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PHYS 1018 (recommended)0PHYS 20053
PHYS 20043PHYS 20552
CHEM 1001 or 10134CHEM 1002 or 10144
MATH 24504MATH 24514
PHIL 10013UCCS-Lit./Performing Arts3
 14 16
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PHYS 30113Physics elective (upper division)6
PHYS 40313UCCS-Diverse Cultures3
PHIL 23103Math Elective3
UCCS-Indiv. & Soc. Behav.3Elective3
Elective3 
 15 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
Physics elective (upper division)3Physics elective (upper division)3
UCCS-Indiv. & Soc. Behav.3Electives12
UCCS-Theology 3 
Electives9 
 18 15
Total credit hours: 121

Note:
Physics Electives: A minimum of 8 credits of upper division physics courses (3000 and above) are required. Courses may range from 1 credit hour to 3 credit hours.

For Students Considering Graduate Study in Physics:

To meet admission expectations for graduate study in physics, students should complete the following which consists of the common physics core (22 credit hours), in addition to the recommended curriculum for graduate study in physics as listed below. Physics majors must also complete the background course work in mathematics (16 credit hours) and chemistry (8 credit hours) courses listed under the Physics major.

Common Physics Core:
Required Physics Core Sequence: Choose one of the following.8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
Required Physics Core Courses:
PHYS 2004Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta3
PHYS 2005Modern Physics: The States of Matter3
PHYS 2055Electronics Lab2
PHYS 3011Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 4031Electricity and Magnetism 13
Recommended Program for Graduate Study in Physics:
Physics Courses:
PHYS 3056Contemporary Physics Lab 12
PHYS 4012Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 4024Modern Optics3
PHYS 4032Electricity and Magnetism 23
PHYS 4057Contemporary Physics Lab 22
PHYS 4062Introduction to Thermodynamics3
Mathematics Course:
MATH 4210Complex Variables3
Additional Course: 3 credit hours in upper-division MATH3
Total Credit Hours44

Areas of Concentration

Students may use their electives to develop concentrations that prepare them for specific careers. These concentrations build on the foundation of the common physics core as well as the background course work in mathematics and chemistry. Students should refer to the requirements listed under Major in Physics. Students should also consult with their pre-professional adviser for specifics regarding the various medical and dental school admission requirements. Several possible concentrations are outlined below.

Pre-medical/Pre-dental Concentration for Physics Majors

To pursue medical or dental professional studies, students should follow the pre-medical/pre-dental concentration or the physics in medicine concentration. The pre-medical/pre-dental concentration consists of the common physics core (22 credit hours in physics), as well as three biology courses (9 credit hours), and two chemistry courses (8 credit hours), as listed below. Physics majors must also complete the background course work in mathematics (16 credit hours) and chemistry (8 credit hours) courses listed under the Physics major.

Common Physics Core:
Required Physics Core Sequence: Choose one of the following.8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
Required Physics Core Courses:
PHYS 2004Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta3
PHYS 2005Modern Physics: The States of Matter3
PHYS 2055Electronics Lab2
PHYS 3011Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 4031Electricity and Magnetism 13
Pre-medical/Pre-dental Concentration:
Biology Courses:
BIOL 1001General Biology 13
BIOL 1002General Biology 23
BIOL 2001Principles of Biological Investigation3
Chemistry Courses:
CHEM 2113Organic Chemistry for Majors 14
CHEM 2114Organic Chemistry for Majors 24
Total Credit Hours39


Typical Program for Physics Majors - Pre-medical/Pre-dental Concentration

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
BIOL 10013BIOL 20013
ENGL 10013ENGL 10023
MATH 14504MATH 14514
PHYS 10134PHYS 10144
 PHYS 10180
 14 14
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CHEM 1001 or 10134BIOL 10023
MATH 24504CHEM 1002 or 10144
PHYS 20043MATH 24514
UCCS-Indiv. & Soc. Behav.3PHYS 20053
 14 14
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CHEM 21134BIOL 41013
UCCS-Hist. of Cultures & Soc.3CHEM 21144
UCCS-Lit./Performing Arts3Physics elective3
PHIL 10013PHIL 23103
PHYS 30113THEO 10013
 16 16
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PHYS 40313Physics elective3
PHYS 20552Electives9
Physics elective3UCCS-Diverse Cultures3
Electives6 
UCCS-Theology3 
 17 15
Total credit hours: 120


Physics in Medicine Concentration (Research)

The physics in medicine concentration, which is recommended for students interested in biomedical research, consists of the common physics core (22 credit hours), as well as the recommended courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics as listed below. Physics majors must also complete the background course work in mathematics (16 credit hours) and chemistry (8 credit hours), listed under the Physics major.

Common Physics Core:
Required Physics Core Sequence: Choose one of the following.8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
Required Physics Core Courses:
PHYS 2004Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta3
PHYS 2005Modern Physics: The States of Matter3
PHYS 2055Electronics Lab2
PHYS 3011Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 4031Electricity and Magnetism 13
Medicine Concentration (Research):
Biology Courses:
BIOL 1001General Biology 13
BIOL 1002General Biology 23
BIOL 2001Principles of Biological Investigation3
Chemistry Courses:
CHEM 2113Organic Chemistry for Majors 14
CHEM 2114Organic Chemistry for Majors 24
Mathematics Course:
MATH 4720Statistical Methods3
Physics Course:
PHYS 3953Biophysics Seminar1
Physics electives should include:
PHYS 4012Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 4032Electricity and Magnetism 23
Total Credit Hours49


Typical Program for Physics Majors - Medicine Concentration

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
BIOL 10013BIOL 20013
ENGL 10013ENGL 10023
MATH 14504MATH 14514
PHYS 10134PHYS 10144
 PHYS 10180
 14 14
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CHEM 1001 or 10134BIOL 10023
MATH 24504CHEM 1002 or 10144
PHYS 20043MATH 24514
UCCS-Indiv. & Soc. Behav.3PHYS 20053
 14 14
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CHEM 21134BIOL 41013
PHIL 10013CHEM 21144
UCCS-Hist. of Cultures & Soc.3PHIL 23103
UCCS-Lit./Performing Arts3THEO 10013
PHYS 30113Biophysics Seminar1
Biophysics Seminar*1UCCS-Diverse Cultures3
 17 17
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MATH 47203PHYS 40123
PHYS 40313PHYS 40323
PHYS 20552Biophysics Seminar1
UCCS-Theology 3Physics elective2-3
Biophysics Seminar1Electives6
COSC-Database3 
 15 15-16
Total credit hours: 120-121


Computational Physics Concentration

The computational physics concentration serves to develop competence in using the computer as a scientific tool. It consists of the common physics core (22 credit hours), as well as the recommended courses in mathematics, computer science and physics as listed below. Physics majors must also complete the background course work in mathematics (16 credit hours) and chemistry (8 credit hours), listed under the Physics major.

Common Physics Core:
Required Physics Core Sequence: Choose one of the following.8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
Required Physics Core Courses:
PHYS 2004Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta3
PHYS 2005Modern Physics: The States of Matter3
PHYS 2055Electronics Lab2
PHYS 3011Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 4031Electricity and Magnetism 13
Computational Physics Concentration:
Mathematics Course:
MATH 3100Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory3
Computer Science Courses:
COSC 1010Introduction to Computer Programming4
COSC 1020Object-Oriented Software Design4
COSC 2100Data Structures and Algorithms 13
COSC 2200Hardware Systems3
Two additional upper-level COSC courses.6
Physics elective course:
PHYS 2049Computational Physics3
Total Credit Hours48


Typical Program for Physics Majors - Computational Physics Concentration

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ENGL 10013ENGL 10023
MATH 14504MATH 14514
PHYS 10134PHYS 10144
UCCS-Hist. of Cultures & Soc.3PHYS 10180
 UCCS-Indiv. & Soc. Behav.3
 14 14
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COSC 10104COSC 10204
MATH 24504MATH 24514
PHYS 20043PHYS 20053
PHIL 10013PHIL 23103
 14 14
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COSC 22003COSC 21003
MATH 31003PHYS 30562
PHYS 30113UCCS-Lit./Performing Arts3
PHYS 20552Physics elective3
THEO 10013Electives6
Elective3 
 17 17
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MATH 45403Computer Science elective3
PHYS 40313PHYS 20493
Computer Science electives6Physics elective2
UCCS-Diverse Cultures3Electives7-9
 15 15-17
Total credit hours: 120-122


Mathematical Physics Concentration

The mathematical physics concentration develops the mathematical aspects of physics. It consists of the common physics core (22 credit hours), as well as the recommended mathematics and physics courses listed below. Physics majors must also complete the background course work in mathematics (16 credit hours) and chemistry (8 credit hours), listed under the Physics major.

Common Physics Core:
Required Physics Core Sequence: Choose one of the following.8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
Required Physics Core Courses:
PHYS 2004Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta3
PHYS 2005Modern Physics: The States of Matter3
PHYS 2055Electronics Lab2
PHYS 3011Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 4031Electricity and Magnetism 13
Mathematical Physics Concentration:
Mathematics Courses:
MATH 3100Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory3
MATH 4120Abstract Algebra 13
MATH 4210Complex Variables3
Two physics elective courses:
PHYS 4012Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 4062Introduction to Thermodynamics3
Total Credit Hours37

Note:

  • Students pursuing the computational physics or mathematical physics concentrations may request from the physics department a waiver of the CHEM 1001 General Chemistry 1/CHEM 1013 General Chemistry 1 for MajorsCHEM 1002 General Chemistry 2/CHEM 1014 General Chemistry 2 for Majors requirements, to substitute additional COSC or MATH courses.

Physics B.S./M.B.A. Accelerated Degree Program

The Department of Physics together with the Graduate School of Management offers an accelerated degree program which allows students to earn both their B.S. in Physics and master of business administration (M.B.A.) all within in a five-year time period.

During the first four years of the program, students complete both their coursework requirements for their Physics B.S. degree and the necessary prerequisite courses for the M.B.A. degree in the College of Business Administration. In addition, undergraduate students begin their M.B.A. graduate work in their senior year by taking two graduate level courses.

To be considered for admission to the B.S./M.B.A. five-year program, applicants must formally apply to the Graduate School of Management during their junior year at Marquette University. For more detailed information and details of a typical five-year coursework plan, please refer to the Graduate School of Management Bulletin and contact the Department of Physics or the Graduate School of Management.


 

Major in Biophysics

The major in biophysics consists of 50 credit hours. Students complete the common physics core: one required physics core sequence of two courses (8 credit hours) and five required physics core courses (15 credit hours); one required biology core sequence (6 credit hours), and three required biology courses (9 credit hours); six credit hours of approved physics electives from Group A and six additional credit hours of approved upper division electives in either biology, chemistry,  mathematics, or physics, taken from Groups A and B, listed below. In addition, students complete four required mathematics courses (16 credit hours), and four required chemistry courses (16 credit hours) for a total of 32 credit hours of background course work.

Common Biophysics Core:

Required Physics Core:
Choose one sequence of the following, although PHYS 1013 / PHYS 1014 is recommended:8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
PHYS 2004Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta3
PHYS 2005Modern Physics: The States of Matter3
PHYS 4031Electricity and Magnetism 13
PHYS 4046The Physical Basis of Biological Structure and Function3
PHYS 4065Experimental Methods in Molecular Biophysics3
Required Biology Core:
BIOL 1001
BIOL 1002
General Biology 1
and General Biology 2
6
BIOL 2301Cell Biology3
BIOL 3302Experimental Cell Biology3
or BIOL 4102 Experimental Molecular Biology
BIOL 4101Biochemistry and the Molecular Basis of Biology3
Electives: Upper-division courses in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics from the list of recommended electives below.12
Total Credit Hours50

Note: PHYS 1013 Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1 and PHYS 1014 Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2 are studio style courses recommended for students considering a physics major.

Biophysics Major Recommended Electives:

The major requires 12 credit hours of electives which should be drawn from these lists as follows: 6 credit hours of approved upper division electives in physics must be taken from Group A; six additional credit hours of approved upper division electives in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics must be taken from courses in either Group A or Group B. Any exceptions must be approved by the Physics Department.

Group A:

PHYS 3011Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 4012Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 4032Electricity and Magnetism 23
PHYS 4062Introduction to Thermodynamics3

Group B:

PHYS 3995Undergraduate Research *1-3
BIOL 2201Genetics3
BIOL 3202Experimental Genetics3
BIOL 3302Experimental Cell Biology3
BIOL 3501Neurobiology3
BIOL 3502Experimental Neurobiology3
BIOL 3701Human Physiology4
BIOL 3702Experimental Physiology3
BIOL 4102Experimental Molecular Biology3
BIOL 4956Laboratory Research Project in Biological Sciences *1-3
BIOL 8101Protein Structure and Function **2
BIOL 8102Biochemistry and Function of Nucleic Acids **2
BIOL 8506Cellular Neurophysiology **2
CHEM 4431Physical Chemistry: Fundamentals with Applications in Biological Sciences3
CHEM 4433Physical Chemistry 13
CHEM 4434Physical Chemistry 23
CHEM 4530Introduction to Biochemistry3
CHEM 4956Undergraduate Research in Chemistry *1-3
MATH 4740Biostatistical Methods and Models3
*

Credits from these courses to satisfy elective requirements require prior recommendation of academic adviser, course instructor and consent of department chair. Highly recommended for students interested in a research career in biophysics.

**

Requires consent of Biology Department for undergraduate admission to a graduate level course.

Required Background Mathematics and Chemistry Courses:

Math Courses:
MATH 1450
MATH 1451
Calculus 1
and Calculus 2
8
MATH 2450Calculus 34
MATH 2451Differential Equations4
Chemistry Courses:
CHEM 1001
CHEM 1002
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
8
CHEM 2111
CHEM 2112
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 2
8
Total Credit Hours32

Typical Program for Biophysics Majors

First Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PHYS 1001, 1003, or 101314PHYS 1002, 1004, or 10144
BIOL 10013BIOL 10023
CHEM 10014CHEM 10024
ENGL 10013ENGL 10023
 14 14
Second Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MATH 14504MATH 14514
BIOL 23013Literature Elective4
CHEM 21114PHYS 20552
PHIL 10013CHEM 21124
PHYS 1018 (Recommended)0Elective2
 14 16
Third Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PHYS 20043PHYS 20053
PHYS 40313BIOL 3302 or 410233
BIOL 41013Individual and Social Behavior Elective3
HIST 1301, 1401, or 150123MATH 24514
MATH 24504THEO 10013
 16 16
Fourth Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PHYS 40463PHYS 40653
PHIL 23103Group A Elective43
2000 Level Theology3Group A or B Elective53
Group A Elective43Group A or B Elective53
Group A or B Elective53Group A or B Elective53
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120
1

 PHYS 1013 recommended.

2

Satisfies both Diverse Cultures and Histories of Cultures and Societies UCCS requirements

3

BIOL 4102 may be substituted. BIOL 4102 is offered in the fall term. BIOL 4102 requires BIOL 4101, which may be taken concurrently.

4

Upper division physics elective from PHYS 3011, PHYS 4012 (strongly recommended), PHYS 4032 and PHYS 4062 (strongly recommended).

5

From: PHYS 3011, 3995*, 4012, 4032, 4062; BIOL 2201, 3202, 3501, 3502, 3701, 4956*, 8101, 8102, 8506; CHEM 4431, 4433, 4434, 4530, 4956*; MATH 4740. *These courses require prior recommendation of academic adviser and consent of department chair; these courses are highly recommended for student interested in a career in biophysics research

Major in Applied Physics

The major in applied physics consists of up to 45 credit hours. Students complete a physics core consisting of: an introductory physics sequence of two courses (8 credit hours); five required physics courses covering electromagnetism, modern physics, mechanics, and thermodynamics (15 credit hours); computer programming (3-4 credit hours); and laboratories in contemporary techniques and in electronics (4 credit hours). Students are required to complete 9 credit hours of electives in engineering (6 credit hours of upper division electives). Formal prerequisites for the Engineering elective courses can be waived with (a) prior approval from the Engineering Advising Center, and (b) concurrent enrollment in the "Applied Physics Bridge to Engineering" course (taken separately for each Engineering elective). Either a research project in applied physics or cooperative work-study experience is required, typically carried out full-time over two summer terms. Additional physics, engineering, chemistry, computing, math, biology or other elective courses may be taken to fulfill the overall requirements for the B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, the University Common Core of Studies, and/or the prerequisite requirements for some upper division electives.

Required Courses
PHYS 1003
PHYS 1004
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
8
or PHYS 1013
PHYS 1014
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
EECE 1610Introduction to Computer Programming3-4
or COSC 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming
PHYS 2004Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta3
PHYS 2005Modern Physics: The States of Matter3
PHYS 2055Electronics Lab2
PHYS 3011Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 3056Contemporary Physics Lab 12
PHYS 4031Electricity and Magnetism 13
PHYS 4062Introduction to Thermodynamics3
Applied Physics Bridge to Engineering *1-3
Applied Physics Immersion Experience 11
Applied Physics Immersion Experience 21
Engineering Electives (At least 6 credits must be 3000 or 4000 level)9
Total Credit Hours42-45
*

To be taken multiple times. Each offering is tailored to a specific Engineering elective taken concurrently.

Recommended Engineering Electives: Engineering electives should be chosen with the assistance of your major adviser from the following courses.
MEEN 2130Mechanics of Materials3
MEEN 3210Measurements and Controls3
MEEN 3320Fluid Mechanics3
EECE 2710Introduction to Computer Hardware and Software3
EECE 2030Digital Electronics3
EECE 3010Electronic Devices and Applications3
EECE 4510Digital Signal Processing3
ELEN 2020Electric Circuits 23
ELEN 3001Electric Circuits and Machinery3
ELEN 3020Linear Systems Analysis3
ELEN 3210Electric Drives3
ELEN 4110Microwave Engineering3
ELEN 4310Control Systems3

TYPICAL PROGRAM FOR APPLIED PHYSICS MAJOR

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
ENGL 10013ENGL 10023 
CHEM 1001 or 10134CHEM 1002 or 10144 
MATH 14504MATH 14514 
PHYS 1003 or 10134PHYS 1004 or 10144 
 15 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
EECE 1610 or COSC 10103MATH 24514Applied Physics Immersion Experience 11
HIST 1301, 1401, or 15013PHYS 20053 
MATH 24504PHYS 20552 
PHYS 10180UCCS-Lit./Performing Arts3 
PHYS 20043UCCS-Theology3 
THEO 10013  
 16 15 1
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
PHIL 10013PHIL 23103Applied Physics Immersion Experience 21
PHYS 30113PHYS 40323 
PHYS 30562Engineering Elective - 3000+ level3 
PHYS 40313Upper-division Physics Elective3 
Engineering Elective - 2000+ level3Applied Physics Bridge to Engineering1 
Applied Physics Bridge to Engineering1Elective3 
 15 16 1
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
PHYS 40623Electives15 
Engineering Elective - 4000+ level3  
UCCS-Indiv. & Soc. Behav.3  
Applied Physics Bridge to Engineering1  
Electives6  
 16 15
Total credit hours: 125

Minor in Physics

The minor in physics consists of a total of 20 credit hours: one required physics sequence (8 credit hours) and 12 credit hours in physics elective courses as listed below:

Required Physics Sequence: Choose one of the following:8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
Electives: Choose 12 credit hours of Physics courses12
Total Credit Hours20

Department of Public Instruction Certification

To pursue Department of Public Instruction certification, College of Education students should complete the following requirements which consist of a total of 22 credit hours: one required physics sequence (8 credit hours), three required physics courses (9 credit hours) and 5 credit hours in physics elective courses as listed below:

Required Physics Sequence: Choose one of the following:8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
Required Physics Courses:
PHYS 1009Earth and Environmental Physics3
PHYS 2004Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta3
PHYS 2005Modern Physics: The States of Matter3
Electives: Choose 5 credit hours of Physics courses5
Total Credit Hours22

Minor in Astronomy

The Astronomy Minor is intended for students who are interested in learning about modern astronomy and astrophysics.

NON-PHYSICS MAJORS: the minor in astronomy requires one introductory physics sequences (8 credit hours) and four required physics courses (12 credit hours) for a total of 20 credit hours as listed below:

Required Physics Sequence: Choose one of the following.8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
Required Physics Courses:
PHYS 1008Astronomy and Space Physics3
PHYS 2004Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta3
PHYS 3021Introduction to Theoretical Astrophysics3
PHYS 3022Introduction to Observational Astronomy3
Total Credit Hours20

Note:

  • Students who complete PHYS 1001 General Physics 1 and PHYS 1002 General Physics 2 must also take the math requisites for PHYS 1003 General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1 and PHYS 1004 General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2 (MATH 1450 Calculus 1 and MATH 1451 Calculus 2) in order to meet the mathematics level of PHYS 3021 Introduction to Theoretical Astrophysics and PHYS 3022 Introduction to Observational Astronomy.

PHYSICS MAJORS: the minor in astronomy requires the following, taken under the guidance of one of our astronomy/astrophysics faculty with a topic being in the realm of astronomy or astrophysics. Note that the PHYS 4931 Topics in Contemporary Physics course is then used for the astronomy minor requirement and may not then be used for a physics major elective course requirement. The astronomy minor for a physics major requires a total of 12 credit hours beyond the physics major requirements.

Required Courses:
PHYS 1008Astronomy and Space Physics3
PHYS 3021Introduction to Theoretical Astrophysics3
PHYS 3022Introduction to Observational Astronomy3
PHYS 4931Topics in Contemporary Physics3
Total Credit Hours12

Minor in Biophysics

Biophysics is concerned with the application of the concepts and methods of physics to the solution of biological problems and to the understanding of biological processes. Students who complete the biophysics minor achieve a grasp of physics as it relates to solving biological problems, a general understanding of the nature of biological problems and of proteins and cell membranes in particular and of several techniques based on physics principles that are used in biological investigations.

Cognate requirements for the minor are one year each of introductory biology and introductory chemistry as follows:

Cognate Course Requirements:
Required Biology Sequence:6
General Biology 1
and General Biology 2
Required Chemistry Sequence:8
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
Total Credit Hours14

Biophysics Minor Course Requirements:

Required Introduction to Organic Chemistry: Choose one of the following.2-8
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 2
or
Organic Chemistry for Majors 1
and Organic Chemistry for Majors 2
or
Organic Chemistry for the Health Sciences
Required Differential and Integral Calculus: Choose one of the following.3-4
Calculus for the Biological Sciences
Calculus 1
Required Physics Sequence: Choose one of the following sequences.8
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1
and Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2
Physics Course Requirements:
PHYS 3953Biophysics Seminar1
PHYS 3995Undergraduate Research (must be 3 cr. hrs.*)3
PHYS 4046The Physical Basis of Biological Structure and Function (or equivalent by consent of Physics Dept)3
PHYS 4065Experimental Methods in Molecular Biophysics3
Total Credit Hours23-30

Note: *PHYS 3995 Undergraduate Research must be taken for 3 cr. hrs.

Courses

PHYS 1001. General Physics 1. 4 cr. hrs.

Newton's laws, linear motion, circular and harmonic motion, fluids, heat, kinetic theory, wave motion and sound. 4 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. lab. Prereq: High school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry or equivalent.

PHYS 1002. General Physics 2. 4 cr. hrs.

Continuation of PHYS 1001. Electrostatics, DC circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, light, optical instruments, interference and diffraction of light, modern physics. 4 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. lab. Prereq: PHYS 1001.

PHYS 1003. General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1. 4 cr. hrs.

Survey of classical physics for science and engineering majors. Kinematics in one and two dimensions. Newton's laws of motion and dynamics, including rotation of rigid bodies. Energy concepts in physical systems. Newton's law of universal gravitation. The first law of thermodynamics, harmonic motion, and Einstein's special relativity. A command of high school algebra, geometry and trigonometry is assumed. Requires the use of introductory calculus. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. lab., 1 hr. dis. Prereq: MATH 1450 can be taken concurrently.

PHYS 1003H. Honors General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1. 4 cr. hrs.

Survey of classical physics for science majors and engineering majors. Kinematics in one and two dimensions. Newton's laws of motion and dynamics, including rotation of rigid bodies. Energy concepts in physical systems. Newton's law of universal gravitation. The first law of thermodynamics, harmonic motion, and Einstein's special relativity. A command of high school algebra, geometry and trigonometry is assumed. Requires the use of introductory calculus. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1013 or PHYS 1013H. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: MATH 1450, which may be taken concurrently; admission to Marquette University Honors Program.

PHYS 1004. General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2. 4 cr. hrs.

A continuation of PHYS 1003. A survey of classical electromagnetic theory, with an introduction to modern physics. Electricity and magnetism: Coulomb's law, Gauss' law, the electric field and the electric potential, DC circuits, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, electromagnetic waves. Classical and quantum waves, interference, thermodynamics and an introduction to statistical mechanics. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. lab., 1 hr. dis. Prereq: MATH 1450 and PHYS 1003 or PHYS 1013. MATH 1451 or MATH 1455, can be taken concurrently.

PHYS 1004H. Honors General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2. 4 cr. hrs.

A continuation of PHYS 1003. A survey of classical electromagnetic theory, with an introduction to modern physics. Electricity and magnetism: Coulomb's law, Gauss' law, the electric field and the electric potential, DC circuits, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, electromagnetic waves. Classical and quantum waves, interference, thermodynamics and an introduction to statistical mechanics. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 1004 and PHYS 1014 or PHYS 1014H. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: MATH 1450 and PHYS 1003, PHYS 1003H, PHYS 1013, or PHYS 1013H. MATH 1451 or MATH 1455, which may be taken concurrently; admission to Marquette University Honors Program.

PHYS 1005. Perspectives in Physical Sciences. 3 cr. hrs.

Basic concepts in the physical sciences and their impact on technology, the humanities and the world. Course designed for non-science majors. This course satisfies the Arts and Sciences College Curriculum Natural Science requirement.

PHYS 1007. Survey of Meteorology. 3 cr. hrs.

An introduction to the science of the atmosphere as it relates to the weather of the earth, including important environmental issues such as global warming and air pollution. Topics include: atmospheric gasses, heat transfer, causes of the seasons, humidity, clouds, atmospheric stability and motions, air masses, fronts, and pressure systems, thunderstorms, tornados, hurricanes and weather forecasting.

PHYS 1008. Astronomy and Space Physics. 3 cr. hrs.

Physics of the solar system, stars, galaxies and the universe. Experimental methods of observational astronomy, telescopes, and space probes. Special topics such as black holes, neutron stars and quasars are covered. This course satisfies the Arts and Sciences College Curriculum Natural Science requirement.

PHYS 1009. Earth and Environmental Physics. 3 cr. hrs.

Impact of human activities on the environment, especially the consumption of fossil fuels. Population distribution and growth. Energy balance of the earth. Energy, land and water use, the water cycle. Effects of chemical and physical pollutants on water and the atmosphere. Course designed for non-science majors. This course satisfies the Arts and Sciences College Curriculum Natural Science requirement.

PHYS 1013. Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1. 4 cr. hrs.

A study of motion in its various forms, translational, rotational, and vibrational, that emphasizes their underlying unity, especially the central role of energy and its conservation, and their basis in the fundamental Newtonian laws of motion and Einstein's special relativity. These ideas are used to explain thermal processes. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. lab., 1 hr. quiz. Prereq: MATH 1450, which may be taken concurrently. A command of high school algebra, geometry, trigonometry is assumed. Requires the use of introductory calculus. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1013.

PHYS 1013H. Honors Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1. 4 cr. hrs.

A study of motion in its various forms, translational, rotational, and vibrational, that emphasizes their underlying unity, especially the central role of energy and its conservation, and their basis in the fundamental Newtonian laws of motion and Einstein's special relativity. These ideas are used to explain thermal processes. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. lab., 1 hr. quiz. Prereq: MATH 1450, which may be taken concurrently. A command of high school algebra, geometry, trigonometry is assumed. Requires the use of introductory calculus. Admission to Marquette University Honors Program. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1013 or PHYS 1013H.

PHYS 1014. Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2. 4 cr. hrs.

This course, continuing the development of energy as a fundamental concept, includes a study of electric and magnetic phenomena, and their unification in the theory of electromagnetism. Applications are made to waves, geometric and physical optics, atomic spectra, and nuclear decay and introductory quantum mechanics invluding wave function and bound systems. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. lab., 1 hr. quiz. Prereq: MATH 1450, MATH 1451 or MATH 1455 which may be taken concurrently, and PHYS 1003 or PHYS 1013. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 1004 and PHYS 1014.

PHYS 1014H. Honors Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2. 4 cr. hrs.

Continuing the development of energy as a fundamental concept, includes a study of electric and magnetic phenomena, and their unification in the theory of electromagnetism. Applications are made to waves, geometric and physical optics, atomic spectra, and nuclear decay and introductory quantum mechanics invluding wave function and bound systems. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. lab., 1 hr. quiz. Prereq: MATH 1450, MATH 1451 or MATH 1455, which may be taken concurrently, and PHYS 1003 or PHYS 1013 or PHYS 1013H. Admission to Marquette University Honors Program. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 1004 and PHYS 1014 or PHYS 1014H.

PHYS 1018. Introduction to Research. 0 cr. hrs.

An overview of research activity, specialties, and opportunities for undergraduate research is provided through an in-depth visit each week to a different research laboratory at Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin. All science students interested in learning about research are encouraged to take this course. SNC/UNC grade assessment.

PHYS 1020. Physics Laboratory Only. 1 cr. hr.

Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

PHYS 1030. Physics Lecture Only. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

PHYS 2004. Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles, and Quanta. 3 cr. hrs.

A survey of 20th century physics concentrating on atoms and particles. Quantum mechanics: origins, the Schrodinger equation, the hydrogen atom, many-electron atoms and angular momentum. Introduction to special relativity. Nuclear structure, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, fission and fusion. Elementary particles, conservation laws, reactions, the Standard Model, and cosmology. Prereq: MATH 2450 and PHYS 1002; MATH 2450 and PHYS 1004; or MATH 2450 and PHYS 1014. Prerequisites may be taken concurrently.

PHYS 2005. Modern Physics: The States of Matter. 3 cr. hrs.

A survey of the physics of matter and materials. Atoms and the forces between them, molecules, the states of matter, kinetic theory, perfect and imperfect gases. Statistical physics: classical statistics and the Boltzmann factor, quantum statistics. The solid state: cohesion and structure, electrical, magnetic, thermal and elastic properties. The liquid state: cohesion and structure, latent heat and melting, flow in ideal and real liquids. Prereq: MATH 2450 and PHYS 1002; MATH 2450 and PHYS 1004; or MATH 2450 and PHYS 1014. Prerequisites may be taken concurrently.

PHYS 2049. Computational Physics. 3 cr. hrs.

Computational techniques applied to problems in the physical sciences. Construction of models of physical systems. Generation and analysis of data. The role of models in developing physical theories. Course assignments will use a variety of programming environments and commercial software.

PHYS 2055. Electronics Lab. 2 cr. hrs.

Introduction to electronic measuring equipment and circuits. Voltmeters, ammeters, ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, DC and AC circuits, resistance, impedance, passive and active filters, power supplies, op-amps, amplifiers, and analog-digital conversion. An introduction to error analysis and precision of measurement. 1 hr. lec., 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: PHYS 1004 or PHYS 1014.

PHYS 3011. Classical Mechanics. 3 cr. hrs.

Three-dimensional motion of a particle in both Cartesian and spherical coordinate systems. Newtonian dynamics, the classical harmonic oscillator, central forces. Lagrange and Hamilton's formulations of analytical mechanics, angular momentum, Kepler's problem, and the dynamics of a rigid body. Coupled oscillators. Prereq: MATH 2451 and PHYS 1002; MATH 2451 and PHYS 1004; or MATH 2451 and PHYS 1014. Prerequisites may be taken concurrently.

PHYS 3021. Introduction to Theoretical Astrophysics. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to astrophysical problems, with emphasis on underlying physical principles; includes the nature of stars, equations of state, stellar energy generations, stellar structure and evolution, astrophysical neutrinos, binary stars, white dwarfs, neutron stars and pulsars and novae and supernovae. Prereq: PHYS 1013 and PHYS 1014 or PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1004 or PHYS 1001 and PHYS 1002 and cons. of instr.

PHYS 3022. Introduction to Observational Astronomy. 3 cr. hrs.

Nature of the Milky Way galaxy from an observer's perspective: stellar statistics and distributions, stellar populations, spiral structure, the nucleus and halo. Nature of ordinary galaxies, galaxies in our Local Group, structure of voids and superclusters. Nature of peculiar objects: Seyfert galaxies, starburst galaxies, and quasars. Elementary aspects of physical cosmology. Introduction to techniques used in modern optical and radio astronomy with emphasis on the physical and mathematical understanding of the detection of electromagnetic radiation. Prereq: PHYS 1013 and PHYS 1014 or PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1004 or (PHYS 1001 and PHYS 1002 and cons. of instr.) and PHYS 2004 and PHYS 3021.

PHYS 3056. Contemporary Physics Lab 1. 2 cr. hrs.

Experiments in molecular, nuclear, atomic, solid state physics, and in geometrical and physical optics. Application of error analysis, precision of measurement, and propagation of errors. 1 hr. lec., 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: PHYS 2055.

PHYS 3953. Biophysics Seminar. 1 cr. hr.

The frontiers of research in biophysics, and the techniques employed, are explored through attending the weekly Biophysics Seminar at the Medical College of Wisconsin and participating in a follow-on discussion after each seminar. Prereq: Jr. stndg. May be taken more than once for credit. This course may not be used to satisfy the 30 cr. hr. minimum requirements for a bachelor's degree in physics.

PHYS 3995. Undergraduate Research. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Experimental or theoretical research in an area of contemporary physics under the guidance of a physics faculty member who has expertise in that area. Successful completion of the course includes a summary paper and an oral presentation to the regular physics faculty. This course may not be used to satisfy the 30 cr. hr. minimum requirements for a bachelor of science in physics. Prereq: Jr. stndg. and cons. of dept. ch.; cons. of a regular physics faculty member.

PHYS 4012. Quantum Mechanics. 3 cr. hrs.

Quantum states, state vectors, observables and operators. The formal structure of quantum mechanics. Time evolution of the state vector. The Hamiltonian. Position and momentum representations, and the wave function. One-dimensional wave mechanics and the harmonic oscillator. Three-dimensional wave mechanics. Symmetry, angular momentum, and the hydrogen atom. Fermions, and bosons. Perturbation methods. Prereq: MATH 2451 and PHYS 2004 or MATH 2451 and PHYS 1014.

PHYS 4024. Modern Optics. 3 cr. hrs.

Geometric optics, classical wave theory of optics, interference, diffraction, polarization, electromagnetic theory of light, interaction of light and matter, lasers and coherence. Prereq: MATH 1451 and PHYS 1002; or MATH 1451 and PHYS 1004; or MATH 1451 and PHYS 1014.

PHYS 4031. Electricity and Magnetism 1. 3 cr. hrs.

Electrostatics: Coulomb's law and Gauss' law. The electric field in dielectric materials. Microscopic theory of Ohm's law and steady state currents. The magnetic field, Biot-Savart law, Ampere's law, the vector potential. Magnetic materials. Electromagnetic induction, Faraday's law. Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves. Prereq: MATH 2450 and PHYS 1002; or MATH 2450 and PHYS 1004; or MATH 2450 and PHYS 1014.

PHYS 4032. Electricity and Magnetism 2. 3 cr. hrs.

Boundary value problems: The solution of electrostatic and magnetostatic problems in continuous media. Microscopic theories of the dielectric and magnetic properties of materials. Electromagnetic waves in bounded regions. Reflection, refraction and dispersion. Radiation from accelerated charges. Antennae. Electrodynamics and the theory of special relativity. Prereq: PHYS 4031.

PHYS 4046. The Physical Basis of Biological Structure and Function. 3 cr. hrs.

The molecular processes of life occur in a complex aqueous molecular environment. Biological molecules and their environments are governed by the principles of physics. This course presents and explains physical techniques and models based on mechanics, thermodynamics, and electricity and magnetism, and shows how they apply to help characterize and understand the environments in which cells and biological molecules operate, while also helping to explain cellular and physiological processes. Prereq: PHYS 1002, 1004 or 1014 and CHEM 1002, MATH 1410 or MATH 1451.

PHYS 4050. Introduction to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. 3 cr. hrs.

Special relativity including spacetime diagrams and 4-vectors. Tensor calculus, non-Euclidean geometry, and arbitrary coordinate systems. The Schwarzschild metric, orbits and precession, gravitational lensing, and black holes. Cosmological and gravitational wave solutions to the Einstein equation. Prereq: Physics 1003 & 1004; or 1013 & 1014; MATH 1450, MATH 1451 and MATH 2450.

PHYS 4057. Contemporary Physics Lab 2. 2 cr. hrs.

Continuation of the experiments in PHYS 3056. Measurement and propagation of uncertainty, curve fitting, automated data collection and experiment control. 1 hr. lec., 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: PHYS 3056.

PHYS 4062. Introduction to Thermodynamics. 3 cr. hrs.

Fundamental concepts of thermodynamics: temperature, internal energy, entropy and thermodynamic potentials. Laws of thermodynamics, their consequences and applications. Introduction to statistical thermodynamics. Prereq: MATH 2450 and PHYS 2005.

PHYS 4065. Experimental Methods in Molecular Biophysics. 3 cr. hrs.

An introduction to the field of biological physics which develops the science and illustrates the applications of the techniques of X-ray diffraction and spin resonance to problems of biological interest: protein structural dynamics, ion channels and transport through cell membranes. Prereq: PHYS 2004 and PHYS 4031, or PHYS 4046.

PHYS 4071. Atomic Physics. 3 cr. hrs.

Quantum mechanics of one and many electron atoms. Spin, orbital, and total angular momentum. Atoms in electric and magnetic fields, the Stark effect and the Zeeman effect. Atomic transitions, symmetry and selection rules. The periodic table and shell structure. Modern spectroscopy. Prereq: PHYS 4012 and PHYS 4031.

PHYS 4072. Introduction to Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics. 3 cr. hrs.

Experimental methods in nuclear and particle physics. Theories of nuclear structure, radioactivity, decay schemes, fission and fusion models, conservation laws. Elementary particle classifications and the Standard Model. Prereq: PHYS 4012.

PHYS 4075. Introduction to Solid State Physics. 3 cr. hrs.

Crystal structure of solids, the reciprocal lattice and diffraction. Lattice vibrations and thermal properties. Electrons in metals, band structure and semiconductors. The Fermi surface. Dielectric and magnetic properties of solids. Superconductivity. Prereq: PHYS 2005 and PHYS 4012.

PHYS 4931. Topics in Contemporary Physics. 3 cr. hrs.

Topics drawn from areas of current interest such as astrophysics, atmospheric physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics or particle physics. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

PHYS 4953. Seminar in Physics. 1 cr. hr.

Critical analysis of the original works of scientists who have made significant contributions to Physics. This course may not be used to satisfy the 30 cr. hr. minimum requirements for a bachelor of science in physics. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

PHYS 4956. Undergraduate Research in Physics. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Research project conducted under the direction of a faculty advisor. Prereq: Consent of Instructor.

PHYS 4995. Independent Study in Physics. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Independent study of special topics in physics under faculty supervision. Topics selected by students. This course may not be used to satisfy the 30 cr. hr. minimum requirements for a bachelor of science in physics. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

PHYS 4999. Senior Thesis. 2 cr. hrs.

Independent research under the guidance of physics faculty. The topic may be chosen from any area of physics. Successful completion of the course includes a written thesis on the research and an oral presentation. This course may not be used to satisfy the 30 cr. hr. minimum requirements for a bachelor of science in physics. Prereq: Sr. stndg. and cons. of dept. ch.; cons. of a regular physics faculty member.