# Physics

**Chairperson: Andrew Kunz, Ph.D.**

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. Majors in the Physics department can apply for acceptance into the Disciplinary Honor Program in Physics near the end of their sophomore year. Completion of this experiential program involves six credits of independent research with a faculty member and enrollment in an accompanying seminar focused on the research skills typically found in successful scientists. 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.

**PHYS 1001**

**General Physics 1**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*High school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry or equivalent.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Summer Term, 2022 Fall Term, 2022 Summer Term, 2021 Fall Term

**PHYS 1002**

**General Physics 2**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*PHYS 1001.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Summer Term, 2023 Spring Term, 2022 Summer Term, 2022 Spring Term

**PHYS 1003**

**General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 1450, which may be taken concurrently.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Fall Term, 2022 Summer Term, 2021 Fall Term

**PHYS 1003H**

**Honors General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 1450, which may be taken concurrently; admission to Marquette University Honors Program.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2021 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 1004**

**General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 1450; PHYS 1001, PHYS 1003, PHYS 1003H, PHYS 1013, or PHYS 1013H; MATH 1451 or MATH 1455, which may be taken concurrently.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Summer Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term

**PHYS 1004H**

**Honors General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 1450; PHYS 1001, 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.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term

**PHYS 1007**

**Survey of Meteorology**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Marquette Core Curriculum:*NSM Expanding Our Horizons

*Interdisciplinary Studies:*Environmental Studies

*Last four terms offered:*2021 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term, 2018 Fall Term, 2017 Fall Term

**PHYS 1008**

**Astronomy and Space Physics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Marquette Core Curriculum:*NSM Expanding Our Horizons

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Fall Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Fall Term

**PHYS 1009**

**Earth and Environmental Physics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Marquette Core Curriculum:*NSM Expanding Our Horizons

*Interdisciplinary Studies:*Environmental Ethics, Environmental Studies, Peace Studies

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Fall Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Fall Term

**PHYS 1013**

**Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 1450, which may be taken concurrently.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2021 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 1013H**

**Honors Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 1**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 1450, which may be taken concurrently.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2021 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 1014**

**Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 1450; PHYS 1001, PHYS 1003 or PHYS 1013; MATH 1451 or MATH 1455, which may be taken concurrently.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term

**PHYS 1014H**

**Honors Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 2**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 1450; PHYS 1001, PHYS 1003, PHYS 1003H, PHYS 1013 or PHYS 1013H; MATH 1451 or MATH 1455, which may be taken concurrently.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term

**PHYS 1020**

**Physics Laboratory Only**

**(1 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Cons. of dept. ch.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Fall Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Fall Term

**PHYS 1030**

**Physics Lecture Only**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Cons. of dept. ch.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Fall Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Fall Term

**PHYS 1953**

**Discovering Physics**

**(1 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2021 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 1954**

**Communicating Physics**

**(1 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term

**PHYS 2400**

**The Microscopic World**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 2440 or MATH 2450; PHYS 1002, PHYS 1004 or PHYS 1014; any of which may be taken concurrently.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2021 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term

**PHYS 2500**

**Oscillations and Waves with Laboratory**

**(4 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*PHYS 1002 or PHYS 1004 or PHYS 1014; PHYS 2400; MATH 2451, which may be taken concurrently.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term

**PHYS 2929**

**Applied Physics Bridge to Engineering**

**(1 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2021 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term, 2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 2953**

**Computational Methods in Physics**

**(1 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2400, recommended.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2021 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term

**PHYS 2954**

**Participating in Physics**

**(1 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term

**PHYS 3021**

**Introduction to Theoretical Astrophysics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2018 Fall Term, 2016 Fall Term

**PHYS 3022**

**Introduction to Observational Astronomy**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term, 2019 Spring Term, 2017 Spring Term

**PHYS 3056**

**Contemporary Physics Lab 1**

**(2 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*PHYS 2500 or cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 3100**

**Classical Mechanics**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 2451; PHYS 1002, PHYS 1004 or PHYS 1014; PHYS 2500, all of which may be taken concurrently; or cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2021 Fall Term

**PHYS 3989**

**Applied Physics Immersion Experience 1**

**(0 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2020 Fall Term, 2019 Summer Term

**PHYS 3990**

**Applied Physics Immersion Experience 2**

**(0 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2021 Summer Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2019 Summer Term

**PHYS 4012**

**Quantum Mechanics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2021 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 4031**

**Electricity and Magnetism**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 2440 or MATH 2450; PHYS 1002, PHYS 1004, PHYS 1004H, PHYS 1014, or PHYS 1014H; or cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term

**PHYS 4034**

**Modern Optics**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*PHYS 4031 or cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term

**PHYS 4046**

**The Physical Basis of Biological Structure and Function**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 1410, MATH 1451 or MATH 1455; CHEM 1002; PHYS 1002, PHYS 1004, PHYS 1004H, PHYS 1014, or PHYS 1014H; or cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2021 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term, 2017 Fall Term, 2015 Fall Term

**PHYS 4050**

**Introduction to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*MATH 2440 or MATH 2450; PHYS 1002, PHYS 1004, PHYS 1004H, PHYS 1014, or PHYS 1014H; or cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Marquette Core Curriculum:*NSM Expanding Our Horizons

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Spring Term, 2019 Spring Term

**PHYS 4057**

**Contemporary Physics Lab 2**

**(2 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*PHYS 3056 or cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2010 Spring Term, 2006 Spring Term, 2005 Spring Term

**PHYS 4062**

**Introduction to Thermodynamics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term, 2018 Spring Term, 2016 Spring Term

**PHYS 4065**

**Experimental Methods in Molecular Biophysics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term, 2018 Spring Term, 2016 Spring Term

**PHYS 4071**

**Atomic Physics**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*PHYS 2500 or cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2018 Fall Term, 2016 Fall Term, 2012 Fall Term

**PHYS 4072**

**Introduction to Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*PHYS 4012.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2019 Fall Term, 2017 Fall Term, 2015 Fall Term, 2013 Fall Term

**PHYS 4075**

**Introduction to Solid State Physics**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*PHYS 2400 or cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2018 Fall Term, 2016 Fall Term

**PHYS 4931**

**Topics in Contemporary Physics**

**(3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Cons. of dept. ch.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2017 Spring Term, 2016 Fall Term, 2016 Spring Term, 2010 Spring Term

**PHYS 4953**

**Seminar in Physics**

**(1 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Cons. of dept. ch.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2013 Spring Term, 2012 Spring Term, 2011 Spring Term, 2010 Spring Term

**PHYS 4953H**

**Honors Seminar in Physics**

**(1 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Admission to the PHYS Disciplinary Honors Program.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2020 Spring Term

**PHYS 4954**

**Review and Preparation for Post-Graduate Life**

**(1 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2021 Fall Term

**PHYS 4956**

**Undergraduate Research in Physics**

**(1-3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Fall Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Fall Term

**PHYS 4956H**

**Honors Undergraduate Research**

**(1-3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Cons. of instr.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2020 Spring Term, 2019 Fall Term, 2018 Fall Term

**PHYS 4989**

**Applied Physics Immersion Experience 1 - Grading Period**

**(1 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*PHYS 3989.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2021 Spring Term, 2019 Fall Term, 2018 Fall Term

**PHYS 4990**

**Applied Physics Immersion Experience 2 - Grading Period**

**(1 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*PHYS 3990.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2021 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 4995**

**Independent Study in Physics**

**(1-3 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Cons. of dept. ch.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2020 Spring Term, 2012 Spring Term, 2011 Spring Term, 2008 Spring Term

**PHYS 4997**

**Physics Exploration Capstone**

**(2 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Sr. stndg.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term

**PHYS 4999**

**Senior Thesis**

**(2 credits)**

*Prerequisite:*Sr. stndg. and cons. of dept. ch.

*Level of Study:*Undergraduate

*Last four terms offered:*2017 Fall Term, 2015 Fall Term, 2014 Fall Term, 2013 Spring Term

**PHYS 5012**

**Quantum Mechanics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2021 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 5031**

**Electricity and Magnetism**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2022 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term

**PHYS 5034**

**Modern Optics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term

**PHYS 5046**

**The Physical Basis of Biological Structure and Function**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate

*Last four terms offered:*2021 Fall Term, 2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 5050**

**Introduction to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Spring Term

**PHYS 5062**

**Introduction to Thermodynamics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term, 2012 Spring Term

**PHYS 5065**

**Experimental Methods in Molecular Biophysics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Spring Term, 2020 Spring Term, 2012 Spring Term

**PHYS 5071**

**Atomic Physics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate

*Last four terms offered:*2023 Spring Term, 2021 Spring Term, 2018 Fall Term, 2010 Fall Term

**PHYS 5072**

**Introduction to Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate

*Last four terms offered:*2019 Fall Term

**PHYS 5075**

**Introduction to Solid State Physics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate

*Last four terms offered:*2022 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2018 Fall Term

**PHYS 5931**

**Topics in Contemporary Physics**

**(3 credits)**

*Level of Study:*Graduate