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COURSE NUMBER CLASS/DESCRIPTION HOURS 
PHY 104 Physics for Today Credit: 3 hours
  This is a survey course designed for non-science majors. The math required for this course is minimal and does not go beyond high school algebra.
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PHY 151 General Physics I Credit: 4 hours
  Prerequisite: MAT 102 or equivalent. Lecture three hours a week, Laboratory three hours a week. 

Mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and sound
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PHY 152 General Physics II Credit: 4 hours
  Prerequisite: PHY 151. Lecture three hours a week, Laboratory three hours a week.

Light, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics.
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PHY 216 Astronomy Credit: 3 hours
  History, methods, solar system, stars, and cosmology; presented on an elementary level. Night observation.
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PHY 251 Fundamentals of Physics I Credit: 4 hours
  Co-requisite: MAT 122. Lecture three hours a week, Laboratory three hours a week.

Mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and sound presented with the aid of calculus.
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PHY 252 Fundamentals of Physics II Credit: 4 hours
  Prerequisite: PHY 251. Lecture three hours a week, Laboratory three hours a week

Light, electricity, and magnetism presented with the aid of calculus.
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PHY 301 Modern Physics Credit: 3 hours
  Prerequisite: PHY 152 or 252

Relativity, quantum theory, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics.
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PHY 308 Classical Mechanics Credit: 3 hours
  Prerequisites: PHY 151 or 251 and MAT 221 or instructor's consent.

Two and three dimensional kinematics and dynamics, curvilinear coordinates, vector analysis, projectile motion, conservative and nonconservative forces, potential theory, rigid bodies.
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PHY 313 Optics Credit: 4 hours
  Prerequisites: PHY 152 or 252 and MAT 122. Lecture three hours a week, Laboratory three hours a week.

Fundamental concepts of simple optical systems, including lenses and mirrors. Physics optics including interference, diffraction, polarization, optical spectra, and lasers.
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PHY 401 Quantum Physics Credit: 3 hours
  Prerequisite: PHY 301 or instructor’s consent.

Schrodinger wave mechanics including application to quantum structure. Schrodinger wave mechanics including application to quantum structure.
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PHY 402 Special Projects Credit: 3 hours
  Prerequisite: instructor’s consent

After consulting with the instructor in charge, the student may be assigned to special study in theoretical physics or may be assigned a research program.
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PHY 406 Electricity and Magnetism I Credit: 3 hours
  Prerequisites: PHY 152 or 252 and MAT 222 or instructor's consent.

The fundamental principles of electrostatic fields, electric potential, electrostatic boundary conditions, work and energy in electrostatics, conductors and insulators, and special techniques in solving electrostatics problems.
PHY 407 Electricity and Magnetism II Credit: 3 hours
  Prerequisite: PHY 406

The fundamental principles of magnetostatic fields, electromagnetic induction, magnetic fields in matter, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, and radiation.
PHY 413 Nuclear Physics Credit: 4 hours
  Prerequisite: PHY 301 or instructor’s consent. Lecture three hours a week. Laboratory three hours a week.

Isotopes and nuclear structure, natural radioactivity, induced nuclear transformations, nuclear energy sources, high energy process, and cosmic rays.
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PHY 417 Selected Topics Credit: 3 hours
  A course offering formal study of selected topics in physics or
applications of physics.
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COURSE NUMBER CLASS/DESCRIPTION HOURS
ESC 105 Comp. Tools for Phys. Science I Credit: 2 hrs.
  The use of spreadsheet packages such as Excel to store data from laboratory experiments, to perform calculations on those data, and to generate charts from the results.
ESC 205 Comp. Tools for Phys. Science II Credit: 2 hrs.
  Prerequisites: PHY 151 or 251

An introduction to the use of commercially available array processing software packages such as MATLAB to analyze large blocks of data (e.g. multiple time-dependent temperatures)
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ESC 305 Electrical Circuits Credit: 5 hrs.
  Prerequisite: PHY 152 or 252 and MAT 122.Lecture four hours a week, Laboratory three hours a week.

Principles of DC circuits, Kirchhoff’s laws, analysis theorems, AC circuit components, transient behavior, steady-state behavior, phasors, transformers, two-port networks.
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ESC 306 Digital Circuits Credit: 4 hrs.
  Prerequisite: PHY 152 or 252 or instructor’s consent. Lecture two hours a week. Laboratory three hours a week.

Binary, hexadecimal, octal number systems, Boolean algebra, binary logic, Karnaugh maps, digital circuit principles, flip-flops, switches, counters, basic computer circuits, LED’s, introduction to microprocessors.
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ESC 310 Electronics Credit: 4 hrs.
  Prerequisite: ESC 305. Lecture three hours a week. Laboratory three hours a week.

Semiconductors, solid state electronics, principles of active devices, JEFT’s, amplifier circuits, operational amplifiers, analog measurements, oscillator circuits, linear integrated circuits.
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ESC 311 Statics Credit: 3 hrs.
  Prerequisites: PHY 151 or 251 and MAT 122

Forces in equilibrium, free body diagrams, beams, trusses, engineering principles, bodies in tension and compression, stress and strain.
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ESC 312 Dynamics Credit: 3 hrs.
  Prerequisite: ESC 311

Vector treatment of the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, Newton's laws, work and energy, impulse and momentum, impact, mass moment's of inertia, rotating axes.
ESC 315 Thermodynamics Credit: 3 hrs.
 
Prerequisites: PHY 152 or 252 and MAT 222 or instructor's consent
A study of the science of the conversion of energy from one form to another. This course will emphasize the first and second laws of thermodynamics and their applications to power cycle and refrigeration cycle analyses.
ESC 321 Strength of Materials Credit: 3 hrs.
  Prerequisite: PHY 151 or 251 and MAT 122

Relationships between internal stresses and deformations produced by external forces acting on deformable bodies, design principles based on mechanics of solids. Normal stresses, shear stresses, and deformations produced by tensile, compressive, torsional, and bending loading of members. Beam deflections, elastic energy and impact, multidimensional stress states, buckling of columns.
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ESC 340 Heat Transfer Credit: 3 hrs.
  Prerequisites: PHY 151 or 251 and MAT 353

A one semester study of the science of energy transfer between material bodies due to temperature differences.
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ESC 350 Fluid Mechanics Credit: 4 hrs.
  Prerequisite: PHY 151 or 251 and MAT 122. Lecture three hours a week. Laboratory three hours a week.

Comprehensive first course in basic and applied fluid mechanics. Topics covered will include fluid properties under static and dynamic conditions, Euler’s and Bernoulli’s equations, hydrodynamics, dimensional analysis and similitude, laminar and turbulent flows, boundary layer model and approximate analysis, compressible flow and propulsion devices, flow measurement, and an introduction to turbomachinery with applications.
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ESC 430 Geophysical Applications: Atmospheric Electricity Credit: 4 hrs.
  Prerequisites: PHY 152 or 252 and at least one of the following: ESC 305, ESC 306, or PHY 404. Lecture three hours a week. Laboratory three hours a week.

The electrical nature of Earth’s atmosphere, the global electric circuit, cloud physics, lightning, modeling thunderstorm parameters.
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ESC 450 Senior Design Project Credit: 2 hrs.
  Prerequisite: Senior Standing, Engineering Physics

Independent research, design, and presentation of results for a student selected and advisor approved project.
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