Computational Physics
The computational physics option provides a thorough study of computer science and computational physics as well as a solid background in physics and mathematics. Graduates from this program have gone on to graduate programs in physics and computer science while others have found career opportunities in technical fields.
Bachelor of Arts  Physics; Computational Physics Option
College Humanities & Sciences
Catalog Year: 20142015
Degree Specific Credits: 72
Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0
Lower Division Physics Core
Rule: Must complete all of the courses in one of the two options:
Note: The Physics with Calculus series (PHSX 215N  218N) is strongly recommended.
College Physics
Rule: may complete all of the following courses
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PHSX 205N  College Physics I
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 122 or 151 or equivalent, and prereq. or coreq. PHSX 206N. Mechanics, sound, and heat. For nonphysical science majors. This course satisfies the lecture portion of medical school requirements in general physics. Credit not allowed for both PHSX 205N207N and 215N217N.

4 Credits 
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PHSX 206N  College Physics I Laboratory
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq. or coreq., PHSX 205N. Mechanics, sound, and heat. For nonphysical science majors. This course satisfies the laboratory portion of medical school requirements in general physics. Credit not allowed for both PHSX 206N208N and 216N218N.

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PHSX 207N  College Physics II
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq. PHSX 205N and prereq. or coreq., PHSX 208N. Electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics. For nonphysical science majors. This course satisfies the lecture portion of medical school requirements in general physics. Credit not allowed for both PHSX 205N207N and 215N217N.

4 Credits 
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PHSX 208N  College Physics II Laboratory
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., PHSX 206N, prereq, or coreq., PHSX 207N. Electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. For nonphysical science majors. This course satisfies the laboratory portion of medical school requirements in general physics. Credit not allowed for both PHSX 206N208N and 216N218N.

1 Credits 
Minimum Required Grade: C  10 Total Credits Required 
Physics with Calculus
Rule: May complete all of the following courses
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PHSX 215N  Fund of Physics w/Calc I
Offered autumn. Prereq. or coreq., PHSX 216N and M 171 or equiv. This course satisfies the lecture portion of medical and technical school requirements in general physics. Mechanics, fluids, waves and sound. Credit not allowed for both PHSX 215N216N217N218N and 205N206N207N208N.

4 Credits 
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PHSX 216N  Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Offered autumn. Coreq., PHSX 215N. This course satisfies the laboratory portion of medical and technical school requirements in general physics. Mechanics, fluids, waves, and sound. Credit not allowed for both PHSX 215N216N217N218N and 205N206N207N208N.

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PHSX 217N  Fund of Physics w/Calc II
Offered spring. Prereq., PHSX 215N, and prereq. or coreq. PHSX 218, and prereq. or coreq., M 172 or equivalent. This course satisfies the lecture portion of medical and technical school requirements in general physics. Heat, electricity, magnetism, and light. Credit not allowed for both PHSX 215N216N217N218N and 205N206N207N208N.

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PHSX 218N  Physics Laboratory II w/Calc
Offered spring. Prereq., PHSX 215N, coreq., PHSX 217N. This course satisfies the laboratory portion of medical and technical school requirements in general physics. Heat, electricity, magnetism, and light. Credit not allowed for both PHSX 215N216N217N218N and 205N206N207N208N.

1 Credits 
Minimum Required Grade: C  10 Total Credits Required 
Upper Division Physics
Rule: Complete the following courses
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PHSX 301  Intro Theoretical Physics
Offered spring. Prereq., M 273; coreq., PHSX 217N218N. Selected topics from applied linear algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations, vector analysis, complex variables, and Fourier series. Applications to classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics.

3 Credits 
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PHSX 311  Oscillations and Waves
Offered autumn. Prereq., PHSX 217N218N or 207N208N; Prereq. or coreq. M 273. Detailed study of oscillations and waves at the intermediate level, to develop physical intuition and mathematical skills needed for analyzing a wide range of periodic phenomena encountered in physics.

2 Credits 
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PHSX 320  Classical Mechanics
Offered autumn. Prereq., PHSX 301, M 311. Topics in classical mechanics at the intermediate level, emphasizing Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics.

3 Credits 
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PHSX 333  Computational Physics
Offered spring oddnumbered years. Prereq., PHSX 217N218N; coreq., any upperdivision PHXS course. Solution of advanced problems in physics using computational methods. Students will learn a variety of numerical methods, including FORTRAN programming techniques.

3 Credits 
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PHSX 343  Modern Physics
Offered autumn. Prereq., one year of college physics; coreq., M 273. Includes historical background for development of modern physics and an introduction to quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics. Credit not allowed for graduate degree in physics.

3 Credits 
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PHSX 423  Electricity & Magnetism I
Offered autumn. Prereq, PHSx 301. Electricity and magnetism at the intermediate level.

3 Credits 
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PHSX 499  Senior Capstone Seminar
Offered autumn. Prereq., junior or senior standing in physics. Each student will present a seminar on research performed prior to or during their senior year.

1 Credits 
Minimum Required Grade: C  18 Total Credits Required 
Physics Elective
Rule: Choose 1 of the following courses
Note: PHSX 322, 425, and 461 are strongly recommended
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PHSX 141N  Einstein's Relativity
Offered spring. Prereq., working knowledge of high school physics and high school calculus, or consent of instr. Modern theoretical study of space, time, the principle of relativity, and its implications. Analysis of apparent paradoxes, and applications to particle physics.

3 Credits 
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PHSX 323  Intermediate Physics Lab
Offered spring. Prereq., PHSX 217N218N or PHSX 207N208N and PHSX 311. Laboratory course in the application of analog and digital electronics to experimental physics, with additional emphasis on data analysis techniques.

3 Credits 
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PHSX 327  Optics
Offered spring. Prereq., PHSX 311. Intermediate level study of light and optics, including geometrical optics, wave optics, optical instruments, coherence, polarization, and special topics.

3 Credits 
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PHSX 330  Communicating Physics
Offered spring evennumbered years. Prereq., PHSX 217N218N or PHSX 207N208N. Oral and written communication skills in physics, to include teaching high school and college physics, presenting seminars, and writing technical and nontechnical physics articles.

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PHSX 425  Electricity & Magnetism II
Offered spring. Prereq., PHSX 423. Continuation of PHSX 423. Electricity and magnetism at the intermediate level.

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PHSX 444  Advanced Physics Lab
Offered autumn. Prereq., PHSX 343 or equiv., PHSX 327 or equiv.; PHSX 322 suggested but not required. Advanced experiments in classical and modern physics, including optics, spectroscopy, laser science, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics, Data analysis techniques for experimental scientists. Recommended for students entering graduate school in any experimental science.

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PHSX 446  Thermodyn & Stat Mech
Offered spring evennumbered years. Prereq., PHSX 343; coreq., M 311. Topics in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

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PHSX 461  Quantum Mechanics I
Offered autumn. Prereq., PHSX 311, PHSX 343; prereq. or coreq., M 311. Introduction to quantum mechanics. Topics include Schroedinger equation, piecewise constant potential, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom, angular momentum theory, electron spin.

3 Credits 
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PHSX 462  Quantum Mechanics II
Offered spring. Prereq., PHSX 461 or consent of instr. Advanced topics in quantum mechanics including linear vector spaces and Dirac notation, quantum dynamics, timedependent perturbation theory, and scattering theory.

3 Credits 
Minimum Required Grade: C  3 Total Credits Required 
Math Requirements
Rule: Complete the following courses
Note: M 307, STAT 341, and STAT 458 are recommended as well
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M 171  Calculus I
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 122 or 151 or ALEKS placement >= 5. Differential calculus, including limits, continuous functions, Intermediate Value Theorem, tangents, linear approximation, inverse functions, implicit differentiation, extreme values and the Mean Value Theorem. Integral Calculus including antiderivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

4 Credits 
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M 172  Calculus II
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 171 or 181. Techniques of Integration. Area computations. Improper integrals. Infinite series and various convergence tests. Power series. Taylor's Formula. Polar coordinates. Parametric curves.

4 Credits 
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M 225  Intro to Discrete Mathematics
Offered autumn. Prereq., one of M 162, 171, or 181 or consent of instr. Mathematical concepts used in computer science with an emphasis on mathematical reasoning and proof techniques. Elementary logic, sets, functions and relations, combinatorics, mathematical induction, recursion and algorithms. Mathematics majors should take M 307 instead of 225.

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M 273  Multivariable Calculus
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 172 or 182. Calculus of functions of several variables; differentiation and elementary integration. Vectors in the plane and space.

4 Credits 
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M 311  Ordinary Diff Equations/System
Offered autumn. Prereq., M 273. Ordinary differential equations. Systems of linear differential equations from a matrix viewpoint. Series solutions. Existence and uniqueness for initial value problems. Numerical methods. Stability and selected topics. M 317 computer lab recommended.

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M 325  Discrete Mathematics
Offered spring. Prereq., M 171 and 225 or 307. Continuation of 225 and topics from graph theory, Boolean algebras, automata theory, coding theory, computability and formal languages.

3 Credits 
21 Total Credits Required 
Computer Science Requirements
Rule: Complete the following subcategories of courses
Computer Science Core Courses
Rule: Must complete all of the following courses
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CSCI 135  Fund of Computer Science I
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., computer programming experience in a language such as BASIC, Pascal, C, etc.; coreq., M 095 or consent of instr. CSCI 104 highly recommended as prereq. or coreq. Fundamental computer science concepts using the high level structured programming language, Java.

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CSCI 136  Fund of Computer Science II
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., CSCI 135; coreq., M 115 or M 151 or consent of instr. Continuation of CSCI 135. Survey of computer science topics including recursion, algorithms, basic data structures, operating systems, artificial intelligence, graphics, user interfaces, and social and ethical implications of computing.

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CSCI 232  Data Structures and Algorithms
Offered autumn. Prereq., CSCI 136; prereq. or coreq., M 225 or consent of instr. Abstract data types, recursion, linked lists, trees, hashing, graphs, and applications of data structures in algorithm development. Emphasis on object oriented programming techniques.

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CSCI 332  Design/Analysis of Algorithms
Offered spring. Prereq., CSCI 232 and M 225 or consent of instr. Algorithm design, analysis, and correctness. Commonly used algorithms including searching and sorting, string search, dynamic programming, branch and bound, graph algorithms, and parallel algorithms. Introduction to NPcomplete problems.

3 Credits 
Minimum Required Grade: C  13 Total Credits Required 
Computer Science Electives
Rule: Choose an additional 7 credits from any CSCI courses number 200 and above
Note: CSCI 205, 250, 361, 415, and 477 are recommended
Foreign Language
Note: Students must also complete a 2 semester language sequence or have equivalent placement.