Courses Offered
PHYS 100. Physics Orientation Credit 3(30)
The course introduces students to the subject area of physics, the various branches of physics. The applications of physics in science, engineering technology as well as current advances in physics will be discussed. The role of physics in interdisciplinary programs and research is discussed. Other topics may include African Americans and women in physics, physics and society, physics and religion, physics and politics, history of physics and physics and the national economy. (F)
PHYS 101. Introduction to Astronomy Credit 3(30)
This course is a broad survey of astronomy that examines the night sky, the seasons, the phases of the moon, eclipses, gravity, light, telescopes, the solar system, stars and galaxies. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 104. Introduction to Cosmology Credit 3(30)
This course will examine the universe: its size, shape and expansion; its origin, age and future; black holes and the mysterious dark matter and dark energy. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 105. Physics for Nonscientists Credit 3(30)
This course is intended for nonscience students. It is a qualitative introduction to topics at the forefront of modern physics, with an emphasis on conceptual understanding. Mathematics use is reduced to a minimum. The course stresses the major role physics plays in our everyday life and aims at helping students evaluate the importance of the new scientific developments and their technological and socioeconomical implications. It covers a wide variety of topics such as the building blocks of matter, the evolution of our universe, superconductivity and superfluidity, MRI and medical imaging techniques, the physics of lasers, the physics of semiconductors and transistors, nanoscience and nanotechnology, modern and future energy sources and their effects on the environment. (F;S)
PHYS 110. Survey of Physics Credit 2(20)
This is a onesemester study of selected topics in physics from each of the following: Newtonian mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, atomic, and nuclear physics, and relativity. Prerequisites: MATH 102, 110 or 111. Corequisite: PHYS 111. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 111. Survey of Physics Lab Credit 1(02)
This is a laboratory course to be taken concurrently with PHYS 110, Survey of Physics. Students will perform experiments designed to verify and/or clarify physics concepts. Corequisite: PHYS 110. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 211. Technical Physics I Credit 3(40)
This is a study of the basic principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, wave motion, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Emphasis is placed on applications of physics in modern technology. Prerequisite: MATH 111. Corequisites: MATH 112 and PHYS 216. (DEMAND)
PHYS 212. Technical Physics II Credit 3(40)
This is a continuation of PHYS 211. Prerequisite: PHYS 211. Corequisite: PHYS 217. (DEMAND)
PHYS 214. Astronomy I Credit 3(30)
This course studies the Solar System. The following topics will be explored: the motions of the Earth, the sun, the moon, and the planets; the nature of light; ground and spacebased telescopes; comparative planetology; the Earthmoon system; terrestrial and gas planets and their moons; dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets; planetary system formation. Corequisite: PHYS 224. (F;S)
PHYS 215. Astronomy II Credit 3(30)
This course studies Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology. The following topics will be explored: stellar observables; star birth, evolution, and death; novae and supernovae; white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; normal galaxies, active galaxies, and quasars; dark matter and dark energy; cosmology; and the early universe Prerequisites: PHYS 214 and PHYS 224. (F;S)
PHYS 216. Technical Physics I Laboratory Credit 1(02)
This is a qualitative and quantitative study of certain physical systems; critical observations and codification of data are emphasized. Corequisite: PHYS 211. (DEMAND)
PHYS 217. Technical Physics II Laboratory Credit 1(02) This is a continuation of PHYS 216. Corequisite: PHYS 212. (DEMAND)
PHYS 224. Astronomy I Laboratory Credit 1(02)
In this laboratory, students will learn how to use robotic telescopes. Students will learn how to analyze data from their observations of planets, moons, asteroids, binary and variable stars, supernovae, starforming regions, star clusters, and galaxies. Corequisite: PHYS 214. (F;S)
PHYS 225. College Physics I Credit 3(30)
This is an algebrabased course. No calculus is used. The course is a study of fundamental principles of mechanics and thermodynamics. The topics covered include units, physical quantities, and vectors; kinematics and dynamics of translational motion; applications of Newton's laws; work and energy; momentum, impulse, and collisions; kinematics and dynamics of rotational motion; equilibrium and elasticity; gravitation; periodic motion; fluid mechanics; temperature and heat; kinetic theory and thermal properties of matter, and thermodynamic systems & processes. Corequisite: PHYS 235. Prerequisites: MATH 110 or 111. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 226. College Physics II Credit 3(30)
This is an algebrabased continuation of PHYS 225. No calculus is used. The course covers the fundamental principles of electricity, magnetism, wave motion, and optics. Corequisite: PHYS 236. Prerequisite: PHYS 225. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 235. College Physics I Laboratory Credit 1(02)
This is a course that will emphasize the importance of experimentation and observations in the development of a physical science. A selected group of experiments will be undertaken.
PHYS 236. College Physics II Laboratory Credit 1(02) This is a continuation of PHYS 235. Corequisite: PHYS 226. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 241. General Physics I Credit 3(40)
This is a calculusbased physics course that covers the fundamental principles of Newtonian mechanics, heat, and thermodynamics. Corequisites: MATH 132, PHYS 251. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 242. General Physics II Credit 3(40) This is a continuation of PHYS 241. It is a calculusbased study of physics, which covers the fundamental principles of electricity, magnetism, wave motion, and optics. Prerequisites: PHYS 241, MATH 132. Corequisite: PHYS 252. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 251. General Physics I Lab Credit 1(02)
This is a laboratory course where a selected group of physics experiments will be performed. Emphasis is placed on the development of experimental technique, analysis of data, and physical interpretation of experimental results. Corequisite: PHYS 241. (F;S;SS) PHYS 252. General Physics II Lab Credit 1(02) This course is a continuation of PHYS 251. Corequisite: PHYS 242. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 280. Introduction to Space Science Credit 3(30)
This course explores major components of space science that include properties of outer space (the region beyond the Earth's atmosphere), and/or regions that require a spacebased operation. Space science areas include both remote sensing studies of Earth and more distant objects including the nearEarth space environment. Prerequisite: PHYS 101. (F;S)
PHYS 290. Introduction to Geophysics Credit 3(30)
This course provides an introduction to the use of physical measurements to determine the structure and composition of the solid Earth. Topics include plate tectonics, the gravity and magnetic fields, elasticity and seismic properties of the Earth, seismic waves, earthquake seismology, isostasy, and elementary concepts in geodynamics. The course summarizes current knowledge of the interior of the Earth as determined by modern geophysical techniques. Prerequisite: PHYS 242. (F;S)
PHYS 300. Introduction to Geophysics Credit 3(30)
This course provides an introduction to the use of physical measurements to determine the structure and composition of the solid Earth. Topics include plate tectonics, the gravity and magnetic fields, elasticity and seismic properties of the Earth, seismic waves, earthquake seismology, isostasy, and elementary concepts in geodynamics. The course summarizes current knowledge of the interior of the Earth as determined by modern geophysical techniques. Prerequisite: PHYS 242. (F;S)
PHYS 305. Mathematical Physics Credit 3(30)
This is a course in the applications of mathematics to solutions of physical problems. It covers selected topics in vector analysis, differential equations, special functions, calculus of variations, eigenvalues and eigenfunctions, and matrices. Prerequisite: MATH 231. (F;S)
PHYS 306. Introduction to Modern Physics Credit 3(30)
This course is a study of the basics of special relativity, quantum, atomic, molecular, statistical, solid state, nuclear, and particle physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 242 or 226 and MATH 132. (F;S;SS)
PHYS 345. Introduction to Computations in Physics Credit 3(30)
This course will introduce and use computational techniques to analyze and solve physical problems. Techniques to be used include a visual programming language, graphing packages, computer algebra systems, and other applications. Prerequisites: PHYS 241, PHYS 242 and a course in programming. (F;S)
PHYS 375. Intermediate Physics Laboratory Credit 2(12)
This is an intermediate level laboratory course that emphasizes performing selected experiments in electromagnetism, optics, atomic, nuclear and condensed matter physics. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to proper laboratory skills in data collection, analysis and reporting as well as to give students handson knowledge of experiments and ideas which revolutionized the field of physics. Pre or Corequisite: PHYS 306. (F;S)
PHYS 400. Physical Mechanics I Credit 3(30)
This is a course in Newtonian mechanics and includes particle dynamics, conservation laws, vibrational motion, central field motion, rigid body dynamics, Hamilton’s principle and Lagrange’s equations. Prerequisites: PHYS 242 and PHYS 305. (F)
PHYS 401. Physical Mechanics II Credit 3(30)
This is an intermediate course on classical mechanics. Topics include: Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism, and special relativistic descriptions of the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. Applications in engineering will be considered. Prerequisite: PHYS 400. (S)
PHYS 411. Atmospheric Physics I Credit 3(30)
This course covers the applications of physical laws and principles including acoustics, electricity, wave propagation, optics, and radiation to the atmosphere. Prerequisites: MATH 231, PHYS 242 or consent of instructor. (F;S)
PHYS 412. Atmospheric Physics II Credit 3(30)
This course is a continuation of Atmospheric Physics I and will include topics from basic principles of cloud and precipitation physics, including the study of condensation processes, freezing nucleation, ice crystal growth, and weather modification. Prerequisites: PHYS 411. (F;S)
PHYS 415. Electromagnetism I Credit 3(30)
This is an intermediate course in electromagnetism which along with PHYS 416 includes the study of electric fields and potentials, electric current and magnetic fields, solutions to Maxwell¿s equations, plane waves, polarization, propagation in media, wave guides and resonant cavities, refraction, and dispersion. Prerequisites: MATH 132, MATH 231, PHYS 242, PHYS 305. Prerequisites: MATH 132, MATH 231, PHYS 242, and PHYS 305. (F)
PHYS 416. Electromagnetism II Credit 3(30)
This course is the continuation of PHYS 415. It is an intermediate course in Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism. Electromagnetic phenomena are presented. This includes electromagnetic wave propagation, reflection and refraction, absorption and dispersion, dipole and point charge radiation. Relativistic electrodynamics is also presented. Applications to problems in engineering will be considered. Prerequisite: PHYS 415. (S)
PHYS 420. Quantum Physics I Credit 3(30)
This course presents a mathematical introduction required for understanding of quantum mechanics. The solutions of the Schrodinger equation for free particle and a particle in onedimensional potentials (square, barrier, etc.), and the postulates of quantum mechanics are presented. The simple harmonic oscillator problem is solved. Other topics include angular momentum, spin, the twoparticle problem and the hydrogen atom. Prerequisite: PHYS 306. (F;S)
PHYS 422. Quantum Physics II Credit 3(30)
This is a continuation of PHYS 420. This course deals with selected applications of quantum mechanics to problems in atomic, molecular, nuclear, solid state physics and materials science. Topics include: approximation methods, perturbation theory, and scattering theory. Prerequisite: PHYS 420. (F;S)
PHYS 430. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Credit 3(30)
This course reviews the principles of thermodynamics, which include macroscopic variables, thermodynamic equilibrium, the thermodynamic laws, and kinematic theory. The fundamentals of statistical mechanics are covered, which include microcanonical and canonical ensembles, partition functions, Bose and Fermi statistics, and the Boltzmann equation. Prerequisite:
PHYS 400. (F;S) PHYS 433. Physical Techniques in Biology Credit 3(30)
This course discusses using physical tools to investigate biological systems. The first major topic is microscopy and imaging, covering optical microscopy, fluorescence microscopy and different fluorescence techniques (including fluorescence resonance energy transfer and super highresolution fluorescence microscopy). The second major topic is micro/nanofabrication and micro/nanofluidics, covering lithography and labonachip applications. Other methods discussed include protein crystallography and atomic force microscopy. Prerequisite: PHYS 242. (F;S)
PHYS 434. Biological Physics Credit 3(31)
This course focuses on applying quantitative analyses on biological questions, and through these analyses, showing how biological systems evolve to navigate the noisy environment, as well as how fundamental physics can be used to understand biological phenomena. Subjects include chemotaxis and rheotaxis, evolutionary game theory, population dynamics and bifurcation theory, and the emergence of collective dynamics. Prerequisites: PHYS 242, CHEM 107, MATH 231. (F;S)
PHYS 440. Applied Geophysics Credit 3(30)
This course offers an overview of the field procedures employed to collect different types of geophysical data, and provides an introduction to the techniques employed to analyze and interpret geophysical data collected for applied and engineering purposes. It covers the major geophysical methods employed in resource exploration, environmental assessment, and geotechnical investigations and includes theory and technical background for seismic refraction and reflection methods, electrical resistivity and electromagnetic methods, ground penetrating radar method, gravity method, and magnetic method. Case studies, field exercises, and computer exercises are also included. Students will be given handson exercises with geophysical survey equipment. Prerequisite: PHYS 290. (F;S)
PHYS 441. Geophysical Data Analysis Credit 3(30)
This course covers the fundamental principles and methods that are commonly used to analyze geophysical data. It includes the following topics: transforms, onesided functions, spectral factorization, resolution, matrices and multichannel time series, data modeling by least squares, waveform applications of least squares, layers revealed by scattered wave filtering, and mathematical physics in stratified media. Prerequisite: PHYS 440. (F;S)
PHYS 442. Structural Geology Credit 3(30)
This course studies the processes of deformation and the geometry of deformed rocks by examining rock deformation through the analysis of structures at both the microscopic and outcrop scales. It will cover the following topics: the description of geological structures; the kinematics and dynamics of folding and faulting; stress, strain, and rheology; introduction to dislocation theory; microstructural analysis and principles of plate tectonics. Prerequisite: PHYS 290. (F;S)
PHYS 447. Computational Techniques in Physics Credit 3(23)
This course is an application of numerical methods to solve problems in physics. It includes root finding, systems of equations, integration, differentiation, boundaryvalue problems, and Monte Carlo methods. Prerequisite: PHYS 305. (DEMAND)
PHYS 450. Waves and Optics Credit 3(30)
This course explores wave phenomena. It covers the propagation, reflection, and refraction of light and includes studies of lenses and optical instruments, interference, diffraction, polarization, line spectra, and thermal radiation. Prerequisite: PHYS 242. (F;S)
PHYS 451. Introduction to Astrophysics Credit 3(30)
This course is a study of radiation from stars and nebulae to determine the basic stellar characteristics, the composition and physical conditions of matter in and between the stars. It also investigates the structural properties of our Milky Way galaxy, as evidenced by the spatial distribution of dust, gas, stars, and magnetic fields. Prerequisite: PHYS 242. (DEMAND)
PHYS 453. Introduction to High Energy Astrophysics Credit 3(30)
The course will introduce the fundamentals of the subject, with a focus on compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars, and will also survey recent exciting developments in this field. Topics include general relativity, accreting neutron stars and black holes, and gamma ray bursts. Prerequisite: PHYS 242. (DEMAND)
PHYS 457. Electromagnetism III Credit 3(30)
This course is an extended study of electromagnetism which covers simple radiating systems, multipole radiation, and radiation by moving charges, and relativistic kinematics. Prerequisite: PHYS 416. (DEMAND)
PHYS 465. Physics of Atoms, Molecules and Nanosystems Credit 3(30)
This is a study of one and many electron atoms, molecular structure, and molecular spectra, of diatomic and polyatomic molecules with introductory applications to nanoscience. The course also covers other topics that include limits of smallness, quantum nature of the nanoworld, and selfassembled nanostructures in nature and industry. Prerequisite: PHYS 306. (S)
PHYS 467. Solid State Physics Credit 3(30)
This is a study of the basics of the topics of binding, crystal structure, the reciprocal lattice, phonons, free and nearly free electron gas models, energy bands, metals, semiconductors, insulators, superconductors, and magnetic properties of materials. Prerequisite: PHYS 306. (F)
PHYS 468. Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particles Credit 3(30)
This is a study of the properties of the nucleus, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, fission and fusion, elementary particles, and particle accelerators. Prerequisite: PHYS 306. (F)
PHYS 470. Experimental Physics (formerly PHYS 531) Credit 3(23)
This course surveys experimental methods in physics. It involves experiment development, including techniques in instrumentation design and data acquisition. Also, it involves oral and written presentations of experimental results. Prerequisite: PHYS 242. (DEMAND)
PHYS 475. Advanced Laboratory Credit 2(13)
This is a laboratory course designed to give students advanced laboratory training needed to perform research. Selected experiments from classical mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, atomic physics, nuclear physics and condensed matter physics would be performed. This course may be repeated to earn a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 375. (F;S)
PHYS 480. Introduction to Solar Physics Credit 3(30)
This course examines the Sun as a star, its radius, mass, and luminosity as well as measuring of these parameters. It also explores other characteristics of the Sun such as variability of rotation, magnetism, chemical structure, and planetary system. The course will also address the internal structure of the Sun and its atmosphere. Contemporary research on the Sun will also be discussed. Prerequisite: PHYS 306. (F;S)
PHYS 485. Special Topics in Physics (formerly PHYS 500) Variable Credit (13)
This is a juniorsenior level course on selected topics in physics not covered in other courses. A descriptive title, syllabus and the amount of credit must have received departmental approval before scheduling. Students’ records will carry both course number and descriptive title. The course may be repeated to earn a maximum of six credits. (DEMAND)
PHYS 490. Space Radiation Credit 3(30)
This is a course in space radiation environment, space exploration and radiation protection requirements. The course covers cosmic rays and radiation environment, biological effect induced by space radiation, effects of space radiation on the spacecraft onboard electronics and equipment, space radiation measurement, monitoring and dosimetry, radiation protection for space exploration and shield design. Prerequisite: PHYS 242, MATH 231 (F;S)
PHYS 492. Physics Seminar (formerly PHYS 510) Variable Credit (13)
This is a study of current developments in physics. The topics and the amount of credit will be determined before the beginning of the course. This course can be repeated for up to a total of 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (DEMAND)
PHYS 494. Undergraduate Research (formerly PHYS 550) Variable Credit 13
This course involves student participation in research conducted by faculty. Topics may be analytical and/or experimental and encourage independent study. The amount of credit will be determined before the beginning of the course. This course can be repeated for up to a maximum total of 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (F;S;SS)
Please see the Pathway for Bachelor of Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology page for a suggested curriculum plan.
ASME 151. Earth System Science: Exploring the Connections Credit 3(30)
This course investigates the interactions among the atmosphere, ocean, ice, solidEarth and biological systems. It introduces students to scientific inquiry and the scientific method through a comprehensive study of the principles of the earth system using a case study approach and the influence of human activity on the earth system. (F; S)
ASME 211. Computer Applications in Meteorology Credit 3(22)
This course is an introductory lecture and lab to familiarize students with computational, meteorological, and graphic software packages including, but not limited to FORTRAN and UNIX/LINUX, and MATLAB (F; S)
ASME 231. Atmospheric Thermodynamics Credit 3(30)
This course covers the general aspects of thermodynamic physical processes occurring within the atmosphere. Topics included are atmospheric statics and stability, saturation point analysis, aerosols, nucleation, the structure and content of clouds, the development of physical characteristics of precipitation, and the dynamics of rain systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 241. (F; S)
ASME 234. Weather and Climate Studies Credit 3(30)
This course provides an opportunity for students to develop skills in the principles and processes of scientific inquiry through application of the scientific method to analyze phenomena, issues, and problems related to meteorology and climatology along with their societal impact. (F; S; SS)
ASME 251. Fundamentals of Meteorology and Climatology Credit 3(30)
This course covers the general character of the atmosphere and its weather and climate systems, phenomena, and distributions of variables (winds, temperature, pressure, moisture). Topics included are the formal framework of the science; the application of basic classical physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computational sciences to the atmosphere and climate systems. Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: ASME 252. (F; S)
ASME 252. Meteorological Analysis Laboratory Credit 1(02)
This course provides laboratory exercises to supplement ASME 251. Lab experiences include weather observations, weather map analysis, use of the internet, forecasting practice and climate modeling. Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: ASME 251. (F; S)
ASME 275. Weather Systems Credit 3(30)
This course is an introduction to the basic characteristics, of thermodynamics, and dynamics of atmospheric weather systems on Earth and other planets. The students are exposed to observations of weather systems while reviewing nondimensional analysis, dynamics, and thermodynamics. Weather systems on earth are compared to those of other planets, and analytical tools are used to gain insights into their basic physics (F; S)
ASME 285. Broadcast Meteorology Credit 3(30)
This course provides an introduction to the principles of broadcast meteorology. Students will develop the skills necessary to communicate scientific information with an emphasis on weather forecasts. The campus radio station will be used by the students to present weather forecasts. Prerequisite: ASME 251. (F; S)
ASME 385. Basic and Applied Climatology 3(30)
This course emphasizes physical processes that govern the Earth’s Climate and surface: radiative transfer, energy balance, the hydrologic cycle, and atmospheric transport. The course explores mechanisms and factors of climate variability and climate change, with a focus on the role of the atmosphere. The course also provides a framework for the analysis of the climate of both natural and anthropogenic environments. Topics of inquiry include the role of climate in socioeconomic sectors. Prerequisite: ASME 231, MATH 132, PHYS 24. (F; S)
ASME 420. Tropical Meteorology Credit 3(30)
This course surveys the basic concepts, theories, and dynamics of tropical meteorology. Topics cover tropical circulations, tropical convection, tropical wave dynamics, tropical cyclones and tropical climate. Prerequisite: ASME 231, ASME 251. (F; S)
ASME 422. Weather Analysis and Forecasting Credit 4 (33)
This course covers the analysis and forecasting of synoptic weather systems with an emphasis on the basic tools of and its application for weather analysis, including the theories of synoptic weather; the application of thermodynamic and dynamic concepts and models to synoptic weather analysis and the use of numerical models for synoptic weather forecasting. Prerequisites: ASME 211, ASME 251, MATH 231 or consent of instructor. (F; S)
ASME 423. Weather Analysis and Forecasting II Credit 4(33)
This course covers the mesoscale analysis and forecasting of mesoscale weather systems with an emphasis on the structure, evolution, and dynamics of atmospheric phenomena. Phenomena to be studied will include hurricanes, mountain waves, land/sea breeze, mesoscale convective complexes (MCCs), severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and squall lines. Students will use data for mesoscale weather analysis from a variety of observing platforms, mesoscale models (such as WRF), case studies, and multimedia instructional modules. Prerequisites: ASME 422 or consent of instructor. (F; S)
ASME 430. Polar Meteorology Credit 3(30)
This course will focus on the meteorology in the polar region. The course begins with an overview of the basic geographical characteristics and climate features of the polar region. Attention then turns to various polar weather phenomena and patterns. The final segment of the course lecture explores the numerical weather forecast of polar weather. Prerequisites: ASME 251. (F; S)
ASME 433. Atmospheric Dynamics I Credit 3(30)
This course is an introduction to fluid dynamics in the atmosphere. The basic laws of fluid mechanics are discussed as applied in the atmospheric context. Topics covered are geophysical wave motion, the notion of scale in fluid mechanics, and approximations for analyzing the structure of largescale atmospheric flows. Prerequisites: ASME 211, MATH 341 or consent of instructor. (F;S) ASME 434. Atmospheric Dynamics II Credit 3(30) This course provides additional coverage of atmospheric fluid mechanics topics. Topics covered are quasigeostrophic energetic fronts, mean circulation planetary and equatorial waves, an overview of the dynamics of the middle atmosphere, wavemean flow interaction, spectral methods, and tropical meteorology. Prerequisite: ASME 433. (F; S)
ASME 440. Atmospheric Chemistry Credit 3(30)
This course covers an overview of chemical kinetics and equilibrium, sources and sinks of pollutants, photochemistry and smog formation, air quality and human health issues, air pollution trends, and acid rain. It provides a quantitative basis for understanding complex chemical interactions in the atmosphere. Prerequisite: CHEM 107 or consent of instructor. (F; S)
ASME 463. Atmospheric Remote Sensing (formerly ASME 563) Credit 3(30)
This course investigates interactions between electromagnetic radiation and matter using examples drawn from remote sensing techniques that are commonly used in atmospheric sciences. Prerequisites: PHYS 416, or consent of instructor. (F; S)
ASME 470. Atmospheric Modeling Credit 3(30)
This course surveys the numerical methods for solving the governing equations of atmospheric motion. Focus will be on finite difference approximations with explicit, implicit and semiLangrangian methods. In doing so, grid systems, vertical coordinates, boundary conditions, nonlinear aliasing and instability and predictability will be discussed. The parameterizations of physical processes, such as planetary boundary layer, cumulus convection, cloud microphysical processes and radiative transfer will also be covered. Prerequisites: ASME 433, PHYS 345 or ASME 211. (F; S)
ASME 480. Synoptic Dynamics Credit 3(30)
This course will advance the understanding of synopticscale midlatitude systems through the method of weather analysis. Topics include: quasigeostrophic theory, potential vorticity dynamics, fronts cyclones and jets. Prerequisites: ASME 422 or ASME 433. (F; S)
ASME 481. Atmospheric Fluid Dynamics Credit 3(30)
This course covers advanced atmospheric fluid dynamics concepts such as Coriolis accelerations, scale analysis, and appropriate approximations of the complete governing equations. Prerequisites: MATH 341 and PHYS 241 or consent of instructor. (F;S) ASME 491. Chemical and Optical Instrumentation for Atmospheric Measurement Credit 3(30) This course covers principles and performance of chemical and optical instrumentation techniques for ground and aircraftbased measurements. Prerequisites: PHYS 450 or consent of instructor. (F; S)
ASME 492. Seminar in Atmospheric Science and Meteorology Credit 1(10)
This is a study of current developments in atmospheric sciences and meteorology. The topics will be determined between a student, advisor, and instructor of the course. A student is required to take this course twice. Prerequisites: ASME 251, Senior, or Junior standing. (F; S)
ASME 496. Senior Project (formerly ASME 550) Credit 6(012)
This course is an investigation of special topics on climate, atmospheric science, and meteorology arranged between a student and a faculty advisor. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. (F; S)
Core Courses
PHYS 600. Classical Mechanics Credit 3(30)
PHYS 601. Selected Topics in Geophysics Credit 3(22)
PHYS 602. Introduction to Geophysical Research Credit 3(14)
PHYS 605. Mathematical Methods Credit 3(30)
PHYS 615. Electromagnetic Theory I Credit 3(30)
PHYS 620. Quantum Mechanics I Credit 3(30)
PHYS 630. Statistical Mechanics Credit 3(30)
MS Physics Degree Requirements
Total credit hours: 30
 Core courses (12 credits):
PHYS 600, 615, 620, 630
 Thesis option:

Take 12 credits of additional PHYS or technical electives with approval of advisor

Thesis (PHYS 797: 6 credits)

Pass thesis defense


Project Option:

Take 15 credits of additional PHYS or technical electives courses with approval of advisor

Project (PHYS 796: 3 credits)


Course Option:

Take 18 credits of additional PHYS or EES courses with approval of advisor
