UT Dallas 2014 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Physics (BA, BS)

The science of physics seeks understanding of the behavior of matter and energy at the most general and fundamental level. The physicist is trained to explore the physical universe in which people live and seeks interpretations of the natural phenomena found there. While much is known about the physical universe, many phenomena still remain to be investigated, understood, and exploited to the ultimate benefit of humankind. This is the challenge that a modern physicist faces.

Faculty

Cecil and Ida Green Chair in Physics: Roderick A. Heelis

Distinguished Chair in Physics: Myron B. Salamon

Green Distinguished Chair in Academic Leadership: B. Hobson Wildenthal

Professors: Phillip C. Anderson, Austin J. Cunningham, Robert Glosser, John H. Hoffman, Joseph M. Izen, Mark Lee, Xinchou Lou, Wolfgang A. Rindler, Robert M. Wallace, Anvar A. Zakhidov

Professor Emeritus: Ervin J. Fenyves, Walter Heikkila, Brian A. Tinsley

Associate Professors: Yuri Gartstein, Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki, Lindsay J. King, David J. Lary, Anton V. Malko, Chuanwei Zhang, Jie Zheng

Assistant Professors: Lunjin Chen, Xingang Chen, Michael Kesden, Lloyd Lumata, Fabiano Rodrigues, Jason D. Slinker, Fan Zhang

Senior Lecturers: Paul MacAlevey, Beatrice Rasmussen

Affiliated Faculty: Yves J. Chabal, John P. Ferraris, Massimo V. Fischetti, Tobias Hagge, Wenchuang (Walter) Hu, Stephen D. Levene, A. Dean Sherry, Mary L. Urquhart, Duck Joo (D. J.) Yang

The Degrees

The student majoring in Physics must meet the general university requirements for admission and for the specific degree the student is seeking. The Physics Program offers both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees. A total of 120 semester credit hours is required for either degree. With the proper sequencing of courses, these degrees can be achieved in a four year period.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts program provides an opportunity for a strong base in physics for students wishing to pursue graduate studies (non-physics) in, for example, business administration, economics, finance, oceanography, and patent or high technology law. Additionally, students seeking certification as high school teachers with physics as a major specialization and those seeking employment in industry, government service, and computer technology have the opportunity to obtain the necessary physics background through the BA program. The lower-division course requirements for the BA degree are the same as those for the BS degree. At the upper-division level, 15 semester credit hours of advanced physics courses are replaced with 15 semester credit hours of science electives.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science is intended for students interested in a professional career in physics or closely related fields. it provides an excellent background for graduate programs in physics, biophysics, geophysics, engineering, medicine and other health related degree programs.

Graduate Studies Track

The recommended course of study toward a Bachelor of Science degree for those students who intend to pursue graduate studies in Physics begins with a two-semester Honors sequence of fundamentals of physics that gives the student a more extensive foundation in basic physics. The remainder of the program is the same as the regular BS program.

UTeach Option

The UTeach option may be added to the BA degree in Physics. UTeach Dallas Option degree plans are streamlined to allow students to complete a rigorous Bachelor of Arts degree and all coursework for middle or high school teacher certification in four years. Teaching Option degrees require deep content knowledge combined with courses grounded in the latest research on math and science education. While most graduates go on to classroom teaching, UTeach alums are also prepared to enter graduate school and to work in discipline related industry.

Algebra Based Physics

An algebra based general physics course (PHYS 1301, PHYS 1302) with lab (PHYS 2125, PHYS 2126) is offered for students interested in the health sciences and those curious about the physical world in which we live. It stresses understanding the workings of nature and the physical processes and phenomena occurring therein.

Minor in Physics (20 semester credit hours)

A minor is offered that consists of PHYS 2325, PHYS 2125, PHYS 2326, PHYS 2126, PHYS 3411, and three other upper-division physics courses.

Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees

For students interested in pursuing graduate studies in physics, the Physics Department offers an accelerated BS / MS Fast Track that involves taking graduate courses in lieu of several advanced undergraduate courses. Acceptance into the Fast Track is based on the student's attaining a GPA (grade point average) of at least 3.200 on a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of upper-division courses that include PHYS 3411, PHYS 3312, PHYS 3330, PHYS 3416, PHYS 4301 and PHYS 4311. Eligible students may take up to 15 semester credit hours of selected graduate courses that may be used to complete the baccalaureate degree and also satisfy requirements for the master's degree. These credits will partially satisfy the MS degree requirements when the student completes the BS degree. Interested students should contact their advisor during their junior year to apply to the Fast Track program.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2

Communication: 6 semester credit hours

COMM 1311 Survey of Oral and Technology-based Communication

RHET 1302 Rhetoric

Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours

MATH 2413 Differential Calculus3

or MATH 2417 Calculus I3

Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours

PHYS 2325 Mechanics4

PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves4

Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours

HUMA 1301 Exploration of the Humanities

Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours

ARTS 1301 Exploration of the Arts

American History: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from American History core courses (see advisor)

Government / Political Science: 6 semester credit hours

GOVT 2305 American National Government

GOVT 2306 State and Local Government

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences core courses (see advisor)

Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II

II. Major Requirements: 66 semester credit hours

Major Preparatory Courses: 25 semester credit hours

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I5

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II5

MATH 2413 Differential Calculus3

or MATH 2417 Calculus I3

MATH 2414 Integral Calculus3

or MATH 2419 Calculus II3

MATH 2415 Calculus of Several Variables

or MATH 2451 Multivariable Calculus with Applications

MATH 2418 Linear Algebra

MATH 2420 Differential Equations with Applications

PHYS 1100 The Fun of Physics

PHYS 2303 Contemporary Physics

PHYS 2325 Mechanics4 and PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I6

or PHYS 2421 Honors Physics I - Mechanics and Heat and PHYS 2121 Honors Physics Lab or PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory

PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves4 and PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II6

or PHYS 2422 Honors Physics II - Electromagnetism and Waves and PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II6

Major Core Courses: 26 semester credit hours

PHYS 3312 Classical Mechanics

PHYS 3327 Electronics with Laboratory

PHYS 3330 Numerical Methods in Physics and Computational Techniques

PHYS 3411 Theoretical Physics

PHYS 3416 Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 4311 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

PHYS 4373 Physical Measurements Laboratory

PHYS XXXX Physics Elective

Major Related Courses: 15 semester credit hours

15 semester credit hours of upper-division Science Electives

III. Elective Requirements: 12 semester credit hours

Electives: 6 semester credit hours

All students are required to take at least six semester credit hours of electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites.

Free Electives: 6 semester credit hours

Both lower- and upper-division courses may count as electives, but the student must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation.

Physics Electives

PHYS 3317 Physics of the Human Body

PHYS 3380 Astronomy

PHYS 4301 Quantum Mechanics I

PHYS 4302 Quantum Mechanics II

PHYS 4335 Remote Sensing of the Earth

PHYS 4352 Concepts of Modern Physics

PHYS 4371 Solid State Physics

PHYS 4381 Space Science

PHYS 4383 Plasma Physics

PHYS 4395 Cosmology

PHYS 4386 Elementary Particle Physics

PHYS 4V07 Senior Research Projects

PHYS 4V10 Special Topics in Physics

Other Courses

PHYS 1101 College Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 1102 College Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 1301 College Physics I

PHYS 1302 College Physics II

Bachelor of Science in Physics

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2

Communication: 6 semester credit hours

COMM 1311 Survey of Oral and Technology-based Communication

RHET 1302 Rhetoric

Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours

MATH 2413 Differential Calculus3

or MATH 2417 Calculus I3

Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours

PHYS 2325 Mechanics4

PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves4

Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours

HUMA 1301 Exploration of the Humanities

Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours

ARTS 1301 Exploration of the Arts

American History: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from American History core courses (see advisor)

Government / Political Science: 6 semester credit hours

GOVT 2305 American National Government

GOVT 2306 State and Local Government

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences core courses (see advisor)

Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II

II. Major Requirements: 66 semester credit hours

Major Preparatory Courses: 25 semester credit hours

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I5

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II5

MATH 2413 Differential Calculus3

or MATH 2417 Calculus I3

MATH 2414 Integral Calculus3

or MATH 2419 Calculus II3

MATH 2415 Calculus of Several Variables

or MATH 2451 Multivariable Calculus with Applications6

MATH 2418 Linear Algebra6

MATH 2420 Differential Equations with Applications6

PHYS 1100 The Fun of Physics

PHYS 2303 Contemporary Physics6

PHYS 2325 Mechanics4 and PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I

or PHYS 2421 Honors Physics I - Mechanics and Heat and PHYS 2121 Honors Physics Lab or PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory

PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves4 and PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II6

or PHYS 2422 Honors Physics II - Electromagnetism and Waves and PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II6

Major Core Courses: 23 semester credit hours

PHYS 3312 Classical Mechanics

PHYS 3327 Electronics with Laboratory

PHYS 3330 Numerical Methods in Physics and Computational Techniques

PHYS 3411 Theoretical Physics

PHYS 3416 Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 4311 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

PHYS 4373 Physical Measurements Laboratory

Major Related Courses: 18 semester credit hours

PHYS 4301 Quantum Mechanics I

PHYS 4302 Quantum Mechanics II

PHYS 4328 Optics

PHYS 4352 Concepts of Modern Physics

and 6 semester credit hours Physics Electives

III. Elective Requirements: 12 semester credit hours

Electives: 6 semester credit hours

All students are required to take at least six semester credit hours of electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites.

Free Electives: 6 semester credit hours

Both lower- and upper-division courses may count as electives, but the student must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation.

Physics Electives

PHYS 3317 Physics of the Human Body

PHYS 3380 Astronomy

PHYS 4335 Remote Sensing of the Earth

PHYS 4395 Cosmology

PHYS 4386 Elementary Particle Physics

PHYS 4371 Solid State Physics

PHYS 4381 Space Science

PHYS 4383 Plasma Physics

PHYS 4V07 Senior Research Projects

PHYS 4V10 Special Topics in Physics

Other Courses

PHYS 1101 College Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 1102 College Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 1301 College Physics I

PHYS 1302 College Physics II

Bachelor of Arts in Physics with UTeach Option

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2

Communication: 6 semester credit hours

COMM 1311 Survey of Oral and Technology-based Communication

RHET 1302 Rhetoric

Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours

MATH 2413 Differential Calculus3

or MATH 2417 Calculus I3

Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours

PHYS 2325 Mechanics4

PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves4

Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours

HUMA 1301 Exploration of the Humanities

Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours

ARTS 1301 Exploration of the Arts

American History: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from American History core courses (see advisor)

Government / Political Science: 6 semester credit hours

GOVT 2305 American National Government

GOVT 2306 State and Local Government

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences core courses (see advisor)

Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II

II. Major Requirements: 66 semester credit hours

Major Preparatory Courses: 25 semester credit hours

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I5

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II5

MATH 2413 Differential Calculus3

or MATH 2417 Calculus I3

MATH 2414 Integral Calculus3

or MATH 2419 Calculus II3

MATH 2415 Calculus of Several Variables

or MATH 2451 Multivariable Calculus with Applications6

MATH 2418 Linear Algebra6