Undergraduate Courses

Physics

CourseCredit Hours
AST2002: Basic Astronomy
Prerequisite:  High school algebra and trigonometry
Description: This course is a survey of current knowledge of the astronomical universe and of how that knowledge has been accumulated. Students will study the solar system, stars, and galaxies, and will review contemporary research and exploration. This course will include occasional observing sessions and there will be three hours of lecture each week.
Availability: This course is normally available Summer, Fall and Spring terms.
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AST2002L: Basic Astronomy Laboratory

Co-requisite: AST 2002 or permission of the instructor
Description: This is an introductory laboratory course with exercises on vision and optics, telescope structure and design, and observing the sun, moon, planets, nebula, and other sky objects. Some required observing sessions will occur at times other than the scheduled laboratory class. This course will include three hours of laboratory.
Availability: This course is normally available Summer, Fall and Spring terms.
Course Fees: $25
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AST3217: Astrophysics I
Prerequisite:  PHY 2049 with a minimum grade of "B" or permission of instructor
Co-requisite: PHY 3101 or permission of the instructor
Description: This course is an upper-level introduction to Astrophysics. It presents the physical and mathematical treatment of the properties of the universe and the bodies within it, including the formation, structure, and evolution of stars, stellar nucleosynthesis, binary stars, white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes.
Availability: This course is normally available alternate years only.
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AST3402: Astrophysics II
Prerequisite:  AST 3217 or permission of the instructor
Co-requisite: PHY 3101 or permission of the instructor
Description: This course is part of a two-semester upper-level introduction to the Astrophysics sequence. It presents the physical and mathematical treatment of the properties of the universe and the bodies within it, including a study of the formation, structure and evolution of galaxies, galactic and extragalactic media, clustering and large scale structure and cosmology.
Availability: This course is normally offered alternate years only.
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ESC2000: Earth Science

Description: This course is an introduction to the Earth as a system including the lithosphere, atmosphere, and the hydrosphere. Topics for discussion will include the formation of the Earth and the evolution of its landscape, the atmosphere and principles of weather and climate, the dynamic ocean, comparison with other bodies in the Solar System and human impact on the Earth systems.
Availability: This course is normally offered Summer, Fall and Spring terms.
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ESC2000L: Earth Science Lab

Co-requisite: ESC 2000 or GLY 2010
Description: This course provides students who are taking, or who have previously taken, Earth Science Lecture (ESC2000) with the hands-on experience required to achieve a greater understanding of the topics covered in lecture. These include the study of rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc.
Course Fees: $25
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GLY2010: Physical Geology

Description: Physical Geology is that branch of geology concerned with understanding the composition of the earth and the physical processes that act on and beneath its surface, based on the study of rocks, minerals, and sediments, their structures and formations, and their origin and alteration. This course is designed for those students who may have taken Earth Science, but who wish to further their knowledge of Earth processes, but it is also designed, in part, for civil and coastal engineering students, plus coastal biology students, who require a foundation and basic understanding of Earth systems.
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PHY1020: Introduction to Physics

Description: This course is an introduction to classical physics involving a study of motion, fundamental forces, conservation laws of energy and momentum, light waves, electricity and magnetism. Some of the history of physics will be included in addition to brief biographies of a select group of leading classical physicists. An exposure to the philosophy of science and the scientific method forms an essential component of this course. The course is intended for students who have had no previous physics course, including high school physics. This course cannot be used by natural sciences majors to satisfy degree requirements.
Availability: This course is normally available Fall and Spring terms only.
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PHY1020L: Introduction to Physics Lab

Co-requisite: PHY 1020
Description: This course is the laboratory that explores the topics covered in the PHY 1020 Introduction to Physics lecture course. The experiments will involve laboratory exercises dealing with kinematics of free fall and projectile motion, forces and motion, laws of conservation of energy and momentum, optical laws of reflection and refraction, the behavior of lenses, basic electric circuits, electromagnetic forces, standing waves, and heat phenomena.
Availability: This course is normally available Fall and Spring terms only.
Course Fees: $25
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PHY1024: Exploring Majoring in Physics

Description: This course will introduce students to the exciting field of physics, especially current topics of interest in physics research at UNF and beyond. Students will be mentored on how to succeed in physics and the many opportunities available to physics majors before and after their graduation with a degree in physics.
Availability: This course is normally available Fall term only.
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PHY1033: Discovering Physics

Description: This course will explore fundamental concepts in physics and how these concepts can be used to understand the world around us. Topics covered include force, energy, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter. The course will emphasize conceptual understanding rather than mathematical problem solving. This course is not intended for students planning to major in science or engineering.
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PHY1041: Physics for Engineers I
Prerequisite:  PHY 1020
Co-requisite: MAC 2311
Description: This course is only for Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering declared majors. This course will enroll declared Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering majors only. The course surveys fundamental laws and phenomena of mechanics, vibrations and waves, and selected topics in heat and fluids. Emphasis will be placed on the mathematical analysis of physical problems using calculus. The problems will involve physics applications to engineering when possible. Students who have passed a year of high school physics with a minimum grade of B can request to have the PHY 1020 prerequisite waived by the engineering student advisor.
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PHY2042: Physics for Engineers II
Prerequisite:  PHY 1041 and MAC 2311
Co-requisite: MAC 2312
Description: This course is only for Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering declared majors. This course will enroll declared Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering majors only. The course surveys fundamental laws and phenomena of electricity, DC and AC electronic circuits, magnetism and selected topics in optics. Emphasis will be placed on the mathematical analysis of physical problems using calculus. The problems will involve physics applications to engineering when possible.
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PHY2048: Calculus-based Physics I
Prerequisite:  MAC 2311; high school physics with a minimum grade of "B" or PHY 1020
Co-requisite: MAC 2312
Description: This course is an introduction to the fundamental laws and theories of physics with an emphasis on mechanics, heat and wave motion. This course will be four hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered Fall and Spring terms only.
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PHY2048L: Calculus-based Physics I Lab

Co-requisite: PHY 2048 or PHY 1041
Description: This is the laboratory course that accompanies the PHY 2048 or PHY 1041 courses. This course will be three hours of laboratory.
Availability: This course is normally offered Fall and Spring terms only.
Course Fees: $25
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PHY2049: Calculus-based Physics II
Prerequisite:  PHY 2048 and MAC 2312
Description: This course is a continuation of PHY 2048 with emphasis on electricity, magnetism and light. This course will be four hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered Fall and Spring terms only.
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PHY2049L: Calculus-based Physics II Lab

Co-requisite: PHY 2049 or PHY 2042
Description: This course is the laboratory course that accompanies the PHY 2049 or PHY 2042 courses. This course will be three hours of laboratory.
Availability: This course is normally offered Fall and Spring terms only.
Course Fees: $25
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PHY2053: Algebra-based Physics I
Prerequisite:  Either MAC 1105 and MAC 1114 or just MAC 1147; high school physics with a minimum grade of "B" or PHY 1020
Description: This course is an introduction to mechanics, waves and heat. Calculus is not required in this course. This course will be three hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered Summer, Fall and Spring terms.
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PHY2053L: Algebra-based Physics I Lab

Co-requisite: PHY 2053
Description: This course is the laboratory course that accompanies PHY 2053. This course will be three hours of laboratory.
Availability: This course is normally offered Summer, Fall and Spring terms.
Course Fees: $25
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PHY2054: Algebra-based Physics II
Prerequisite:  PHY 2053
Description: This course is an introduction to electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. Calculus is not required in this course. This course will be three hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered Summer, Fall and Spring terms.
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PHY2054L: Algebra-based Physics II Lab

Co-requisite: PHY 2054
Description: This course is the laboratory course that accompanies PHY 2054. This course will be three hours of laboratory.
Availability: This course is normally offered Summer, Fall and Spring terms.
Course Fees: $25
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PHY2930: Selected Topics in Physics
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor
Description: This course contains variable topics in physics that are appropriate for students in their freshman or sophomore years.
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PHY3101: Modern Physics
Prerequisite:  PHY 2049
Co-requisite: MAC 2313
Description: This course will deal with fundamental developments in physics during the period from 1890 - present, which include relativity, atomic theory and structure, X-rays, the origin of quantum theory, radioactivity and nuclear reactions. This course will be three hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered Fall term only.
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PHY3101L: Modern Physics Laboratory

Co-requisite: PHY 3101 or permission of instructor
Description: This course studies experiments that explore radiation and the atomic nature of matter, including the photoelectric effect, atomic emission and absorption spectroscopy, the Franck-Hertz experiment, electron spin resonance and nuclear radiation.
Availability: This course is normally offered Fall term only.
Course Fees: $25
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PHY3220: Classical Mechanics
Prerequisite:  PHY 2049 and PHZ 3113
Description: This course teaches how the principles of Newtonian mechanics are applied to the motion of particles and systems of particles, harmonic oscillators, noninertial reference systems, rigid-body motion, Lagrange's equations with applications and computational methods applied to mechanics. This course will be four hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered Spring term only.
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PHY3424C: Optics with Laboratory
Prerequisite:  PHY 2049 and MAC 2313
Description: This course is a study of geometrical and physical optics including an investigation of mirrors, lenses, optical instruments, interference, diffraction, polarization and computational methods applied to optics. The course consists of three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week.
Availability: This course is normally available Fall term only.
Course Fees: $25
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PHY3604: Quantum Mechanics
Prerequisite:  PHY 3101 and PHZ 3113
Description: This course is a single semester introduction to the theory of quantum mechanics, including its postulates, operators and eigenvalues, exactly soluble potentials, scattering, angular momentum, atomic structure, and other applications. This course will be four hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered Spring term only.
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PHY3722C: Electronics for Scientists
Prerequisite:  PHY 2049 and MAC 2312
Description: This is an introductory course in electronic design and circuitry with emphasis on common scientific instrumentation. This course is three hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally available Spring term only.
Course Fees: $25
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PHY4320: Electricity and Magnetism
Prerequisite:  PHZ 3113
Description: This course is a study of electromagnetic phenomena; electrostatic potentials from Laplace's and Poisson's equations; effects of dielectric and magnetic materials; magnetic fields and potentials; induced emf; Maxwell's equations; electromagnetic radiation and waves; and computational methods applied to electricity and magnetism. This course will be four hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered Fall term only.
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PHY4523: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Prerequisite:  PHY 3101 or CHM 4410C, and MAC 2313
Description: This course is an introduction to thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and kinetic theory, including ensembles and partition functions. This course will be three hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered Fall term only.
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PHY4802L: Advanced Physics Laboratory
Prerequisite:  PHY 3101L
Description: This course consists of experiments in condensed matter, nuclear and other areas of physics research, including computational physics and optical physics. This course will teach students how to use the computer to control experiments and obtain and analyze data. This course will be six hours of laboratory.
Availability: This course is normally available Spring term only.
Course Fees: $25
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PHY4900: Directed Independent Study-Honors in Physics Research
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor
Description: This course is for students who wish to conduct independent research in physics with a faculty mentor. This course must be completed before the student writes an Honors Thesis.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated one time for up to 6 credits.
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PHY4905: Directed Independent Study in Physics
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor
Description: This course involves participation in research investigation under the supervision of an instructor.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated up to 12 hours for credit under different topics.
Availability: This course is normally offered Summer, Fall and Spring terms.
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PHY4910: Physics Research and Seminar
Prerequisite:  Junior or senior standing and consent of instructor; PHY 3101L
Description: This course involves projects in experimental, theoretical, or computational physics conducted in collaboration with physics faculty. This course requires an oral and written research report.
Availability: This course is normally offered Spring term only.
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PHY4930: Selected Topics in Physics
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor
Description: This course involves the applications of physics to topics of interest, especially to recent advances in physics.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated up to 12 hours for credit under different topics.
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PHY4940: Physics Internship
Prerequisite:  Junior or Senior physics major standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0; permission of the chairperson of the Department of Physics
Co-requisite: PHY 3101 and PHY 3101L
Description: This course provides junior and senior year physics majors hands-on experience involving the following kinds of work: scientific research, engineering research and development, medical physics, laboratory, scientific and/or engineering related problem-solving, scientific and/or engineering related computer programming, environmental physics, astrophysics and other physics related work in a research laboratory outside of UNF or in a company environment.
Availability: This course is normally available Summer, Fall and Spring terms.
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PHY4970: Directed Independent Study- Honors in Physics Thesis
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor and PHY 4900
Description: This course is for students who wish to conduct independent research in physics with a faculty mentor. This course must be completed with an Honors Thesis and culminates in graduating with the designation of Honors in Physics.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated for up to 12 credits.
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PHZ3113: Mathematical Physics
Prerequisite:  PHY 2049 and MAC 2313
Co-requisite: MAP 2302
Description: This course is an application of mathematical methods to physics in areas including vector analysis, matrices and group theory, complex analysis, Fourier series and transforms, special functions, boundary-value problems, and numerical methods. This course will be three hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered Fall term only.
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PHZ3113C: Mathematical Physics
Prerequisites: PHY 2049 and MAC 2313 Co-requisites: MAP 2302
Description: This course is an application of mathematical methods to physics in areas including vector analysis, matrices and group theory, complex analysis, Fourier series and transforms, special functions, and boundary-value problems. The laboratory will focus on computational techniques and applications. This course will be three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of laboratory.
Availability: This course is normally offered Fall term only
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PHZ4160: Advanced Topics in Physics
Prerequisite:  PHY 3220, PHY 3320, and PHY 4604
Description: This course is a study of advanced topics in classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics. The course is intended primarily for those physics majors who plan to attend graduate school in physics. This course will be four hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered on demand only.
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PHZ4303: Nuclear Physics
Prerequisite:  PHY 3101 and PHY 4604
Description: This course is an introductory course emphasizing nuclear structure, radioactivity, radiation detection methods, and nuclear reactions, and applications. This course will be three hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered alternate years only.
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PHZ4404: Solid State Physics
Prerequisite:  PHY 3101
Description: This course is a study of the electrical, mechanical, optical and thermal properties of solids, and selected applications. This course will be three hours of lecture.
Availability: This course is normally offered alternate years.
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PSC4905: Directed Independent Study
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor
Description: This course involves variable topics as related to recent advances in physics.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated up to 12 credits with different topics.
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