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Physics

Course Code
PHYS 370  Credits
Title Electromagnetic Theory 
Prerequisite MATH 366 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Advanced study of electromagnetism including algebra and calculus of vectors, electrostatics in a vacuum and in dielectric materials, magnetostatics in nonmagnetic and magnetic materials, Maxwell's Equations and electromagnetic waves. 



Course Code
PHYS 385  Credits
Title Hiroshima Peace Studies Tour 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is planned around a one week trip to Hiroshima, Japan. Topics will include: the science of radiation and nuclear weapons; the experiences of those who lived through the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; how these experiences are relevant to the rest of humanity; and Japanese history, language and culture. Students will pursue individual projects, and perform field work assignments in Hiroshima. Same as JAPN 385. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
PHYS 390  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Physics 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Students may register more than once when topic varies. 



Course Code
PHYS 394  Credits 1-3 
Title Physics Research 
Prerequisite PHYS 161 or PHYS 201 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Student and faculty member will work on a physics project of mutual interest. Course is repeatable, but only a total of 2 credits in any combination of seminar (PHYS 315), research (PHYS 394), and internship (PHYS 469) counts towards physics electives for both the major and the minor. 



Course Code
PHYS 399  Credits
Title Thermodynamics 
Prerequisite PHYS 330 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Elements of classical thermodynamics, kinetic theory and statistical mechanics. 



Course Code
PHYS 410  Credits
Title Astrophysics 
Prerequisite PHYS 322 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Mathematical representation and modeling of stellar structure and evolution. Mathematical consideration of nuclear processes and nucleosynthesis. Analysis of white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. Astrophysics of the interstellar medium and galaxies. In-depth topics will vary depending on the interests of instructor and/or participants. Same as AST 410



Course Code
PHYS 430  Credits
Title Quantum Mechanics 
Prerequisite PHYS 322 MATH 366 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Application of quantum mechanics to atoms and molecules. 



Course Code
PHYS 440  Credits
Title Secondary Science Teaching Methods 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description For secondary education students. Material and methods typical to high school physics. 



Course Code
PHYS 469  Credits 1-12 
Title Internship 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Supervised practical work experience at an approved business,industry or workplace where physics principles are used. The student must work a minimum of 40 hours for each credit earned. During the semester, this is equivalent to 3 hours per week for each credit. Enrolling in 4 or more credits requires department approval. Course is repeatable, but only a total of 2 credits in any combination of seminar (PHYS 315), research (PHYS 300), and internship (PHYS 469) counts towards physics electives for both the major and the minor. 



Course Code
PHYS 490  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Physics 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Students may register more than once when topic varies. 



Course Code
PHYS 492  Credits
Title Senior Project 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A project involving experimental and/or theoretical research on a physics topic with extensive library research as well. A detailed written report and an oral presentation are required.