Course Descriptions

For course descriptions, requisites, and other course attributes of Physics courses see the Guide.

Note that students may register for any course, regardless of requisites, with consent of instructor.

This page summarizes information that may be useful to students and advisors when trying to determine which Physics course to take. If you would like to see a question answered on this page that isn’t answered already, please send email to Jim Reardon.

For in-depth advising regarding Physics course choice, especially for upper-level classes, please contact a Physics Advisor.

Revision 11/11/19: The Physics Department has recently updated course descriptions and requisites for many of its courses.

Course List

103 General Physics. Typically offered: Fall; Spring; Summer. Physics 103 in Guide

104 General Physics. Typically offered: Fall; Spring; Summer. Physics 104 in Guide

107 The Ideas of Modern Physics. Typically Offered: Fall. Physics 107 in Guide

109 Physics in the Arts. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 109 in Guide

115 Energy. Typically offered: Fall; Spring. Physics 115 in Guide

198 Directed Study. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer. Physics 198 in Guide

199 Directed Study. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer. Physics 199 in Guide

201 General Physics. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 201 in Guide

202 General Physics. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer. Honors Optional. Physics 202 in Guide

205 Modern Physics for Engineers. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Physics 205 in Guide

206 Special Topics in Physics. Typically Offered: Fall or Spring. Physics 206 in Guide

207 General Physics. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 207 in Guide

208 General Physics. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 208 in Guide

235 Introduction to Solid State Electronics. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Physics 235 in Guide

241 Introduction to Modern Physics. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer. Honors Optional. Physics 241 in Guide

247 A Modern Introduction to Physics. Typically Offered: Fall. Accelerated Honors. Physics 247 in Guide

248 A Modern Introduction to Physics. Typically Offered: Spring. Accelerated Honors. Physics 248 in Guide

249 A Modern Introduction to Physics. Typically Offered: Fall. Accelerated Honors. Physics 249 in Guide

265 Introduction to Medical Physics. (Crosslisted with Med Phys) Typically Offered: Spring. Physics 265 in Guide

298 Directed Study. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer. Physics 298 in Guide

299 Directed Study Typically Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer. Physics 299 in Guide

301 Physics Today. Typically Offered: Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 301 in Guide

307 Intermediate Laboratory-Mechanics and Modern Physics. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 307 in Guide

311 Mechanics. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 311 in Guide

321 Electric Circuits and Electronics. Typically Offered: Fall. Physics 321 in Guide

322 Electromagnetic Fields. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 322 in Guide

323 Electromagnetic Fields. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Physics 323 in Guide

325 Optics. Typically Offered: Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 325 in Guide

371 Acoustics for Musicians. Typically Offered: Fall or Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 371 in Guide

406 Special Topics in Physics. Typically Offered: Fall or Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 406 in Guide

407 Advanced Laboratory. Typically Offered: Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 407 in Guide

415 Thermal Physics. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 415 in Guide

448 Atomic and Quantum Physics. Typically Offered: Fall. Honors Optional. Physics 448 in Guide

449 Atomic and Quantum Physics. Typically Offered: Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 449 in Guide

472 Scientific Background to Global Environmental Problems. (Crosslisted with Atm Ocn, Envir St) Typically Offered: Fall or Spring. Physics 472 in Guide

498 Directed Study. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer. Physics 498 in Guide

499 Directed Study. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer. Physics 499 in Guide

501 Radiological Physics and Dosimetry. (Cross-listed with Med Phys, H ONcol, BME) Typically Offered: Fall. Physics 501 in Guide

507 Graduate Laboratory. Typically Offered: Spring. Physics 507 in Guide

525 Introduction to Plasmas. (Crosslisted with NEEP, ECE) Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 525 in Guide

527 Plasma Confinement and Heating. (Crosslisted with ECE, NEEP) Typically Offered: Irregular. Honors Optional. Physics 527 in Guide

531 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. Typically Offered: Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 531 in Guide

535 Introduction to Particle Physics. Typically Offered: Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 535 in Guide

545 Introduction to Atomic Structure. Typically Offered: Fall. Honors Optional. Physics 545 in Guide

546 Lasers. (Crosslisted with ECE) Typically Offered: Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 546 in Guide

551 Solid State Physics. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Optional. Physics 551 in Guide

563 Radionuclides in Medicine and Biology. (Cross-listed with Med Phys) Typically Offered: Fall. Physics 563 in Guide

601 Scientific Presentation. Typically Offered: Fall. Accelerated Honors. Physics 601 in Guide

603 Workshop–College Physics Teaching. Typically Offered: Spring. Physics 603 in Guide

619 Microscopy of Life. (Crosslisted with Anatomy, BME, Chem, Med Phys, Phmcol-M, Radiol) Typically Offered: Fall. Physics 619 in Guide

623 Electronic Aids to Measurement. Typically Offered: Spring. Physics 623 in Guide

625 Applied Optics. Typically Offered: Fall. Physics 625 in Guide

681 Senior Honors Thesis. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Only.Physics 681 in Guide

682 Senior Honors Thesis. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Honors Only.Physics 682 in Guide

691 Senior Thesis. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Physics 691 in Guide

692 Senior Thesis. Typically Offered: Fall; Spring. Physics 692 in Guide