Department of Physics


Main Departmental Office
Physics Building, 110
P.O. Box 311427
Denton, TX 76203-1427
(940) 565-2626
Fax: (940) 565-2515
E-mail: physics@unt.edu
Web site: www.phys.unt.edu

Samuel E. Matteson, Chair

Faculty

Professors Deering, Duggan, Golden, Golding, Grigolini, Holland, Hu, Kobe, Littler, Matteson, McDaniel, Mueller, Roberts. Associate Professors Harrison, Kowalski, Neogi, Ordonez, Perez, Shiner, Ward, Weathers. Assistant Professor Fanelli.

Introduction

From advancing state-of-the-art processes in the semiconductor industry to developing computer software for simulating exotic phenomena, physicists and engineering physicists are helping to expand the frontiers of both basic science and high technology. The diversity of work conducted by physicists and engineering physicists occurs because physical science and engineering disciplines are based, to a large extent, on physics principles. A bachelor's degree in physics or engineering physics also prepares students for graduate work in astrophysics, biophysics, computational physics, medical physics and other subfields and interdisciplinary fields in physics.

Programs of Study

The department offers the following undergraduate and graduate programs:

Doctor of Philosophy, all with a major in physics.

Substitutions in the BA or BS degree programs may be made only with the written consent of the department chair. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all advanced-level courses is required for graduation with a degree in physics or engineering physics.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research opportunities are available for undergraduate students interested in physics and engineering physics. Students should consult the undergraduate adviser.

Bachelor of Arts (html)
Bachelor of Arts (pdf)

Major in Physics

The BA with a major in physics is designed for students planning to teach physics in public school, taking a double major or desiring a liberal arts education with a science concentration.

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

2. Major Requirements: 27 hours in physics to include: PHYS 1710/1730 (or 1410/1430 and 1420/1440 or 1510/1530), 2220/2240 (or 1520/1540), 3010/3030; plus 15 more hours of advanced level physics courses. PHYS 2900, 2910, 4900 and 4910 may not count toward a bachelor's degree in physics.

3. Other Course Requirements: MATH 1710, 1720 and 2730; and CHEM 1410/1430 and 1420/1440.

4. Electives: See four-year plan.

Bachelor of Science in Physics (html)
Bachelor of Science in Physics (pdf)

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements (excluding foreign language and natural and life sciences).

2. Major Requirements:

Option I Required courses: Minimum of 50 hours in physics, including PHYS 1710/1730 (or 1410/1430 and 1420/1440 or 1510/1530 and 1520/1540), 2220/2240, 3010/3030, 3210, 3310, 3420, 4110, 4210, 4310 and 4950 (6 hours), plus 9 additional hours of advanced-level physics courses and 4 hours chosen from PHYS 1050/1051, 1060/1061 and 1251/1271. PHYS 2900, 2910, 4900 and 4910 may not count toward a bachelor's degree in physics.

Option II Required Courses: Minimum of 36 hours in physics, including PHYS 1710/1730 (or 1410/1430 and 1420/1440 or 1510/1530 and 1520/1540), 2220/2240, 3010/3030, 3210, 3310, 4110, 4210, 4310 and 4950 (6 hours), plus 3 additional hours of advanced-level physics courses. PHYS 2900, 2910, 4900 and 4910 may not count toward a bachelor's degree in physics.

3. Other Course Requirements: MATH 1710, 1720, 2700, 2730 and 3410; CHEM 1410/1430 and 1420/1440; and CSCI 1110.

4. Minor: A minor in engineering technology is required for Option II.

5. Electives: See four-year plan.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (html)
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (pdf)

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 130 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements (excluding foreign language and natural and life sciences).

2. Major Requirements: At least 30 semester hours in physics to include: PHYS 1710/1730, 2220/2240, 3010/3030, 3210, 3310, 4110, 4210 and 4310; plus 3 hours of advanced-level physics courses and at least 30 hours of engineering technology to include: ENGR 2301, 2302, 2332, 2405; ELET 3970; plus 14 hours chosen from ELET 2720 and 2750, MEET 3650, 3660, 3940 and 4350, and MFET 2100, 3250, and 3450. PHYS 2900, 2910, 4900 and 4910 may not count toward a bachelor's degree in engineering physics.

3. Other Course Requirements: MATH 1710, 1720, 2700, 2730 and 3410; CHEM 1410/1430 or 1413/1430, and 1420/1440 or 1423/1440; and CSCI 1110.

4. Minor: Optional.

5. Electives: See four-year plan.

Mathematics Requirements

Students who must schedule physics courses with mathematics prerequisites must plan their mathematics programs carefully. Freshmen should note mathematics placement procedures described in the Department of Mathematics section of this catalog. Physics majors who are advised to take MATH 1650 prior to MATH 1710 may count this course as elective credit.

Minor in Physics

A minor in physics consists of a minimum of 18 hours of physics courses, including 10 advanced hours. PHYS 2900, 2910, 4900 and 4910 may not count toward a minor in physics.

Teacher Certification

The College of Arts and Sciences encourages students to explore teaching at the secondary level as a career option. The student's departmental adviser or academic adviser in the Dean's Office for Undergraduates and Student Advising in GAB 220 can assist with course requirements for certification. See "Teacher Certification" in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog for more information.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Major in Physics

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.
*See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
** See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

BA with a Major in Physics (html) BA with a Major in Physics (pdf)

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

CHEM 1410, General Chemistry* 3

CHEM 1430, Laboratory for General
Chemistry* 1

ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3

MATH 1710, Calculus I 4

PHYS 1710, Mechanics 3

PHYS 1730, Laboratory in Mechanics 1

Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

CHEM 1420, General Chemistry* 3

CHEM 1440, Laboratory for General
Chemistry* 1

ENGL 2700, Technical Writing* 3

MATH 1720, Calculus II 3

PHYS 2220, Electricity and Magnetism 3

PHYS 2240, Laboratory in Wave Motion, Electricity, Magnetism and Optics 1

Elective 3

Total 17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

LANG 2040, Foreign Language
(intermediate)** 3

MATH 2730, Multivariable Calculus 3

PHYS 3010, Modern Physics 3

PHYS 3030, Laboratory in Modern Physics 1

Humanities* 3

Wellness* 3

Total 16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

LANG 2050, Foreign Language
(intermediate)** 3

PHYS Option (advanced) 3

Communication** 3

Elective (advanced) 4

Literature** 3

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3

PSCI 1040, American Government* 3

PHYS Option (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 4

Visual and Performing Arts* 3

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3

PSCI 1050, American Government* 3

PHYS Option (advanced) 3

Free Elective 4

Social and Behavioral Sciences* 3

Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

PHYS Option (advanced) 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Natural and Life Sciences** 4

Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

PHYS Option (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective 4

Total 16

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed. Students may wish to use opportunities for electives to complete a minor of their choice or secondary education courses for teacher certification.

BS in Physics

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
** See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

BS in Physics (Option I) (html)
BS in Physics (Option I) (pdf)

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

CHEM 1410, General Chemistry* 3

CHEM 1430, Laboratory for General
Chemistry* 1

ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3

MATH 1710, Calculus I 4

PHYS 1710, Mechanics 3

PHYS 1730, Laboratory in Mechanics 1

Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

CHEM 1420, General Chemistry* 3

CHEM 1440, Laboratory for General
Chemistry* 1

MATH 1720, Calculus II 3

PHYS 2220, Electricity and Magnetism 3

PHYS 2240, Laboratory in Wave Motion, Electricity, Magnetism and Optics 1

Humanities* 3

Wellness* 3

Total 17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

MATH 2700, Linear Algebra and Vector Geometry 3

PHYS 3010, Modern Physics 3

PHYS 3030, Laboratory in Modern Physics 1

PHYS 3420, Electronics 4

Communication** 3

Literature** 3

Total 17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

CSCI 1110, Program Development 4

ENGL 2700, Technical Writing* 3

MATH 2730, Multivariable Calculus 3

PHYS 4210, Electricity and Magnetism 3

PHYS Elective (advanced) 3

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3

MATH 3410, Differential Equations I 3

PHYS 3210, Classical Mechanics 3

PHYS Elective (advanced) 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3

Total 15

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3

PHYS 3310, Mathematical Methods in
Physical Sciences 3

PHYS 4110, Statistical and Thermal Physics 3

PHYS Elective (advanced) 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences* 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

PHYS 4950, Senior Thesis 6

PSCI 1040, American Government* 3

Elective 3

Elective (advanced) 1

Visual and Performing Arts* 3

Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

PHYS 4310, Quantum Mechanics 3

PSCI 1050, American Government* 3

PHYS 1050, The Solar System, or PHYS 1060, Stars and the Universe, or PHYS 1251,
Science and Technology of Musical Sound 3

PHYS 1051, The Solar Systems Observations Laboratory, or PHYS 1061, Stellar Systems Observations Laboratory, or PHYS 1271, Science and Technology of Musical Sound Laboratoy 1

Elective 3

Elective 4

Total 17

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed. Students may wish to use opportunities for electives to complete a minor of their choice or secondary education courses for teacher certification.

BS in Engineering Physics

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
** See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

BS in Engeering Physics (html)
BS in Engeering Physics (pdf)

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

CHEM 1410, General Chemistry* 3

CHEM 1430, Laboratory for General
Chemistry* 1

ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3

MATH 1710, Calculus I 4

PHYS 1710, Mechanics 3

PHYS 1730, Laboratory in Mechanics 1

Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

CHEM 1420, General Chemistry* 3

CHEM 1440, Laboratory for General
Chemistry* 1

ENGL 2700, Technical Writing* 3

ENGR 2301, Statics 3

MATH 1720, Calculus II 3

PHYS 2220, Electricity and Magnetism 3

PHYS 2240, Laboratory in Wave Motion, Electricity, Magnetism and Optics 1

Total 17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGR 2332, Mechanics of Materials 3

MATH 2700, Linear Algebra and Vector Geometry 3

PHYS 3010, Modern Physics 3

PHYS 3030, Laboratory in Modern Physics I 1

Communication** 3

Humanities* 3

Total 16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

CSCI 1110, Program Development 4

ENGR 2302, Dynamics 3

MATH 2730, Multivariable Calculus 3

PHYS 3310, Mathematical Methods in
Physical Sciences 3

Literature** 3

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGR 2405, Electric Circuit Analysis 4

HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3

MATH 3410, Differential Equations I 3

PHYS 3210, Mechanics 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ELET 3970, Electronic Devices and Controls 3

HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3

PHYS 4110, Statistical and Thermal Physics 3

ETEC Selection (advanced) 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences* 3

Wellness* 3

Total 18

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

PHYS 4210, Electricity and Magnetism 3

PSCI 1040, American Government* 3

ETEC Selection (advanced) 3

ETEC Selection (advanced) 4

Visual and Performing Arts* 3

Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

PHYS 4310, Quantum Mechanics 3

PSCI 1050, American Government* 3

PHYS Elective (advanced) 3

ETEC Selection (advanced) 4

Elective (advance) 3

Total 16

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed. Students may wish to use opportunities for electives to complete a minor of their choice or secondary education courses for teacher certification.

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