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What if you could ID molecules—in liquids and powders being analyzed by drug enforcement, for example—using a laser to measure light scatter...
If it exists, physicists study it. And we even study things that don’t exist in any conventional sense. Take the particle believed to be the Higgs boson, for example, and its role in giving mass to particles. Physics explores the deepest questions about the universe and how things work in the simplest terms.
Three-quarters of our physics majors go on to advanced studies, pursuing astrophysics, engineering (electrical, mechanical), energy and environmental policy, law school, medicine and secondary education. Most receive fellowships and research/teaching assistantships that cover full tuition and living expenses for grad school.
Our basic toolkit in physics is clear: strong mathematics, reasoning and critical-thinking skills. The result? The ability to solve problems that will equip you for success in many fields.
The American Institute of Physics reports that physics majors scored the highest of all majors on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and second highest on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
I did a Research Experience for Undergraduates program this summer at Lehigh University, where I studied carbon nanotubes. What I learned about Raman spectroscopy and optics at Drew helped me understand the material for my research at Lehigh.
I’m working on a calculation in semiclassical optics, though I’d call myself a teacher first. In my spare time I play bass guitar with a band at Drew.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas
My specialties are astronomy and experimental physics. Back in 1973 I worked to build Drew’s first observatory, which now boasts an NSF-funded research grade computer-controlled telescope. But my true passions have always been working with undergraduates and teaching science to nonscientists. It’s where my heart lies.
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State
I’m working on computational neuroscience research projects—we study the brain as a computational and information-processing organ, using numerical and theoretical methods. I also play the traditional Korean drum in the Pungmul tradition.
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
My work is in confocal microscopy, which I study in the context of cancer detection. I’m also interested in its applications in environmental science. I always aim to involve students in my research. I’m also an accomplished violist.
Ph.D., Stony Brook University
I once had a student tell me, “I never thought I’d be able to do math like that until now.” In my research, I’m working on a paper that will show a simple solution to a complex quantum mechanical problem.
Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology
“It gave me an opportunity to build and perform my own experiment. I was able to experience graduate-level work and see what would be expected of me in the future.”
Ashish Shah on Advanced Lab I
PHYS 150 is required for physics majors and 3/2 engineering students; it is also the normal introductory physics course recommended for most science majors. Because many students take calculus and PHYS 150 in the same semester, calculus is introduced gradually and discussed as needed. Offers topics in mechanics: motion, Newton's laws, energy, conservation laws, collisions, gravitation, oscillations, and waves.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Breadth/Natural Science, CLA-Quantitative
Offered: fall semester.
Corequisite: PHYS 113. Corequisite or Prerequisite: Calculus (MATH 150, or equivalent).
PHYS 160 is required for physics majors and 3/2 engineering students; it is also the normal second semester introductory physics course recommended for most science majors. This course includes electricity, magnetism, electrical circuits and an introduction to Maxwell's equations. In addition topics in optics such as lenses, mirrors, diffraction and interference of light.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Breadth/Natural Science, CLA-Quantitative
Offered: spring semester.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150.MATH 150
Corequisite: PHYS 114; Prerequisite OR corequisite: MATH 151.
Functions, limits, continuity, and differentiation and its applications; introduction to integration including definite and indefinite integrals and the fundamental theorem of calculus; analysis of graphical and numerical information.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Quantitative
Offered: fall semester.
Prerequisite: Three years of high school mathematics including trigonometry.
Integration, including techniques of integration, improper integrals, and applications; polar coordinates, parametric equations, Taylor polynomials, sequences and series.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Quantitative
Offered: spring semester.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MATH 150.
Extending the concepts of calculus from two to three or more dimensions: partial differentiation, multiple integration; analytic geometry in three dimensions, vectors, line and surface integrals, applications.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Quantitative
Offered: fall semester.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MATH 151.
Ordinary differential equations: basic existence and uniqueness theory, analytic and qualitative solution techniques for different classes of equations, using technology to visualize and compute solutions to equations and systems of equations, modeling and applications; additional topics chosen from systems of differential equations, physical and biological models, nonlinear systems, numerical methods for solution, transorm methods, and partial differential equations.
Credits: 4
Offered: spring semester.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MATH 250.
A laboratory course introducing electronic and instrumental techniques important in modern scientific experimentation. Includes DC and AC circuits, test instruments, power supplies, transducers, operational amplifiers, basic digital devices, and circuit simulation with computers. Extensive use of integrated circuits with strong emphasis on applications. Intended to provide background for advanced laboratory work in the sciences.
Credits: 4
Offered: fall semester in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 160 and MATH 151.
A descriptive and mathematical introduction to topics in contemporary physics. Topics include special relativity, early quantum theory, the Schroedinger equation and its applications, and additional selected topics from general relativity, atomic, nuclear, solid state, and elementary particle physics.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Writing Intensive
Offered: fall semester.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 151.
Corequisite: Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH 250.
A study of Newton's laws applied to the motion of particles and systems of particles. Forced and damped harmonic oscillators. Central-field motion, collisions, conservation laws, Lagrangian mechanics, and Hamilton's equations. Also rigid body dynamics and topics in computational physics.
Credits: 4
Offered: spring semester in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 250.
Experimental physics at an advanced undergraduate level. Includes working in an increasingly independent format on a series of selected projects from a variety of physics areas. Lectures and laboratory work give specific attention to experimental design, laboratory techniques, computer data acquisition and analysis, and error propagation and analysis. Also serves as preparation for possible subsequent experimental research such as might be undertaken in PHYS 300.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Writing in the Major
Offered: spring semester in even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, PHYS 255, PHYS 250 and MATH 250.
An introduction to methods used in solving problems in physics and other sciences. Calculus of variations and extremum principles. Orthogonal functions and Sturm-Liouville problems. Fourier series. Series solutions of differential equations. The partial differential equations of physics. Transform and Green's function methods of solution. Nonlinear equations and chaos theory.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA- Breadth: Interdisciplinary
Offered: fall semester.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150 or permission of instructor; and MATH 315.
A junior-senior seminar meeting weekly to discuss current and/or historical topics in physics. Oral presentations by students on selected readings from such areas as experimental or theoretical research, government science policy, pseudoscience, and physics education.
Credits: 2
Offered: spring semester in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: Physics major with junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor.
Computational neuroscience is the study of the brain as a computational and information-processing organ. It is a highly interdisciplinary field that employs various ideas and techniques from physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, psychology, and (of course) neuroscience. In this course, we cover the following topics: biophysics of a single neuron; dynamics of neural networks; models of associative memory and object recognition; and numerical methods and tools for analyzing and simulating a dynamical system. We study the fundamental biophysical properties and processes of the neurons and their networks, while also learning to use several analytical and numerical methods for studying a complex dynamical system. The goal of the course is to develop an interdisciplinary approach for analyzing a biological system.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary
Prerequisite: Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 160 , MATH 151.
Topics chosen on the basis of instructor and student interest from areas such as condensed matter, atomic physics, particle physics; astrophysics, nonlinear phenomena, laser physics, and relativity.
Signature of instructor required for registration.
Course may be repeated.
Credits: 2-4
Offered: Offering to be determined.
A classical treatment of electrodynamics in vacuum and matter. Electrostatic and magnetostatic fields. Maxwell's equations. Electromagnetic waves in conductors and non-conducting media. An introduction to the mathematics of vector calculus.
Credits: 4
Offered: fall semester in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 250 .
A study of the wave equation, properties of wave motion, and electromagnetic waves. The propagation of light, dispersion, and absorption. Geometrical optics, lenses, optical systems. Superposition, interference, and Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction. Topics in modern optics.
Credits: 4
Offered: spring semester in even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 250.
A study of the fundamental concepts of classical thermodynamics and the thermal behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. The kinetic theory of gases. Statistical thermodynamics, including Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, and Fermi-Dirac statistics. Applications to an ideal diatomic gas, electrons in metals and monatomic crystals. Connection between statistical thermodynamics and information theory.
Credits: 4
Offered: fall semester in even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 250.
A study of the formalism and applications of quantum theory. Wave mechanics, interpretation of the quantum wave function, one-dimensional bound states, scattering and tunneling. Quantum mechanics in three dimensions. Two-particle systems, bosons and fermions, exchange forces. Approximation methods. Applications to atomic and molecular configurations.
Credits: 4
Offered: spring semester in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 315.
Corequisite: Corequisite: PHYS 360R.
Experimental physics at an advanced undergraduate level. Includes working in an increasingly independent format on a series of selected projects from a variety of physics areas. Lectures and laboratory work give specific attention to experimental design, laboratory techniques, computer data acquisition and analysis, and error propagation and analysis. Also serves as preparation for possible subsequent experimental research such as might be undertaken in PHYS 300.
Credits: 4
Offered: fall semester in even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 304.
An opportunity for independent work by upper-class students. Individual projects in experimental, theoretical, or computational physics selected in advance of registration and after conferral with and approval by the instructor. Available projects are often related to faculty research interests or to the development of course-support materials, such as new laboratory experiments.
Signature of instructor required for registration.
May be repeated for at most eight credits.
Credits: 2-4
Offered: every semester.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and the department.
For students also majoring in Mathematics,PHYS 150,MATH 150,MATH 151,MATH 250, and eight additional intermediate- or upper-level credits may count for both majors.
PHYS 330 and PHYS 360 are essential for students intending to attend graduate school. Additional physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and independent study are recommended after consultation with the academic advisor.
PHYS 150 is required for physics majors and 3/2 engineering students; it is also the normal introductory physics course recommended for most science majors. Because many students take calculus and PHYS 150 in the same semester, calculus is introduced gradually and discussed as needed. Offers topics in mechanics: motion, Newton's laws, energy, conservation laws, collisions, gravitation, oscillations, and waves.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Breadth/Natural Science, CLA-Quantitative
Offered: fall semester.
Corequisite: PHYS 113. Corequisite or Prerequisite: Calculus (MATH 150, or equivalent).
PHYS 160 is required for physics majors and 3/2 engineering students; it is also the normal second semester introductory physics course recommended for most science majors. This course includes electricity, magnetism, electrical circuits and an introduction to Maxwell's equations. In addition topics in optics such as lenses, mirrors, diffraction and interference of light.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Breadth/Natural Science, CLA-Quantitative
Offered: spring semester.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150.MATH 150
Corequisite: PHYS 114; Prerequisite OR corequisite: MATH 151.
A descriptive and mathematical introduction to topics in contemporary physics. Topics include special relativity, early quantum theory, the Schroedinger equation and its applications, and additional selected topics from general relativity, atomic, nuclear, solid state, and elementary particle physics.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Writing Intensive
Offered: fall semester.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 151.
Corequisite: Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH 250.
A study of the formalism and applications of quantum theory. Wave mechanics, interpretation of the quantum wave function, one-dimensional bound states, scattering and tunneling. Quantum mechanics in three dimensions. Two-particle systems, bosons and fermions, exchange forces. Approximation methods. Applications to atomic and molecular configurations.
Credits: 4
Offered: spring semester in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 315.
Corequisite: Corequisite: PHYS 360R.
Extending the concepts of calculus from two to three or more dimensions: partial differentiation, multiple integration; analytic geometry in three dimensions, vectors, line and surface integrals, applications.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Quantitative
Offered: fall semester.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MATH 151.
Two or more courses (8 credits) at the intermediate or upper level in physics, at least one of which must be from the following list:
A laboratory course introducing electronic and instrumental techniques important in modern scientific experimentation. Includes DC and AC circuits, test instruments, power supplies, transducers, operational amplifiers, basic digital devices, and circuit simulation with computers. Extensive use of integrated circuits with strong emphasis on applications. Intended to provide background for advanced laboratory work in the sciences.
Credits: 4
Offered: fall semester in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 160 and MATH 151.
A study of Newton's laws applied to the motion of particles and systems of particles. Forced and damped harmonic oscillators. Central-field motion, collisions, conservation laws, Lagrangian mechanics, and Hamilton's equations. Also rigid body dynamics and topics in computational physics.
Credits: 4
Offered: spring semester in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 250.
Experimental physics at an advanced undergraduate level. Includes working in an increasingly independent format on a series of selected projects from a variety of physics areas. Lectures and laboratory work give specific attention to experimental design, laboratory techniques, computer data acquisition and analysis, and error propagation and analysis. Also serves as preparation for possible subsequent experimental research such as might be undertaken in PHYS 300.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA-Writing in the Major
Offered: spring semester in even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, PHYS 255, PHYS 250 and MATH 250.
An introduction to methods used in solving problems in physics and other sciences. Calculus of variations and extremum principles. Orthogonal functions and Sturm-Liouville problems. Fourier series. Series solutions of differential equations. The partial differential equations of physics. Transform and Green's function methods of solution. Nonlinear equations and chaos theory.
Credits: 4
Attributes: CLA- Breadth: Interdisciplinary
Offered: fall semester.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150 or permission of instructor; and MATH 315.
Topics chosen on the basis of instructor and student interest from areas such as condensed matter, atomic physics, particle physics; astrophysics, nonlinear phenomena, laser physics, and relativity.
Signature of instructor required for registration.
Course may be repeated.
Credits: 2-4
Offered: Offering to be determined.
A classical treatment of electrodynamics in vacuum and matter. Electrostatic and magnetostatic fields. Maxwell's equations. Electromagnetic waves in conductors and non-conducting media. An introduction to the mathematics of vector calculus.
Credits: 4
Offered: fall semester in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 250 .
A study of the wave equation, properties of wave motion, and electromagnetic waves. The propagation of light, dispersion, and absorption. Geometrical optics, lenses, optical systems. Superposition, interference, and Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction. Topics in modern optics.
Credits: 4
Offered: spring semester in even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 250.
A study of the fundamental concepts of classical thermodynamics and the thermal behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. The kinetic theory of gases. Statistical thermodynamics, including Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, and Fermi-Dirac statistics. Applications to an ideal diatomic gas, electrons in metals and monatomic crystals. Connection between statistical thermodynamics and information theory.
Credits: 4
Offered: fall semester in even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 250.
A study of the formalism and applications of quantum theory. Wave mechanics, interpretation of the quantum wave function, one-dimensional bound states, scattering and tunneling. Quantum mechanics in three dimensions. Two-particle systems, bosons and fermions, exchange forces. Approximation methods. Applications to atomic and molecular configurations.
Credits: 4
Offered: spring semester in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: PHYS 150, PHYS 160, and MATH 315.
Corequisite: Corequisite: PHYS 360R.