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Courses at the 300-level

CHEM 310: Biochemistry

Topics include biological macromolecule structure, function and interactions, catalysis and kinetics of biochemistry, acidbase equilibrium in biological systems, and thermodynamics of binding and recognition. Lecture.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 206
PHYS 300: Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Topics include relativistic mechanics, atomic structure, optical and X-ray radiation, radioactivity, fission, fusion, and elementary particle theories. Laboratory experiments emphasize these concepts. Lecture and laboratory.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PHYS 201 or 202
PHYS 307: Quantum Mechanics I

Topics include relativistic mechanics, the failures of classical physics, the structure of the atom, and the wave description of matter, including the Schödinger Equation. Lecture.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PHYS 201
PHYS 311: Thermodynamics

This is an introduction to the laws of thermodynamics and its application to equilibrium systems, such as ideal gases, phase transformations, solutions and chemical reactions, and elementary statistical mechanics. Lecture.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PHYS 200
  • successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 213
  • or consent of department chair
PHYS 312: Mathematical Methods in Physics

Topics include curvilinear coordinates, complex variables, integral transforms, vectors and matrices, special functions, differential equations, and numerical methods as applied to physics. Lecture.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MATH 314
PHYS 313: Junior Laboratory

Intermediate-level experiments are performed in all areas of physics. Students also learn research skills, such as data analysis, literature review, and communication skills. Laboratory.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PHYS 201
  • PHYS 307
PHYS 320: Analog Electronics

Students examine discrete components, including resistors, capacitors, diodes, and transistors, and their applications. Oscilloscopes and other standard laboratory test equipment are used extensively. Integrated circuits are also introduced.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PHYS 102 or 201
  • or consent of department chair
PSCI 340: Field Methods in Geology

Mapping and the interpretation of geological structures are introduced. Emphasis is on the geology of local areas. Included are identification of rocks and methods of recording field observations. Laboratory and field trips.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSCI 212
  • or consent of instructor
  • or consent of the department chair
PSCI 357: Historical and Contemporary Contexts of Science

The development of science and technology is explored through case histories from the physical, biological, and environmental sciences. Students cannot receive credit for both HIST 357 and PSCI 357.
3 credit hours

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