Course descriptions

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PHYSICS (PHY)

103. Introductory Physics. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: MAT 101. A survey of physics principles for non-science majors; credit for this course may not be applied toward degrees in the College of Science and Technology

103L. Introductory Physics Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: PHY 103

111. General Physics I. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: MAT 101, 103. Corequisite: PHY 111L. An algebra and trigonometry-based introductory physics course (CC 2414)

111L. General Physics I Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: PHY 111

112. General Physics II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 111 and PHY 111L. Corequisite: PHY 112L. A continuation of PHY 111 (CC 2424)

112L. General Physics II Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: PHY 112

190. Foundations and Frontiers in Physics. 2 hrs. The first course for a physics major that surveys the scope and breadth of the discipline of physics; to include an historical perspective and good practices for a physicist

201. General Physics I with Calculus. 4 hrs. Prerequisite: MAT 167 or 178; corequisite: PHY 201L. A rigorous course in physics recommended for physics majors; required for pre-engineering students (CC 2514)

201L. General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: PHY 201

202. General Physics II with Calculus. 4 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 201 and PHY 201L. Corequisite: PHY 202L. A continuation of PHY 201 (CC 2524)

202L. General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: PHY 202

327. Electronics I. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 112 or 202. Corequisite: PHY 327L. Fundamentals of vacuum and semiconductor devices with applications to scientific instrumentation

327L. Electronics I Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: PHY 327

328. Electronics II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 327. Corequisite: PHY 328L. A continuation of PHY 327

328L. Electronics II Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: PHY 328

332. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PHY 202 and 362. Temperature, thermodynamic principles and the application of statistics to classical and quantum systems

341. Optics. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 112 or 202. Corequisite: PHY 341L. Rays, refractive and reflective surfaces, lens design, and the electromagnetic theory of light

341L. Optics Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: PHY 341

350. Mechanics I. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PHY 202, MAT 179 or MAT 169. Corequisite: MAT 280. Mathematical treatment of the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies

351. Mechanics II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 350. A continuation of PHY 350

361. Elementary Modern Physics I. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 112 or 202. Survey of atomic particles, radiation and X-rays. Optical Spectra

361L. Elementary Modern Physics I Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: PHY 361

362. Elementary Modern Physics II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 361. A study of atomic and molecular physics, properties of solids and other applications of quantum mechanics

392. Physics Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission. Theoretical and experimental problems limited to junior and senior students

421. Electricity and Magnetism I. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PHY 351, MAT 285. Vector analysis, electrostatics, magnetostatics and electromagnetic fields

422. Electricity and Magnetism II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 421. A continuation of PHY 421

423. Science and Society: from Copernicus to the Bomb. 3 hrs. An interdisciplinary course designed for both science and liberal arts students. Traces the development of science and technology and their role in society from the Renaissance to the present (Cross-listed as HIS 423, HUM 423, and BSC 423.)

435. Principles of Microwave Systems. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 327. Introduction to microwave theory, basic design of microwave systems

451. Physical Applications of the Fourier Transform. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: MAT 280 and PHY 202. Convolution, deconvolution of physical signals and introduction to sampling

455. Fluid Dynamics. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PHY 350 and MAT 285. A mathematical development of the physical principles governing fluid flow

460. Advanced Physics Laboratory. 2 hrs. Prerequisites: Permission and Senior Standing. Advanced experiments in modern physics

461. Quantum Mechanics. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PHY 361 and 362. Quantum theory, spectroscopy, and atomic and nuclear structure

464. Fundamentals of Solid State Physics. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PHY 351 and 362

465. Nuclear Physics. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PHY 350 and 362. Nuclear binding forces, chain reactions and nuclear reactors

485. History and Literature of Physics. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 112 or 202. A survey of physics from the ancients to the present

499. Undergraduate Research. 1-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission. An introduction to the methods of physical research (Students undertaking a Senior Honors Project will enroll in PHY H499.)


EXPLANATION

The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.
Example:

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)