Courses

We offer introductory courses in physics designed for Biology and Pre-Med students, Engineers, and for Physics and other Science majors. Many of our introductory courses include lab components, where students perform classic experiments to build their laboratory and data analysis skills. We also offer a wide selection of upper level physics courses, from Quantum Mechanics to E&M and Acoustics.

Please note that not all of the courses listed below will be available during the current semester. Please check with the department as to the availability of a particular class.

PHY 1100 - General Physics I

Description: Mechanics, heat and sound. Recommended for Biology majors.
Prerequisites: (MAT 1310 or MAT 1320 or MAT 1330 or MAT 1500)
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 1101 - General Physics I Lab

Description: Selected experiments in mechanics, heat and sound. Recommended for Biology majors.
Prerequisites:
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 1102 - General Physics II

Description: A continuation of PHY 1100; light, electricity and modern physics. Recommended for Biology majors.
Prerequisites: PHY 1100 and (MAT 1315 or MAT 1325 or MAT 1335 or MAT 1505)
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 1103 - General Physics II Lab

Description: Selected experiments in light and electricity. Recommended for Biology majors.
Prerequisites: PHY 1101
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 1.0

 

PHY 2400 - Physics I Mechanics

Description: Introduction to Mechanics. Designed for students in the College of Engineering.
Prerequisites: MAT 1500
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0
 

PHY 2402 - Physics II Elec & Magnet

Description: Electrostatics, DC Circuits, magnetism, and AC circuits. Designed for students in the College of Engineering.
Prerequisites: MAT 1505 and (PHY 2400 or PHY 2410)
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 2403 - Phy Lab for Engineering

Description: Selected experiments illustrating the principles of Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. Designed for students in the College of Engineering.
Prerequisites: PHY 2402
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 2410 - University Phy: Mechanics

Description: Vectors, kinematics, and dynamics of particles, rigid bodies, and fluids. Recommended for Science majors.
Prerequisites: MAT 1500
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 2411 - Lab: Mechanics

Description: Selected experiments demonstrating the fundamental principles of Mechanics and Waves with emphasis on techniques of measurements and data analysis. Recommended for Science majors.
Prerequisites:
Corequisites: PHY 2410
Credit Hours: 1.0

 

PHY 2412 - Univ Physics: Elec & Mag

Description: Electrostatics, DC circuits, magnetism, and AC circuits. Recommended for Science majors.
Prerequisites: (PHY 2410 and MAT 1505)
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 2413 - Lab: Elec & Magnetism

Description: Recommended for Science majors.
Prerequisites:
Corequisites: PHY 2412
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 2414 - Univ Physics: Thermo

Description: Heat, kinetic theory of gases, first and second laws of thermodynamics, wave motion acoustics, geometrical and physical optics. Recommended for Science majors.
Prerequisites: (MAT 2500 and PHY 2410)
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 2415 - Lab: Thermodynamics

Description: Selected experiments in heat, waves and optics. Recommended for Science majors.
Prerequisites:
Corequisites: PHY 2414
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 2416 - Modern Physics

Description: Special theory of relativity, atomic theory, quantum physics, the Schrodinger equation, solid-state physics, nuclear physics, elementary particles and cosmology. Recommended for Science majors.
Prerequisites: (PHY 2410 and PHY 2412 and PHY 2414) and (MAT 2500 or MAT 2705)
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 2417 - Lab: Modern Physics

Description: Interference; Franck Hertz experiment; Photoelectric effect; Michelson interferometry; Millikan oil drop experiment; Electron Spin Resonance (ESR); Ferroelectricity; Superconductivity; Low Temperature physics experiments. A writing enriched course. Recommended for Science majors.
Prerequisites: PHY 2416
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 2601 - Computational Phy Lab I

Description: Computer applications, data analysis and presentation, algorithms and programming, numerical methods, and basic graphics for Physics and Astronomy majors.
Prerequisites: Any Intro Physics course (may be taken concurrently).
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 2603 - Computational Phy Lab II

Description: Continuation of Computational Physics I.
Prerequisites: PHY 2601
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 3310 - Electronics

Description: DC and AC analysis including network theorems, power, resonance, filters, bridge circuits, amplifiers, integrated circuits, active devices, digital logic circuits and applications.
Prerequisites:
Corequisites: PHY 3311
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 3311 - Electronics Lab

Description: Laboratory experiments are chosen to supplement the Physics 3310 lectures and to give experience with sophisticated electronic equipment. A Writing Enriched course.
Prerequisites:
Corequisites: PHY 3310
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 4000 - Elec & Magnetism I

Description: Electrostatics, Coulomb's and Gauss' Laws, Maxwell's first two equations, Laplace's equation and boundary value problems, dielectrics, currents in conductors.
Prerequisites: (PHY 2414 and PHY 4200)
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

 

PHY 4001 - Elec & Magnetism I Lab

Description: Selected experiments in the field. A Writing Enriched course.
Prerequisites: (PHY 2414 and PHY 4200)
Corequisites: PHY 4000
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 4002 - Elec & Magnetism II

Description: Magnetism, Biot-Savart's law, Faraday's law, Maxwell's third and fourth equations, electromagnetic wave equation, radiation.
Prerequisites: PHY 4000
Corequisites: PHY 4003
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 4003 - Elec & Magnetism II Lab

Description: Selected experiments in the field. A Writing Enriched course.
Prerequisites: (PHY 4000 and PHY 4001)
Corequisites: PHY 4002
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 4100 - Mechanics I

Description: Newtonian Mechanics, oscillations (simple, non-linear and driven), Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, central force motion and scattering, special theory of relativity.
Prerequisites: PHY 2414
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 4102 - Mechanics II

Description: Dynamics of rigid bodies, coupled oscillations, wave phenomena, fluid mechanics (steady and turbulent flow, the equations of Euler and Navier-Stokes).
Prerequisites: PHY 4100
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 4200 - Mathematical Physics I

Description: Vector and tensor analysis, matrices and determinants, infinite series, functions of a complex variable.
Prerequisites: (PHY 2414 and MAT 2500)
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 4202 - Mathematical Physics II

Description: A continuation of PHY 4200; second order differential equations, orthogonal functions, integral transforms, integral equations.
Prerequisites: PHY 4200
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 4301 - Experimental Methods I

Description: Introduction to experimental methods in Physics. Applications of spectroscopic techniques in nuclear, solid-state, and materials Physic. Detection of particle and electromagnetic radiation, signal processing, spectral analysis and interpretation.
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Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 2.0

PHY 4303 - Experimental Methods II

Description: Introduction to experimental methods in Physics continued: X-Ray and Mossbauer Spectroscopy; interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter; resonant versus non-resonant scattering cross-sections; hyperfine interactions in solids, crystal field splittings and dynamic magnetic relaxation phenomena in nonoscale systems; introduction to nanotechnology. Course is Writing Intensive.
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Credit Hours: 2.0

PHY 5100 - Quantum Mechanics

Description: Operators, Schrodinger Equation, one dimensional problems, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, hydrogen atom, scattering theory.
Prerequisites: PHY 4100 and PHY 4200
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 5102 - Quantum Mechanics II

Description: A continuation of Quantum Mechanics.
Prerequisites: PHY 5100
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

 

PHY 5200 - Thermo/Statistical Mech

Description: Statistical methods, statistical thermodynamics, Ensembles, Partition functions. Quantum statistics. Kinetic theory of transport processes.
Prerequisites:
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Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 5300 - Subatomic Physics

Description: Structure of subatomic particles and nuclei, symmetries and conservation laws, interactions and nuclear models, radioactivity and passage of radiation through matter. A writing intensive course.
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Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 5500 - Solid State Physics I

Description: Description of crystal structure, diffraction of X-rays, classification of solids, thermal properties of solids, dielectric properties, diamagnetism and paramagnetism, free electron theory of metals, band theory of solids.
Prerequisites: PHY 5100
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 5502 - Solid State Physics II

Description: A continuation of PHY 5500. Brillouin zones. Band structure of solids. Semiconductor crystals, rectifiers and transistors. Ferromagnetism. Superconductivity. Applications.
Prerequisites: PHY 5500
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 5701 - Advanced Lab I

Description: Techniques and instrumentation of advanced experiments.
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Credit Hours: 3.0

 

PHY 5703 - Advanced Lab II

Description: A continuation of PHY 5701.
Prerequisites: PHY 5701
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 5800 - Advanced Mechanics

Description: Lagrange, Hamilton and Hamilton-Jacobi forms of mechanics.
Prerequisites:
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 5900 - Adv Quantum Mechanics

Description: Abstract formulation of quantum mechanics, perturbation and variational methods; applications to atomic and molecular structures.
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Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 6000 - Advanced Optics

Description: Topics in geometrical and physical optics.
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Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 6001 - Advanced Optics Lab

Description:
Prerequisites:
Corequisites: PHY 6000
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 6100 - Acoustics

Description: Transmission, reflection, refraction, absorption and generation of sound waves, acoustical measurements.
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Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 6101 - Acoustics Lab

Description:
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Corequisites: PHY 6100
Credit Hours: 1.0

PHY 6400 - Relativity Theory I

Description: Introduction to Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity, Relativistic kinematics and dynamics. Lorentz invariance. Relativity and electromagnetism. Tensor analysis.
Prerequisites: (PHY 4100 and PHY 4200)
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 6402 - Relativity Theory II

Description: Introduction to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, Newtonian Gravitational and Tidal Forces. Linear Field Approximation. Gravitational Waves. Space-Time Measurements. Riemannian Geometry. Schwarzchild Solution. Black Holes and Gravitational Collapse. Cosmology.
Prerequisites: PHY 6400
Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 6500 - Supervised Study in Physics

Description: Reading and/or laboratory work in a selected branch of physics under the direction of a member of the staff.
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Credit Hours: 2.0

PHY 6600 - Supervised Study in Physics

Description: Same as PHY 6500 with increased number of hours.
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Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHY 6700 - Supervised Study Physics

Description: Same as PHY 6500 with increased number of hours.
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Corequisites:
Credit Hours: 4.0

Department Information

Location:
347 Mendel Science Center

Phone:
610.519.4860

Email:
vuphysics@villanova.edu

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