# Courses

Please consult the online course catalog for complete course information. If you would like to see our current offerings, please see the department’s listing on the Student Information Services (SIS) website.

#### Fall 2017 Undergraduate Schedule

Course # | Course Name | Instructor | Schedule |
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171.101 | Gen Physics for Phys Sci Maj I | M. Swartz | TTh 10:30 - 11:45 |

171.102 | Gen Physics for Phys Sci Maj II | P. Maksimovic | MWF 11:00 - 11:50 |

171.103 | Gen Physics for Bio Sci Maj I | C. Broholm | MWF 9:00 - 9:50 |

171.105 | Classical Mechanics I | D. Reich | MWF 11:00 - 11:50 |

171.107 | General Physics for Phys. Sci. Majors | R. Leheny | TTh 9:00 - 10:15 |

171.107 | General Physics for Phys. Sci. Majors | R. Wyse | TTh 10:00 - 11:45 |

171.113 | Subatomic World | B. Blumenfeld | MWF 11:00 - 11:50 |

171.201 | Special Relativity and Waves | N. Zakamska | TTh 10:30 - 11:45 |

171.205 | Introduction to Practical Data Science: Beautiful Data | A. Szalay | MW 1:30 - 2:45 |

171.207 | Special Relativity | N. Zakamska | TTh 10:30 - 11:45 |

171.301 | Electromagnetic Theory II | K. Schlaufman | TTh 10:30 - 11:45 |

171.303 | Quantum Mechanics I | C. L. Chien | MWF 9:00 - 9:50 |

171.310 | Biological Physics | M. Robbins | MW 3:00 - 4:15 |

171.312 | Stat Phys & Thermodynamics | P. Armitage | MF 1:30 - 2:45 |

171.321 | Intro to Space Science and Tech | S. McCandliss | TTh 12:00 - 1:15 |

171.324 | Statistical Thinking, Big Data and Complex Systems | B. Ménard | TTh 10:30 - 11:45 |

171.333 | Planets, Life & the Universe | C. Norman | MWF 11:00 - 11:50 |

171.405 | Condensed Matter Physics | O. Tchernyshyov | MW 3:00 - 4:15 |

171.410 | Physical Cosmology | C. Bennett | TTh 9:00 - 9:15 |

171.425 | Group Theory in Physics | Y. Li | TTh 3:00 - 4:15 |

#### Courses for Majors

In the first year, we recommend that prospective majors take Introduction to Classical Physics 171.105–106, with the corresponding laboratory 173.115-116. Taking General Physics for Physical Sciences 171.101–102 is also acceptable, although less desirable. In the fall semester of sophomore year, students take Contemporary Physics Seminar 172.203 and either Special Relativity and Waves 171.201 or the combination of Wave Phenomena with Biophysical Applications 171.309 and Special Relativity 171.207. In the spring semester of the sophomore year, students following the standard track enroll in Classical Mechanics 171.204 and either Modern Physics 171.202 or Biological Physics 171.310.

During the first two years, students also bring themselves up to speed in mathematics. We require completion of Calculus I and II 110.108–109, Calculus III 110.202 or 211, Differential Equations 110.302, and Linear Algebra 110.201 or 212. Because our students arrive with a wide range of mathematical preparation, we advise them to consult the Department of Mathematics to determine where they best fit in. Many students take significantly more mathematics than the required core.

Most students begin junior year with the required courses Introduction to Electromagnetic Theory II 171.301 and Quantum Mechanics I 171.303. The required laboratory course, Advanced Lab 173.308, may be taken in the spring of junior or senior year. All majors are required to take either Quantum Mechanics II 171.304 or Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics 171.312.

The two forms of the degree, BA and BS, differ only in their requirements for electives. Among the electives offered undergraduates in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are:

- Introduction to Stellar Physics 171.313
- Introduction to Galaxies and Active Galactic Nuclei 171.314
- Introduction to Space Science and Technology 171.321
- Condensed Matter Physics 171.405
- Nuclear and Particle Physics 171.408
- Physical Cosmology 171.410
- Independent Research 171.501-502

Undergraduates with the appropriate course prerequisites are encouraged to take graduate-level courses, such as:

- Theoretical Mechanics 171.601
- Analytical Methods for Physicists 171.615
- Numerical Methods for Physicists 171.616
- General Relativity 171.646
- Introduction to Plasma Physics 171.672