Graduate Courses

For a list of all courses offered during a particular semester, please see the Schedule of Courses in MyZou.

Physics 7085: Problems (credit by arrangement)

Laboratory work involving study of literature of special experiments in physics. Introduces research methods.

Physics 7087: Seminar in Physics (1).

Topics of current interest selected for discussion. May be elected repeatedly. S/U Graded only. Prerequisite: 8150.

Physics 7110: Light and Modern Optics (4).

Interaction of light with matter, spectroscopic techniques, wave optics, interferometry, multilayer films, polarization, nonlinear optics, design of optical instruments, matrix methods, waveguides, fiber optics, acousto-optic and photo-elastic modulation. Includes both Lectures and Laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYSCS 2760 or equivalent.

Astronomy/Physics 7180: Solar System Science (3) (same as Geology and Astronomy 7180)

Investigates physical states, interior structures and comparative geology of solar systems bodies: planets, moons, asteroids, comets, sun. Solar system formation and evolution. Prerequisites: Physics 1220 or 2760 or instructor’s consent.

Physics 7190: Physics and Chemistry of Materials (3) (same as Nuclear Engineering 7319 and Chemistry 7490).

This course will cover fundamental and applied aspects relating to the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of material with specific emphasis on Nanoscience and Nanomedicine. Consists of lectures and experiments in nanoscience. Prerequisite: Physics 2760 and Chemistry 1320 or equivalent and consent of instructor.

Physics 7201: Topics in Physics (3)

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and earnable credit may vary from semester to semester. Instructor’s consent required.

Physics 7230: Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis (3)

This course is designed for senior undergraduate/graduate students and covers the basic principles and practical considerations using the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS) in the characterization of materials. The structure of the course consists of a series of lectures followed by computer simulation labs covering the lecture topics. This is followed by hands-on lab assignments reinforcing the same material while also servicing as operational training and analytical methods. Also covered in this course is a sample preparation techniques, digital imaging and data acquisition and processing. Prerequisites: Physics 3150 and instructor’s consent.

Astronomy 7301: Topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics (3)

Selected topics from solar system, stellar, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, and astrophysics. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A/F basis only.

Physics 7310: Physics in Cell and Developmental Biology (3) (same as Biological Science 7310).

Discusses the role of physical mechanisms in specific cellular and developmental processes and phenomena, in particular those characterizing the embryonic stage of multicellular organisms. Each process and phenomenon is first described in biological terms and then within a physical model, with special emphasis on the interplay between the two descriptions. Prerequisite: PHYSICS 1220 or 2760 and BIO SC 2300 or instructor’s consent.

Astronomy/Physics 7360: Extragalactic Astronomy (3)

This course introduces students to the most basic knowledge of extragalactic astronomy, starting from Milky Way and extending to the most distant universe. Topics covered will include galaxy morphology and classification, groups and clusters of galaxies, active galactic nuclei, and galaxy formation and evolution. Prerequisite: Physics 2760.

Physics 7400: Physics of Electronic Devices (3)

This course is designed for graduate and undergraduate students of Physics and Electrical Engineering who have an interest in learning the basic physical idea underlying the operation of electronic devices. The course consists of lectures, handout lecture notes, problem sets, two mid-term and one final exam. Prerequisites: basic knowledge of modern physics (electromagnetism and quantum mechanics) at the level of Physics 3150 or equivalent, or approval by instructors.

Physics 7410: Analysis of Biological Macromolecules and Biomaterials(3)

This interdisciplinary, team-taught course introduces basic concepts and experimental techniques for studying bio-macromolecules and biomaterials. A problem based learn / writing intensive approach uses four modules: proteins, membranes, Cellular Interactions, and Biomaterials. Prerequisite: Physics 2760.

Physics 7420: Introduction to Biomedical Imaging (3)

This course offers a broad introduction to medical imaging. Topics to be covered include the physics basics and instrumentation of X-rays, CT, PET, SPECT, ultrasound, MRI, and optical imaging, as well as recent developments in biomedical imaging. Prerequisite: Physics 2760.

Physics 7450: Introduction to Cosmology (3)

Develops the physical concepts necessary for understanding the major recent discoveries in cosmology, such as the acceleration of the universe and dark energy. No prior knowledge of general relativity is assumed. Prerequisite: PHYSCS 3150 or equivalent or instructor’s consent. Graded on A/F basis only.

Physics 7500: Computational Biological Physics (3)

Provides a practical introduction (hands-on approach) to the study of the structure and function of biomolecular systems by employing computational methods and theoretical concepts familiar from the physical sciences. Prerequisites: graduate standing and PHYSCS 1220 or 2760 or instructor’s consent.

Physics 7510: Single Molecule Biophysics (3)

The course provides an overview of the biophysics of enzymes, nucleic acids and the cytoskeleton. Topics covered will include diffusion, molecular motors, polymerization of the cytoskeleton and the polymer properties of nucleic acids and microtubules. Prerequisites: Physics 2760

Astronomy/Physics 7550: Cosmochemistry (3)

Cosmic dust, stardust, spectra, energy, interstellar medium, meteorites, astromineralogy. Prerequisites: Physics 2760 or 1220. Instructor’s consent required.

Physics 7600: Semiconductor Optics (3)

It is an introductory-level course in the field of optical processes in semiconductors (both inorganic and organic) and solid-state optoelectronics, designed both for graduate and undergraduate students of Physics, Chemistry, and Electrical engineering. Prerequisite: Physics 3150 or instructor’s consent. Graded on A/F basis only.

Physics 7650: Modern Condensed Matter Physics (3)

Introduces the basic concepts and gives an overview of the latest developments of modern condensed matter physics at the forefront of (nano)science and technology. Combines lectures and computational laboratory, where students use and develop interactive computer simulations. Prerequisite: Physics 3150 or instructor’s consent. Graded on A/F basis only.

Astronomy/Physics 7750: Interstellar Medium (3)

The course discusses observational properties and physical and chemical processes occurring in the interstellar medium. Topics include interstellar diffuse and molecular clouds, HII regions, dust grains, interstellar chemistry, star formation, supernova remnants, and interstellar shock waves. Prerequisites: graduate standing and PHYSCS 1220 or 2760.

Physics 7850: Computational Methods in Physics (3)

Use of modern computational techniques in solving a wide variety of problems in solid state, nuclear, quantum and statistical physics. Prerequisites: Physics 4800.

Physics 8040: Study of Techniques of Teaching College Physics (1-3).

Objectives, methods, and problems related to teaching college physics. Some credit in this course is required for all students teaching physics. May repeat for 3 hours maximum.

Physics 8090: Research in Physics and Astronomy (cr.arr.).

Graduate research in physics and astronomy. Prerequisites: graduate standing required. Graded on an S/U basis only.

Physics 8101: Topics of Physics and Astronomy (1-3)

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and earnable credit may vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Departmental consent for repetition.

Physics 8110: Physics for High School Teachers I (4)

This s a physics course designed primarily for high school teachers.  Topics include motion, forces, Newton’s Laws, electricity, and magnetism.  The course uses research based pedagogical methods utilizing inquiry, modeling, and hands-on techniques.  Prerequisite:  instructor’s consent.  Graded on A/F basis only.

Physics 8120: Physics for High School Teachers II (4)

This is a physics course designed primarily for high school teachers.  Topics include applications of Newton’s laws, energy, waves, optics, heat, and astronomy.  The course uses research based pedogogical methods utilizing inquiry modeling, and hands-on techniques.  Prerequisite:  instructor’s consent.  Graded on A/F basis only.

Physics 8130: Physics for High School Teachers III (2)

This is a physics course designed primarily for high school teachers.  Topics include modern physics and history of science.  The course uses research based pedagogical methods utilizing inquiry, modeling, and hands-on techniques.  Prerequisite:  instructor’s consent. Graded on A/F basis only.

Physics 8150: Condensed Matter Physics I (3).

Crystal structure, reciprocal lattice, phonons, neutron & x-ray scattering, free electron theory of metals, Fermi surfaces, energy bands, static properties of solids, semiconductors, devices and quantum structures, optical properties, excitons, introduction to magnetism, and superconductivity. Prerequisite: 4800 or equivalent.

Physics 8160: Condensed Matter Physics II (3).

The basic Hamiltonian, phonons, theory of the electron gas, second quantization, hartree and Hartee-Fock approximation, local-density, tight-binding theory, electron-electron interaction and screening, Fermi liquid theory, transport properties, impurities, Green’s functions, Localization, Quantum Hall effect, magnetism, superconductivity. Prerequisite: Physics 8150. Continuation of 8150.

Astronomy/Physics 8301: Topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics (3).

Selected topics from solar system, stellar, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, and astrophysics. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

Astronomy/Physics 8310 – College Science Teaching

(same as PHYSCS 8310, BIO_ SC 8724 and LTC 8724) Study of learner characteristics, teaching strategies, and research findings related to teaching science at the post-secondary level.

Astronomy/Physics 8350: Science Outreach: Public Understanding of Science (3).

(same as Biological Sciences [BIO SC] and Animal Sciences [AN SCI] 8725) This course is aimed at promoting public understanding and appreciation of science. The students will develop presentations that increase awareness of the impact of science on many aspects of our daily lives. Graduate Standing or instructor’s consent required.

Physics 8400: Low Energy Neutron Scattering (3).

Theory, application of low energy neutron scattering to investigation of structure and dynamics of aggregate matter, to include lattice vibrations, ordered spin systems, spin waves, diffusive motions in liquids; experimental techniques discussed. Prerequisite: Physics 8150.

Physics 8410: Concepts in Nanoscale Materials: Interdisciplinary Science (3).

This interdisciplinary course covers basic concepts in nanoscale materials, their characterization, and how and why they differ from conventional bulk materials. The course focuses on neutron scattering methods and uses lectures, problem-based modules, and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Physics 3150.

Physics 8450: Plasma Physics (3).

Single particle motion, plasma kinetic theory, magnetohydrodynamics and other fluid theories, waves in unmagnetized and magnetized plasmas, transport phenomena, instabilities, controlled fusion. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

Astronomy/Physics 8550: Stellar Structure and Evolution (3).

Reviews of atomic and molecular spectra. Investigates quantum radiation law, emission and adsorption processes, radiation transfer theory, continuous and discrete line spectra of stars, stellar composition. Prerequisites: Astro 4250, Physics 4800, or instructor’ consent.

Physics 8560: Quantitative X-Ray Microanalysis and Advanced Imaging (3).

This course is designed for graduates/senior undergraduate students. This course covers the theory and methodology to quantitatively analyze materials using both energy-dispersive (EDS) and wavelength-dispersive (WDS) spectrometry along with image processing and analysis techniques. Prerequisites: Physics 7230

Physics 8610: Classical Mechanics (3).

The interplay of dynamics and symmetry, Hamilton’s principle and Neother’s theorem, Lagrangian, Hamiltonian, Hamilton-Jacobi theories of mechanics. Mechanics in special relativity. Rigid body motion, small oscillations, canonical transformations and fields as continuous mechanical systems. Prerequisite: Physics 4140 or equivalent.

Physics 8620: Electrodynamics I (3).

Electrostatics, dielectrics, magnetostatics, method of images, Green’s functions, Maxwell’s equations, time-varying fields, plane electromagnetic wave propagation, reflection, refraction, wave guides. Additional topics may include plasma physics, diffraction, radiation. Prerequisite: Physics 8610.

Physics 8640: Electrodynamics II (3).

Tensors, special relativity, and the Lorentz group. Variational approach to classical field theory, Noether’s theorem, and invariance principles. Microscopic Maxwell equations, conservation laws for electromagnetism, application to radiation problems. Prerequisite: Physics 8620 or instructor’s consent.

Physics 8660: Methods in Mathematical Physics (3).

Concentrates on mathematical techniques used in modern physics. Infinite series, functions of a complex variable, differential equations, Fourier series and integral, etc. Prerequisite: Physics 4700 or instructor’s consent.

Physics 8680: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3).

Thermodynamics as applied in physics, chemistry; laws of distribution; statistical methods of study matter, radiation. Prerequisite: 8710 or concurrently.

Physics 8700: NonEquilibrium Statistical Mechanics (3).

This course provides an introduction to the theoretical and mathematical description of classical stochastic systems with examples from biophysics and condensed matter physics. Prerequisite: Physics 8680.

Physics 8710: Quantum Mechanics I (3).

Non-relativistic quantum theory in Hilbert space. States and self- adjoint observables, unitary time evolution in various pictures, the path-integral, identical particles, Fock space, angular momentum, and some perturbation theory. Prerequisite: Physics 8610.

Physics 8720: Quantum Mechanics II (3).

More perturbation theory, variational methods, semi-classical methods and application to radiation theory, scattering theory, linear response theory, and rudiment of relativistic quantum mechanics, including the Klein-Gordan and the Dirac equations. Prerequisite: Physics 8710.

Physics 8730: Quantum Mechanics III (3).

Properties of many-particle systems at low temperature. General Formalism for Fermi and Bose systems, Theory of superconductivity and superfluidity, Introduction to quantum spin model – Diagromatic formulation of quantum electrodynamics. Scattering of electrons and positrons, introduction to radioactive corrections. Prerequisites: Physics 8720. Graded on S/U basis only.

Physics 8801: Topics in Solid State Theory (3).

Selected topics in solid-state theory, including various elementary excitations in solids and their interactions. May be elected more than once. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

Physics 8820: Relativity and Gravitation (3).

Special and general theories of relativity. Discussion of accelerated observers and the principle of equivalence. Einstein’s gravitational field equations, black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology. Prerequisite: Physics 8610 and Physics 8620.

Physics 9090: Research (credit by arrangement).

Research leading to PhD dissertation. Prerequisite: PhD candidacy has been established. Graded on an S/U basis only.