Department of Physics

The mission of the Department of Physics at Georgia Southern University is four-fold. First, to provide its majors with a strong, basic undergraduate physics/astronomy education that will serve them whether they pursue an advanced degree in physics, a professional career in medicine or dentistry, a career in industry or in science education. Second, to provide excellent instruction in introductory physics and astronomy to non-majors. Third, to conduct original research in physics and astronomy that is recognized at regional, national, and international levels. Fourth, to foster an interest in science in the community and the region.

ASTR   5090G   Selected Topics in Physics

2-5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

A course allowing for investigation of selected topics in Astronomy; it will be taught on a one-time basis. Lecture only courses can be for two, three, or five credit hours. For laboratory courses, one credit hour will be given for every three hours spent working in lab. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): ASTR   5090.

ASTR   5890G   Astronomy Research Experience

1-4 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An independent physics research experience in which a student will investigate a research question under the direction of a faculty member. Students will be expected to maintain a laboratory notebook, prepare a written summary of the research, and give an oral presentation at the end of the experience. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do. Permission of instructor is required.

Cross Listing(s): ASTR   5890, PHYS   5890, PHYS   5890G, PHYS   5890H, PHYS   5890S .

PHYS   5090G   Selected Topics in Physics

2-4 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

A course allowing for investigation of selected topics in Physics; it will be taught on a one-time basis. Lecture only course can be for two, three, or five credit hours. For laboratory courses, one credit hour will be given for every three hours spent working in lab. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   1112 or PHYS   2212.

Cross Listing(s): ASTR   5090, ASTR   5090G, PHYS   5090.

PHYS   5151G   Classical Mechanics

5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides physics majors and students of applied mathematics and engineering with the fundamentals of analytical mechanics. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): MATH   3230 and a minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2211 and PHYS   2212.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5151.

PHYS   5152G   Classical E and M Theory

5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides physics majors and students of applied mathematics and engineering with the fundamentals of electromagnetic field theory. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS   5151.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5152.

PHYS   5530G   Thermal Physics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A course in classical thermodynamics and kinetic theory. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): MATH   2243 and a minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2211 and PHYS   2212.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5530.

PHYS   5536G   Studies in Physics for Secondary Teachers

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to acquaint the student with some of the problems encountered in high school physics presentations. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): MATH   1113.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5536.

PHYS   5557G   Quantum Mechanics

5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the basic postulates of quantum mechanics with solutions to Schrodinger's wave equation for simple applications: the techniques of calculating position, energy and momentum with operators and the elements of perturbation theory with application to atomic spectra. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS   3536, PHYS   3537, and MATH   3230.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5557.

PHYS   5890G   Physics Research Experience

1-4 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An independent physics research experience in which a student will investigate a research question under the direction of a faculty member. Students will be expected to maintain a laboratory notebook, prepare a written summary of the research, and give an oral presentation at the end of the experience. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do. Permission of instructor required.

Cross Listing(s): ASTR   5890, ASTR   5890G, PHYS   5890, PHYS   5890H, PHYS   5890S.

PHYS   6131   Solid State Materials

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to the physical and chemical properties of solids. Topics may include: periodic structure, symmetry of crystals, diffraction, reciprocal lattice, chemical bonding, lattice dynamics, phonons, thermal properties, and free electron gas. Bloch theorem, band structure, nearly free electron approximation, tight binding method, Fermi surface, semiconductors, electrons, holes, impurities, optical properties, excitons, and magnetism will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): MATH   2242 with a minimum grade of "C".

PHYS   6132   Applied Optics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course offers an introduction to laboratory optics, optical principles, and optical devices and systems. The course covers a wide range of topics, including: polarization properties of light, reflection and refraction, coherence and interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, holography, imaging and transforming properties of lenses, spatial filtering, and two-lens coherent optical processor. In addition, this course covers: optical properties of materials, lasers, electro-optic, acousto-optic and liquid-crystal light modulators, optical detectors, optical waveguides and fiber-optic communication systems. Students engage in extensive oral and written communication exercises.

Prerequisite(s): MATH   2242 with a minimum grade of "C".

PHYS   6133   Photonics, Plasmonics and Metamaterials

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course offers an introduction into theory and models related to photonics and electronics of photonic crystals, plasmonic metal nanostructures, metal-dielectric metamaterials and metasurfaces, localized scatterers and emitters. Students will improve their overall understanding of how these methods and models apply to practical systems related to spectroscopy, imaging, excitation and control over condensed, chemical and biological nano- and microstructures. The course covers a broad range of topics including: dielectric properties of materials in relation to their electronic structure, propagation and emission of radiation in strongly inhomogeneous and anisotropic materials, introduction into plasmonics, properties of photonic crystals and metamaterials, Mie theory of light scattering and near-fields at micro and nanoparticles, optical forces and tweezers, energy and momentum transfer in light-matter interactions and others.

PHYS   6231   Thin-Film Coating

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will cover the physics and chemistry of thin film coating. Topics covered will include thermal, optical, electric, and mechanical properties of multilayer metallic coatings and coating manufacturing techniques. Special topics will be given by experts from local coating industry.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS   6237 with a minimum grade of "C".

PHYS   6237   Applied Quantum Mechanics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to review Schrodinger's theory of quantum mechanics for application in modern devices and systems. Topics covered are quantum statistics, multi-electron atoms, molecules, one and two dimension system, and neon particle system. Calculation techniques introduced are matrix diagonalization, perturbation theory, variational method, time-dependent perturbation theory to apply to optical absorption, and nonlinear optical properties of materials.

PHYS   6730   Master of Science in Physical Science Internship

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is the required internship for the Masters of Science in Physics Science degree. Students will apply their skills and knowledge to a current problem in a professional setting, either on campus or at the site of a participating sponsor.

PHYS   7090   Selected Topics in Physics

1-6 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

A course allowing for investigation of selected topics in Physics.

PHYS   7330   Principles and Practice of Pre-clinical Drug Development

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces key issues and aspects of developing a new small molecule or biological drug, with focus on the guidelines from regulatory agencies on the data required for the Investigational New Drug (IND) application. Major issues in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Safety Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics and Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) sections of the IND submission process are described. Practices of laboratory animal efficacy models, pharmacokinetics models, toxicology study protocols, master batch record generation and the concepts of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)/Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) will be covered, with particular emphasis on the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 part 58, 210 and 211.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM   5333 with a minimum grade of "C".

PHYS   7630   Graduate Seminar

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will consist of formal seminars and informal sessions on current topics of interest to the program as presented by visiting lecturers, local researchers, and students. All MS-APS students must attend a set number of seminars each term they are enrolled in the program. Thesis track students in their final semester will prepare a comprehensive presentation on their thesis research as well as submit a report reviewing the topics covered during the seminar series.

PHYS   7999   Thesis

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Results of an individual, independent research project will be presented as a thesis in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science in Physical Science degree. The thesis requires defense of the design, execution, analysis, and interpretation of the research project.