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PHYS151 GENERAL PHYSICSⅠ(3 Credits) [Electives(Basic Sciences)]
In this course students will learn basic physics and physical methodology that are prerequisite for further studies in science and engineering at a college level. Major contents include Newtonian mechanics, wave phenomena and thermodynamics with heavy use of calculus.
PHYS152 GENERAL PHYSICS Ⅱ (3 Credits) [Electives(Basic Sciences)]
In this course students will learn basic physics and physical methodology that are prerequisite for further studies in science and engineering at a college level. Major contents include electromagnetism, optics and modern physics with heavy use of calculus.
PHYS161 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I (1Credit) [Electives(Basic Sciences)]
In this course students do experiments on various topics which are covered in the accompanying lectures. The course consists of 9 laboratory sessions guided by a teaching assistant. Each class is made of 8 groups of two students each.
PHYS162 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORYII (1Credit) [Electives(Basic Sciences)]
In this course students do experiments on various topics which are covered in the accompanying lectures. The course consists of 9 laboratory sessions guided by a teaching assistant. Each class is made of 8 groups of two students each.
PHYS183 GENERAL PHYSICS FOR LIFE SCIENTISTS (3 Credits) [Electives(Basic Sciences)]
In this class, students will learn
(1) Newton's laws and the principle of energy conservation to understand the motion of bodies
(2) Thermodynamic laws to understand many-body problem
(3) Gauss's law to understand electricity, and
(4) Ampere's law to understand the magnetism.
Students will be able to learn basic physics knowledges as well as how physicist think to solve the problems.
PHYS203 ELECTRONICS AND EXPERIMENTS (3 Credits) [Major Required]
Students learn basics on electronic engineering, and perform experiments on electronic circuits. They acquire ability for constructing electric circuits and operating skills for electronic equipments through this course.
PHYS204 FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS LAB.Ⅰ(2 Credits) [Major Required]
Experiments selected from classical mechanics, electromagnetics, optics and modern physics, designed to demonstrate fundamental physical phenomena. Objectives of this experimental work include:
  • To acquaint students with some of the techniques and basic apparatuses, used in experimental physics.
  • To demonstrate physical concepts and principles in the laboratory.
  • Introduce students to the methods of data analysis, and error analysis.
  • Acquire familiarity with proper lab report writing.
PHYS224 ELECTROMAGNETISMⅠ(3 Credits) [Major Required]
The aim of this course is to learn basic electrostatics and magnetostatics to formulate Maxwell's equations. Underlying mathematical principles including vector analysis and special functions will be provided. Also, the application of basic electromagnetic principles to modern technologies will be explored.
PHYS233 MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS (3 Credits) [Major Required]
The mathematical methods, which are necessary for the required courses in Physics Department such as classical mechanics, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics, are presented. The topics include advanced calculus, series, matrix, complex variables, and differential equations.
PHYS234 MATHEMATICAL APPROACHES FOR MECHANICS (3 Credits) [Major Required]
We study fundamentals of mathematical approaches to describe physical systems and to find the corresponding solutions of physics problems involving a wide range of physics such as classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics, quantum physics, and relativity. The correspondingly selected topics are

1. Complex variable,
2. Hilbert space and special functions,
3. Calculus of variation with applications to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics,
4. Special theory of relativity.
PHYS303 FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS LAB.Ⅱ(2 Credits) [Major Required]
Experiments selected from classical mechanics, electromagnetics, optics and modern physics, designed to demonstrate fundamental physical phenomena. Objectives of this experimental work include:
  • To acquaint students with some of the techniques and basic apparatuses, used in experimental physics.
  • To demonstrate physical concepts and principles in the laboratory.
  • Introduce students to the methods of data analysis, and error analysis.
  • Acquire familiarity with proper lab report writing.
PHYS304 MODERN PHYSICS EXPERIMENTS (2 Credits) [Major Required]
Students will learn basic concepts of quantum mechanics and its applications for atomic, molecular, nuclear, particle, statistical, and condensed matter physics by performing a few landmark experiments in modern physics.
PHYS331 ELECTROMAGNETISMⅡ (3 Credits) [Major Required]
The aim of this course to formulate Maxwell's equations and then go to understand properties of electromagnetic waves such as transmission scattering and radiation. Also applications of electromagnetic waves to modern technologies will be introduced.
PHYS344 STATISTICAL PHYSICSⅠⅠ(3 Credits) [Major Required]
This course concerns about the physical understanding of macroscopic behaviors. Towards this end, we cover the classical thermodynamics and the basic concepts of statistical mechanics. We will also learn the mathematical tools for the statistical approach.
PHYS361 QUANTUM MECHANICS I (3 Credits) [Major Required]
Fundamental concepts of quantum physics are introduced with emphasis on links to the classical mechanics. Microscopic world is explored in nonrelativistic region. Topics to be covered include the Schroedinger equation on the matter waves, basic structure of the quantum mechanics, bound state problems in one and three dimensional spaces. Quantization of angular momentum is also studied.
PHYS362 QUANTUM MECHANICSⅡ(3 Credits) [Major Required]
Fundamental concepts of quantum physics are introduced with emphasis on links to the classical mechanics. Microscopic world is explored in nonrelativistic region. Topics to be covered include semi classical approximation of the quantum theory, symmetry and conservation laws, addition of angular momenta, bound state perturbation theory and its application, and scattering theory using time dependent perturbation theory.
PHYS391 EDUCATIONAL PRINCIPLE FOR TEACHING PHYSICS (3 Credits) [Course in Teaching]
For the candidates of teacher in middle and high school, physics and its related topics at the level of middle and high school are introduced.
PHYS394 TEXTBOOK STUDY AND TEACHING METHOD IN PHYSICS (3 Credits) [Course in Teaching]
The candidates of teacher in middle and high school in physics will learn teaching method and using method of textbook based on general physics course.
PHYS433 STATISTICAL PHYSICⅡ(3 Credits) [Major Elective]
This course covers the main subjects in equilibrium statistical mechanics. Both the classical and quantum statistical mechanics will be explored. Using this framework, we will understand various phenomena such as the phase transition.
PHYS451 ADVANCED PHYSICS LAB. (2 Credits) [Major Elective]
From this Advanced Physics LAb, students will learn the knowledge and experience of experiments and theory in physics, which are necessary for the graduate school and industrial physics applications. This course provides an intern-ship for the students in the fields of theory and experiments of statistical physics, condensed matters physics, quantum optics, nuclear physics, and particle physics.
PHYS461 COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS (3 Credits) [Major Elective]
Introduction to numerical methods used in the study of physics and other sciences will be given with an emphasis on developing tools for realistic computer simulations. Topics will include the introduction to linux based computations, basics of numerical methods and their implementation in computer programs using C/C + +, Fortran, and Python.
PHYS462 ATOMIC PHYSICS (3 Credits) [Major Elective]
In this course, students will learn about the characteristics of both single atom and several atoms. Specially, the course will focus on the understanding of fundamental principle for the interaction between light and materials.
PHYS463 QUANTUM INFORMATION PHYSICS (3 Credits) [Major Elective]
This course introduces the basic concepts and fundamental ideas of the field of quantum information and quantum computation. It provides the background material in physics, mathematics, and computer science necessary to understand quantum information and quantum computation. This is done at a level comprehensible to students with a background of standard curricula for quantum mechanics and closely related mathematical disciplines such as linear algebra and complex analysis. This course aims to motivate and ready students for further graduate studies and independent research in quantum information and quantum computation.
PHYS466 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR PHYSICIST (3 Credits) [Major Elective]
This is an introductory course on artificial intelligence (Al) specifically designed for physics majors. Relation between Al and physics is introduced and various Al methods used in physics researches will be taught with practice.
PHYS468 COSMOLOGY (3 Credits) [Major Elective]
The cosmology is about the study of creation, evolution of Universe to today and how it will evolve in future, in physics. It also includes the composition of energy in the Universe. The role of the cosmic microwave, dark matter, and dark energy in the evolution of Universe will also be discussed.
PHYS481 OPTICS (3 Credits) [Major Elective]
Students begin with a review of electromagnetic wave and learn the wave properties of light such as interference and diffraction. In addition, the course will cover topics like polarization, Fourier optics, as well as principles of lasers and other optical instruments.
PHYS482 SOLID STATE PHYSICS (3 Credits) [Major Elective]
Properties of condensed matters, such as crystal structures, lattice vibration, and energy band structures will be studied. Physical properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators will also be understood.
PHYS491 BIOPHYSICS (3 Credits) [Major Elective]
The main purpose of this course is to elucidate various phenomena in biological systems from the viewpoint of modern physics. The history of biophysics, various up-to-date tools for examining biological systems, and new scientific paradigms for understanding biological phenomena will be discussed.
PHYS492 NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS (3 Credits) [Major Elective]
This course covers the structure of nuclei, nuclear forces, the decay of the nuclei and particles, symmetry and conservation laws in nuclear and particle physics. It also covers the basic concepts of elementary particle physics, detectors and accelerators.