The physics department prepares students for a wide variety of technical careers. We offer three distinct programs of study and two minors. The physics major provides students with a solid physics foundation with advanced courses in physics. It primarily prepares students for graduate study in physics, however students could pursue other graduate degrees in, for example, architecture, business, finance, law, medicine, or secondary education. Additionally, physics majors are in high demand in many careers straight out of college. The engineering physics major builds on the same physics foundation and gives students a direct focus in one of various concentrations in a related applied field. Such students can pursue many of the same post-college goals that the physics majors do, but have a more applied background for those who plan to pursue a career in industry or to attend graduate school in engineering. The 3-2 Cooperative Program in Engineering includes three years at Fordham followed by two years at an engineering school (either Columbia University or Case Western Reserve University) resulting in a double major.
All majors in physics should have four years of secondary school mathematics, including trigonometry and courses in secondary school physics and chemistry. Because of the sequential nature of physics courses, it is important to arrange a program at the earliest possible date. Incoming freshmen are advised to indicate an interest in physics on their admission forms and to contact the physics department before the beginning of their first semester.
Core Curriculum: Physics offers PHYS 1201-1207, which count as the physical science course to fulfill the natural science core requirement. In addition, the department offers PHYS 4208, which fulfills the Senior Value Seminar core requirement.
(HEGIS Code 1902) Program Code (B.S.) 06122
All students planning to major in physics (including those enrolled in the 3-2 Cooperative Program in Engineering) are required to take the following courses: PHYS 1601, PHYS 1602, PHYS 1511, PHYS 1512, MATH 1206, MATH 1207 freshman year; PHYS 2005, PHYS 2201, CHEM 1321-1322 and CHEM 1331-1332, MATH 2004, MATH 2005, sophomore year; PHYS 2011, PHYS 3001, PHYS 3011, PHYS 3101, PHYS 3102, PHYS 3211, PHYS 3401, PHYS 4005 junior year.
All seniors except those in the 3-2 Cooperative Program in Engineering are required to take at least two physics electives from among the following courses: PHYS 3601, PHYS 4003, PHYS 4004, PHYS 4006, PHYS 4007, PHYS 4009, PHYS 4011, PHYS 4012, PHYS 4401, PHYS 4402.
ENGINEERING PHYSICS MAJOR
(HEGIS Code 0919) Program Code 27205
The major in engineering physics is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in engineering physics only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses on the Rose Hill campus.
All students in the major are required to take the following courses:
PHYS 1601, PHYS 1602, PHYS 1511, PHYS 1512, MATH 1206, MATH 1207 freshman year; PHYS 2005, MATH 2004, MATH 2005, PHYS 2201, and a two-semester introductory sequence in either biology or chemistry sophomore year; PHYS 3001, PHYS 3012, PHYS 3101, PHYS 3401, and two related engineering electives junior year and two related engineering electives senior year.
3-2 COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN ENGINEERING
Students enrolled in the 3-2 Cooperative Program in Engineering complete the requirements for the physics degree through the junior year. They then transfer to an engineering program and complete an additional two years. They earn a double bachelor's degree in physics and engineering.
The minor in physics is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may minor in physics only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses on the Rose Hill campus.
The requirements are PHYS 1601-1602, PHYS 1511-1512, PHYS 2005, PHYS 2201, PHYS 3001, and two physics electives (2000 level or higher).
Engineering PHYSICS MINOR
The minor in engineering physics is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may minor in physics only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses on the Rose Hill campus.
The requirements are PHYS 1601-1602, PHYS 1511-1512, MATH 1203, MATH 1204, and three electives from the following list: PHYS 2101, PHYS 2102, PHYS 3012, PHYS 3201, and PHYS 4010.
Courses Planned for Fall 2014 - Spring 2016
Note: All courses listed below are offered at Rose Hill.
PHYS 1201-Introductory Astronomy
PHYS 1203-Environmental Physics
PHYS 1206-Physics of Everday Life
PHYS 1207-Physics of Light and Color
PHYS 1501-General Physics I
PHYS 1502-General Physics II
PHYS 1503-General Physics I Recitation
PHYS 1504-General Physics II Recitation
PHYS 1511-Physics I Lab
PHYS 1512-Physics II Lab
PHYS 1601-Introductory Physics I
PHYS 1602-Introductory Physics II
PHYS 1603-Introductory Physics I Recitation
PHYS 1604-Introductory Physics II Recitation
PHYS 1701-Physics I
PHYS 1702-Physics II
PHYS 1703-Physics I Recitation
PHYS 1704-Physics II Recitation
PHYS 2005-Introduction to Modern Physics (formerly PHYS 2305)
PHYS 2010-Lab Methods and Techniques
PHYS 2011-Intermediate Laboratory
PHYS 2101-Engineering Statics and Dynamics
PHYS 2102-Mechanics of Materials
PHYS 2111-Intro to Inventions and Patents
PHYS 2201-Classical Mechanics I (formerly PHYS 2001-Theoretical Mechanics)
PHYS 3001-Electricity and Magnetism I (formerly PHYS 2002-Electricity and Magnetism)
PHYS 3011-Advanced Laboratory
PHYS 3012-Engineering Experimentation
PHYS 3101-Mathematical Methods in Physics I
PHYS 3102-Mathematical Methods in Physics II
PHYS 3103-Mathematical Methods in Physics III
PHYS 3201-Fluid Mechanics
PHYS 3211-Computational Physics and Programming I
PHYS 3401-Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
PHYS 3555-Modeling, Simulation, and Design
PHYS 4003-Classical Mechanics II (formerly Theoretical Physics I)
PHYS 4004-Electricity and Magnetism II (formerly Theoretical Physics II)
PHYS 4005-Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 4006-Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS 4007-Laser Theory and Design
PHYS 4008-Medical Physics
PHYS 4009-Advanced Material Physics
PHYS 4010-Introduction to Electrical Engineering
PHYS 4011-Nuclear and Particle Physics (formerly Particle Physics)
PHYS 4012-Solid State Physics (formerly PHYS 3301)
PHYS 4021-Medical Instrument and Imaging
PHYS 4025-Machine Dynamics and Mechanical Design
PHYS 4401-4402-Undergraduate Research I-II (formerly PHYS 4001-4002)
Note: These courses are taught only on the Rose Hill campus.
PHYS 1201 - INTRODUCTORY ASTRONOMY (3 credits)
Includes discussions of the solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Method of making observations. An investigation of physical phenomena including lenses spectroscopy and refraction. Direct observation through the telescope of celestial objects depending on their position and weather conditions. Astro photography and film development is also available. The lab is intended for the student with little mathematical background. Note that there will be regular night time observation labs. (No Lab Fee)
PHYS 1203 - ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS (3 credits)
An introductory course for nonscience majors. Topics include heat engines, energy supply and consumption, nuclear fission and fusion; renewable energy resources, fossil fuels and acid rain. Emphasis will be on basic physical principles as applied to environmental issues. Course requirements include several laboratory experiments. The laboratory is designed to investigate various physical properties of the environment. Experiments will include water-testing and air quality measurements as well as the rudiments of electronic circuitry and the investigation of radioactivity in the environment. (Freshmen and sophomores only). (No lab fee).
PHYS 1206 - PHYSICS OF EVERYDAY LIFE (3 credits)
An introductory course for nonscience majors. Topics include physical phenomena that one comes across in everyday life. Physical principles will be explained and numerous examples (many from sports) will be presented. There will be several laboratory experiments that will give students a better understanding of several physical quantities. The experiments will illustrate aspects of mechanics, wave motion, heat and electricity and magnetism. (Freshmen and sophomores only). (No lab fee).
PHYS 1207 - PHYSICS OF LIGHT AND COLOR (3 credits)
An introductory course for nonscience majors. Topics include laser light and how lasers influence our lives, with examples from telecommunications, compact disk players, laser surgery and holograms. An investigation of the human eye and the mechanism of color vision. Course requirements include several laboratory experiments. The laboratory is designed to investigate various physical properties of laser light and color. (Freshmen and sophomores only). (No lab fee).
PHYS 1501 - GENERAL PHYSICS I (3 credits)
An introductory course in physics at the non-calculus level. A study of the basic laws of classical and modern physics, including mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism.
PHYS 1502 - GENERAL PHYSICS II (3 credits)
Continuation of PHYS 1501.
PHYS 1504 - GENERAL PHYSICS I RECITATION
Discussion and problem solving on topics to be covered in PHYS 1501.
PHYS 1504 - GENERAL PHYSICS II RECITATION
Discussion and problem solving on topics to be covered in PHYS 1502.
PHYS 1511 - PHYSICS I LABORATORY (1 credits)
Measurements in mechanics, heat, waves, electricity and magnetism, optics and atomic and nuclear physics. Lab fee.
PHYS 1512 - PHYSICS II LABORATORY (1 credits)
Continuation of PHYS 1511. Lab fee.
PHYS 1601 - INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I (4 credits)
Introductory calculus-based course for physics majors. A study of mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics and atomic physics.
PHYS 1602 - INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II (4 credits)
Continuation of PHYS 1601.
PHYS 1603 - INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I RECITATION
Discussion and problem solving on topics to be covered in PHYS 1601.
PHYS 1604 - INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II RECITATION
Discussion and problem solving on topics to be covered in PHYS 1602.
PHYS 1701 - PHYSICS I (3 credits)
Introductory course for students who have completed one year of college calculus (MATH 1206-1207 or equivalent). A study of mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics and atomic physics.
PHYS 1702 - PHYSICS II (3 credits)
Continuation of PHYS 1701.
PHYS 1703 - PHYSICS I RECITATION
Discussion and problem solving on topics to be covered in PHYS 1701.
PHYS 1704 - PHYSICS II RECITATION
Discussion and problem solving on topics to be covered in PHYS 1702.
PHYS 2005 - INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS (formerly PHYS 2305) (4 credits)
A survey course of the more important areas of modern physics. Topics include special theory of relativity, introduction to quantum mechanics, atomic physics, molecules and solids, nuclear structure and elementary nuclear physics applications and particle physics.
PHYS 2010 - LAB METHODS AND TECHNIQUES (1 credits)
Topics to be covered are (a) lab safety procedures, (b) machining techniques using Machine Shop equipment and tools, (c) maintenance of equipment, (d) handling of high voltage electrical equipment, (e) trouble shooting and diagnostic tests of electronic equipment, (f) handling of precision instruments, and (g) any other topics deemed necessary to make the lab a safe place to work.
PHYS 2011 - INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY (2 credits)
Measurements in electricity and magnetism. This course will also include practical machine shop experience. Lab fee.
PHYS 2101 - ENGINEERING STATICS AND DYNAMICS (4 credits)
The followingtopics will be covered: force system resultants, equilibrium of a rigid body, structural analysis, internal forces, friction, center of gravity centroid, moments of inertia, virtual work, impulse and momentum, rigid-body kinematics, relative motion, Coriolis acceleration, and rigid-body kinetics.
PHYS 2102 - MECHANICS OF MATERIALS (4 credits)
An introduction to the mechanical properties of materials including their response to: stress, strain, torsion, bending and shear.
PHYS 2111 - INTRODUCTION TO INVENTIONS AND PATENTS (1 credits)
Introduction to the creative process that drives innovation and invention. Includes discussions on creative development of ideas, formalizing patent applications, commercialization and technology transfer.
PHYS 2201 - CLASSICAL MECHANICS I (formerly PHYS 2001 - THEORETICAL MECHANICS) (4 credits)
An introduction to classical mechanics including kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. Includes a discussion of D'Alembert's principle, Lagrange's equations and Hamilton's principle.
PHYS 3001 - ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM I (formerly PHYS 2002 - ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM) (4 credits)
Electrostatics, dielectric media, direct current circuits, magnetism and magnetic media, transients and alternating currents, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves and waves guides.
PHYS 3011 - ADVANCED LABORATORY I (2 credits)
Measurements in electronics, diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers. Lab fee.
PHYS 3012 - ENGINEERING EXPERIMENTATION (3 credits)
Statistical and other measures of data uncertainty, propagations of uncertainty, curve fitting, introduction to basic instrumentation for measuring pressure, temperature, strain. The laboratory component of the course teaches the students how to construct and perform their own experiments. Laboratory experiments include material tensile and hardness testing, beam buckling, pipe flow, flow dynamics, electrical circuits, op-amps, and power circuits.
PHYS 3101 - MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS I (4 credits)
Matrices and determinants, series expansion, complex numbers and functions, Fourier series, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, and special functions of physics.
PHYS 3102 - MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS II (4 credits)
Continuation of PHYS 3101.
PHYS 3103 - MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS III (4 credits)
Topics to be covered include suffix notation and tensor algebra, theory of complex variables, contour integration, applications of contour integration, Sturm-Liouville Theory, integral equations.
PHYS 3201 - FLUID MECHANICS (4 credits)
This course introduces the fundamentals of fluid statics, dimensional analysis and modeling, viscous flow in pipes, channel flows, laminar flow, transition, turbulence; flow past an object, wake, separation, vortices, drag; convection, conduction, transition from periodic to chaotic behavior, compressible flow; transition to turbulence.
PHYS 3211 - COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS AND PROGRAMMING I (2 credits)
An introductory course in the use of computers to numerically solve problems in physics. Topics include numerical solution of non-linear equations, interpolation and extrapolation, numerical differentiation and integration. No prior knowledge of computer language is required.
PHYS 3401 - THERMODYNAMICS AND STATISTICAL PHYSICS (4 credits)
Fundamental principles, first and second laws, thermodynamic functions; a discussion of the kinetic theory of gases and introductory statistical mechanics.
PHYS 3555 - MODELING, SIMULATION AND DESIGN (4 credits)
This course introduces students to fundamental concepts of mechanical design, solid modeling and prototype development. Topics to be covered will include industrial design principles, orthographic projections and assemblies. Students will engage in designing, simulating and manufacturing mechanical components.
PHYS 3601 - OPTICS (4 credits)
Wave propagation, interference, diffraction, and polarization; electromagnetic theory of light.
PHYS 4003 - CLASSICAL MECHANICS II (formerly THEORETICAL PHYSICS I) (4 credits)
Lagrange's equations, variational principles, Hamilton's equations, canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, rigid body motion, small oscillations, central forces and Kepler's planetary motion.
PHYS 4004 - ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM II (formerly THEORETICAL PHYSICS II) (4 credits)
Continuation of PHYS 3001.
PHYS 4005 - QUANTUM MECHANICS I (4 credits)
Foundations of quantum mechanics, Schroedinger equation, Hermitian operators, solution of the Schroedinger equation, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom, angular momentum operators, variational method, perturbation theory.
PHYS 4006 - QUANTUM MECHANICS II (4 credits)
General formalism and representation theory, scattering theory, rotational operators, methods of approximation, identical particles and spin.
PHYS 4007 - LASER THEORY AND DESIGN (4 credits)
An introduction to the theory of lasers; treatment of the interaction of radiation with atoms and ions, energy levels, radiative and nonradiative transitions in molecules and semiconductors. Quantum well lasers, Q- switching, mode locking, optical resonators, pumping processes, rate equations and laser tuning. Design considerations for GaAlAs semiconductor, solid-state, dye, gas, chemical, free-electron and x-ray lasers.
PHYS 4008 - MEDICAL PHYSICS (4 credits)
Topics include biomechanics, biofluid mechanics, physics of the senses, tissue damage, radiation: dose and exposure, ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized axial Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT). Diagnostic equipment and techniques will be discussed throughout the course.
PHYS 4009 - ADVANCED MATERIAL PHYSICS (4 credits)
This course covers a range of modern and hot scientific areas including polymers, liquid crystals, ordered organic and light emitting materials. Some of these materials are widely used in application. Others are aggressively finding their place in the market. Structure properties and methods of characterization will be described and discussed.
PHYS 4011 - NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS (4 credits)
A survey of nuclear and particle physics for advanced undergraduate students. It explores the common roots and tools of the nuclear (medium energy) and particle (high energy) fields. The primary goal is to understand the basic ideas of the Standard Model of quarks, leptons and the fundamental interactions of the universe. Specific topics include properties and simple models of nuclei, fundamental interactions and their mediators, quarks and leptons, symmetries and tests of conservation laws, physics beyond the Standard Model, and other ideas in theoretical and experimental nuclear and particle physics.
PHYS 4012 - SOLID STATE PHYSICS (formerly PHYS 3301) (4 credits)
An introduction to the elastic, thermal, electromagnetic, and optical properties of solids; energy bands, semiconductors, superconductors, surface and defect structures and device applications.
PHYS 4020 - BIOMECHANICS (4 credits)
Engineering principles such as mechanics, rigid body dynamics, fluid dynamics and solid mechanics are applied to the study of biological systems such as ligaments, tendons, bone, muscles, joint, etc. Methods for both rigid body and deformational mechanics are developed in the context of bone, muscle, and connective tissue.
PHYS 4021 - MEDICAL INSTRUMENT AND IMAGING (4 credits)
Introduction to the physics and the practical technology associated with such methods as X-ray computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (f-MRI) and spectroscopy, ultrasonics (echocardiography, Doppler flow), PET scans as well as optical methods such as bioluminescence and optical tomography.
PHYS 4025 - MACHINE DYNAMICS AND MECHANICAL DESIGN (4 credits)
The principles of dynamics as applied to the analysis of the accelerations and dynamic forces in machines such as linkages, cam systems, gears, belts, chains, couplings, bearings, brakes, clutches, and flexible mechanical elements. Concepts of engineering design, material selection, failure theories, fracture and fatigue.
PHYS 4208 - GOD AND THE NEW PHYSICS (4 credits)
Science and religion represent two great systems of human thought. For most people, religion is the predominant influence over the conduct of their affairs. When science impinges on their lives, it does so not at the intellectual level, but practically through technology. This course is an attempt to bring forth the theories of the origin of the universe ("creation") of Newton, Einstein and most recently Stephen Hawking, and to compare these to various religious explanations from Genesis to the creation stories of Islam, Hindu and other world religions as well as a number if Native American creation myths.
PHYS 4401-2 - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH I-II (4 credits)
Participation of the undergraduate in research under the direction of one of the faculty.
PHYS 4999 - INDEPENDENT STUDY (4 credits)
Independent research and reading with supervision from a faculty member.