Physics

Physics


Physics is the study of the most fundamental laws governing our universe. LIU Brooklyn’s Department of Physics offers courses that cover the essential subjects necessary for a comprehensive understanding of these basic physical laws. Topics addressed include classical mechanics, energy and its conservation, electromagnetism, optics, relativity, and atomic and nuclear physics. Relevance to such areas as climate change, space exploration, alternative energies and nuclear radiation are also examined. Our world-renowned faculty members are currently engaged in such research areas as theoretical high energy physics and observational radio astronomy.


B.S. in Physics with a concentration in Health Science or Quantitative Finance

The Physics Department at LIU-Brooklyn offers a 120-credit Bachelors of Science in Physics. In addition to the standard Physics BS program the department also offers a 120-credit Bachelors of Science in Physics with a career concentration in either Health Science or Quantitative Finance. The standard Physics BS program is appropriate for students that want a broad understanding of physics and are considering graduate study in the field. However, the study of physics is the first step down a diverse number of career paths. Many medical and financial professionals began their careers in physics. The analytical skills developed in physics are applicable to any setting in which problem solving is required. The career concentrations are designed to serve students with professional aspirations in the medical and financial fields. Both concentrations share a group of common courses. These cover topics in mechanics, thermodynamics/statistical physics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics and modern physics. Courses beyond this common group were crafted to provide a concentration in quantitative finance or health science.


Physics Courses
Physics 20 The Physical Universe Required of all liberal arts students 4 credits,1 semester
Physics 27 Physics for Pharmacists Pre-requisite for pharmacy program 4 credits, 1 semester
Physics 31 and Physics 32 General Physics Required of all pre-med and science majors 4 credits each, 2 semesters

PHY 20 The Physical Universe
An introduction to the fundamental principles that govern the physical universe, including the behavior of particles smaller than an atom and objects larger than the sun. The basic laws of nature, various forces, and different forms of energy are explored. Examples are drawn from the physical, biological and chemical sciences and from applied technology. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours. The pre-requisite of DSM 09, or Math 15, or Math 16, or Math 30 or Math 40 is required. Course not open to science majors.
Credits: 4
All Sessions

PHY 27 Physics for Pharmacy
An introductory non-calculus-based physics course for freshman and sophomore Pharmacy majors. Selected topics in mechanics, fluid mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, modern physics and quantum mechanics are investigated. Two lecture hours, one two-hour recitation period, one twohour laboratory period. (Note: Students interested in premedical and pre-dental programs or in BIO, CHE or PT are required to take PHY 31-32.) Pre-requisite of MTH 30 is required.
Credits: 4
Every Fall and Spring

PHY 31 General Physics
The standard introduction to physics intended primarily for science majors, but may be taken by non-science students. First semester: mechanics, properties of matter, special theory of relativity, fluid mechanics, thermal physics, vibrations, waves and sound. Two lecture hours, one two-hour recitation period, one two-hour laboratory period. Pre-requisite of MTH 30 is required.
Credits: 4
Every Fall and Spring

PHY 32 General Physics
primarily for science majors, but may be taken by non-science students: electricity, magnetism, optics, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics. Two lecture hours, one two-hour recitation period, one twohour laboratory period. The pre-requisites of PHY 31 and MAT 30 are required.
Credits: 4
Every Fall and Spring



General Physics Concentration

Preliminary Requirements
PHY 31, 32 - General Physics I, II
MTH 30 - Pre-Calculus
MTH 40 - Calculus I
Departmental Requirements
PHY 113 - Thermodynamics
PHY 124 - Mechanics
PHY 125, 126 - Electromagnetism I, II
PHY 145 - Modern Physics
PHY 146, 149 - Quantum Mechanics I, II
Ancillary Requirements
MTH 101 - Calculus II (or PHY 144 - Theoretical Methods)
One additional PHY or MTH course (100 or higher)

Concentration Requirements

General Physics Concentration
Three additional advanced PHY or MTH courses (100 or higher)
Two additional science courses (not PHY or MTH)

Health Science Concentration

Preliminary Requirements
PHY 31, 32 - General Physics I, II
MTH 30 - Pre-Calculus
MTH 40 - Calculus I
Departmental Requirements
PHY 113 - Thermodynamics
PHY 124 - Mechanics
PHY 125, 126 - Electromagnetism I, II
PHY 145 - Modern Physics
PHY 146, 149 - Quantum Mechanics I, II
Ancillary Requirements
MTH 101 - Calculus II (or PHY 144 - Theoretical Methods)
One additional PHY or MTH course (100 or higher)

Concentration Requirements

Health Science Concentration
BIO 1, 2 - General Biology I, II (or BIO 3, 4)
CHM 3, 4 - General Chemistry I, II
CHM 121, 122 - Organic Chemistry I, II
BIO 152 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry (or CHM 153 or CHM 154 - Biochemistry)
MTH 100 - Introduction to Statistics (or PSY 150 - Statistics in Psychology)


Quantitative Finance Concentration

Preliminary Requirements
PHY 31, 32 - General Physics I, II
MTH 30 - Pre-Calculus
MTH 40 - Calculus I
Departmental Requirements
PHY 113 - Thermodynamics
PHY 124 - Mechanics
PHY 125, 126 - Electromagnetism I, II
PHY 145 - Modern Physics
PHY 146, 149 - Quantum Mechanics I, II
Ancillary Requirements
MTH 101 - Calculus II (or PHY 144 - Theoretical Methods)
One additional PHY or MTH course (100 or higher)

Concentration Requirements

Quantitative Finance Concentration
BUS 228 - Business Statistics (or MTH 100 - Introduction to Statistics)
CS 101 - Fundamentals of Computer Science
CS 102 - Programming I
CS 117 - Programming II
FIN 201 - Financial Markets and Institutions (or ECO 101 - Microeconomic Analysis)
FIN 202 - Introduction to Corporate Finance (or ECO 114 - Game Theory)
FIN 403 - Securities Analysis (or one advanced ECO 100 or higher)
PHY 160 - Econophysics

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean