Feb 23, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Numbering System Each course in the curriculum is defined by an alphabetical prefix and a 3-digit number. The 3-digit number indicates the level of study: 100- and 200-level courses are lower division; 300- and 400-level courses are upper division; 500-, 600- and 700- level courses are graduate courses.

When a W is added to the end of the course number, this means that the course will satisfy the Writing Requirement. However, not all sections of courses with a W meet the writing requirement. Refer to the schedule of classes to see which sections of the course are designated as W.

000-level course designation Developmental courses for ESL students; placement determined by testing of entering students.

100-level course designation Courses with no prerequisites, survey courses or courses defining basic concepts and presenting the terminology of a discipline.

200-level course designation Courses of intermediate college-level difficulty, courses with 100-level course(s) as prerequisite(s) or survey courses devoted to particular areas or fields within a discipline.

300-level course designation Courses of advanced college-level difficulty taken by majors and upper-division students; these are often considered to be courses in the major, offered for students clearly interested in and qualified in the subject.

400-level course designation Advanced upper-division courses and/or seminars, tutorials and honors courses for majors and upperdivision students.

Alphabetical Prefixes The following prefixes are used, preceding the 3-digit number, to designate the field of study. They are listed here alphabetically, with the department or program and field to which they pertain. Specific departments and programs appear alphabetically in the table of contents, the index and the HEGIS Code  section. 
 

 

Philosophy Courses: Metaphysics and Epistemology

  
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    PHILO 20100 - Knowledge and Reality (W)


    GER 3/A PD/D
    Study of main problems of theory of knowledge and metaphysics such as personal identity, grounds of justified belief, existence of God, nature of free will and causality.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 and one previous course in philosophy.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 26200 - Philosophy of Religion (W)


    GER 3/A
    Philosophical examination of some religious questions and beliefs.
    prereq: one course in philosophy or religion (see statement under Program Prerequisites)
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 26800 - Philosophical Psychology (W)


    GER 3/B
    Views of human nature underlying some major contemporary schools of psychology, such as Freudian psychoanalysis, behaviorism, existential psychoanalysis, Piaget’s developmental psychology.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 and one previous course in philosophy.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 27000 - Philosophy, Science and Culture (W)


    GER 3/B
    Issues relating to the impact of modern science on philosophy, religion and culture.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 and one previous course in philosophy.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 36000 - Metaphysics (W)


    GER 3/A
    Study of major metaphysical views, such as materialism, idealism, nominalism and realism. The major question is: What is reality and how may it be known?
    prereq: Two courses in philosophy, at least one of which is at the 200 level.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 36200 - Theory of Knowledge (W)


    GER 3/A
    Study of origin, structure, methods and foundations of human knowledge.
    prereq: Two courses in philosophy, at least one of which is at the 200 level.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 36400 - Philosophy of Language (W)


    GER 3/A
    Inquiry into the philosophical significance of language, its structure, meaning, reference and use.
    prereq: Two courses in philosophy, at least one of which is at the 200 level.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 36600 - Philosophy of Mind (W)


    GER 3/A
    Examination of the concept of mind and the person. Topics include thinking, intention, consciousness, supervenience, emotion, self-knowledge.
    prereq: Two courses in philosophy, at least one of which is at the 200 level.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 37600 - Philosophy of Mathematics (W)


    GER 3/B
    Study of such issues as the nature of demonstration or proof and the nature of mathematical knowledge and mathematical objects such as numbers and sets. cross-listed with MATH 376.
    prereq: ENGL 12000; one PHIL course and one PHIL or MATH course (precalculus or beyond)
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 37900 - Philosophy of Science (W)


    GER 3/B
    Study of foundations of knowledge in natural and social sciences.
    prereq: Two courses in philosophy, at least one of which is at the 200 level.
    3 hrs 3 cr.

Philosophy: Special Courses

  
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    PHILO 20000 - Topics in Philosophy


    GER 3/A
    Topics discussed vary from semester to semester.
    prereq: variable (see Program Prerequisites)
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 39300 - Philosophical Systems


    GER 3/A
    Study of writings of one or two major philosophers.
    prereq: variable (see Program Prerequisites)
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 39400 - Philosophical Problems


    GER 3/A
    Study of one or more major philosophical problems.
    prereq: variable (see Program Prerequisites)
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHILO 49200 - Independent Study in Philosophy


    Independent study of philosophical works under faculty supervision.
    prereq: one PHILO course at 300-level, perm instr. (see Program Prerequisites)
    1-6 cr.
  
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    PHILO 49400 - Honors Tutorial in Philosophy


    Open to Jr/Sr only. Students must present a proposal for an individual project to be completed under faculty supervision. Successful completion is one requirement for departmental honors at graduation.
    prereq: 3.0 cum GPA and 3.50 major GPA; philosophy majors only, minor with perm instr; two 300-level PHIL courses, one of which may be taken concurrently; perm dept.
    3 or 6 cr.
  
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    PHILO 49800 - Internship


    Open to Jr/Sr only. Philosophically relevant internship.
    prereq: philosophy major, minor with perm dept adviser; 2.5 cum GPA and 3.0 major GPA (see Program Prerequisites)
    1-6 cr.

Physics

  
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    PHYS 10100 - Study of Selected Phenomena and Basic Concepts of Physics


    GER 2/E
    Introductory one-semester physics course designed for non-science majors and others requiring a one-semester terminal course.
    6 hrs (3 lec, 3 lab) 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 11000 - General Physics: Introductory Course in Mechanics, Heat, and Sound


    GER 2/E
    First semester of two-semester introductory physics course using algebra.
    prereq: MATH 12500; pre-calculus or equiv. By math dept. exam.
    7 hrs (3 lec, 3 lab, 1 rec) 4.5 cr.
  
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    PHYS 11100 - General Physics: Introductory Course in Mechanics, Heat, and Sound


    GER 2/E
    For physics and other science majors. First semester of a two-semester introductory physics course using calculus.
    prereq or coreq: coreq (with perm dept.): MATH 15000
    8 hrs (4 lec, 3 lab, 1 rec) 5.5 cr.
  
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    PHYS 12000 - General Physics: Introductory Course in Electricity and Magnetism, Light, and Atomic Physics


    GER 2/E
    Second semester of PHYS 11000 , a two-semester introductory physics course using algebra.
    prereq: PHYS 11000 or 11100
    7 hrs (3 lec, 3 lab, 1 rec) 4.5 cr.
  
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    PHYS 12100 - General Physics: Introductory Course in Electricity and Magnetism, Light, and Atomic Physics


    GER 2/E
    Second semester of PHYS 11100 , a two-semester introductory physics course using calculus.
    prereq: PHYS 11000 or 11100
    prereq or coreq: (with perm dept.): MATH 15500
    8 hrs (4 lec, 3 lab, 1 rec) 5.5 cr.
  
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    PHYS 19000 - Tutorial in Mathematical Physics


    Applications of differential and integral calculus to selected topics chosen from the major subfields of physics. Completion of this course and its prerequisites is equivalent to completion of the calculus-based general physics sequence, PHYS 11100 and 12100.
    prereq: MATH 15500, PHYS 12000
    3 hrs (2 lec, 1 rec) 2 cr.
  
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    PHYS 20400 - Electrical Circuits and Laboratory


    GER 3/B
    Passive electrical circuits and computer-based data acquisition and analysis, including basic circuit laws, methods of circuit analysis, circuit theorems, operational amplifiers, capacitors and inductors, sinusoids and phasors, sinusoidal steady state analysis, frequency response, and test and measurement instruments, virtual instruments, and data acquisition software.
    prereq: PHYS 12100 prereq or coreq: MATH 25400
    5 hrs (3 lec, 2 lab) 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 22100 - Electronics


    GER 3/B
    Circuit theory of passive devices (resistors, capacitors, and inductors). Semi-conductor principles and transistor amplifier design. Integrated circuit applications and digital computer logic circuit principles.
    prereq: PHYS 12000 or PHYS 12100
    4 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 22200 - Electronics Laboratory


    GER 3/B
    Experiments are performed with passive devices (capacitors, inductors, resistors) and active devices (diodes, transistors). A variety of transistor amplifier and oscillator circuits are studied as well as integrated circuit applications.
    prereq: PHYS 22100
    4 hrs 2 cr.
  
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    PHYS 22400 - Analog and Digital Electronics and Laboratory


    GER 3/B
    Semiconductor devices and circuits, including properties of semiconductors, diodes, transistors, amplifiers, oscillators, and digital circuits.
    prereq: PHYS 20400
    5 hrs (3 lec, 2 lab) 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 23000 - Classical Physics Laboratory


    GER 3/B
    Selected experiments of mechanics, electricity/magnetism, and thermodynamics. Experiments may include driven oscillator resonance, coupled oscillators, liquid nitrogen heat of vaporization, Fourier analysis/filtering, ferromagnetic hysteresis, and the nonlinear pendulum period. Elementary error analysis techniques and computer software for data analysis/graphing.
    prereq: PHYS 12000 or 12100
    4 hrs 2 cr.
  
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    PHYS 23100 - Fundamentals of Laser and Fiber Optics


    GER 3/B
    Topics in optics related to lasers and optical fiber and devices for modulating and directing signals from such devices. Geometrical optics with emphasis on ray tracing. Matrix methods in optics. Lenses thick and thin, mirrors, prisms and other passive optical elements and systems. Propagation of light in materials. Dispersion and its effects. Special topics in geometric and wave optics. Laboratory complements classwork.
    prereq: PHYS 12000 or 12100 or equiv; MATH 12500
    5 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 23200 - Laser and Electro-Optics Technology


    GER 3/B
    Wave optics, interference, coherence, polarization, birefrigence, diffraction, gratings in two and three dimensions, power and energy measurements, basics of laser safety, ultra-fast pulse technology measurements, basics of laser safety, ultra-fast pulse technologies, electro-optics and acoustooptics switches, optical materials, non-linear optics. Laboratory complements classwork.
    prereq: PHYS 23100
    7 hrs 5 cr.
  
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    PHYS 23300 - Laser Electro-Optics Devices, Measurements and Applications


    GER 3/B
    Laser as a device, principle of operation, cavity modes and their control (tuning elements, Q switching, mode-locking) and detection, laser design, types of lasers, includes discussion of laser types for medical, ranging and tracking, material processing, pollution monitoring, and optical memory applications, semiconductor laser. Laboratory complements class work.
    prereq: PHYS 23100
    6 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 23400 - Fiber Optics Devices, Measurements, and Applications


    GER 3/B
    Propagation of light in optical fiber, including analysis of the behavior of different modes. Dispersion and distortion. Specialized light sources and their characterization. Fiber optic sensors. All optical fiber amplifiers. Optical switches and logic gates. Optical isolators. Techniques for joining fibers. Instruments for characterizing fiber and fiber links. Optical communications systems and protocols. Wavelength division multiplexing. Medical applications including fiber optics-diagnostic and surgical. Optical data processing and optical memories. Laboratory complements classwork.
    prereq: PHYS 23100
    6 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 23500 - Modern Physics Laboratory


    GER 3/B
    Selected experiments of quantum physics and optics. Experiments may include nuclear half-life, miowave diffraction, Bragg scattering of x-rays, nuclear multichannel scintillation, Franck-Hertz quantum levels, Millikan oil drop. Error analysis techniques including Gauss and Poisson distributions and correlation of data. Programming for data analysis.
    prereq: PHYS 12000 or 12100
    4 hrs 2 cr.
  
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    PHYS 30100 - Theoretical Physics


    Analysis of mathematical techniques for solving partial differential equations occurring in physics. Cross-listed as MATH 301.
    prereq: MATH 25400
    4 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 31100 - Introduction to Fluid Mechanics


    This course covers the basic principles of fluid mechanics  include statics, forces on plane and curve surfaces, kinematics of fluid motion, integral and differential representation of conservation of mass, linear momentum, the first Law of Thermodynamics, Bernoulli’s equation, dimensional analysis, and elementary viscous flow. Frictional losses in laminar flow and simple pipe flow analysis are covered. Understanding of the physical phenomena is stressed and vector notation is introduced and used whenever suitable.
    cross-listed PGEOG 31100
    prereq: PHYS 12100 or PHYS 12000 and MATH 15500

    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 33000 - Atomic and Nuclear Physics


    Examines experimental evidence and develops modern view of structure of atom and nucleus.
    prereq: PHYS 12000 or 12100 prereq or coreq: MATH 25000
    4 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 33400 - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism


    Electrostatics, currents, magnetism, and introduction to electromagnetic theory of light.
    prereq: PHYS 12000 or 12100 prereq or coreq: MATH 25000
    4 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 33500 - Intermediate Mechanics


    Study of laws of motion and coordinate systems; introduction to powerful analytical techniques.
    prereq: PHYS 12000 or 12100 prereq or coreq: MATH 25000
    4 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 33600 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics


    Study of fundamental ideas of heat, reversibility, and entropy. Introduction to statistical nature of some physical laws.
    prereq: PHYS 12000 or 12100; MATH 25000
    4 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 34200 - Optics


    Study of lenses, mirrors, interference, diffraction, and polarization, as well as lasers, holography, and Fourier optics.
    prereq: PHYS 12000 or 12100; MATH 25000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 38500 - Numerical Methods I


    Accuracy and precision, convergence, iterative and direct methods. Topics selected from: solution of polynomial equations and linear systems of equations, curve fitting and function approximation, interpolation, differentiation and integration, differential equations. Cross-listed as MATH 38500 and CSCI 38500 so that students in the mathematics and computer science departments can use the course toward the completion of their major requirements.
    prereq: MATH 25400
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 39900 - Senior Thesis (W)


    This course is to prepare the students for graduate research. Each student will undertake a research experience, experimental, theoretical, and/or computational, under the supervision of a department faculty member. A final oral as well as written report will be required. The goals are that the student learns research skills in physics, written and oral communication skills, while furthering their knowledge in a topical area in physics.

     
    prereq: PHYS 11100, 12100
    prereq or coreq: ENGL 12000, and at least four 200-, 300-, or 400-level physics courses
    3 cr.

  
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    PHYS 41100 - Theoretical Mechanics


    Classical mechanics of particles and rigid bodies; special relativity; Hamilton’s formulation; Liouville’s theorem.
    prereq: PHYS 33500 prereq or coreq: MATH 25400
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 41500 - Electromagnetic Theory


    Electrostatics; vector analysis, electrostatics, electric fields in matter, magnetostatics, magnetic fields in matter, electrodynamics based on Maxwell equations, and conservation laws.
    prereq: PHYS 33400 or PHYS 12100 with permission prereq or coreq: MATH 25400
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 41600 - Electromagnetic Theory II


    Electromagnetic waves, guided waves, potential and fields, radiation, electrodynamics and relativity.
    prereq: PHYS 41500
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 42000 - Introduction to Biophysics


    A comprehensive introduction to the interface between physics and biology and the application of the techniques of physics to understanding biological systems, focusing on developing an understanding of the thermodynamics of living systems, on the physical kinematics of maomolecules and other biological structures and on the theory of physical techniques that are used in the study of biological systems.
    prereq or coreq: PHYS 33000, PHYS 33600, BIOL 30000, CHEM 37600.
    4 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    PHYS 42400 - Plasma Physics


    Motion of charged particles in external magnetic and electrical field; fusion using tokamaks, mirrors, and lasers.
    prereq: PHYS 33400
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 42500 - Quantum Theory


    From Bohr model and DeBroglie waves to Schrodinger wave equation; solutions for simple cases; transformations.
    prereq: PHYS 33000. prereq or coreq: MATH 25400
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 42700 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory


    Study of modern experimental techniques in variety of fields.
    prereq: PHYS 23500
    4 hrs 2 cr.
  
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    PHYS 42800 - Photonics and Laboratory


    Theoretical principles and practical training of selected subjects of modern optics and lasers.
    prereq: PHYS 33000, PHYS 22200 or 22400 coreq: PHYS 41600 or PHYS 33400
    4 hrs 2 cr.
  
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    PHYS 44500 - Solid State Physics


    Energy levels in atoms, molecules, and solids; crystal structure; properties of solids; semiconducting devices.
    prereq: PHYS 33000
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 45300 - Introduction to Research


    Independent theoretical or experimental research or independent study of approved topic.
    prereq: PHYS 33000, 33400, 33500, and 42700 or perm chair
    1-3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 45400 - Introduction to Research


    Independent theoretical or experimental research or independent study of approved topic.
    prereq: PHYS 45300 or perm chair
    1 to 3 cr.
  
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    PHYS 48500 - Numerical Methods II


    Topics in numerical methods selected from solutions of linear equations, interpolating functions, root finding methods, nonlinear equations, Fourier series and the fast Fourier transform, partial differential equations. A major term project will be assigned. Cross-listed as MATH 48500 and CSCI 48500 so that students in the mathematics and computer science departments can use the course toward the completion of their major requirements.
    cross-listed CSCI 48500 and MATH 48500
    prereq: PHYS 38500
    3 hrs 3 cr.

Physics: Courses Less Frequently Offered

  
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    PHYS 24000 - Physics of Biological Systems


    GER 3/B
  
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    PHYS 24500 - Computer Applications in Physical Sciences


    GER 3/B
  
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    PHYS 28000 - Astrophysics


    GER 3/B
  
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    PHYS 36000 - Atomic and Nuclear Physics for Engineers


  
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    PHYS 36400 - Electricity and Magnetism for Engineers


  
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    PHYS 36500 - Analytical Mechanics


  
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    PHYS 40300 - Topics in Modern Physics



Political Science: Introductory Courses

The introductory courses acquaint the student with a particular segment of political science: American Government and Politics; Political Theory; Comparative Politics; and International Politics. Each will fulfill three credits of the Broad Exposure/Stage 2, Group B requirement in the social sciences. (POLSC 11000  can be used to fulfill GER 1/C or 2/B), although only one of these courses may be used for that purpose. Only two introductory courses can be applied toward the major. Students who have taken POLSC 11100 may not receive credit for POLSC 11000.

  
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    POLSC 10000 - Introduction to Politics: Democracy, Anarchy and the State (W)


    GER 2/B
    Introduction to some of the major questions, approaches, and texts of political science. Students will explore questions of power, coercion, virtue, democracy, conflict, and cooperation and read Plato, Aristotle, Weber, Lipset, Waltz, and Jervis, among others. Does not satisfy the major’s four subfield distribution requirement. 

     
    prereq or coreq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.

  
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    POLSC 11000 - American Government: A Historical Introduction (W)


    GER 1/C or 2/B
    Overview of the American political system from a historical perspective, with emphasis on the Constitution and its enduring influence, development of party systems and citizen participation and evolving role of Congress, presidency and courts. Not open to students who have taken P0LSC 11100.
    prereq or coreq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 11200 - Introduction to Political Theory (W)


    GER 2/B
    Selected writings of the great political thinkers. Recurrent problems of politics from Plato to the present.
    prereq or coreq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.

Political Science: 200 Level Core Courses

These core courses are foundational courses for their respective fields and the International Relations course is a prerequisite for many 300-level courses in international relations.  

  
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    POLSC 20000 - Interpreting Politics: An Introduction to Political Ideas (W)


    GER 2/B or 3/B
    An introduction to interpreting major political ideas and their significance in the contemporary world. Competing understandings of concepts such as freedom, equality, justice, citizenship, and legitimacy will be explored, in part by applying them to concrete political issues such as multiculturalism, economic distribution, and the death penalty.

     
    prereq or coreq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.

  
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    POLSC 25000 - Comparing Countries (W)


    GER 3B
    Examination of the core concepts, theories, and issues in the field of comparative relations. Topics include: Comparative analysis of democracies and democratization, revolution, and ethnicity and ethnic conflict. Cases will be drawn from Africa, Asia, Western Europe, the Americas, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 27000 - International Relations: Conceptual Foundations and Current Issues (W)


    GER 3/B
    Examines the conceptual foundations of international relations and their application to current issues. Topics include: anarchy, power, war and peace, international cooperation, the role of the state and non-state actors, international institutions, norms and human rights, and the global economy.

    Students may not take both POLSC 11500 and POLSC 27000 at Hunter College for credit. (Transfer students may receive only 100-level credit for a course equivalent for POLSC 11500 after spring 2010, when POLSC 27000 becomes the prerequisite for most advanced courses in international relations.)

    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.

Political Science: American Government and Politics

  
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    POLSC 11000 - American Government: A Historical Introduction (W)


    GER 1/C or 2/B
    Overview of the American political system from a historical perspective, with emphasis on the Constitution and its enduring influence, development of party systems and citizen participation and evolving role of Congress, presidency and courts. Not open to students who have taken P0LSC 11100.
    prereq or coreq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 21100 - State Government and Politics (W)


    GER 3/B
    Comparative analysis of state governments. Power and role of governors, state legislatures, parties, lobbies.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 21200 - Urban Politics (W)


    GER 3/B
    Politics in New York City and other urban areas. Decentralization, suburbanization, race, ethnicity, reform.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 21300 - Political Parties and Elections (W)


    GER 3/B
    Organization, campaigns, nominations, voting behavior, issues, finances, reforms.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 21500 - Public Opinion and Political Participation (W)


    GER 3/B
    What American people think about politics and how they express it, from polls to elections to demonstrations.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 21700 - Contemporary Issues in American Politics


    GER 3/B
    Selected topics in American politics and government.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 21800 - Women and Politics (W)


    GER 3/B PD/C
    Constitutional and legal position of women, ERA, affirmative action, marriage, divorce, property, feminist causes.
    cross-listed WGSP 21800 (W)
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 21900 - Women and the Law (W)


    GER 3/B PD/C
    Overview of how local, state and federal laws treat people on the basis of sex.
    cross-listed WGSP 21900
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 22100 - U.S. Immigration Policy (W)


    GER 3/B PD/B
    The course focuses on the political development of federal immigration policy, and on historical and contemporary issues in policy design and implementation.  The course also surveys recent findings and debates arising from empirical analyses of immigration policy.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent and POLSC 11000/11100 or HIST 15100/15200

    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 22600 - Interest Group Politics (W)


    GER 3B
    Analysis of the organization and role of interest groups in American politics. The course stresses the importance of organizational resources and the ability of interest groups to be “faithful advocates” of member interests in exercising influence in elections and policy-making.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 22700 - Political Parties (W)


    GER 3/B
    Theories, historical analysis, and contemporary views of the central institution that links citizens and office holders in the United States, with a focus on the role of parties as vehicles for expressing and pursuing policy goals. 

     
    Not open to students who completed POLSC 21400
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.

  
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    POLSC 22800 - Protest Movements in American Politics (W)


    GER 3B P/D B or C
     

    Analysis of historical and contemporary protest movements in the context of American politics; includes key concepts and explanatory factors in social movement theory, and movements such as the anti-slavery, women’s suffrage, labor, civil-rights, anti-war, feminist, environmental, gay-rights, pro-choice, pro-life, and Patriot movements.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.

  
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    POLSC 23000 - The American Presidency (W)


    GER 3/B
    Selection, election, role, functions and powers of the president.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 23500 - The American Congress (W)


    GER 3/B
    Legislation and policy-making process. Congressional organization, functions and behavior. Lobbies, parties, leaders.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 23800 - The American Legal System (W)


    GER 3/B
    Civil and criminal law, common law and equity, substantive and procedural law. Emphasis on federal and New York law.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 24000 - The American Judiciary (W)


    GER 3/B
    The Supreme Court and other federal courts as part of policy-making process in American government.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 24400 - Energy and Environmental Politics and Public Policy (W)


    GER 3/B
    Examination of political processes and public policies shaping energy production and consumption in the U.S. with comparative reference to other countries. Emphasis on political, economic, social, environmental and foreign policy aspects.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 27400 - American Foreign Policy (W)


    GER 3/B
    Personalities and processes in making, administering and controlling our foreign policy.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 30100 - American Political Thought (W)


    GER 3/B
    Examination of ideas that have shaped American politics from the Revolution to the present, including Federalists and Anti-Federalists, Progressivism and responses to industrialization and recent debates over the welfare state, political inclusion and democracy.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent; one course in political theory or perm. instr.
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 31700 - Contemporary Issues in American Politics


    GER 3/B
    Selected topics in American politics and government.
    cross-listed WGS 39800 is cross-listed with POLSC 31707 Community Leadership Seminar
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 32000 - Ethnic Politics (W)


    GER 3/B PD/B
    Ethnicity in local and national politics. Major groups, how they affect government, what government does for them.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 32100 - American Political Economy (W)


    GER 3/B
    Critical analysis of the distribution of power between the state and the private sector. Theories about the government-business relationship are tested through a series of case studies.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 32300 - Politics of Public Budgeting (W)


    GER 3B
    This course sets the processes and techniques of public budgeting within the context of American political institutions at the national, state and local levels.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or the equivalent; two political science courses at the 200- level or above or permission of the instructior
    4 hrs 4 cr.
  
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    POLSC 33000 - American Political Development (W)


    GER 3/B
    Analysis of the historical development of American politics, including: the impact of the Constitution, ideas, and political culture; state building/unbuilding in different historical eras; and the evolution of citizenship and political participation.

     
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent, POLSC 11000 or perm. inst
    4 hrs 4 cr.

  
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    POLSC 34000 - Constitutional Law: Organizing the Government (W)


    GER 3/B
    Constitutional problems and Supreme Court decisions. Federalism, judicial review, separation of powers, foreign policy.
    prereq: POLSC 11000 or 11100 or 23800
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 34100 - Constitutional Law: Civil Rights (W)


    GER 3/B
    Constitutional problems and Supreme Court decisions regarding race and sex discrimination.
    prereq: POLSC 11000 or 11100 or 23800
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 34200 - Constitutional Law: The First Amendment (W)


    GER 3/B
    Constitutional problems and Supreme Court decisions regarding freedom of speech, press (media), religion and assembly.
    prereq: POLSC 11000 or 11100 or 23800
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 34300 - Criminal Law (W)


    GER 3/B
    Constitutional problems and judicial decisions regarding search and seizure, right to counsel, self incrimination.
    prereq: POLSC 11000 or 11100 or 23800
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 34800 - Public Administration and Public Policy (W)


    GER 3/B
    Analysis of problems in policy-making and administration, focusing on motivations, ethics, authority.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.

Political Science: Comparative Politics

  
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    POLSC 25000 - Comparing Countries (W)


    GER 2B PD/A
    Examination of the core concepts, theories, and issues in the field of comparative relations. Topics include: Comparative analysis of democracies and democratization, revolution, and ethnicity and ethnic conflict. Cases will be drawn from Africa, Asia, Western Europe, the Americas, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 25100 - Politics of Africa, Asia and Latin America (W)


    GER 3/B
    An examination of the nature of governance and politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Through in-depth study of several countries, students explore topics and concepts such as political culture, modernization, development, dependency, democracy, political leadership and the processes of policy making.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 25300 - Government and Politics in Latin America (W)


    GER 3/B PD/A
    Ideology, revolution, authoritarianism, democracy, institutions, class structure, distribution of wealth and power, political and economic development.
    cross-listed LACS 43405
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 25400 - Government and Politics in Western Europe (W)


    GER 3/B PD/D
    Theory, practice, institutions and problems of Western European nations particularly Britain, France and Germany.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
  
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    POLSC 25500 - Government and Politics of Japan and Korea (W)


    GER 3/B PD/A
    Political, social and economic institutions of Japan and Korea; their domestic politics and relations with the world.
    prereq: ENGL 12000 or its equivalent
    3 hrs 3 cr.
 

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