Dec 07, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 The department offers selected courses from this catalog as warranted by student needs and availability of faculty. Specific offerings for each term may be found in the Schedule of Classes.

Course Renumbering Project

Effective the Fall 2017 semester, all undergraduate and graduate courses at Oakland University were renumbered from 3 digits to 4 digits.

Most subject codes will remain the same, but the new four-digit course numbers may in some cases be similar to the previous three-digit course numbers and in other cases be different because academic departments have resequenced their course numbers.

Follow this link to the conversion list.

This searchable PDF is a guide to see how the course numbers have changed. Each row represents a course, and the columns represent: the subject code, the previous three-digit course number,and the new four-digit course number for that course, beginning in Fall 2017.

To search this PDF for a specific course using the old number, you can just hit “Control” (or “Command” if on Mac) and “F,” then type in a specific course (e.g. “WRT 160”) to find the new course number .

The following subject codes have changed:

  • Studio Art (SA) changed to (ART)
  • Some English (ENG) courses changed to Creative Writing (CW)
  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Computer and Information Technology (CIT) changed to Computer Science and Informatics (CSI)
  • Music Theory and Composition (MUT) changed to either Applied Music (MUA) or Musicology and Music Education (MUS)
  • (MLS) changed to (CDS)
  • Some (JRN) courses changed to (PR)

For more information, please contact your academic adviser. Graduate students, please contact your academic department for advising.

NOTE: If you enrolled or transferred after fall 2014 please be sure to search the 2017-18 catalog courses and review the 3 to 4 digit conversions list.

 

Philosophy

  
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    PHL 3420 - Theories of Truth

    (4)
    Theories of the nature of truth. Does truth exist? Is truth entirely a matter of perspective? Is the truth of a belief resemblance to reality? Are all true beliefs useful? Is truth always a good quality? Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: completion of the general education requirement in the Western civilization knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): PHL 1100  (D), PHL 1300  (D), or PHL 1310  (D), or permission of instructor.
  
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    PHL 3500 - Bioethics

    (4)
    Central ethical issues in modern health care and research. Included are the distribution and allocation of health resources, the right to life and death, “informed consent” and eugenics. Offered every other year.
    Prerequisite(s): PHL 1300  recommended.
  
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    PHL 3510 - Ethics in Business

    (4)
    Review of basic ethical theory, and application to typical moral problems in business practices and institutions.
    Prerequisite(s): junior standing, PHL 1300 
  
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    PHL 3600 - Political Philosophy

    (4)
    The meanings of central concepts in political philosophy, such as justice, freedom and authority, are examined through readings in classical political philosophers and crucial problems. Offered every other year.
    Prerequisite(s): PHL 1100 , PHL 1300 , PHL 2100 , PS 1400 , SOC 2200 
  
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    PHL 3610 - Philosophy of International Relations: Law, War and Peace

    (4)
    Considers competing theories of global ethics, diplomacy, international law, just warfare, nationalism, military duty, disarmament, pacifism, non-violent resistance, civil strife, and terrorism. Offered every two years.
    Prerequisite(s): PHL 1100 , PHL 1300  or PHL 2100  or PS 1600  or AN 2130  or SOC 2200 
  
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    PHL 3620 - Global Justice

    (4)
    Considers ethical issues surrounding global poverty, international inequality, transnational institutional governance, human rights, international trade, immigration, and climate change.
    Prerequisite(s): PHL 1100 , PHL 1300  or PHL 2100  or PS 1600  or AN 2130  or SOC 2200 
  
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    PHL 3630 - Philosophy of Crime, Policing and Punishment

    (4)
    Philosophical engagement with issues raised by practices of policing and incarceration. Critical evaluation of the role of the courts, police, and prison systems in our society. Consideration of the social implications of criminalization, policing, and incarceration.
    Prerequisite(s):  PHL 1100  or PHL 1300  or PHL 2100  or CRJ 1100  
  
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    PHL 3700 - Philosophy of Science

    (4)
    Philosophical problems arising from critical reflection on the sciences. Typical topics: the structure of scientific explanation, the nature of scientific laws and theories, causality and confirmation. Offered every other year.
    Prerequisite(s): one course in philosophy or one in natural science.
  
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    PHL 3710 - Philosophy of Biology

    (4)
    Philosophical examination of issues arising out of modern biology such as the nature of species, the mechanisms of natural selection, and the implications of evolutionary theory for topics such as philosophy of mind, epistemology, social and political theory, ethics and medicine.
    Prerequisite(s): one course in philosophy or one course in biology; PHL 3700  recommended.
  
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    PHL 3720 - Topics in the Philosophy of Science

    (4)
    Specialized topics such as philosophy of biology, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of technology, or the history and philosophy of science will be offered periodically. Topic to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
    Prerequisite(s): junior standing and one course in philosophy or consent of instructor.
  
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    PHL 3800 - Philosophy of Mind

    (4)
    Selected topics or works in the philosophical literature about mind. Some topics are: the nature of psychological explanation, the relation of mind and body, thinking, emotions, concepts, consciousness and remembering. Offered every other year.
    Prerequisite(s): One course in philosophy or psychology or BIO 3220  neurobiology; junior standing.
  
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    PHL 3810 - Consciousness and Persons

    (4)
    Exploration of central questions about the nature of consciousness and persons. What is consciousness? How does consciousness relate to the physical world? What are persons? How do persons relate to bodies? Do persons persist over time? Can persons survive biological death?
    Prerequisite(s): One course in philosophy or psychology, or BIO 3220  neurobiology, or permission of instructor.
  
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    PHL 3820 - Mental Causation

    (4)
    Philosophy meets neuroscience: What is the nature of mental causation? Are mental states wholly determined by brain states? Do reasons, beliefs, intentions, and other mental states influence neuronal activity and behavior? What is the relationship between the formation of a conscious intention, neural events, and voluntary action?
    Prerequisite(s): one course in philosophy or permission of instructor.
  
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    PHL 3900 - Topics in Philosophy

    (4)
    One philosophical topic or problem at an intermediate level of difficulty. Topic to be announced in the Schedule of Classes for each semester. May be repeated for additional credit under different subtitle.
    Prerequisite(s): one philosophy course.
  
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    PHL 3910 - Ethics Bowl Preparation and Competition

    (4)
    Students selected through competitive try-outs to be members of Oakland University’s Ethics Bowl teams prepare for and participate in intercollegiate competition in philosophically informed debate over controversial issues. New cases are examined each year. Instructors guide students in independent theoretical research and in the art of public speaking.
  
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    PHL 3920 - Directed Readings in Philosophy

    (2)
    Tutorial on a topic not included in regular courses, primarily (but not exclusively) for majors. Students should consult with the department chairperson before approaching a faculty member with a topic. Graded S/U.
    Prerequisite(s): one philosophy course at Oakland and written permission of instructor, junior standing.
  
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    PHL 3996 - Independent Study in Philosophy

    (4)
    Tutorial on a topic not included in regular courses, primarily (but not exclusively) for majors. In addition to reading and consultation, the student will write a substantial term paper. Cannot be repeated or counted toward any major or minor requirement other than degree credit without prior written approval from department chairperson.
    Prerequisite(s): one philosophy course at Oakland and written permission of department chair, form available in 752 Math and Science Center; junior standing.
  
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    PHL 4100 - Philosophy of Language

    (4)
    Philosophical theories of natural language structure. Emphasis on views about what meaning is and how we are to explain our ability to communicate with one another. Offered every other year. Identical with LIN 4480 . Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: completion of the general education requirement in the formal reasoning knowledge foundation area.
    Prerequisite(s): junior standing, PHL 1070  or PHL 3000  or LIN 4307  and one additional course in philosophy; or permission of instructor.
  
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    PHL 4200 - Study of a Major Philosopher

    (4)
    A study of the works of one major philosopher. The specific philosopher will vary, but courses on Plato, Aristotle and Kant will be offered every few years. May be repeated for credit.
    Prerequisite(s): one philosophy course; PHL 2200 , PHL 2210 , PHL 2220 , PHL 3200  or PHL 3210  recommended, whichever is relevant.
  
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    PHL 4970 - Seminar on a Philosophical Topic

    (4)
    One philosophical topic or problem at an advanced level of difficulty, normally requiring considerable background in philosophy. Topic and prerequisites to be announced in the Schedule of Classes for each semester. Satisfies the university general education requirement for the capstone experience.
    Prerequisite(s): 28 credits in philosophy or permission of instructor.
  
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    PHL 4997 - College Teaching Apprenticeship

    (4)
    Open to a well-qualified philosophy student who is invited by a faculty member to assist in a regular college course, usually as preparation for a career as a professor of philosophy.

Physical Therapy

  
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    PT 3020 - Physical Therapy as a Profession

    (2)
    A course for students who are considering a career in physical therapy. Students will examine professional development, behavior and roles in physical therapy clinical, academic and research settings. The current practice of physical therapy in various settings is covered.
    Prerequisite(s): Junior Standing.
  
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    PT 4630 - Basic Athletic Training

    (2)
    Course directed to competitive sports and the recognition and immediate care of athletic injuries. Evaluation and treatment procedures and techniques are presented and practiced. Identical with EXS 4630 . Cross list with EXS 5630.
    Prerequisite(s): EXS 3020 , BIO 2600 , and BIO 2100  
  
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    PT 4920 - Directed Study

    (1 TO 4)
    Student initiated and problem-oriented directed study focusing on physical therapy issues. May be repeated for additional credit. Graded numerically or S/U.
    Prerequisite(s): program permission.

Physics

  
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    PHY 1010 - General Physics I

    (4)
    Mechanics, heat, mechanical waves and sound. Calculus is not required. PHY 1010 and PHY 1100 together satisfy the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): Score of 22 or higher on ACT mathematics exam or 550 or higher on SAT mathematics exam; or MTH 0662  or equivalent; or placement above MTH 0662 .
    Corequisite(s): PHY 1100 .
  
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    PHY 1020 - General Physics II

    (4)
    Electricity and magnetism, light, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: completion of the general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1010  or PHY 1510 .
    Corequisite(s): PHY 1110 .
  
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    PHY 1040 - Astronomy: The Solar System

    (4)
    The sun, planets, space travel, the search for extraterrestrial life. Offered fall only. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
  
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    PHY 1050 - Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies

    (4)
    Nature and evolution of stars, the Milky Way and other galaxies, cosmology. Offered winter only. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
  
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    PHY 1060 - Earth Science/Physical Geography

    (4)
    The earth: its structure, history, and the geography of its surface. Topics include the theory of continental drift, rocks and minerals, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, rivers, deserts, weather, climate, the geomagnetic field, and the earth’s resources. Identical with GEO 1060. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
  
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    PHY 1080 - Principles of Physics I

    (4)
    Mechanics, heat, mechanical waves and sound. Calculus is not required. This course has common lectures with PHY 1010 . PHY 1080 does not satisfy the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): Score of 22 or higher on ACT mathematics exam or 550 or higher on SAT mathematics exam; or MTH 0662  or equivalent; or placement above MTH 0662 .
  
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    PHY 1090 - Principles of Physics II

    (4)
    Electricity and magnetism, light, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics. This course has common lectures with PHY 1020 . Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications: completion of the general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1080  
  
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    PHY 1100 - General Physics Lab I

    (1)
    Elementary experiments in mechanics, thermodynamics, and waves. May be taken with permission by students who have completed PHY 1080  or PHY 1610 .
    Corequisite(s): PHY 1010  or PHY 1510  
  
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    PHY 1110 - General Physics Lab II

    (1)
    Elementary experiments in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. May be taken by permission by students who have completed PHY 1090  or PHY 1620 .
    Corequisite(s): PHY 1020  or PHY 1520 
  
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    PHY 1200 - The Physics of Everyday Life

    (4)
    Concepts of physics taught with reference to specific everyday observations or devices such as automobiles, televisions, radios, and microwave ovens. Topics include the laws of motion, fluids, heat, thermodynamics, waves, electric and magnetic fields, optics and nuclear physics. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
  
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    PHY 1310 - The Physics of Cancer, Stroke, Heart Disease, and Headache

    (4)
    The physical basis for a variety of diseases and disorders, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic techniques will be discussed by a number of medical physics faculty and guest lecturers.
    Prerequisite(s): high school algebra.
  
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    PHY 1510 - Introductory Physics I

    (4)
    Classical mechanics and thermodynamics. For science, mathematics and engineering students. PHY 1510 and PHY 1100 together satisfy the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): Score of 28 or higher on ACT mathematics exam, or score of 660 or higher on SAT mathematics exam, or MTH 1441  or equivalent, or placement above MTH 1441 . MTH 1554  recommended.
    Corequisite(s): PHY 1100 .
  
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    PHY 1520 - Introductory Physics II

    (4)
    Sound, light, electricity and magnetism. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: completion of the general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1510 ; MTH 1555  recommended.
    Corequisite(s): PHY 1110  
  
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    PHY 1610 - Fundamentals of Physics I

    (4)
    Classical mechanics and thermodynamics. For science, mathematics and engineering students. This course has common lectures with PHY 1510 . PHY 1610 does not satisfy the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): MTH 1554  
  
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    PHY 1620 - Fundamentals of Physics II

    (4)
    Sound, light, electricity and magnetism. This course has common lectures with PHY 1520 . Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: completion of the general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): (PHY 1610  or PHY 1510 ) and MTH 1555 .
  
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    PHY 2995 - Introduction to Research

    (2 TO 4)
    Independent study and/or research in physics for students with no research experience. May be repeated for additional credit.
    Prerequisite(s): written agreement of a physics faculty supervisor.
  
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    PHY 3040 - Astrophysics I

    (4)
    Application of elementary physics to the study of planets, stars, galaxies and cosmology.
    Prerequisite(s): recommended PHY 1020  or PHY 1520  and MTH 2554  
  
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    PHY 3050 - Astrophysics II

    (4)
    Continuation of PHY 3040 .
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 3040  recommended.
  
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    PHY 3060 - Observational Astronomy

    (2)
    Lecture/laboratory course providing basic training in astronomical techniques.
    Prerequisite(s): instructor permission. PHY 1040  or PHY 1050  recommended.
  
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    PHY 3070 - Geophysics

    (4)
    The application of physics concepts to the study of the earth, gravity and its anomalies, geomagnetism, earth-sun energy, geochronology and seismic wave propagation.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1020  or PHY 1520 , PHY 1060  and MTH 2554  recommended.
  
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    PHY 3080 - Physical Oceanography

    (4)
    Physical oceanography and meteorology; composition and structure of the atmosphere and oceans. Interactions of sea water with the atmosphere, the continents and man.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1020  or PHY 1520 , PHY 1060  and MTH 2554  recommended.
  
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    PHY 3170 - Modern Physics Laboratory

    (2)
    Optics and atomic physics experiments.
    Prerequisite(s): recommended PHY 1100  and PHY 1110  
    Corequisite(s): recommended PHY 3710 
  
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    PHY 3180 - Nuclear Physics Laboratory

    (2)
    Nuclear physics experiments.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1100  and PHY 1110  recommended.
    Corequisite(s): PHY 3720  recommended.
  
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    PHY 3250 - Biological Physics

    (4)
    Applications of physics to biology, including biomechanics, fluid dynamics, statistical mechanics, diffusion, bioelectricity, biomagnetism, feedback and control.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1020  or PHY 1520  and MTH 1555  recommended.
  
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    PHY 3260 - Medical Physics

    (4)
    Applications of physics to medicine, including signal analysis, imaging, x-rays, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1020  or PHY 1520  and MTH 1555  recommended.
  
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    PHY 3310 - Optics

    (4)
    Geometrical optics, optical instruments, wave theory of reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction and polarization of light.
    Prerequisite(s): recommended PHY 1020  or PHY 1520  and MTH 1555  
    Corequisite(s): recommended MTH 2554  
  
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    PHY 3510 - Intermediate Theoretical Physics

    (4)
    Topics and techniques common to intermediate physics courses. Includes analytical and numerical (computer) solution techniques, DIV, GRAD, CURL and Fourier analysis.
    Prerequisite(s): recommended PHY 1020  or PHY 1520  and MTH 1555  
  
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    PHY 3610 - Mechanics I

    (4)
    Applications of Newton’s laws to particles, systems of particles, harmonic oscillators, central forces, accelerated reference frames and rigid bodies.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1020  or PHY 1520  and MTH 2554  recommended.
  
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    PHY 3660 - Vibrations and Waves

    (4)
    Oscillations; mechanical waves in one, two and three dimensions; sound.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1520  and MTH 1555  recommended.
  
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    PHY 3710 - Foundations of Modern Physics

    (4)
    Introduction to relativity, kinetic theory, quantization and atomic physics. Additional topics chosen from physics of molecules, solids, nuclei and elementary particles.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1020  or PHY 1520  and MTH 1555  recommended; concurrent enrollment in PHY 3170 .
  
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    PHY 3720 - Nuclear Physics

    (4)
    Radioactivity, interaction of radiations with matter, accelerators, nuclear reactions, fission and fusion.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 1020  or PHY 1520  and MTH 1555  recommended; concurrent enrollment in PHY 3180 .
  
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    PHY 3810 - Electricity and Magnetism

    (4)
    Maxwell’s equations and the experimental laws of electricity and magnetism. Potential theory, boundary conditions on the electromagnetic field vectors, field energy. Dielectrics, conductors and magnetic materials.
    Prerequisite(s): recommended PHY 3510  and MTH 2554 , APM 2555 
  
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    PHY 4180 - Modern Optics Laboratory

    (2)
    Experiments illustrating geometric and physical optics principles, lasers, fiber optics, holography, and spectroscopy. Equipment used ranges from simple to sophisticated lasers, interferometers, digital cameras, and a Raman spectrometer.
    Prerequisite(s): recommended PHY 3170 , PHY 3710  and PHY 3310  or permission of instructor.
  
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    PHY 4210 - Thermodynamics

    (4)
    The zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics with applications to pure substances. Introduction to the kinetic theory of gases and to statistical mechanics.
    Prerequisite(s): PHY 3610  and APM 2555  recommended.
  
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    PHY 4310 - Lasers and Applications

    (4)
    Interaction of radiation and atomic systems, basic principles and properties of laser light, types of lasers, applications in physics, optical communication, industry and medicine.
    Prerequisite(s): recommended PHY 3310  or PHY 3710  or permission of instructor.
  
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    PHY 4700 - Relativity

    (4)
    Special relativity in mechanics and electromagnetism. Introduction to general relativity and gravitation.
    Prerequisite(s): recommended PHY 3610  or PHY 3710  or PHY 3810  
  
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    PHY 4720 - Quantum Mechanics I

    (4)
    Principles of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, Schrodinger wave equation, expectation values of energy, position, momentum and angular-momentum operators, spin, perturbation theory, identical particles. With applications to atomic systems.
    Prerequisite(s): recommended PHY 3510 , PHY 3610 , PHY 3710  and APM 2555  
  
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    PHY 4820 - Electricity and Magnetism II

    (4)
    Multipole fields, solutions of Laplace and Poisson equations, electromagnetic waves in insulators and conductors, radiation and the derivation of the laws of optics from Maxwell’s equations.
    Prerequisite(s): recommended PHY 3810 , APM 2555  
  
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    PHY 4870 - Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory

    (2)
    Experiments in electricity and in magnetism, including coupled circuits, bridges, creation and detection of electric and magnetic fields, the geomagnetic field, spectrum analysis, transmission lines and microwaves.
    Corequisite(s): PHY 3810  
  
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    PHY 4905 - Special Topics

    (2 TO 6)
    Prerequisite(s): permission of department.
  
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    PHY 4970 - Undergraduate Seminar

    (3)
    Weekly colloquia describing research at the forefront of physics. Requires a written report. Satisfies the university general education requirement for the capstone experience. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.
  
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    PHY 4995 - Independent Research

    (3 TO 6)
    Independent study or research project carried out under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for additional credit. Requires a written report. Satisfies the university general education requirement for the capstone experience. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): junior standing and written agreement with a physics faculty member.

Political Science

  
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    PS 1100 - Introduction to American Politics

    (4)
    The decision-making process in the American national government and the ways in which parties, groups, and individuals work to produce public policy in Congress, the presidency and the courts. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the social science knowledge exploration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity.
  
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    PS 1400 - Comparative Politics

    (4)
    Introduction to major modern political systems and concepts. Comparative analysis of the organization and operation of politics and government in different countries. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the social science knowledge exploration or in the global perspective knowledge area, not both. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
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    PS 1600 - Issues in World Politics

    (4)
    Introduction to the study of world politics and the main issues confronting the international community in the 21st century. Emphasis on the impact of cultural, economic, and political globalization on international politics and individual lives. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the social sciences knowledge exploration area or in the global perspective knowledge exploration area, not both.
  
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    PS 2500 - The Research Process in Political Science

    (4)
    Fundamentals of research in political science including various approaches to studying political phenomena.
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1100 , PS 1600  or PS 1400  
  
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    PS 2550 - Data Analysis in Political Science

    (4)
    Basic applications of statistics in political science including why and how certain methods are used to explore political phenomena.
    Prerequisite(s): PS 2500 
  
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    PS 2800 - Public Affairs Careers Orientation

    (2)
    Planning for public service careers; the varieties of public service careers and the alternative of pursuing advanced degrees are explored. Examples and practical problems from agency work are examined through case studies and presentations by practitioners and professional administrators.
  
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    PS 3005 - Western Political Thought I

    (4)
    Analyzes the writings of Western political theorists from 600 B.C. to 1500 A.D.; systematically examines the political, legal, economic, social, cultural and religious elements that influenced the ideas and policies postulated; and scrutinizes the assumptions behind deeply rooted modes of thought that continue to affect people’s lives. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
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    PS 3010 - Western Political Thought II

    (4)
    Analyzes the writings of Western political theorists from 1500 A.D. to the present; systematically examines the political, legal, economic, social, cultural and religious elements that influenced the ideas and policies postulated; and criticism. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
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    PS 3020 - American Political Thought

    (4)
    Survey of the writings of American thinkers who influenced the development of the American polity. Examines the political, legal and cultural origins of this country. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
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    PS 3040 - International Politics: Theory and Practice

    (4)
    Examination of the central theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of international politics, and a focused exploration of how those contending approaches account for specific international phenomena such as war and peace, economic interaction, and the emergence of international organizations and global governance. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1600 
  
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    PS 3050 - Communism

    (4)
    The development of revolutionary socialism from early Marxism to the present. The course analyzes the relevance of Marxism to a variety of contemporary revolutionary situations. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the western civilization knowledge exploration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
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    PS 3070 - Politics Through Literature

    (4)
    Use of literary works (novels, short stories, plays, essays) to examine a range of social and political systems in specific settings. Analysis of how political and cultural backgrounds of various authors have been conveyed in their writings. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
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    PS 3080 - Systematic Political Analysis

    (4)
    Study of selected formal (i.e., logical and mathematical) models in political science. An introduction to the methodology of social science research. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the formal reasoning knowledge foundation area.
  
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    PS 3105 - Congress and the Legislative Process

    (4)
    Examination of the United States Congress with particular attention to the creation of the institution, running for Congress, behavior of members of Congress, and the pressures faced by our elected representatives.
  
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    PS 3110 - American Presidency

    (4)
    A study of presidential politics, decision making and leadership in the American political system.
  
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    PS 3115 - The Judicial Process

    (4)
    Study of judicial behavior and decision making in federal courts with an emphasis on the role of courts in developing public policies.
  
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    PS 3130 - Local Government and Politics

    (4)
    Study of local governments; political, economic and demographic forces; trends in metropolitan and suburban politics; and problems of planning in an age of urbanization and suburbanization.
  
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    PS 3135 - State Politics

    (4)
    Comparative analysis of the variations and similarities of the political systems of the 50 states, the policy-making structures, political participation and contemporary public policy issues.
  
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    PS 3140 - Michigan Government Politics and Policy

    (4)
    Michigan’s state governmental institutions, its constitution and intergovernmental relations (both federal and local levels), political actors and processes, and selected public policies.
  
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    PS 3155 - Political Parties and Interest Groups

    (4)
    Study of political parties and interest groups in democracies, focusing on the U.S. experience. Examination of parties and groups as political linkages, and their role in aggregating interests. Not open to students who have received credit for PS 4970 , Political Parties Interest Groups.
  
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    PS 3160 - Media and Politics

    (4)
    The role of the media in influencing political attitudes and agendas, media coverage of issues and campaigns, media and the law, the nature of the media industry, and governmental regulation of broadcast media.
  
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    PS 3165 - Elections and Voting Behavior

    (4)
    Study of electoral systems and the voting behavior of individuals and groups, with special attention to U.S political experience. Not open to students who have received credit for PS 3165, Political Parties and Elections.
  
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    PS 3170 - Political Campaigns

    (4)
    A study of political campaigns, with classroom exercises and the opportunity for fieldwork on current political campaigns. The role and influence of the media on campaigns.
  
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    PS 3205 - American Political Culture

    (4)
    A study of the main themes in American culture and the ways in which they affect the political beliefs, attitudes, opinions and behaviors of Americans. Key themes include individualism, the drive for success, racial attitudes, the American sense of a special mission in the world and American beliefs about democracy.
  
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    PS 3210 - Women and Politics

    (4)
    Examines the role of women in politics including political participation and representation. Additional topics will include women and public issues (such as affirmative action and comparable worth), as well as an introduction to feminist political thought. Identical with WGS 3870 .
  
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    PS 3215 - The Politics of Race and Ethnicity

    (4)
    A study of racial and ethnic groups and their role in the political process in the U.S. Emphasis will be placed on the political experience and the struggle for equal rights by major minority groups such as Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans. Satisfies the general education requirement in the social science knowledge exploration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of university writing foundation requirement.
  
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    PS 3220 - Religion and Politics

    (4)
    Study of the intersection of religion and American politics, with emphasis on religion’s role in the nation’s founding, political participation, the institutions of national government, and current public policy debates.
  
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    PS 3225 - Political Leadership

    (4)
    Study of the theory and practice of political leadership, including its origins, ancient and modern conceptions, the causes of successful and failed leadership, the role of followers, and the possibility of politics without leadership. Detailed case studies of prominent leaders in American politics will be examined.
  
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    PS 3230 - Public Opinion

    (4)
    Study of the opinions, attitudes, and political activities of people belonging to different demographic segments of the population. Not open to students who have received credit for PS 3230, Demography of American Politics.
  
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    PS 3235 - Politics and the Internet

    (4)
    Analyzes the role and impact of the Internet in the political world including e-government, political ideas, the political blogosphere, the “digital divide,” and net neutrality.
  
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    PS 3240 - Politics Through Film

    (4)
    Analyzes political ideas, concepts, theories, public policy, political behavior and visions of politics and society as presented in film.
  
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    PS 3250 - Law and Politics

    (4)
    Broad survey of law and legal systems in the U.S. that presents law as a dynamic, multifaceted discipline. Emphasis is placed on the open-ended quality of law and legal knowledge, despite the definitive nature of legal authority. A problem-solving approach is adopted to provoke critical discussion.
  
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    PS 3255 - U.S. Constitutional Law

    (4)
    Broad survey of U.S. constitutional law as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, with focus on analyzing original court opinions regarding the powers of the federal government and the interaction between federal and state governments; examines political factors that have shaped our understanding of the Constitution.
  
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    PS 3260 - Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

    (4)
    Broad survey of legal rights and liberties of individuals in the U.S., as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, with focus on analyzing original court opinions regarding constitutional and political conflicts arising between individuals and the government; political factors that have influenced major judicial decisions are examined.
 

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