Undergraduate Course Descriptions


Course Code Course Name Credit
BIO 101 Biology (3+0+0) 3
Atomic basis of life and biomolecules; cell structure and function; cell metabolism; movement of materials across membranes; photosynthesis, fermentation and respiration; cell divisions; Mendelian genetics; molecular basis of genetics; control of gene expression; recombinant DNA technology; human genetics; mechanisms and evidence of evolution; the origin and history of life.
BIO 150 Introduction to Genetics (3+0+0) 3
Mendelism; the basic principles and chromosomal basis of inheritance.
Linkage, recombination, crossing over. Molecular structure of chromosomes.
Structure and function of the genes. Mutations. Elementary principles of
population and evolutionary genetics.

CHEM 101 General Chemistry (3+0+0) 3
Why Teach Chemistry to Engineers? Matter-Its Properties and Measurement, Uncertainty and Significant Figures, Dimensional Analysis. Atoms and Atomic Theory, Atomic Mass and Mole Concept. Chemical Compounds, Molecular and Ionic Compounds, Composition, Oxidation States. Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Reactions in Solutions, Limiting Reactant. Introduction to Reactions in Aqueous Solutions, Precipitation, Acid-Base, and Oxidation-Reduction Reactions, Titrations. Gases, Gas Laws, Ideal Gas Equation, Gases in Reactions, Mixtures of Gases, Kinetic Molecular Theory. Electrons in Atoms, Electromagnetic Radiation, Atomic Spectra, Quantum Theory, Electron Configurations. The Periodic Table and Some Atomic Properties.
PHYS 101 General Physics I (3+0+0) 3
Standards and units; vectors and coordinate systems; kinematics, dynamics; work and energy; dynamics of system of particles; conservation of energy and momentum, collisions; rotational kinematics and dynamics; equilibrium of rigid bodies; oscillations.
PHYS 102 General Physics II (3+0+0) 3
Charge and matter; electric field and Gauss' law; electric potential; capacitors; DC circuits; magnetic field; Ampere's law; Faraday's law; inductance; magnetic properties of matter; Maxwell's equations.
PHYS 103 Physics Laboratory I (0+0+2) 1
Experiments on: work and energy; dynamics of system of particles; conservation of energy and momentum, collisions; rotational kinematics and dynamics; equilibrium of rigid bodies; oscillations.
PHYS 104 Physics Laboratory II (0+0+2) 1
Experiments on: capacitors; DC circuits; magnetic field; Ampere's law; Faraday's law; inductance; magnetic properties of matter.
PHYS 141 Science and Nature I (3+0+0) 3
The workings of nature (comprising the physical universe and living organisms). Introduction of some of the basic concepts of our knowledge of nature; natural laws in their interconnectivity; the way science operates, the method of scientific thinking. Probing a scientific question in practice. The answers that we have -or don't have as yet.
PHYS 142 Science and Nature II (3+0+0) 3
Newton's laws of motion. Electric and magnetic fields. The universe. Perturbation of an equilibrium system. The size and structure of an atom. Periodic table. Kinetics of a chemical reaction. Some of the important molecules in living organisms and their functions. The structure of DNA and the mechanism of heredity. Analysis and determination of symmetrical structures in nature, molecular structures and crystals. Interaction and variation of living populations. Biological evolution.
PHYS 203 General Physics III (3+0+2) 4
Oscillations; gravitation; fluid mechanics; wave phenomena, temperature and thermodynamics; traveling waves; principle of superposition; modulations; pulses and wave packets; electromagnetic waves; reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction and polarization; interferometry.
PHYS 212 Modern Physics (3+0+0) 3
Wave properties of matter. Introduction to quantum theory, the quantum numbers, atomic transitions, statistical mechanics; band theory and solids, nuclear models.
PHYS 333 Quantum Mechanics I (3+0+2) 4
Wave packets and uncertainty; the postulates of quantum mechanics; eigenfunctions and eigenvalues; simple problems in one dimension; general structure of wave mechanics, harmonic oscillators, the hydrogen atom.
PHYS 334 Quantum Mechanics II (3+0+2) 4
Operator methods in quantum mechanics; path integral formulation of quantum mechanics; systems of many degrees of freedom; symmetry; rotational invariance and angular momentum, perturbation theory.
(Prerequisite: PHYS 333)
PHYS 343 Classical Mechanics (3+0+2) 4
Elements of Newtonian mechanics; motion of particle; motion of system of particles; motion of rigid body; gravitation; central force problems; special theory of relativity. Principles of least action; Lagrange's equations of motion; Hamilton's equations of motion; theory of small vibrations.
PHYS 344 Statistical and Thermal Physics (3+0+2) 4
Basic probability concepts; elementary kinetic theory; classical microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles; classical ideal gas; equipartition of energy; quantum mechanical ensembles; ideal Fermi and Bose systems; black body radiation, phonons, the electron gas; magnetism; introductory nonequilibrium statistical physics.
PHYS 453 Nuclear Physics (3+0+0) 3
Introduction to subatomic particles; properties of nuclei and nucleons; spin and magnetic moments; nuclear reactions; radioactivity; alpha and beta decays; nucleon interactions and nucleon scattering at low energies; nuclear models; elementary particles.
(Prerequisite: PHYS 333)
PHYS 454 Solid State Physics (3+0+0) 3
Crystal diffraction; crystal binding; phonons and lattice vibrations; thermal, acoustic and optical properties; free electron model; quantum theory of solids, energy bands, tight binding approximation; semiconductors. Diamagnetism and paramagnetism; ferromagnetism and anti-ferromagnetism.
(Prerequisite: PHYS 344, PHYS 333)
PHYS 471 Applied Modern Physics I (3+0+0) 3
Geometric optics; electromagnetic waves; Maxwell equations; polarization; speed of light; basic optic measurements: focal length; optical instruments; geometric and wave behaviour of light; Newton rings; optical properties of materials; frequency spectrum, interferometric and spectroscopic measurements.
PHYS 472 Applied Modern Physics II (3+0+0) 3
Electron charge/mass determination, electron, photon and neutron spectroscopy; electron spin resonance spectroscopy; emission and absorption spectra; Balmer series of hydrogen; Frank-Hertz experiment; determination of Planck's constant; radioactive decay; gamma and beta spectroscopy; radioactivity; half-life and half-thickness measurements.
PHYS 474 Spectroscopy (3+0+0) 3
Basic principle of spectroscopy, interaction of energy with matter, spectroscopic measurements and analysis, spin-orbit interaction, molecular structure and spectra, fluorescence and phosphorescence, Zeeman effect, mass spectroscopy. Atomic absorption spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transform spectroscopy.
(Prerequisite: EE 361, PHYS 334)
PHYS 475 Methods in Experimental Physics (2+0+2) 3 (7 ECTS)
Principles of experimentation. Statistical data analysis: error calculation, error propagation, least squares curve fitting, Poisson ve Gauss distributions, chi-square test for a distribution. Selected experiments in modern physics such as Frank-Hertz experiment, Balmer series, electron-spin resonance. Optical transmission and reflection measurements. Radiation physics and archaeological dating.
PHYS 484 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (3+0+0) 3
Special topics in physics.
PHYS 485 Photonics (3+0+0) 3
Maxwell's equations and light propagation. Interference, temporal and spatial coherence. Diffraction and diffraction gratings. Dielectric waveguides and optical fibers; dispersion in optical fibers. Polarization, interaction of light and matter. Light propagation in crystals; birefringence, optical activity. Electro-optic effects: Pockels and Kerr effects with electro-optic devices based on the Pockels and Kerr cells. Acousto-optic modulators and magneto-optic effect. Nonlinear optics and 2nd Harmonic Generation. Semiconductor fundamentals. Stimulated emission, gas lasers, semiconductor lasers, and laser amplifiers. Quantum wells, quantum dots, VCSELs, and holography. Semiconductor photon detectors.
PHYS 487 Special Topics in Computational Physics (3+0+0) 3
Special topics in physics.