Interdisciplinary PhD in Molecular Biosciences

Dr. Daniel B. Erenso - Courses

Principles of Molecular Biophysics (PHYS 7010): intended for graduate students in MBS PhD program. It reviews the structure of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and the forces and interactions maintaining their structures in solution; thermodynamics and kinetics of protein folding; polymer chain statistics and helix-coil transitions in biopolymers; biopolymer dynamics; structural methods in biology: It also covers X-ray crystallography, NMR and fluorescence spectroscopy, electron and probe microscopy; single-molecule methods.

Lab Rotation (MOBI 7010): a graduate lab course that introduces MBS PhD students to techniques and skills in experimental biophysics based on the application of optical tweezers.

Laser Physics (PHYS 5734): A combined lecture/laboratory course covering the theory of laser operation, laser resonators, propagation of laser beams, specific lasers such as gas, solid state, semiconductor and chemical laser and laser applications.

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (PHYS 4380): a first course in the principles and calculation techniques of quantum mechanics intended for physics majors at the level of Stephen Gasiorowicz, Quantum Physics.

Electricity & Magnetism (PHYS 4310): a first course in the principles and calculation techniques of electricity and Magnetism intended for physics majors. [Covers the first six chapters of David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics book]

Electricity & Magnetism (PHYS 4330): a continuation of PHYS 4310 it covers most of the remaining chapters of David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics book.

Advanced Physics Laboratory (PHYS 3910): a course for undergraduate physics majors that help them to develop the skills, art, and physics important in pursuing independent research.

Topics & Methods in Theoretical Physics (PHYS 3150): a course that emphasizes on applications of the mathematical techniques to problems in physical sciences. Theoretical techniques used for problem solving in physics. Reference frames and coordinate systems, approximation techniques, solution of electrical circuits and mechanical systems, simple harmonic motion and wave motion, Maxwell's equations.

Topics & Methods in Theoretical Physics (PHYS 3160): a continuation of PHYS 3150. The Schr?dinger equation, heat flow, diffusion, the Lagrangian description of motion.

University Physics I (PHYS 2054): Introduction to the principles of mechanics, wave motion, temperature and heat, with calculus.

Physics Problems Lab II (PHYS 2021): it is group-oriented problems course given in conjunction with the web-based discussion class PHYS 2020. Optics, modern physics, and electronics traditionally covered in a second-semester college physics course. Reflection and refraction, vision, diffraction effects, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, and analog and digital electronics. The skills associated with the development of experimental investigations including graphical analysis and estimation of uncertainties emphasized.

Non-Calculus Based Physics I (PHYS 2020): it is a web-based discussion class given in conjunction with the cooperative-learning based problems lab PHYS 2021. Fundamentals of optics, modern physics, and electronics traditionally covered in a second-semester college physics course. Reflection and refraction, vision, diffraction effects, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, and analog and digital electronics.

Physics Problems Lab I (PHYS 2011): Group-oriented problems course taken in conjunction with the Web-based discussion class PHYS 2010. Covers kinematics, forces, momentum, angular motion, calorimetry, and sound waves. Skills associated with the development of experimental investigations including graphical analysis and estimation of uncertainties emphasized.

Discovering Physics (PHYS 1300): introductory course for students with weak or no physics backgrounds. It presents concepts and techniques of physics for students planning to take Non-calculus based College Physics I.

Observing the Universe (Astronomy 1031): introductory course in observational astronomy through laboratory exercises and outdoor observing activities.