PHYS 489

Directed Research in Physics

1-5 Undergraduate credits
Effective February 12, 2007 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This is a faculty designed independent study (FDIS) which provides students the opportunity to do independent research in the field of theoretical and/or computational physics under the supervision of a resident physics faculty member. This course will improve problem solving, numerical/computational, and mathematical skills of the students. At the end of the course, students must complete a research report which must be approved by the instructor. The number of credits will be decided by the faculty and the student.

Special information

Note: Instructor permission to register.

Learning outcomes


  • Be prepared for graduate-level research in physics.
  • Conduct a supervised independent research project in theoretical and/or computational physics at a level appropriate for a senior undergraduate student in physics.
  • Find, read, interpret and utilize primary scientific literature in biology.