Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 100. Concepts of Physics

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 100L.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An introduction to physics with applications in everyday life. Material is presented from a conceptual rather than mathematical viewpoint. A few fundamental physical laws are studied and applied to explain a wide range of everyday phenomena. The course is designed for students who have a limited mathematical background.

PHYS 100L. Concepts of Physics Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of PHYS 100.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
PHYS 100L is designed to complement topics covered in PHYS 100. Two hours of lab per week.

PHYS 110. Introductory Astronomy

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 110L.
Typically Offered: FALL
Brief history of ancient astronomy; the Copernican revolution and the beginning of modern astronomy (Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton); the appearance of the night sky, revolution and rotation of the Earth, celestial coordinate systems, the calendar and seasons; the nature of light and telescopes; structure and origin of the solar system; the Earth, atmospheric phenomena (rainbows, haloes, aurora, etc.) the Moon; the planets and their satellites; comets and solar system debris (asteroids and meteorites); distances and motions of the stars; formation of stellar spectra; the Sun; evolution of ordinary stars; evolution of massive stars and supernovae; neutron stars, pulsars and black holes; the Milky Way and other galaxies; the expanding universe, quasars and cosmology.

PHYS 110L. Introductory Astronomy Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 110.
Typically Offered: FALL
The lab will include topics that support the lecture (PHYS 110). Labs meet two hours per week.

PHYS 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

PHYS 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

PHYS 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

PHYS 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

PHYS 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

PHYS 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

PHYS 211. College Physics I

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: MATH 103 or equivalent.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 211L.
Typically Offered: FALL
Recommended course sequence for pre-medical students. Topics include: Kinematics, mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, electricity and magnetism, and optics.

PHYS 211L. College Physics I Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 211.
Typically Offered: FALL
Three hours of lab per week.

PHYS 212. College Physics II

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: PHYS 211.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 212L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Recommended course sequence for pre-medical students. Topics include: Kinematics, mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, electricity and magnetism, and optics.

PHYS 212L. College Physics II Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 212.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Three hours of lab per week.

PHYS 251. University Physics I

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: MATH 165.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 251L.
Typically Offered: FALL
Classical physics using calculus for majors in mathematics, physical sciences and engineering. Topics may include: kinematics, mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, electricity and magnetism, and optics.

PHYS 251L. University Physics I Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 251.
Typically Offered: FALL
Three hours of lab per week.

PHYS 252. University Physics II

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 166 and PHYS 251.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 252L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Classical physics using calculus for majors in mathematics, physical sciences and engineering. Topics may include: kinematics, mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, electricity and magnetism, and optics.

PHYS 252L. University Physics II Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, PHYS 252.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Three hours of lab per week.

PHYS 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

PHYS 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

PHYS 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

PHYS 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

PHYS 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.