Physics

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that change our lives.

Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. Moreover, it's the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy. All are easily accessible with a bachelor's degree in physics.

The importance of physics isn't limited to the "hard sciences." Increasingly, physicists are turning their talents to molecular biology, biochemistry, and biology itself. Even medicine has a niche for physicists, and since medical physicists are hard to come by, they are much in demand.

Physics also undergirds many new technologies. Cell phones, the Internet, and MRIs are only a few examples of the physics-based technological developments that have revolutionized our world. Many theoretical and experimental physicists work as engineers, and many electrical and mechanical engineers have physics degrees.

A physics education equips a person to work in many different and interesting places--in industrial and government labs, on college campuses, and in the astronaut corps. In addition, many physics grads leave the lab behind and work at newspapers and magazines, in government, and even on Wall Street--places where their problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are great assets.

Course Offerings

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
General Astronomy. (4) Prerequisite: A score of 16 on the Reading portion of the Enhanced ACT or REA 0123 with a grade of ?C? or better. An introduction to stellar astronomy, galaxies, cosmology, and the solar system. Observations with the naked-eye, binoculars, and telescopes will be an important part of the course. Four semester hours credit, one hour of which is laboratory credit. (Offered only as a night class during the summer term.)PHY1114
Physical Science Survey Laboratory I. (1) Prerequisite: A score of 16 on the Reading portion of the Enhanced ACT or REA 0123 with a grade of ?C? or better. Corequisite: PHY 2243 A laboratory course that contains experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in PHY 2243. Two laboratory hours per week.PHY2241
Physical Science Survey I. (3) Prerequisite: A score of 16 on the Reading portion of the Enhanced ACT or REA 0123 with a grade of ?C? or better. Corequisite: PHY 2241 A lecture course that includes studies of measurements and units, electricity, mechanics, heat, sound, light, and astronomy. Three lecture hours per week.PHY2243
Physical Science Survey I and Laboratory. (4) Prerequisite: A score of 16 on the Reading portion of the Enhanced ACT or REA 0123 with a grade of ?C? or better. A combined lecture and laboratory course that includes studies of measurements and unites, electricity, mechanics, heat, sound, light, and astronomy. Three lecture hours and two lab hours per week.PHY2244
Physical Science Survey Laboratory II. (1) Prerequisite: A score of 16 on the Reading portion of the Enhanced ACT or REA 0123 with a grade of ?C? or better. Corequisite: PHY 2253 A laboratory course that contains experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in PHY 2253. Two laboratory hours per week.PHY2251
Physical Science Survey II. (3) Prerequisite: A score of 16 on the Reading portion of the Enhanced ACT or REA 0123 with a grade of ?C? or better. Corequisite: PHY 2241 A lecture course that includes studies of chemistry, geology and meteorology. Three lecture hours per week.PHY2253
Physical Science Survey II and Laboratory. (4) Prerequisite: A score of 16 on the Reading portion of the Enhanced ACT or REA 0123 with a grade of ?C? or better. Corequisite: PHY 2241 A combined lecture and laboratory course that includes studies of chemistry, geology and meteorology. Three lecture hours and two lab hours per week.PHY2254
General Physics I. (4) Prerequisite: High school algebra (two units) and Trigonometry or College Trigonometry, which may be taken concurrently. A combined lecture and laboratory course covering mechanics, heat, waves, and sound. This is an algebra-based course primarily for pre-professional majors. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture. Three lecture and one lab hour per week.PHY2414
General Physics II. (4) Prerequisite: PHY 2414 A combined lecture and laboratory course covering electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. This is an algebra-based course primarily for pre-professional majors. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture.PHY2424
Engineering Physics I. (4) Prerequisites: MAT 1623 and one of the following: High school chemistry, High school physics, CHE 1223 with laboratory. A combined lecture and laboratory course covering mechanics, heat and waves. This is a calculus-based course primarily for students of engineering, science, or mathematics. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture. Three lecture and 1 lab hour per week.PHY2514
Engineering Physics II. (4) Prerequisite: PHY 2514 A combined lecture and laboratory course covering electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics. This is a calculus-based course primarily for students of engineering, science, or mathematics. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture. Three lecture and 1 lab hour per week.PHY2524
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