Physics

Physics involves the nature and properties of matter and energy, and the interaction between them.  It explores the smallest building blocks of matter to the largest galaxies. It helps to organize the universe, dealing with the fundamentals and helping us to see connections between differing phenomena. Students will use the scientific method and develop analytical skills in their exploration. Career opportunities are vast with the study of physics, including medicine, engineering, computer science, manufacturing and more.

Physics Courses

PHY 131 Conceptual Physics (4 CR)

Become familiar with basic concepts used in physics to describe and explain various physical phenomena. The course covers the following topics: kinematics (the description of motion); mechanics (the study of force, momentum, and energy); the behavior of solids, liquids and gases; temperature and heat; waves and sound; electricity and magnetism; and optics. The course is designed to familiarize the student with the basics of physics using a minimum of mathematics. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher


PHY 151 Astronomy (4 CR)

A one-semester conceptual astronomy course for non-science majors. This is a survey course that focuses on four broad content categories: motions of the sky, the solar system, light and stars, and the universe. The emphasis of the course is on critical thinking about specific topics in these categories. The course has an associated laboratory in which students run experiments to verify the concepts presented. The mathematical skills necessary for this course include working with ratios, rates, scaling, unit conversion, percentages, exponents, graphing, basic geometry and substitution into formulas.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and MAT 031* or higher


PHY 231 College Physics I (4 CR)

Preprofessional and engineering technology students explore kinematics, mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, acoustics and general wave motion. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: MAT 131 or higher


PHY 232 College Physics II (4 CR)

Students cover topics in electricity, magnetism and modern physics and is a continuation of PHY 231. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: PHY 231


PHY 251 Modern University Physics I (5 CR)

Students cover classical mechanics, thermodynamics and wave motion. This course should be elected by all science and engineering students. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: MAT 151 or higher


PHY 252 Modern University Physics II (5 CR)

Students cover topics in classical electricity and magnetism, optics, special relativity and modern physics. A continuation of PHY 251. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: PHY 251