Academic Catalog

2019-2020 Edition

PHYS • Physics

PHYS 100 · General Physics for Health Sciences/Lab   4 Credits

This introductory course explores mechanics, waves, fluids, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, and assorted topics in modern physics.

Lecture, 3 credits; Lab, 1 credit.

PHYS 114 · A to Z Laboratory Course   1 Credit

This course provides an overview of science and includes topics found in astronomy, earth science, life science, cellular biology, theories of evolution, and ecology. Designed to promote an appreciation for the unification and interdependence of all life.

Meets general studies requirements for science when paired with a 3-credit science lecture course. This course is for non-science majors and carries no credit towards a science major or concentration.

PHYS 150 · Introduction to Astronomy/Lab   4 Credits

The history of astronomy, the solar system, the stellar systems, galactic systems, and cosmology. This course requires basic skills developed in a college algebra environment including solving equations, scientific notation, roots, and exponents. Students uncomfortable with these requirements may wish to complete College Algebra before taking Astronomy.

Lecture, 3 credits; Lab, 1 credit.

PHYS 301 · Life Science   3 Credits

Examination of the fundamental concepts of life science and its applications. Topics include the structure and function of living organisms, ecology, genetics, and evolution. Candidates discuss how a variety of factors (pollution, temperature, resource consumption and conservation) impact life, and apply these theoretical concepts to real-life applications.

PHYS 325 · Physical, Earth, and Space Sciences   3 Credits

Examination of the fundamental concepts of the Earth, Space, and Physical Sciences. Topics include the Earth’s structure and composition, atmosphere, and geographical attributes. The Space Science unit includes study of the solar system and the universe. The Physical Science unit explores the structure and properties of matter, the principles of motion and energy, and how to plan and conduct appropriate scientific investigations using the scientific method.