Physics

The aims of the physical science and physics courses are to explain and develop an appreciation for basic concepts and principles, to develop skills in problem solving and laboratory measurement, and to develop in the student an understanding of contemporary scientific issues. Non-science majors can take PHY 151 Physical Science to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement.


Physics Course Descriptions

PHY 151 Physical Science (4 cr.)

Introductory course in physical science for non-science majors. Course content includes: discussion of basic concepts in physics, chemistry, astronomy, and meteorology. Recommended for those students wishing to fulfill a four-hour laboratory science requirement for BA degree. Three lectures and two hours of laboratory work each week. (Prerequisite: High school algebra or MTH 100) (Course Fee $65)

PHY 221 General Physics (4 cr.)

Course content includes: vectors, motion, forces, momentum, heat, and energy. Three lectures and two hours of laboratory each week. (Prerequisite: Concurrently enrolled in mathematics course or two years of high school math) (Course Fee $65)

PHY 222 General Physics (4 cr.)

Course content includes: sound, light, optics, electricity, magnetism, and topics in modern physics. Three lectures and two hours of laboratory each week. (Prerequisite: PHY 221) (Course Fee $65)

PHY 231 Classical Physics (5 cr.)

Course content includes: vectors, motion, forces, momentum, heat, and energy. Calculus techniques will be used. Five lectures and two hours of laboratory each week. Some of the lectures may be used for recitations. (Prerequisites: MTH 203 and 204) (Course Fee $65)

PHY 232 Classical Physics (5 cr.)

Course content includes: sound, light, optics, electricity, magnetism, and topics in modern physics. Calculus techniques will be used. Five lectures and two hours of laboratory each week. Some of the lectures may be used for recitations. (Prerequisites: PHY 231, MTH 203 and 204) (Course Fee $65)