Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 107. Astronomy. (3 Credits)

Astronomy is an introductory course that includes the scientific and historical foundations of astronomy, solar system mechanics, Earth’s seasons and sky motions, the life-cycles of stars, galaxies, and solar systems, cosmology, and space exploration.

Prerequisites: MATH 121.

PHYS 108. Introductory Astronomy. (4 Credits)

PHYS 121. Principles of Physics. (4 Credits)

is a one-semester survey of physics including classical mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion and sound, electricity and magnetism, and relativity. Involves the use of algebra and includes mathematical problem solving. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. 4 credits.

Prerequisites: MATH 121.

PHYS 151. General Physics I. (4 Credits)

General Physics I is an introductory course in physics that includes classical mechanics, mechanical waves, sound, and fluids. Involves the use of algebra and trigonometry, and emphasizes both numerical problem solving and building logical arguments based on physics concepts. One laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: MATH 128.

PHYS 152. General Physics II. (4 Credits)

General Physics II is a continuation of General Physics I and includes classical electricity and magnetism, electric current and circuits, light waves, geometric optics, and the atom. One laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: "C-" or better in PHYS 151.

PHYS 153. GENERAL PHYSICS III. (4 Credits)

PHYS 163. GENERAL PHYSICS III LAB. (0 Credits)

PHYS 171. University Physics I. (4 Credits)

University Physics I is a calculus-based introductory course in physics that includes classical mechanics, mechanical waves, and sound. Involves the use of algebra, trigonometry, derivatives, and integrals. Both numerical problem solving and building logical arguments based on physics concepts are emphasized. One laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: MATH 201.

PHYS 172. University Physics II. (4 Credits)

University Physics II is a calculus-based introductory course in physics that includes classical mechanics, mechanical waves, and sound. Involves the use of algebra, trigonometry, derivatives, and integrals. Both numerical problem solving and building logical arguments based on physics concepts are emphasized. One laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: MATH 201.

PHYS 201. ENGINEERING PHYSICS I. (4 Credits)

PHYS 202. ENGINEERING PHYSICS II. (4 Credits)

PHYS 210. PHYSICS/SCI & ENGR I. (4 Credits)

PHYS 223. Mechanics, Sound, and Heat. (5 Credits)

is a calculus-based course for physics, science, and engineering students. Topics include kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work and energy, momentum, rotation, oscillations, waves, and sound. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab. 5 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PHYS 224. Electricity, Magnetism, Light. (5 Credits)

is a continuation of PHYS 223 for physical science and engineering students. Topics include static and current electricity, magnetism, induction, and geometric and physical optics. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab. 5 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PHYS 240. MODERN PHYSICS. (4 Credits)

PHYS 275. Modern Physics. (3 Credits)

In this course we will examine the discoveries and historic experiments of the early twentieth century that led to the development of two of the pillars of modern physics - the theory of special relativity and quantum mechanics. This course emphasizes an evidence-based view of modern physics, as well as a basic overview of the theoretical tools of special relativity and quantum mechanics. It is a part of the Great Texts Pathway. Texts for this course will include Relativity - The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein and excerpts from the Bohr--Einstein debates. Additional texts may be covered as well.

Prerequisites: either PHYS 172 or PHYS 152, or consent of the instructor.

PHYS 281. TOPICS-NUCLEAR SCI&ENGR. (3 Credits)

PHYS 283. TOPIC IN MODERN PHYSICS. (3 Credits)

PHYS 307. Astrophysics. (3 Credits)

PHYS 307 is a study of the physics of modern astronomy including electromagnetic radiation, telescopic observations, gravitation, and the properties of atoms, planets, stars, black holes, and galaxies.

Prerequisites: "C-" or better in PHYS 152 or PHYS 172.

PHYS 499. Undergraduate Research. (1-3 Credits)

provides the student the opportunity to work on a research topic under the direction of a member of the physics faculty. The experience must be approved in advance by the Department Chair. Students may enroll for credit more than once. 3-12 hours lab.    1-4 credits.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.