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 Number Course Title Course Description
PHY1114 Introduction to Astronomy. (4) A combined lecture and laboratory course that includes surveys of the solar system, our galaxy, and the universe. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in the lecture classes. 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.)
PHY2241 Physical Science I Laboratory. (1) Corequisite: PHY 2243 A laboratory course that contains experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in PHY 2243. Two laboratory hours per week.
PHY2243 Physical Science I Lecture (3) 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.
PHY2244 Physical Science I Lecture and Laboratory.(4) A combined lecture and laboratory course that includes studies of measurements and unites, electricity, mechanics, heat, sound, light, and astronomy. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in class. Three lecture hours and two lab hours per week.
PHY2251 Physical Science II Laboratory (1) Corequisite: PHY 2253 A laboratory course that contains experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in PHY 2253. Two laboratory hours per week.
PHY2253 Physical Science II Lecture (3) Corequisite: PHY 2241 A lecture course that includes studies of chemistry, geology and meteorology. Three lecture hours per week.
PHY2254 Physical Science II Lecture and Laboratory (4) Corequisite: PHY 2241 A combined lecture and laboratory course that includes studies of chemistry, geology and meteorology. Labs associated with the course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture class. Three lecture hours and two lab hours per week.
PHY2313 Physics I Lecture and Laboratory. (3) Prerequisites: MAT 1613 and one of the following: High school chemistry, High school physics, CHE 1223 with laboratory. THIS COURSE WILL BE OFFERED BEGINNING SPRING 2016. A combined lecture and laboratory course covering mechanics, conservation laws, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and waves. This is a calculus-based course primarily for engineering, science and mathematics majors. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture classes. Two lecture hours and two lab hours per week.
PHY2323 Physics II Lecture and Laboratory. (3) Prerequisites: PHY 2313. THIS COURSE WILL BE OFFERED BEGINNING FALL 2016. A combined lecture and laboratory course covering magnetism, electricity, optics and gravity. This is a calculus-based course primarily for engineering, science and mathematics majors. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture classes. Two lecture hours and two lab hours per week.
PHY 2333 Physics III Lecture and Laboratory. (3) Prerequisites: PHY 2323. THIS COURSE WILL BE OFFERED BEGINNING SPRING 2017. A combined lecture and laboratory course covering harmonic motion, waves, optics, electronics, relativity, and quantum physics. This is a calculus-based course primarily for engineering, science and mathematics majors. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture classes. Two lecture hours and two lab hours per week.
PHY2414 General Physics I Lecture and Laboratory (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 a non-calculus 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.
PHY2424 General Physics II Lecture and Laboratory. (4) Prerequisite: PHY 2414 A combined lecture and laboratory course covering electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. This is an non-calculus based course primarily for pre-professional majors. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture.
PHY2514 Engineering Physics I Lecture and Laboratory (4) Prerequisites: MAT 1613 and one of the following: High school chemistry, High school physics, CHE 1223 with laboratory. This course will be phased out after the Fall 2015 semester. A combined lecture and laboratory course covering mechanics, heat, waves, and sound. 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 Engineering Physics II Lecture and Laboratory. (4) Prerequisite: PHY 2514 This course will be phased out after the Fall 2015 semester. 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.