Course Information

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
PHYS100 Astronomy Y
This course is an introductory survey of astronomy, the foundations of which include motions of the planets, the Moon, the Sun, and the stars; historical development of astronomy; an overview of the solar system; analyzing starlight; description, formation, evolution, and fate of stars; and an overview of the galaxies. Other topics may include planetary geology, the formation of the solar system, the search for planets around other stars, the big bang, expansion of the universe, dark matter, dark energy, and life in the universe. The Newhard Planetarium will be used to simulate motions of celestial bodies. Observing sessions may supplement classroom activities.
PHYS150 Conceptual Physics
Co-requisite: PHYS 150L this course is a conceptual study of basic physics principles with a foundation in mechanics, including Newton's Laws of Motion, momentum, energy, and rotation. Other topics will be selected and may include fluids, heat transfer, electricity, magnetism, and light. Conceptual applications of physics in everyday experience and in students' subject areas will be emphasized.
PHYS150L Conceptual Physics Lab
Co-requisite: PHYS 150 This course provides students taking PHYS 150, Conceptual Physics, with hands-on experience with topics covered in the lectures and trains students in basic lab skills.
PHYS250 General Physics I Y
Prerequisite: MATH 110, or placement into MATH 123 or higher on the University math placement test Co-requisite: PHYS 250L This course is a study of linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics including Newton's Laws of Motion, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, heat, and fluids. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding, application of physical laws, and problem solving.
PHYS250L General Physics I - Lab
Co-requisite: PHYS 250 A variety of lab experiments are coordinated with topics covered in lectures and problems. In these labs data will be gathered, organized, and analyzed.
PHYS251 General Physics II Y
Prerequisite: PHYS 250 and 250L Co-requisite: PHYS 251L This course is a continuation of PHYS 250 and is the study of oscillations, waves, sound, light, optics, electricity, and magnetism. Some modern physics topics may also be covered. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding, application of physical laws, and problem solving.
PHYS251L General Physics II - Lab
Co-requisite: PHYS 251 A variety of lab experiences are coordinated with topics covered in lectures and problems. In these labs data will be gathered, organized, and analyzed.
PHYS252 Calculus Based Physics I Y
Prerequisite: MATH 141 The topics covered will be the same as those in PHYS 250, except calculus and vector algebra will be used as tools in lectures and problem solving.
PHYS253 Calculus Based Physics II Y
Prerequisites: MATH 142, PHYS 252 This course is a continuation of PHYS 252. Topics covered will be the same as those in PHYS 251, except calculus and vector algebra will be used as tools in lectures and problem solving.
PHYS260 Physics for the Health Sciences
Prerequisite: MATH 110, high school physics, or permission of the instructor This course is a one-semester overview of vector mechanics, linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, work, energy and power, wave phenomena, fluid mechanics, heat, electricity, and magnetism. Emphasis is placed upon the mathematical formulation of principles and on problem solving as well as their relationship to biological processes.
PHYS490 Advanced Topics
Prerequisites: PHYS 251 and permission of the instructor This course is a study of selected areas of physics not included in regular offerings. The course may be taken twice, provided the topics are different.