Catalogue: Traditional Program: Physics

Physics (PHY)

Assistant Professor Carlson
Associate Professor Bishop

Physics is the most fundamental physical science. Its primary concern is with the basic principles of our physical environment. Physics has been successful at predicting how nature will behave based on the experimental data obtained in other situations. The ideas studied in physics have proven to be so fundamental that they are required for nearly every technical field including science, technology, engineering, and medicine. The department of physics seeks to offer its students a comprehensive understanding of the physical world. The laboratory focuses on data analysis, operating modern lab equipment, problem solving, and exploring fundamental relationships between different variables. Students will take classes related to motion, dynamics, forces, mechanics, sound, waves, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, electrodynamics, astronomy, energy, and more.

Physics minor: 22 hours to include CHE 421 or 422, MAT 208, PHY 241, 243 or PHY 251, 253; PHY 242, 244 or PHY 252, 254; 4 hours of Physics electives from the following: CHE 421, 422, PHY 351, 352, 431, 432, 451, 452; and 3 additional hours from Engineering, Computer Science or Mathematics (MAT 209).

116 Earth and Space Science (3).
A non-technical introduction of rocks and minerals, earth processes, earth history as seen in rock strata, folds, faults, mountains and fossils, the solar system, stellar astronomy, stellar systems, stellar motions, galactic structure, and extragalactic structure. (Lecture 3)
125 Science & Culture I: Physical Sciences for a Sustainable Future (4).
This course serves as an introduction to the physical sciences, particularly physics, geology, atmospheric sciences, and chemistry using a problem-based approach. Current topics of interest will include energy, environmental quality, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, natural disasters and scientific discovery and will focus on the practical application of this knowledge to our lives and a sustainable society.
241-242 General Physics (3-3). Prereq: MAT 102 or 208, or consent of the instructor.
A non-calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. (Lecture 3) (241, fall only; 242, spring only)
243-244 General College Physics Laboratory (1-1). Prereq. or Coreq.: PHY 241-242.
A two-semester sequence emphasizing the study of a selection of exercises demonstrating those principles discussed in PHY 241-242. (Lab 3) (243, fall only; 244, spring only)
251 Engineering Physics I (3). Prereq: MAT 208, Co-req: PHY 253.
A Calculus-based introduction to the classical mechanics of compact and extended bodies, fluids, solids, and related phenomena, including oscillations, waves, and sound. First part of a two-semester survey of classical physics.
252 Engineering Physics II (3). Prereq: PHY 251, Co-req: PHY 254.
A Calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and modern physics. This is the second part of a two-semester survey of classical physics.
253 Engineering Physics I Lab (1). Coreq.: PHY 251 A Calculus-based introduction to the classical mechanics of compact and extended bodies, fluids, solids, and related phenomena, including oscillations, waves, and sound. First part of a two-semester survey of classical physics.
254 Engineering Physics II Lab (1). Coreq.: PHY 252
A Calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and modern physics. This is the second part of a two-semester survey of classical physics.
309 Statics (3). Prereq: MAT 208 and PHY 252 and 254
This course introduces the concepts of engineering based on forces in equilibrium. Topics include vector algebra, resultants, friction, centroids, inertia, trusses, machines and frames, beam shear and moments. Upon completion, students should be able to solve problems which require the ability to analyze systems of forces in static equilibrium.
341-342 Physics with Calculus (3-3). Prereq: MAT 208.
A calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. (Lecture 3)
343-344 Physics with Calculus Laboratory (1-1). Prereq. or Coreq.: PHY 341-342.
A study of a selection of exercises demonstrating those principles discussed in PHY 341-342. (Lab 3)
351-352 Physics Research (1-2).
431-432 Special Topics in Physics (1-2).
451-452 Advanced Topics in Physics (3-3).