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Physics Programs


These are the courses typically taken by a student intending to transfer to a four year university in their junior year as a physics major:

Course Fall Spring Fall Spring
  Math 180 Math 181 Math 280 Math 285
Math 150 Physics 2A Physics 4A Physics 4B Physics 4C
ENG 68 ENG 1A ENG 1C CHEM 50 CS 141
ENG 68 HIST 7 SPH 1A Physics 99 Physics 99

Course Offerings

    • PHYS 1 — Physics

      Discovery of basic concepts of physics by working through guided activities in a workshop style. Topics include light and geometrical optics, electricity and DC circuits (with capacitors,) linear and rotational motion, forces, momentum, energy, harmonic motion and waves.
    • PHYS 2AG — General Physics

      The basic principles of physics. Includes theory, applications, laboratory, and problem solving in mechanics, heat, fluids, and wave motion.

    • PHYS 2BG — General Physics

      A continuation of Physics 2AG. Includes electricity and magnetism (including DC and AC circuits,) geometrical and physical optics, relativity, quantum physics, atomic and nuclear physics. Laboratory includes use of computers to analyze data and simulate electric circuits. 

    • PHYS 4A — Engineering Physics

      Studies linear and rotational motion, forces, work, energy, oscillations, gravitation, properties of solids, and waves. Includes laboratory experience, with significant use of computers for data acquisition and analysis.
    • PHYS 4B — Engineering Physics

      Heat, kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics, electromagnetism (including DC and AC circuits,) and Maxwell’s equations. Laboratory includes significant use of computers for data acquisition, analysis and simulation.
    • PHYS 4C — Engineering Physics 

      Fluids, sound, electromagnetic waves, optics, diffraction and interference of waves, relativity, quantum physics, atomic and nuclear structure, nuclear reactions and elementary particles. Laboratory includes significant use of computers for data analysis.

    • PHYS 99 — Special Projects in Physics

      In order to offer selected students recognition for their academic interests and ability, and the opportunity to explore their disciplines to greater depth, the various departments from time to time offer Special Projects courses. The content of each course and the methods of study vary from semester to semester and depend on the particular project under consideration. Student must have instructor’s authorization before enrolling in this class. Students who repeat this course will improve skills by further instruction and practice.

        • Corequisite: PHYS 1 or PHYS 2AG or PHYS 4A (may have been taken previously)

AS Degree Programs