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Discover the perfect course for you.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a wide variety of courses for many different audiences.

Important Note

Review the course catalog with you advisor to be sure your course of interest fits into your declared major before enrolling.

  • PHYS 101/102: Introduction to Physics I & II.
    This is an algebra-based physics sequence aimed primarily at life science majors, like Physical Therapy and Exercise Science majors. It is a two-semester sequence that is taught in an integrated lab-and-lecture format in a student-centered classroom. In the fall and spring semesters, the class meets for two hours per day, three days a week. The classes go into more depth and breadth than a typical high school physics class. The first semester (PHYS 101) emphasizes topics involving motion, like mechanics, kinematics, energy, and momentum. The second semester (PHYS 102) emphases a wide array of topics including electricity, magnetism, fluids, waves, heat and thermodynamics.
  • PHYS 117/118: Principles of Physics I & II.
    This is a calculus-based physics sequence aimed primarily at students who are majoring in physics or related fields. It is a two-semester sequence that is taught in an integrated lab-and-lecture format in a student-centered classroom. In the fall and spring semesters, the class meets for two hours per day, three days a week. The classes go into more depth and breadth than a typical high school physics class, and is more mathematically rigorous than PHYS 101/102. The first semester (PHYS 117) emphasizes topics involving motion, like mechanics, kinematics, energy, momentum and oscillation. The second semester (PHYS 118) emphasizes topics involving electricity and magnetism.

Elective Courses

  • ASTR 174: Solar System Astronomy
     
  • ASTR 175: Stars, Galaxies and the Universe
     
  • PHYS 104: Physics of Human Movement
     
  • PHYS 143: Power: Energy Options for a Global Society
     
  • PHYS 147: Time to Act! The Science and Politics of Climate Change
     
  • PHYS 160: Physics of Sound
     
  • PHYS 171: Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World