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engineering and physical science


Physical Science Courses

ASTR 201. Astronomy, 3 credits
Observational descriptions of the moon, stars, planets and galaxies. Theories of their origin and evolution. Use of telescopes and other observational equipment, and analysis of observations. Two lectures and one lab per week.

ASTR 221. Stellar Astronomy, 3 credits
Detailed observational descriptions and analysis of stars, star clusters, nebulae, and other related phenomena. Theories of their formation, evolution, and death. Combined lecture/laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: MATH 171 or equivalent.

NSCI 105. Introduction to Physical Science, 4 credits
Selected concepts underlying present understanding of the physical universe. Topics include motion and Newton's Laws, energy, electricity and electromagnetism; chemical structure and reactions; and elements of astronomy and geology. Some lecture demonstration and laboratory experience.

NSCI 106. Energy, 4 credits
Study of energy, its use and the underlying physics principles. Topics include energy, work, heat and conservation of energy; energy conversions; energy resources; energy uses and impacts on the environment; renewable and nonrenewable energies; and future energy alternatives. Lectures and Laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: MATH 171.

NSCI 205. Physical Geography, 3 credits
Natural environment with emphasis on spatial interaction of elements; resources and their uses. (Same as GEOG 201)

PHYS 203. College Physics I, 4 credits
For majors in biology, health sciences and liberal arts. Principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, acoustics, and fluids. Three lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisite: MATH 151.

PHYS 204. College Physics II, 4 credits
For biology, health sciences and liberal arts majors. Principles of electricity magnetism, optics, modern physics, and elementary particles. Three lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 203.

PHYS 251. General Physics I: Mechanics, 4 credits
Calculus-based physics course for majors in engineering and the physical sciences. Introduction to mechanics, rotational motion, and fluids. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MATH 191.
Co-requisite: MATH 192.

PHYS 253. General Physics II: Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism, 4 credits
Heat and thermodynamics, electrical and magnetic properties of matter, AC and DC circuits, electrical fields and particles, magnetic fields induction, Maxwell's equations and introduction to electronics. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Prerequisites: MATH 192, PHYS 251.

PHYS 254. General Physics III: Introduction to Optics and Modern Physics, 3 credits
Physical and geometrical optics, relativity, atomic physics, quantum mechanics and nuclear physics. Two lectures and one laboratory per week. Prerequisites: MATH 192, PHYS 253.

PHYS 306. Electronics, 3 credits
For science and engineering majors. Digital circuits and de-sign techniques, transistor and diode circuits, operational am-plifiers, filters and signal sampling. Two lectures, one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 204 or 253, or consent of instructor.

PHYS 329. Experimental Research, 2-3 credits
Individual research projects selected by student. Design and installation of experimental apparatus involved. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

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