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PHYS- 150 The Nature And Application Of Light And Color (2.00 cr.)
Natural Science
Repeatable: No
The nature of light and color: the basic principles of our visual perception of nature and the arts are presented for students with no formal background in science.

Prerequisite: One year H.S. Algebra and Math placement score required, or MATH-010 or higher.

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PHYS- 151 Astronomy (3.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
The solar system, stars, galaxies and the universe. Physical processes and observational methods.

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PHYS- 199 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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PHYS- 211 Introduction To Physics (3.00 cr.)
Natural Science
Repeatable: No
Introduction to principles of physics, including mechanics, fluids, heat and thermodynamics, light and sound, electricity and magnetism; their applications to specific technologies.

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PHYS- 212 Introduction To Physics: Lab (1.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Measurement, analysis and presentation of laboratory data on basic physics concepts, including mechanics, fluids, heat, electricity, light and sound.

Corequisite: PHYS-211

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PHYS- 222 Heat And Thermodynamics (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Concepts of temperature and heat, temperature- dependent properties and processes, heat transfer; laws relating heat and other forms of energy.

Prerequisite: take PHYS-231

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PHYS- 241 College Physics I (5.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Calculus-based general physics course: mechanics and thermodynamics with laboratory.

Prerequisite: take either MATH-151, MATH-153 or MATH-156

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PHYS- 242 College Physics II (5.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Calculus-based general physics course: electricity, sound, light and selected topics in modern physics with laboratory.

Prequisite: take PHYS-241

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PHYS- 249 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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PHYS- 250 The Physics Of Light And Color (3.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Properties, sources and perception of light are examined through lectures and laboratory activity. Topics considered are: color systems and vision, optical devices and phenomena; and image formation and appearance.

Prerequisite: Take any MATH 100-level or higher

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PHYS- 251 Topics In Astronomy (1.00 cr.)
Natural Science
Repeatable: No
Qualitative analysis emphasizing physical principles of selected topics in astronomy. Significance of modern methods of obtaining astronomical information.

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PHYS- 252 Neurophysics (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Examination of physical principles as they relate to brain function and neural systems. Exploration of the physics involved in techniques and technologies used in the study and imaging of the brain.

Math Placement or MATH-120

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PHYS- 255 Meteorology (2.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Physical processes that determine properties of the earth's atmosphere: precipitation, atmospheric circulation, weather, climate and human influence on the atmosphere in the framework of physics.

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PHYS- 257 Introduction To Geology And Soil Mechanics (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Physical processes involved in rock formation, mountain building, erosional landscapes, plate tectonics, earthquakes and geologic dating. Elementary soil mechanics.

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PHYS- 258 Introduction To Geology (2.00 cr.)
Natural Science
Repeatable: No
Composition of the earth and its physical processes, including geologic time, rocks and minerals, raw resources and energy, volcanism, earthquakes, streams and groundwater, weathering, glaciation, shorelines, deserts, wind, and planetary geology.

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PHYS- 281 University Physics I (5.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Calculus-based general physics course: mechanics and thermodynamics with laboratory.

Prerequisite: take either MATH-154 or MATH-157, or may be concurrently enrolled.

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PHYS- 282 University Physics II (5.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Calculus-based general physics course: electricity, sound, light, and selected topics in modern physics with laboratory.

Prerequisite: take PHYS-281 or MECH-292

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PHYS- 291 Statics (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Essential elements of statics. Includes vector mechanics, coplanar and non-coplanar force systems, resultants, distributed loads, free-body diagrams, equilibrium conditions, trusses and frames, method of joints,method of sections, and force of inertia.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH-154 or concurrent enrollment

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PHYS- 299 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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PHYS- 301 Physics for Future Presidents (3.00 cr.)
Natural Science, Global Perspective
Repeatable: No
Science-related topics that a future president must master or any person interested in public policy matters with science content. Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, energy production, peak oil, nuclear power, radioactivity, environmental degradation, overpopulation, space, satellites, natural disasters, and pseudoscience.

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PHYS- 321 Statics And Strength Of Materials (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Force and moment equilibrium including friction, trusses, frames and machines. Simple and compound stress and strain including beams and joints. No credit for students taking PHYS-325 or PHYS-331.

Prerequisite: take PHYS-241 or PHYS-281

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PHYS- 327 Solid State Physics (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Crystalline structure, lattice vibration and energy states, Brillouin zones, electrons in metals, semi-conductors, and dielectric and magnetic properties of solids.

Prerequisites: take PHYS-282 or PHYS-242, and take MATH-157 or MATH-154

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PHYS- 329 Atomic And Nuclear Physics (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Elements of atomic and nuclear physics.

Prerequisites: take PHYS-242 or PHYS-282, and take MATH-154 or MATH-157

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PHYS- 330 Science And The Fallible Mind For Educators (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Cross-disciplinary, physical science course primarily intended for educators. Defines and examines science with a perspective on societal issues related to the human mind, consumer marketing, psychology, religion, risk and fear, global concerns, and the use and abuse of numbers. H.S. Algebra required.

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PHYS- 333 Dynamics (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Essential elements of dynamics: rectilinear, angular and harmonic motions; forces producing motion, work, energy, acceleration, impulse and momentum.

Prerequisite: take PHYS-331

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PHYS- 335 Optics (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Optics with emphasis on the wave nature of light: interference diffraction, polarization and coherence; their applications in holography.

Prerequisites: take PHYS-282, or take PHYS-242, MATH-154 and MATH-157

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PHYS- 349 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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PHYS- 351 Astrophysics (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Quantitative and qualitative study of the solar system, stars, galaxies and the universe. Physical processes and observational methods and analysis.

Prerequisite: take PHYS-242 or PHYS-282

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PHYS- 358 Soil Science and Conservation (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Soil formation and the relationship of its physical, chemical, and biological properties to natural and agricultural ecosystems, with implications for sustainable management.

Prerequisites: Take CHEM-135 and PHYS-258

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PHYS- 360 Physics Modeling for Game Programmers (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Use of mathematics and physics to model the physical world for use in games and other computer simulations. Topics include motion, gravity, collisions, vectors, matrices, differential equations, dynamics, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics, and elastic systems to model common game objects.

Prerequisites: take CS-244, MATH-275 and PHYS-281, and take either MATH-154 or MATH-157

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PHYS- 399 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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PHYS- 449 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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PHYS- 458 Applied Watershed Hydrology (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Overview of the role of surface and groundwater flow in watersheds and how scientists study them including the impacts of anthropogenic activity and landscape characteristics on water quality at the watershed scale.

Prerequisites: MATH-121, CHEM-135, and Junior or Senior status

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PHYS- 489 Advanced Physics Experience (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Experience leading to a deeper understanding of principles and applications of physics.
Instructor's consent

Must be Junior level or higher

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PHYS- 499 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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PHYS- 530 Science And The Fallible Mind For Educators (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Cross-disciplinary, physical science course primarily intended for educators. Defines and examines science with a perspective on societal issues reltated to the human mind, consumer marketing, psychology, religion, risk and fear, global concerns, and the use and abuse of numbers.

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