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Department of Physics
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Introductory Courses


The Department of Physics offers courses in many flavors: From courses for everyone who wants to gain scientific literacy and understand the basic ideas behind many technological discussions to courses for students who major in physics. Mathematics prerequisites range from none at all to calculus.

Most of these courses may be taken as a high school student for dual credit. If you have questions about this option please contact the undergraduate program head.

When learning physics you will strengthen your critical thinking and problem solving skills. As a results you likely do better on many standarized exams like the MCAT, LSAT or GRE.

Conceptual Physics

 

Algebra-based Physics

Phys110G – The Great Ideas of Physics

Intended audience:
Everyone with an interest in physics.
(4 cr., includes lab)

PHYS120G – Introduction To Acoustics

Intended audience:
Students majoring in music or students seeking to fulfill their general education requirements.
(4 cr., includes lab)

Algebra-based Physics

 

Algebra-based Physics

Phys211G – General Physics I
Phys212G – General Physics II

Intended audience:
Students majoring in engineering technology, or students seeking to fulfill their general education requirements.
(3 cr. each, lab separate)

  Phys221G – General Physics for Life Sciences I
Phys222G – General Physics for Life Sciences II

Intended audience:
Students majoring in biology, biochemistry, or other life sciences as well as pre-med students.
Fulfills the same requirements as Phys211.
(3 cr. each, lab separate)

   

This course is accompanied by (optional):

PHYS223 – Supplemental Instruction to PHYS221
PHYS224 – Supplemental Instruction to PHYS222
(1 cr. each)

Laboratories for Algebra-based Physics

PHYS211L – General Physics I Lab

Students from both PHYS211G and PHYS221G may register for PHYS211L.
(1 cr.)
It is recommended (but not required) to take the laboratories during the same semester as the course. Please consult your adviser, if you are required to take a laboratory course.

  PHYS212L – General Physics II Lab

Students from both PHYS212G and PHYS222G may register for PHYS212L.
(1 cr.)
It is recommended (but not required) to take the laboratories during the same semester as the course. Please consult your adviser, if you are required to take a laboratory course.

Inquiry-based Physics

   
Phys208 – Physics by Inquiry I
Phys209 – Physics by Inquiry II

Intended audience:
Education majors
(4 cr. each, lab included)

   

Calculus-based Physics

 

Calculus-based Physics

PHYS215G – Engineering Physics I
PHYS216G – Engineering Physics II

Intended audience:
Students majoring in engineering, or students seeking a calculus-based introduction to physics.
(3 cr. each, lab separate)

  PHYS213 Mechanics
PHYS214 Electricity and Magnetism

Intended audience:
Students majoring in the physical sciences.
(3 cr. each, lab separate)

Accompanying Laboratories

 

Accompanying Laboratories

PHYS215GL – Engineering Physics I Laboratory

Intended audience:
Students taking PHYS215G
(1 cr.)

PHYS216G – Engineering Physics II Laboratory

Intended audience:
Students taking PHYS216G
(1 cr.)

  PHYS213L – Experimental Mechanics

Intended audience:
Students taking PHYS213
(1 cr.)

PHYS214L – Experimental Electricity and Magnetism

Intended audience:
Students taking PHYS214
(1 cr.)

Computational Physics

 

Calculus-based Physics

PHYS150 Elementary Computational Physics

Intended audience:
Students majoring in engineering or physics.
(3 cr.)

  PHYS217 Heat, Light and Sound

Intended audience:
Students majoring in the physical sciences.
(3 cr., lab separate)

   

Accompanying Laboratory

    PHYS217L Experimental Heat, Light and Sound

Intended audience:
Students taking PHYS217.
(1 cr.)

Tutoring

Tutoring in GN 225
Mondays 1 pm -6 pm
Tuesdays 1 pm - 6 pm
Wednesdays 1 pm - 7 pm
Thursdays 1 pm - 4pm

Tutoring is free! Just drop in.

Free physics tutoring on a drop in basis will be available in Gardiner Hall GN225 throughout the semester. This is a great place to have a study group, find help for homework problems or get other physics questions answered. Opening hours will be posted on the course websites as soon as they are determined.

Please respect the textbook in the tutoring room as department property. The department has no funds to replace missing textbooks and they are lost for all other users of the tutoring room.

Tutoring is also offered through the Student Success Center on the second floor of Zuhl Library. Please check Tutoring in Zuhl Library for a list of tutoring times and subjects.