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Physical Science

Course Descriptions

PHY 101 Foundations of Physical Science 4-2-5
The course provides a study of basic concepts of physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, and meteorology and their interrelation in the physical world. This course includes a laboratory component and is intended for nonscience majors. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in MTH011 or successful completion of the appropriate module in the Computer Assisted Pre-Algebra sequence or eligible placement scores for MTH100 or MTH130. Corequisite: MTH100 or MTH130.

PHY120: Foundations of Chemistry 4-2-5
Foundations of Chemistry introduces students to the basic principles of chemistry. Topics covered include scientific measurement, atomic and molecular structure, chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, solutions and gases. This course is intended for non-science majors and includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in MTH011 or successful completion of the appropriate module in the Computer Assisted Pre- Algebra sequence or eligible placement scores for MTH100 or MTH130.

PHY121: General Chemistry I 3-4-5
General Chemistry I is the first course in the general chemistry sequence and emphasizes the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include measurement, physical and chemical processes, nomenclature, atomic structure, quantum theory, stoichiometry, molecular structure, bonding theory, physical properties of gases, thermochemistry, and properties of solutions. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental chemical laws and concepts and will obtain prerequisite chemical knowledge needed for advancement to General Chemistry II. This course is designed for pre-professional, science, and engineering majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra or must be enrolled in or have completed MTH140.

PHY122: General Chemistry II 3-4-5
General Chemistry II is the second course in the general chemistry sequence. The course includes study of chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, oxidationreduction reactions, nuclear chemistry, and introduction to carbon chemistry. This course is designed for pre-professional, science, and engineering majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: PHY121.

PHY 125: Foundations of Physics 4-2-5
Foundations of Physics is an introductory course which presents the fundamental concepts and symbolism of physics with applications to everyday life. The course emphasizes mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and some modern developments. Course includes a laboratory component and is intended for non-science majors. Pre- or corequisite: MTH100, MTH130, or eligible placement score for MTH140. (FA)

PHY 160 Earth Science 3-0-3
This introductory geoscience course emphasizes basic principles of astronomy, geology, oceanography and meteorology. Topics covered include the origin of the Universe, solar system and Earth, minerals and rocks, plate tectonics geologic time, prehistoric life and evolution, ocean structure and life, weather and climate change. This course does not include a laboratory component.

PHY 162 General Astronomy 3-0-3
This is an introductory astronomy course with no laboratory component. It surveys solar system bodies, stellar evolution, galaxies, the universe, and the history of human discovery.

PHY 163 Geology 3-2-4
Geology is a survey course focusing on the study of Earth’s materials, forms, and processes. Topics covered include rock and mineral classification, Earth’s dynamic interior and physical processes operating to shape Earth’s land forms. Designed for the non-science major, this course includes a laboratory component and may include field trips.

PHY 164 Atmospheric Science 3-0-3
This is an introductory course covering the fundamental principles of meteorology and provides insight into atmospheric phenomena including weather, optical effects, and physical forces influencing air circulation in the earth’s atmosphere. This course does not include a laboratory component.

PHY 181: General Physics I (4-2-5)
General Physics I is the first course in an algebra-based physics sequence. The course covers the principles of mechanics, gravity, thermodynamics, and waves with an emphasis on problem solving and application. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge needed for advancement to General Physics II. This course is designed for pre-professional and life-science majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: MTH140 or MTH150 with a grade of “C” or better or eligible placement score or two years of high school algebra.

PHY 182: General Physics II 4-2-5
General Physics II is the second course in an algebra-based physics sequence. The course covers the principles of electricity, magnetism, circuits, and light with an emphasis on problem solving and application. This course is designed for preprofessional and life- science majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: PHY181 with a grade of “C” or better.

PHY 201: College Physics 3-4-5
PHY201 is the first course in a calculus-based physics sequence for science and engineering students. The course covers the principles of mechanics, gravity, thermodynamics, and waves with an emphasis on problem solving and application in science and engineering. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: MTH201 with a grade of “C” or better. Pre-or corequisite: MTH202.

PHY 202: College Physics II 3-4-5
PHY202 is the second course in a calculusbased physics sequence for science and engineering students. The course covers the principles of electricity, magnetism, circuits, and light with an emphasis on problem solving and application in science and engineering. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: PHY201 with a grade of “C” or better and MTH202 with a grade of “C” or better. Recommended: MTH203.

PHY 221: Quantitative Analysis (3-5)-0-(3-5)
This course provides individualized study with an emphasis on volumetric and gravimetric analysis and an introduction to spectro-photometric and electrochemical techniques. Prerequisite: PHY122. (IN)

PHY 222: Elementary Organic Chemistry 4-2-5
Organic Chemistry I emphasizes the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include: introduction to structure, nomenclature, properties, synthesis and reactions of aliphatic and aromatic carbon compounds. This course is designed for all science majors but is open to all students who have met the pre-requisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in PHY122. (IN)

PHY299: Special Studies in Physical Science (1-6)-0-(1-6)
This course will consist of specialized study in areas of the department, which are not covered in-depth in courses already offered. Students may take no more than three Special Studies courses in any one discipline. (IN)