Courses in Astronomy & Physics

Astronomy

AST-A 100 The Solar System (3 cr)

Celestial sphere and constellations, measurement of time, astronomical instruments, earth as a planet, moon, eclipses, planets and their satellites, comets, meteors, theories of origin of solar system.

  • Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Prerequisite: None

AST-A 105 Stellar Astronomy (3 cr)

The sun as a star, physical properties of stars, principles of spectroscopy as applied to astronomy, double stars, variable stars, star clusters, gaseous nebulae, stellar motions, and distribution. Milky Way system, external galaxies, expanding universe, cosmic time scale.

  • Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Prerequisite: None

AST-A 150 Introductory Astronomy Lab (2 cr)

Computer simulations, workbook and planetarium exercises, telescopic observation. Backyard astronomy techniques with visual and small-telescope observations. Topics include celestial navigation, time keeping and celestial calendars, light pollution, observing planets, binary stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

  • Offered fall semester, typically 8 week course option.
  • Lab fee required
  • Prerequisite: None

AST-X 399 Research In Astronomy and Astrophysics (1-6 cr)

Research in astronomy, closely supervised by a faculty member. Projects can be theoretical, experimental, or observational, and may include opportunities to train in the planning and execution of data gathering runs at research telescopes and facilities, and in data mining.

  • Offered Periodically.
  • Instructor Permission Required.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Recommended Prerequisite: AST-A 150

Physics

PHYS-P 104 Conceptual Physical Science (3 cr)

Introduces the fundamental concepts and principles of physical science (physics and chemistry), with limited use of algebra. Topics include motion, light, electricity, magnetism, states of matter, energy and chemical reactions. Intended for non-science majors and elementary education majors.

  • Lab fee required.
  • Cross-lists with PHYS-Q 202.
  • Offered fall and spring semesters.
  • This course is equivalent to PHYS-Q 202 but open to all non-science majors, as well as elementary education majors.
  • Offered spring semesters, online.

PHYS-P 110 Energy (2 cr)

Basic concepts and issues related to energy production and consumption in everyday life.

  • Credit not given for those with credit for PHYS-P 120.
  • Offered fall or spring semester, occasionally.
  • Prerequisite: None.

PHYS-P 120 Energy and Technology (3 cr)

Basic concepts and issues related to energy production, consumption and conservation both as individuals and as society as a whole.

  • Credit not given concurrently for PHYS-P110 and PHYS-P 120.
  • Offered fall or spring semester, occasionally
  • Prerequisite: none

PHYS-P 201 General Physics I (5 cr)

Newtonian mechanics, wave motion, heat, and thermodynamics. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines including life sciences.

  • Lab fee required.
  • Offered fall and spring semesters.
  • Honors option available
  • Prerequisite: MATH-M 126, or equivalent

PHYS-P 202 General Physics II (5 cr)

Electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, introduction to concepts of relativity, quantum theory, and atomic and nuclear physics. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines including life sciences.

  • Lab fee required.
  • Offered fall and spring semesters.
  • Honors option available
  • Prerequisite: PHYS-P 201

PHYS-P 221 Physics I (5 cr)

Newtonian mechanics, oscillations and waves, heat and thermodynamics. Calculus-based.

  • Lab fee required.
  • Offered fall semesters.
  • Prerequisite: MATH-M 215 or consent of instructor
  • Meets the General Education Core for Scientific Ways of Knowing

PHYS-P 222 Physics II (5 cr)

Primarily electricity, magnetism, and geometrical and physical optics. Calculus-based.

  • Lab fee required.
  • Offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: PHYS-P 221 or consent of instructor

PHYS-Q 202 Physical Science: Elem. Teachers (3 cr)

Part of an integrated sequence of science courses for elementary education majors. Introduction to physical science including such topics as motion, light, electricity, magnetism, states of matter, energy, and chemical reactions.

  • Lab fee required.
  • Not distribution satisfying.
  • Cross-lists with PHYS-P 104.
  • This course is equivalent to PHYS-P 104 which is open to all non-science majors, as well as elementary education majors.
  • Offered summer semesters, periodically
  • Prerequisite: EDUC-Q 200

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