Grading Policy: All courses submitted toward major requirements in the Department must be taken for a letter grade (A-F). This policy does not apply to courses challenged or offered only on a Cr/NC basis.
100. Descriptive Physics (3)
Fall and Spring
Lecture, 3 hours. A descriptive survey of the important principles of physics. Not recommended for BS students. Satisfies GE, category B1 or B3 (Physical Sciences). Prerequisite for Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics majors: approval of the Physics and Astronomy Department.
102. Descriptive Physics Laboratory
Laboratory, 3 hours. Experimental demonstrations, exercises, and field trips illustrating the methods by which physicists have learned what they claim to know about the world. Instruction is at the PHYS 100 level. Satisfies GE, category B1 or B3 (Physical Sciences), and GE laboratory requirements. Prerequisite: previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 100 or ASTR 100, or consent of instructor.
114. Introduction to Physics I
(4) Fall and Spring
Lecture, 4 hours. The first of three basic sequential courses in physics for science and mathematics majors. Introduction to vectors; classical mechanics, including particle dynamics and fluid mechanics; simple harmonic motion; thermodynamics and kinetics. Satisfies GE, category B 1 or B3 (Physical Sciences). Prerequisite: MATH 161.
116. Introductory Laboratory Experience
(1) Fall and Spring
Laboratory, 3 hours. Demonstrations and participatory experiments are used to increase the student's familiarity with gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces in nature. Applications include biological, geophysical, medical, and environmental phenomena. Satisfies GE, category B1 or B3 (Physical Sciences), and GE laboratory requirements. Prerequisite: previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 114.