Physics courses

PHYS 121: Integrated Physical Science

Introduces the basic principles of physical science and the application of these principles in modern society. Topics include: nature, properties, and reactions of matter; objects at rest and in motion, energy and power, fluids, heat, light, sound, and electricity. For non-science majors. (Coreq: PHYS 121L: Integrated Phy Science Lab (1 units))

Units: 3 — 3

PHYS 150: Physics for Biologists

Introduces the fundamental concepts of classical physics, especially for students interested in the life sciences. Covers motion, forces, waves, energy, thermodynamics, gravity, fluids, electricity, magnetism, light, and optics using examples drawn from biological, environmental, and health science disciplines. (Formerly known as Survey of Physics) [Prereq: MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) and (CHEM 109: Introductory Chemistry (4 units) or FYS 121 or CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

PHYS 220: Physics I

Emphasizes motion, mechanics, energy, and fluids using active and experiential learning. (Prereq: CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units) and MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

PHYS 221: Physics II

Covers topics in electricity, magnetism, and optics. Emphasizes active and experiential learning and practical applications. (Prereq: MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) and PHYS 220: Physics I (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

PHYS 330: Robotics for Ecological Research

Through a series of hands-on project modules, students develop practical skills in electronics, microcontroller programming, and robotics sufficient to design and build a simple, programmable robot, sensor/datalogger system, or other electronic device for collecting environmental measurements in terrestrial, freshwater, or marine ecosystems. Course fee may be required. [Prereq: MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) and (PHYS 121: Integrated Physical Science (3 units) or PHYS 150: Physics for Biologists (4 units) or PHYS 220: Physics I (4 units) or CST 231: Problm-Solving/Programng (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

PHYS 395: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Physics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 4

PHYS 530: Electronics for Grad Research

Provides a practical foundation in basic electronic circuit design, construction, and repair to assist science graduate students who may need to select, use, repair, or invent electronic equipment to complete their graduate thesis project.

Units: 4 — 4