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The following Physical Science, Physics, and Astronomy courses are offered:

Physical Science (PS)

PS 302     Introduction to Physical Science    4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This is an integrated, interdisciplinary course which introduces the non-science major student to the physical sciences.  Fundamental concepts in astronomy, physics, chemistry and geology will be examined.  This course is not recommended for science or engineering majors. 

PS 495     Independent Studies in Physical Science    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 3 hours LAB 

PS 499     Experimental Offering in Physical Science    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 


Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 310     Conceptual Physics    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides a conceptual overview of Newtonian and modern physics for non-science and science students alike.  The conceptual or non-mathematical approach to physics is tied to the student’s personal experience in the everyday world, so that the student learns to see physics not as a classroom or laboratory activity, but as a part of his or her surroundings.  The class is open to all students with no previous physics course. 

PHYS 311     Basic Physics    3 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 335 with a grade of “C” or better; or a high school course in trigonometry with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is a survey course for science, engineering, mathematics, architecture, and computer science majors who have had no previous physics courses and plan to continue with PHYS 350 or 411. The course will develop the math and science background and the problem-solving skills necessary for success in Physics 350 or 411. Material covered will include math review, vectors, and basic mechanics (kinematics, Newton’s Laws, energy). 

PHYS 350     General Physics    4 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 335 with a grade of “C” or better; or a high school course in trigonometry with a grade of “C” or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This is the first course of the trigonometry based general physics sequence designed for life science majors.  Topics will include classical mechanics, fluids, mechanical waves and thermodynamics. (C-ID PHYS 105) 

PHYS 360     General Physics    4 Units
Prerequisite: PHYS 350 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This is the second course of the trigonometry based general physics sequence designed for life science majors.  Topics will include classical electricity and magnetism, AC and DC circuits, electromagnetism, optics, wave theory and modern physics. (C-ID PHYS 110)

PHYS 411     Mechanics of Solids and Fluids    4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: MATH 401 with a grade of “C” or better.  May be taken previously.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This is the first course of the calculus-based physics sequence designed for students studying engineering, physics, chemistry, architecture, and computer science.  This course offers a detailed examination of topics from the mechanics of particles, rigid bodies and fluids. (C-ID PHYS 205)  

PHYS 421     Electricity and Magnetism    4 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 401 and PHYS 411 with grades of “C” or better
General Education: CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This is the second course of the calculus-based physics sequence designed for students studying engineering, physics, chemistry, architecture, and computer science. This course offers a detailed examination of topics from electricity and magnetism. (C-ID PHYS 210)

PHYS 431     Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics    4 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 401 and PHYS 411 with grades of “C” or better
General Education: CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This is the third course of the calculus-based physics sequence designed for students studying engineering, physics, chemistry, architecture, and computer science. This course offers a detailed examination of topics from thermodynamics, waves, optics, and modern physics. (C-ID PHYS 215) 

PHYS 495     Independent Studies in Physics    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 3 hours LAB 

PHYS 499     Experimental Offering in Physics    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 


Astronomy (ASTR)

ASTR 300     Introduction to Astronomy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGRD 110 and MATH 100
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This is a general course in astronomy that examines the nature and evolution of the solar system, stars, galaxies, cosmology and life in the universe. 

ASTR 400     Astronomy Laboratory    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: ASTR 300 (may be taken previously)
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours:  54 hours LAB 
This course introduces students to various types of astronomical observations and presents the tools needed to analyze and interpret astronomical data.  
 
ASTR 495     Independent Studies in Astronomy    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

ASTR 499     Experimental Offering in Astronomy    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

Updated 6/12/14

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