The Physics Department offers a variety of laboratory-based courses for students interested in
studying physics, engineering, and other sciences, as well as support courses for students studying health
careers, teaching, and other topics.
Students in other scientific disciplines will typically take the algebra-based courses PHYS 131-
Liberal Arts Physics and PHYS 132-Liberal Arts Physics (Continued).
Students taking PHYS 120-Technical Physics and PHYS 121-Techincal Physics (Continued) will
apply the laws of physics to solve everyday technical problems in the workplace.
PHYS 133-Principles of Physics introduces various branches of physics to students who have
limited mathematical skills. It is appropriate for students needing to fill a one-semester laboratory science
requirement and for those in certain programs in Health Careers and teaching.
Potential physics majors: Physics is a rigorous academic program that requires strong math and
science skills. Students in physics programs at 4-year colleges and universities typically take 16-18 credit
hours each semester. The majority of these courses are in physics, and mathematics. Students planning
to major in physics should take a rigorous high school background including four years of college prep math