Courses

THE PHYSICS DEPARTMENT AT COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF LOWER DIVISION UNDERGRADUATE COURSES FOR THE BEGINNING STUDENT WHO HAS NEVER ENCOUNTERED A COLLEGE SCIENCE CLASS TO THE MORE ADVANCED SCIENCE MAJORS PREPARING TO TRANSFER TO A FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTION.  THE STANDARD RANGE OF CLASSICAL PHYSICS TOPICS ARE COVERED IN OUR COURSE SEQUENCES.  A SINGLE GRADE IS ASSIGNED FOR EACH LECTURE AND ACCOMPANYING LABORATORY COMPONENT. THE VARIOUS PHYSICS COURSES OFFERED AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DESCRIPTIONS ARE FOUND BELOW.
 
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PHYSICS 101 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS
Units: 4.00 - UC:CSU 72.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: MATH-070.
An introductory survey course in classical and modern physics discussing physical principles concerning motion, gravity, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, the atom and the nucleus, relativity, and quantum mechanics.  
This course is designed for non-science majors.
Offered during the fall and spring semesters

PHYSICS 110 GENERAL PHYSICS I
Units: 4.00 - UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: MATH-102.
A non-calculus-based introductory study of Newtonian mechanics, the conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum, including topics in vibrational motion, waves, and fluid mechanics. Designed for students majoring in the life sciences or any other major requiring a non-calculus based physics course.
UC credit limitation: PHYSICS 110-111, and 200-221-222 combined, maximum credit one series.
Offered during the fall semester

PHYSICS 111 GENERAL PHYSICS II
Units: 4.00 - UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: PHYSIC-110.
A non-calculus-based introductory study of electricity, magnetism, optics, atoms, the nucleus, relativity, and quantum mechanics. Designed for students majoring in the life sciences or any other major requiring a non-calculus based physics course. 
UC credit limitation: PHYSICS 110-111 and 220-221-222 combined, maximum credit one series.
Offered during the spring semester

PHYSIC 220 PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS: MECHANICS OF SOLIDS AND FLUIDS
Units: 4.00 - UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: MATH-211.
A calculus-based introductory study of Newtonian mechanics, the conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum, including topics in vibrational motion, and fluid mechanics.
Offered during the fall and spring semesters

PHYSICS 221 PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS: ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM
Units: 4.00 - UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: PHYSIC-220 and credit for or concurrent enrollment in MATH-212.

A calculus-based introductory study of electricity and magnetism, circuit theory and electromagnetic induction
Offered during the fall and spring semesters

PHYSIC 222 PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS: WAVE MOTION, HEAT, OPTICS, AND MODERN PHYSICS
Units: 4.00 - UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: PHYSIC 220 and MATH-211.
A calculus-based introductory study of thermodynamics, waves, optics, and an introduction to modern physics. 
UC credit limitation: PHYSICS 110-111 and 220-221-222 combined, maximum credit one series.
Offered during the spring semesters and summer session