Physics, AS



Year 1 Semester 1
Fall
MATH 2413 Calculus I

This is a standard first course in calculus.  Topics include limits continuity; definition of the derivative of a function and techniques of differentiation; applications of the derivative to maximizing or minimizing a function; the chain rule mean value theorem and rate of change problems; curve sketching; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; definite and indefinite integration of algebraic trigonometric and transcendental functions with an application to calculation of areas. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Four hours of lecture each week
Prerequisites

MATH 2412 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better

CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I

Fundamental principles of chemistry for majors in the sciences health sciences and engineering.  Topics include measurements fundamental properties of matter states of matter chemical reactions chemical stoichiometry periodicity of elemental properties atomic structure chemical bonding molecular structure solutions properties of gases and introductions to thermodynamics quantum mechanics and descriptive chemistry. Successful completion (final grade of C or better) of CHEM 1411 will allow the student to continue on to CHEM 1412. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

MATH 1314 or equivalent or above


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

ENGL 1301 English Composition I

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes from invention and researching to drafting revising and editing both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices including audience purpose arrangement and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning communicating and critical analysis.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.

Note

English Composition I is a prerequisite for all 2000-level literature courses.

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

Application of communication theory and practice to the public speaking context with emphasis on audience analysis speaker delivery ethics of communication cultural diversity and speech organizational techniques to develop students' speaking abilities.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Prerequisites

Eligibility to enroll in INRW 0302 

Total Credit Hours
14

Year 1 Semester 2
Spring
MATH 2414 Calculus II

This is a standard second course in calculus. Topics include differentiation and integration of transcendental functions; parametric equations and polar coordinates; techniques of integration; sequences and series; improper integrals. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Four hours of lecture each week.
Prerequisites

MATH 2413 with a grade of "C" or better

PHYS 2425 Advanced Physics I

This is a calculus-based physics course intended for students majoring in computer science engineering mathematics physics or related fields of study. Topics include 1-D motion 2-D motion rotational motion Newton's laws energy momentum equilibrium gravity oscillatory motion waves and heat. (Fall)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

MATH 2413 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing

Intensive study of and practice in professional settings. Focus on the types of documents necessary to make decisions and take action on the job such as proposals reports instructions policies and procedures email messages letters and descriptions of products and services. Practice individual and collaborative processes involved in the creation of ethical and efficient documents.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Choose 1 Creative Arts Course

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Total Credit Hours
14

Year 1 Semester 3
Summer
Choose 1 American History Course

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Choose 1 American History Course

Choose one course from the following:

Total Credit Hours
6

Year 2 Semester 1
Fall
MATH 2415 Calculus III

This is a third course in calculus with advanced topics in calculus including vectors and vector-valued functions partial differentiation Lagrange multipliers multiple integrals and Jacobians; application of the line integral including Green's Theorem the Divergence Theorem and Stokes' Theorem. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Four hours of class each week.
Prerequisites

MATH 2414 with a grade of "C" or better

MATH 2318 Linear Algebra

Introduces and provides models for application of the concepts of vector algebra. Topics include finite dimensional vector spaces and their geometric significance; representing and solving systems of linear equations using multiple methods including Gaussian elimination and matrix inversion; matrices; determinants; linear transformations; quadratic forms; eigenvalues and eigenvector; and applications in science and engineering. (Fall)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week.
Prerequisites

MATH 2414 with a grade of "C" or better

PHYS 2426 Advanced Physics II

This is a calculus-based physics course intended for students majoring in computer science engineering mathematics physics or related fields of study. Topics include charge electric fields magnetic fields electric potential current capacitance resistance electromotive force simple DC and AC circuits induction electromagnetic waves propagation of light and geometric optics. (Spring)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

PHYS 2425 (completed) and MATH 2414 (completed or concurrent).


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution structure and powers of the national government including the legislative executive and judicial branches federalism political participation the national election process public policy civil liberties and civil rights.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Total Credit Hours
14

Year 2 Semester 2
Spring
MATH 2320 Differential Equations

Ordinary differential equations including linear equations systems of equations equations with variable coefficients existence and uniqueness of solutions series solutions singular points transform methods and boundary value problems; application of differential equations to real-world problems. (Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week
Prerequisites

MATH 2414  with a grade of "C" or better 

Choose 1 Social & Behavioral Science Course
GOVT 2306 Texas Government

Origin and development of the Texas Constitution structure and powers of state and local government federalism and inter-governmental relations political participation the election process public policy and the political culture of Texas.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Total Credit Hours
12


Total Program Hours
60



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

What is physics? The most basic of all, physics is a science that addresses everything that we do. If you are plotting a path of a molecule in a living cell, you need physics! If you are searching for knowledge of the smallest particle in the universe, you need physics! If you are searching for new energy sources, you need physics!

Engineers, physicians, dentists, veterinarians, architects, and many other professions need physics. With a strong foundation in physics, you can achieve your dream career.


Recommended High School Endorsement
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

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