Physical Science

Faculty

Chair: John Bloom, Ph.D.
Professors: Bloom, Chen, Silzel
Associate Professors: Yee
Assistant Professors: Chang, Johnson, Lu, Pichaj
Instructor: Baggett

Courses

Physical Science (PHSC)

PHSC 092 - Introduction to PhysicsCredits 2

This course is designed for students planning to enroll in Physics I (PHSC 111) or General Physics I (PHSC 132) who did not pass the Physics Placement Exam. Notes: Credits do not count towards graduation requirements. A grade of "C" or better is required to register in PHSC 111; a grade of "B" or better is required to register in PHSC 132. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 101 - Physical Science Survey: LectureCredits 4

A survey of the basic principles of physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology and astronomy. Designed for the non-science major. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 102 - Physical Science Survey LaboratoryCredit 1

A laboratory experience to accompany the lecture course. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hour laboratory weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Required for Liberal Studies majors, and optional for others. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 101 (concurrent registration permitted).
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $75.

PHSC 103 - GeologyCredits 3

An introduction to earth science including: processes that shape the earth's surface, oceans and atmosphere; plate tectonics, earth history and the fossil record, natural resources and environmental concerns. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $80.

PHSC 104 - Geology LaboratoryCredit 1

An optional laboratory experience designed to utilize hands-on investigations of geologic materials and processes, including minerals, rocks, topographic and geological maps, in order to support and augment the topics covered in the introductory geology course (PHSC 103). One field trip is required and is credited as one of the lab sessions. Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 hours per week. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 103 (concurrent registration permitted).
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $80.

PHSC 105 - Topics in Physical ScienceCredits 1-3

A course designed to allow students to select specific modules from PHSC 101, Physical Science Survey, which include physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and/or meteorology; or from PHSC 111, PHSC 112, PHSC 132, PHSC 233 or PHSC 234. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 109 - Physics of SoundCredits 3

The basic concepts of sound wave mechanics, the mechanisms of sound and voice, hearing, speech perception, and an overview of the technology used in electronic recording. Lab activities include the use of frequency spectrum analyzers. Assumes no science background but will use high school algebra. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Counts toward the Core Curriculum Science requirement for all majors except Communication Disorders. Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $40.

PHSC 110 - AstronomyCredits 3

A conceptual astronomy course, designed to acquaint the student with the current state of knowledge of the solar system, the Milky Way, galaxies, quasars and cosmology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $80.

PHSC 111 - Physics ICredits 3

A study of mechanics, heat and sound. Intended for non-Physical Science majors. Principles are treated quantitatively but without a calculus requirement. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A, N.
Prerequisites: Passing score on the Physics Placement Exam or PHSC 092 with a grade of "C" or better.
Corequisites: PHSC 117.
Restrictions: Must not be Chemistry (CHEM), Physical Science (PHSC) or Engineering Physics (PHEP); and must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 112 - Physics IICredits 3

Continued from Physics I; includes electricity, magnetism, elementary circuits, optics, and modern physics. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation weekly. Grade Mode: A, N.
Prerequisites: PHSC 111, PHSC 117.
Corequisites: PHSC 118.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 115 - Physics in Everyday LifeCredits 3

This course is intended for non-science majors who are seeking a connection between science and the world in which they live. It is intended to convey an appreciation for the physical sciences through the discovery of principles within objects of everyday experience and to show that science is not something to be feared but is indeed reflective of God's creativity, beauty and provision. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 117 - Physics I LaboratoryCredit 1

Application of the laws and theories of mechanics, heat and sound through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics I. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: PHSC 111.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $90.

PHSC 118 - Physics II LaboratoryCredit 1

Application of the laws and theories of electricity, magnetism, circuits and optics through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics II. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: PHSC 112.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $90.

PHSC 119 - Physics in Everyday Life LaboratoryCredit 1

The optional hands-on component for the lecture course that provides students experience with common laboratory tools for a better understanding and appreciation of the principles behind many of the objects of everyday life. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours of laboratory weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 115 (concurrent registration permitted).
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $70.

PHSC 121 - Introduction to EngineeringCredit 1

A presentation of the opportunities of the many engineering specialties, historical and current trends, ethical and societal factors in engineering projects and examples of engineering design problems from professionals and through field trips. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $75.

PHSC 124 - Data Analysis and PresentationCredit 1

This course is intended for Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department majors or anyone else interested in learning to develop their intuition for problem-solving using formal and informal techniques. Involves the use of MATLAB, Excel and other computer tools for data analysis. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $75.

PHSC 132 - General Physics I: Mechanics and HeatCredits 3

Basic principles of physics emphasizing Newtonian mechanics; conservation of energy and momentum; oscillations, fluids and thermodynamics. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A, N.
Prerequisites: MATH 105 (concurrent registration permitted). Passing score on the Physics Placement Exam or PHSC 092 with a grade of "B" or better.
Corequisites: PHSC 134.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 134 - General Physics I LaboratoryCredit 1

The application of the laws and theories of mechanics and thermodynamics through experiment. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours of laboratory weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: PHSC 132.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $90.

PHSC 233 - General Physics II: Electricity and MagnetismCredits 3

Introduction to electrostatics, conductors and currents, magnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. Grade Mode: A, N.
Prerequisites: PHSC 132, PHSC 134.
Corequisites: PHSC 237.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 234 - General Physics III: Waves, Optics and Modern PhysicsCredits 4

Wave theory, sound, geometric optics, interference and diffraction, relativity, wave properties of particles, and introduction to quantum physics. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. The optics section may be taken for one credit (PHSC 450). Grade Mode: A, N.
Prerequisites: PHSC 233, PHSC 237.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $120.

PHSC 237 - General Physics II LaboratoryCredit 1

The application of the laws and theories of electricity and magnetism through experiment. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 233.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $90.

PHSC 250 - Science and OriginsCredits 3

A survey of basic scientific theories of origins, their crucial experimental evidences, and background material in physics, chemistry, geology and astronomy. Particular attention will be given to comparison of scientific theories of origins and biblical revelation. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 311 - Computer Techniques in Science and EngineeringCredits 3

Use of computation tools using MATLAB and LabVIEW in chemistry, physics and engineering, digital signal analysis and instrument control. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 124, PHSC 233, PHSC 237; or CHEM 106; MATH 205 recommended.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $110.

PHSC 313 - StaticsCredits 3

Statics of particles, rigid bodies in two and three dimensions, centroids and centers of gravity, structures, friction, and inertia. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture weekly. Notes: Primarily for Engineering Physics majors. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 132, PHSC 134.
Restrictions: Must be Physics (PHYS), Physical Science (PHSC), Biochemistry (BCHM) or Engineering Physics (PHEP); and Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 314 - Mechanics of MaterialsCredits 3

Analysis of stress, strain and deflection of mechanical elements due to tension. Shear, bending or torsion, combined stresses, elastic stability and energy methods. Notes: Primarily for Engineering Physics majors. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 313.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 316 - DynamicsCredits 3

The concepts of force, mass, and acceleration, of work and energy, and of impulse and momentum as applied to problems involving the motion of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions. Notes: Primarily for Engineering Physics majors. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 313.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 318 - Classical MechanicsCredits 3

Newtonian mechanics of particles and systems of particles, rigid bodies, oscillating systems, gravitation, moving coordinate systems, Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture. Notes: Primarily for physics majors. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 132, PHSC 134; MATH 335.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 321 - Circuits and Instrumentation ICredits 5

Introduction to circuit elements, network theorems, response, semiconductor devices, integrated circuits, and the operation and design of analog DC/AC circuits. Also introduces the fundamentals of Boolean logic and digital design. Laboratory work involves extensive construction and analysis of circuits, as well as introduction of soldering and assembly techniques. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; six hours laboratory, weekly. Grade Mode: A, N.
Prerequisites: PHSC 233, PHSC 237.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $150.

PHSC 322 - Circuits and Instrumentation IICredits 3

Boolean algebra and relevant theorems and design practices covering discrete devices, application-specific integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices. Both lecture and laboratory sessions will be integrated into the class meeting times as required. Lecture/Lab Hours: Two hours lecture; three hours laboratory, weekly. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 321.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $150.

PHSC 326 - Sciences CSET PreparationCredit 1

Review of the subject matter in the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Science subtest exams. Test-taking strategies. Notes: May be taken a total of 3 times. Does not count toward the major. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 331 - ThermodynamicsCredits 3

Introduction to energy, heat, work, entropy, temperature and states of matter. The first, second and third laws of thermodynamics with an emphasis on applications. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 132, PHSC 134.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 336 - Mathematical Methods in PhysicsCredits 3

This course covers a variety of advanced mathematical techniques essential to the solution of problems in the physical sciences and engineering. Topics include tensors, complex variables, contour integrals, solutions of partial differential equations, boundary-value problems, special functions (such as Bessel functions and Legendre functions), and Fourier series and Fourier and Laplace transforms. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: MATH 335.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 340 - ElectrodynamicsCredits 3

The application of vector calculus and Maxwell's equations in the analysis of static and dynamic electromagnetic waves in dielectrics and conductors. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 233, PHSC 237; MATH 335.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 352 - Fundamentals of Materials ScienceCredits 3

Introduction to the structure-property relationships of engineering and natural materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. Examines the strength of materials, strengthening mechanisms, diffusion, phase transformations, heat treatment and microstructure control. Considers how materials are selected for design of a product. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 112 or PHSC 233; CHEM 105 and MATH 105.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 401 - History of ScienceCredits 3

A survey of the history of science with analysis of science as a way of knowing the world. Emphasis on how human culture shapes scientific practice. Notes: Does not count towards the major. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHIL 214; HIST 208; PHSC 111 or PHSC 132; PHSC 112 or PHSC 233.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 402 - Philosophy of ScienceCredits 3

A survey and analysis of the philosophical methods that the sciences use as a way of knowing the world. Notes: Does not count towards the major. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHIL 214; HIST 208; PHSC 111 or PHSC 132; PHSC 112 or PHSC 233.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 412 - Introduction to Quantum MechanicsCredits 3

An introduction to quantum mechanics including 1-D potentials, Schrodinger's equation, the hydrogen atom with spin, Dirac notation, operator formalism, bonding, the solid state and interpretation. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 234; MATH 335.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 420 - Special ProjectsCredits 1-3

Research or industrial internship to provide practical experience in a field of the student's interest. Designed primarily for students working off campus in a situation where special projects are possible. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Senior Class, or Junior Class; Environmental Science (BIES), Human Biology (BIHB), Physics (PHYS), Bio Sci:Secondary Instruction (BISI), Chemistry (CHEM), Engineering Physics (PHEP), Physical Science (PHSC), Biochemistry (BCHM) or Biological Science (BIOS); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: May involve lab fees of up to $150.

PHSC 450 - Special Topics in Physical ScienceCredits 1-3

Varying course content. Topics such as optics, special relativity, nuclear and biophysics will be offered. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Senior Class, or Junior Class; Environmental Science (BIES), Human Biology (BIHB), Physics (PHYS), Bio Sci:Secondary Instruction (BISI), Chemistry (CHEM), Engineering Physics (PHEP), Physical Science (PHSC), Biochemistry (BCHM) or Biological Science (BIOS); and Undergraduate Level.
Fee: May involve lab fees of up to $150.

PHSC 460 - Capstone SeminarCredit 1

A capstone course for all biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and physical science majors that includes: (1) presentation of a seminar, (2) service learning project and, (3) integration readings and discussion. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Senior Class, or Junior Class; Environmental Science (BIES), Human Biology (BIHB), Physics (PHYS), Bio Sci:Secondary Instruction (BISI), Chemistry (CHEM), Physical Science (PHSC), Biochemistry (BCHM) or Biological Science (BIOS); and Undergraduate Level.

PHSC 480 - Advanced Physics LaboratoryCredits 3

A laboratory course in which selected experiments cover several areas of classical and contemporary physics. Emphasis on data collection and analysis techniques. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: PHSC 234, PHSC 321; MATH 335.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $150.