College of Continuing Professional Studies

CCPS Physics Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
PHYS 100: Earth Science
PHYS 100-L: Earth Science Laboratory
PHYS 103: Topographic Map Interpretation
PHYS 110: Elementary Astronomy
PHYS 111: Physical Science
PHYS 111-L: Physical Science Laboratory

200 Level Courses:
PHYS 200: Environmental Geosciences
PHYS 201 Principles of Physics
PHYS 210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
PHYS 290: A-Z Selected Topics

PHYS 100: Earth Science. 3 hours.

The earth in space, its atmosphere, oceans and the development of landforms by geologic agents. The course objective is to develop awareness of the physical processes that have and will shape the earth and of humanity’s effect on these processes.

PHYS 100-L: Earth Science Laboratory. 1 hour.

Introduction to igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and minerals. Principles and interpretation of geologic and topographic maps. Introduction to fossils.

PHYS 103: Topographic Map Interpretation. 2 hours.

Interpretation and use of U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps representing three-dimensional topographic and man-made features on a two-dimensional surface, including determination of elevations, distances, landform types and shapes, gradients, map scales and contour intervals.

PHYS 110: Elementary Astronomy. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 109.
Study of the physical principles describing the evolution of the universe including the stars, the solar system and galaxies. Each student will be given the opportunity to make observations through one of the department’s telescopes.

PHYS 111: Physical Science. 3 hours.

This course is designed to give the non-science major an understanding of the methods and significance of the physical sciences by concentrating on selected topics from physics and astronomy.  Three hours lecture/demonstrations per week.

PHYS 111-L: Physical Science Laboratory. 1 hour.

Co-requisite: PHYS 111.
A lab to complement Physical Science.

PHYS 200: Environmental Geosciences. 3-4 hours.

A study of the interrelationship between humans and the physical environment.  The course will focus on natural resources, soils, hydrology and water supplies, erosional processes, karst landscapes, land use planning and geologic map interpretation. Includes laboratory. Field work required.

PHYS 201 Principles of Physics. 4 hours.

The principles of mechanics, heat, sound and electricity are presented in this one-semester, non-calculus course.  The workshop format--integrated lecture with laboratory--emphasizes experiment, data collection, analysis and group work. Not intended for biology, chemistry or physics majors. Offered fall semester.

PHYS 210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing. 3 hours.

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of geographic data, data input, data models, spatial analysis, output, and the uses of Graphic Information Systems (GIS) in socio-economic and environmental studies. The course utilizes ArGIS software. Course fee required.

PHYS 290, 390, 490 Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

PHYS 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492 Research.

PHYS 397, 398, 497, 498 Internship.