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 290: A-Z Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
PHYS 300: GIS and Remote Sensing
PHYS 390: A-Z Selected Topics

400 Level Courses:
PHYS 490: 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.
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. Prerequisite: MATH 109.

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

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. Same as ENVR 200 and GEOG 200.

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

PHYS 300: GIS and Remote Sensing. 3 hours.
Remote sensing concepts and methods including multispectral image analysis and acquisition, radar imaging, satellite and airborne remote sensing systems, digital image analysis, the electromagnetic spectrum and its interaction with matter, use of global positioning system equipment. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) exercises applied throughout the course. Same as ENVR 300 and GEOG 300.

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