Remember the time mankind figured out how to make a huge metal craft fly across the sky with people riding on it? Yeah, that happened. Physics lies at the root of every important advance in space, time, matter, and energy that impacts lives every day. You’re going to want to be a part of this.

Our physics concentration will provide you with the first two years you need to pursue a bachelor of science in physics.

To learn more, please contact us.

Dr. Catherine Howard
Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(903) 823-3285

Associate of Science – Concentration in Physics

First Semester

ENGL 1301 Composition I (core) 3
CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry (core + lab) 4
HIST 1301 United States History I (core) 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking or SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Speaking (core) 3
PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks 3
Total 16

Second Semester

ENGL 1302 Composition II or ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing (core) 3
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II (lecture) 3
HIST 1302 United States History II (core) 3
MATH 2413 Calculus I* (core) 4
Social & Behavioral Science (any core course) 3
Total 16

Third Semester

PHYS 2325/2125 University Physics I & Lab 4
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (core) 3
MATH 2414 Calculus II 4
Language, Philosophy & Culture 3
Total 14

Fourth Semester

PHYS 2326/2126 University Physics II & Lab 4
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (core) 3
MATH 2415 Calculus III 4
Creative Arts (any core course) 3
Total 14

Total Hours: 60 SCH

*A student should have a very good background in mathematics, including two years of high school algebra and one course in trigonometry before taking MATH 2413. Otherwise it is recommended the student take MATH 1314 and MATH 1316 prior to enrolling in MATH 2413.

Physics Course Descriptions

Core Courses

The majority of courses for this degree can be found in the Academic Core. View the Academic Core

PHYS 2325/2125 University Physics I & Lab

Fundamental principles of physics, using calculus, for science, computer science, and engineering majors; the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion, physical systems and thermodynamics; and emphasis on problem solving. . Prerequisite: MATH 2413. Co-requisite: MATH 2414. Recommended co-requisite PHYS 2125.

PHYS 2326/2126 University Physics II & Lab

Principles of physics for science, computer science, and engineering majors, using calculus, involving the principles of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, and optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 2325 or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: MATH 2415 and Recommended co-requisite PHYS 2126.

MATH 2414 Calculus II

Differentiation and integration of transcendental functions; parametric equations and polar coordinates; techniques of integration; sequences and series; improper integrals. Prerequisite: MATH 2413.

MATH 2415 Calculus III

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. Prerequisite: MATH 2414.