Physics Curriculum

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Associate of Science

First Year

  Course Title Credits
GenEd: CS  COLS 1000 Introduction to College Success: First-Year Seminar 3
GenEd: QR MATH 2200*+• Calculus I 4
GenEd: STEM CHEM 1020* General Chemistry I 4
GenEd: WY   Choose from approved U.S./Wyoming Constitution courses 3
      Semester Credits 14
  Course Title Credits
  CHEM 1030* General Chemistry II 4
  MATH 2205*+  Calculus II 4
GenEd: CW ENGL 1010*+ English I: Composition  3
GenEd: LAB PHYS 1310* College Physics I (Spring Only) 4
      Semester Credits 15

Second Year

  Course Title Credits
  ES 1060* Introduction to Engineering Computing 3
  PHYS 1320* College Physics II (Fall Only) 4
  MATH 2210*+ Calculus III 4
  MATH 2250* Elementary Linear Algebra 3
GenEd: CV  CO/M 2010*  Public Speaking 3
      Semester Credits 17
  Course Title Credits
  COSC 1010* Introduction to Computer Science 4
  MATH 2310* Applied Differential Equations 3
  STAT 2050* Fundamentals of Statistics 4
GenEd: AA  ENGL 2020* Introduction to Literature 3
GenEd: CA   Choose from ANTH 1200, GEOG 1000 or GEOG 1020 Cultural Awareness courses 3
      Semester Credits 17

Total Credits: 63

* This course has at least one prerequisite. Check the Course Descriptions section of the catalog to see the course prerequisites.

+ If the placement test score is not adequate for course enrollment, students must complete the appropriate developmental course(s) before enrolling. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement with their advisor before planning out their full program schedules.

 If the student places into a higher level math or has completed a higher level math than required by the program, the student may request program applicable course substitutions in consultation with their advisor and faculty to fulfill the remaining credits needed to complete the degree.

Learning Competencies

  1. Design or evaluate experiments testing predictions using controls and managing variables (control of variables).
  2. Use logic, statistics, probabilities, or proportions to determine an outcome (proportional and probability reasoning).
  3. Examine mutual/direct, inverse or lack of relationships between variables (correlation reasoning).
  4. Apply scientific principles to make observations, analyze patterns and trends to arrive at an explanatory generalization / testable hypotheses (inductive reasoning).
  5. Apply scientific principles to evaluate hypotheses by analyzing or reflecting on experimental data to reach a specific conclusion (deductive reasoning).
  6. Demonstrate an ability to gather, evaluate, synthesize, and apply primary scientific and technical literature. (scientific literacy)
  7. Identify the role science plays in historical and contemporary issues (human culture).
  8. Effectively communicate about sciences and its conclusions to multiple audiences (professional, peers, general public) in multiple formats (interpersonal, verbal, and written).
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the standards that define ethical scientific behavior (honesty, safety, social responsibility).