Physics

http://www.miracosta.edu/PHYS

Physics is the scientific study of the basic forces of nature, including such topics as mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, optics, quantum behavior, and atomic and nuclear structure. Students take courses to prepare for a physics major, to fulfill general education requirements, and to meet prerequisites for related courses and programs, including engineering, science, and computer science. Career options for those with a bachelor's degree in physics include teaching, engineering, and research in universities, government, and private industry.

Contact Information

Chair: Chris Metzler

Dean: Carlos Lopez

www.miracosta.edu/PHYS

Department: Physical Sciences

Office: Building OC3600, 760.757.2121 x6924

Full-Time Faculty

Jonathan Cole
Erika Peters

Courses

PHYS 111: Introductory Physics I

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 130 or MATH 131.
Advisory: MATH 135 strongly recommended.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in PHYS 151.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1902.00)

This first course of a two-semester physics sequence covers the properties of matter, mechanics, heat, and waves, including sound. It is intended for students majoring in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, and similar areas. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151, PHYS 152, and PHYS 253.

PHYS 112: Introductory Physics II

Units: 4
Prerequisites: PHYS 111.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in PHYS 152 and PHYS 253.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1902.00)

This second of a two-course physics sequence covers light, electricity, magnetism, and atomic physics. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151, PHYS 152, and PHYS 253.

PHYS 151: Principles of Physics I

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 150 or MATH 150H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1902.00)

This course provides a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of physics in the area of mechanics and fluids. It is intended primarily for engineering, physics, mathematics, and science majors. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151, PHYS 152, and PHYS 253.

PHYS 152: Principles of Physics II

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 155 and PHYS 151.
Corequisite: MATH 155 if prerequisites not met.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1902.00)

This course provides a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of physics in the areas of thermodynamics, electricity, electrical circuits, magnetism, and electromagnetic fields. It is intended for engineering, physics, mathematics, and science majors. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151, PHYS 152, and PHYS 253.

PHYS 253: Principles of Physics III

Units: 4
Prerequisites: PHYS 152.
Corequisite: PHYS 152 if prerequisites not met.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1902.00)

This course provides a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of physics in the areas of vibrations, waves, sound, optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, and atomic and nuclear physics. It is intended for engineering, physics, mathematics, and science majors. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151, PHYS 152, and PHYS 253.

PHYS 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

PHYS 298: Directed Study in Physics

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1902.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.