Full details of all our degree programs
are available on the Physics and Engineering Physics Web site.
Also, refer to our new advising page for a different way of looking at the programs we offer.
Do you only want to take one or two classes? Are
you not sure if you will like studying physics and want take one class
to see how it goes? Here are some classes in the College of Arts and Science
you may want to consider.
Physics and the Universe
|Provides the first part of an introduction to physics. Emphasis is
placed on mechanics, electric and magnetic fields, electric currents and
circuits, and the physics of atoms and particles. The course concludes
with a discussion of our current understanding of the history of the
universe and a discussion of the frontiers of our current understanding
of the physical world. Some applications of physics in technology and
the health sciences are also discussed.
Prerequisite(s): Physics 30, Mathematics B30 and C30 (Algebra 30 and Geometry-Trigonometry 30).
Physics for the Life Sciences
|Introduces students to aspects of physics which are of particular
relevance for the health and life sciences. This course can be used as
the second part of an introduction to physics. Topics include torque and
angular momentum, fluid mechanics, oscillations and waves, thermal
physics, optics, and nuclear physics. Emphasis is placed on bio-medical
applications of physics.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 115.
Physics and Technology
|Introduces students to aspects of physics with an emphasis on
applications in technology and the physical sciences. This course can be
used as the second part of an introduction to physics. Topics include
torque and angular momentum, fluid mechanics, oscillations and waves,
optics, special relativity, and nuclear physics.
Prerequisite(s): MATH 110, PHYS 115 or GE 124.
Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology
|Provides an overview of the large scale structure of the universe on
a descriptive level. Topics include the structure of our own galaxy,
the local group of galaxies, the classification of galaxies, and galaxy
clusters. Galactic and extragalactic distance scales are also
introduced. Further topics include the energy and matter content of the
observable universe, evidence for dark matter and dark energy, and the
history of the universe from the big bang to the present epoch.
Contemporary experiments and observations in cosmology are also
Descriptive Introduction to Stellar Astronomy
|Provides a first introduction to stellar astronomy. Topics include
Kepler's laws, basic telescope properties, classification of stars,
determination of stellar distances, stellar energy generation, and basic
properties of white dwarfs, supernovae, pulsars and black holes.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): PHYS 115 or GE 124.
After first year, you can choose a suite of classes that will give
you a "specialization" in one field of physics. The current set of
avalable specializations are:
If your are interested in Engineering Physics you will enrol in the College of Engineering. There you will take a standard set of first year classes. You do not need to select your desired engineering dicipline (e.g. Engineering Physics) until you start second year. However there is room in the first year program for a physics elective.
If you are not sure about what you want to do, an advisor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics would be happy to talk to you.
Contact Dr. Rainer Dick
, Chair of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee.
Phone: (306) 966 6443
Also check out the Physics and Engineering Physics Advising Page.
We find that the many students are slowed down in there study of physics in first year classes, not because they find the physics concepts difficult, but because they are not sufficiently confident with the algebra and trigonometry involved. We mention this not to dissuade any prospective students, but to help you to be fully prepared. If you have not practiced your math skills for some time before starting a physics course you may wish to "brush them up".
The department does offer a "Math Readiness" refresher
course through the extension division. This is a four-evening crash course
in the first week of classes to go over the main math skills required in
first year physics and astronomy courses. There are other math refresher
courses available on campus and at SIAST.
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