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PHYS 1111   Astronomy Laboratory I (1)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in Physics 1311.
The student uses simple equipment to make elementary astronomical observations of the motions of celestial objects. Also covered are elementary navigational techniques, graphical techniques of calculating the position of a planet or comet, and construction of simple observing equipment. This laboratory includes night observations. (3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4002015103

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PHYS 1112   Astronomy Laboratory II (1)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in Physics 1312.
The student makes and uses elementary astronomical observations. Topics include timekeeping, the various uses of spectra, and the motions of stars and galaxies. This laboratory includes night observations. (3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4002015103

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PHYS 1311   Descriptive Astronomy (3)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: None.
This course surveys the fundamentals of astronomy. Emphasis is on the solar system. Included is the study of the celestial sphere, the earth's motions, the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, meteors, and meteorites. This course is cross-listed as Physics 1411. The student may register for either Physics 1311 or Physics 1411, but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4002015103

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PHYS 1312   General Astronomy (3)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: None.
Stellar astronomy is emphasized. Topics include a study of the sun, the properties of stars, star clusters, nebulae, interstellar gas and dust, the Milky Way Galaxy, and external galaxies. This course is cross-listed as Physics 1412. The student may register for either Physics 1312 or Physics 1412, but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4002015103

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PHYS 1401   Introductory General Physics (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra, including trigonometry, or the equivalent. Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
This course is for pre-dental, biology, premedical, pre-pharmacy, and pre-architecture majors and other students who need a two-semester technical course in physics. Mechanics and heat are studied. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4008015303

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PHYS 1402   Introductory General Physics (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Physics 1401. Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
This course is a continuation of Physics 1401. Electricity, magnetism, light, and sound are studied. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4008015303

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PHYS 1405   Concepts in Physics (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
This course is for non-science majors and introduces the principles of physics. Emphasis is on classical mechanics, atomic nature of matter and thermodynamics. The history of scientific developments and their impact on daily life are discussed. The principle of energy conservation is stressed, and current problems of worldwide energy production are examined. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4008015103

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PHYS 1407   Concepts in Physics (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
This is for non-science majors. It introduces principles of physics and does not require a mathematical background. Emphasis is on modern developments in physics. Topics include acoustics, electricity and magnetism, light and the electromagnetic spectrum, atomic physics, and relativity. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4008015103

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PHYS 1411   Fundamentals of Astronomy (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
This course concerns fundamental aspects of the solar system and the historical development of astronomical ideas. Included are studies of the celestial sphere and motions of the earth, the moon, planets, and other minor bodies. The origin and evolution of the solar system are also covered. The laboratory includes outdoor viewing sessions and study of celestial motions, elementary navigation, constellation identification, and telescope construction. This course is cross-listed as Physics 1311. The student may register for either Physics 1411 or Physics 1311, but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4002015103

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PHYS 1412   General Introductory Astronomy (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
This course concerns fundamental properties of stars, stellar systems, star clusters, nebulae, interstellar gas and dust, and galaxies. Included is the study of the sun, Milky Way Galaxy, stellar evolution, black holes, and current cosmological ideas. The laboratory includes outdoor viewing sessions and the study of timekeeping, use of spectra, and motions of stars and galaxies. This course is cross-listed as Physics 1312. The student may register for either Physics 1412 or Physics 1312, but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4002015103

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PHYS 1415   Physical Science (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
This course is primarily for non-science majors. It is a study of the basic principles and concepts of physics, chemistry, and nuclear science. The three basic sciences are related to the physical world at an introductory level. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4001015103

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PHYS 1417   Physical Science (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
This course is for non-science majors. It focuses on the interaction of the earth sciences and the physical world. Geology, astronomy, meteorology, and space science are emphasized. Selected principles and concepts are explored. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4001015103

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PHYS 2425   General Physics (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 2513. Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
This course is designed primarily for physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering majors. The principles and applications of mechanics, wave motion, and sound are studied. Emphasis is on fundamental concepts, problem-solving, notation, and units. The laboratory includes a one-hour problem session. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4008015403

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PHYS 2426   General Physics (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Physics 2425 and credit or concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 2414. Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
This course presents the principles and applications of heat, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Emphasis is on fundamental concepts, problem-solving, notation and units. The laboratory includes a one-hour problem session. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4008015403

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Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four year colleges and universities.

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