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PHYS 1401 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

College Physics I
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra, including trigonometry, or the equivalent. DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: The first semester of an algebra and trigonometry - based physics sequence. Principles and applications of mechanics, wave motion and heat are studied. Laboratory experiments supporting the topics are included. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4008015303


PHYS 1402 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

College Physics II
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: PHYS 1401. DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: The second semester of an algebra and trigonometry - based physics sequence. Principles and applications of electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics are studied. Laboratory experiments supporting the topics are included. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4008015303


PHYS 1403 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC

Stars and Galaxies
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: Introduction to the properties of stars, stellar evolution, black holes, galaxies and current cosmological ideas. Emphasis is on the application of scientific principles and explanation of phenomena in the universe. The laboratory includes outdoor viewing sessions and the use of spectra. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4002015103


PHYS 1404 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC

Solar System
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: Introduction to the solar system and the historical development of astronomical ideas. Topics include the study of the celestial sphere, the planets and their satellites, the sun and other objects in the solar system. Emphasis is on the application of scientific principles and explanation of phenomena in the solar system. The laboratory includes outdoor viewing sessions, constellation identification and the use of telescopes (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4002015203


PHYS 1405 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Conceptual Physics I
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: A survey of Physics for liberal arts and other non-science majors. Topics include mechanics, energy conservation, atomic nature of matter and thermodynamics. The history of scientific developments and their impact on daily life are discussed. Also included are laboratory experiments that emphasize a conceptual understanding of Physics. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4008015103


PHYS 1407 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Conceptual Physics II
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: A survey of Physics for liberal arts and other non-science majors. Topics include wave motion, acoustics, electricity, magnetism, optics, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics. The history of scientific developments and their impact on daily life are discussed. Also included are laboratory experiments that emphasize a conceptual understanding of Physics. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4008015103


PHYS 1415 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC, NLC

Physical Science
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: 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


PHYS 1417 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC

Physical Science
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: 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


PHYS 2425 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

University Physics I
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: MATH 2413 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 2413. DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: The first semester of a calculus-based physics sequence for science, computer science, and engineering majors. Topics include classical mechanics, harmonic motion and thermodynamics with emphasis on problem solving. Laboratory experiments supporting the topics are required. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4001015403

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PHYS 2426 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

University Physics II
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: PHYS 2425. MATH 2414 credit or concurrent enrollment in MATH 2414. DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: The second semester of a calculus-based physics sequence for science, computer science, and engineering majors. Topics include electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, wave motion, acoustics and optics with emphasis on problem solving. Laboratory experiments supporting the topics are required. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4001015703



Academic Courses
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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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