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ASTM 101

Presents observations and theories regarding the place of Earth in the universe. Students investigate other planets, stars from their formation in nebulae to their deaths as white dwarfs, neutron stars or black holes, galaxies and the expanding universe. For students needing a lab, ASTM 102 serves as the accompanying lab. NOTE: Course is offered every fall and spring semester, and may be offered during additional sessions.

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    : ESOL 052 and ESOL 054 or ACLT 052 or ACLT 053; and MATH 082

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Department of Physics and Astronomy

    Online/Virtual Courses

    What do we offer?

    online courses

    The MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a series of virtual introductory physics courses, which fulfill regular degree requirements both at MSU and at other secondary and post-secondary institutions.

    In addition to standard algebra-based and calculus-based physics courses, there are "Bridging" courses available. These upgrade a previously-taken algebra-based physics course to the corresponding calculus-based physics course while minimizing duplication in course content (since the underlying concepts will be familiar from the earlier course) and reducing the number of credit hours needed (as compared with retaking the complete course).

    The online format allows for additional flexibility in personal scheduling. The courses which are offered are as follows:

     Algebra-BasedBridging CoursesCalculus-Based
    1st Semester: MechanicsPHY 231C
    3 credits
    PHY 233B
    2 credits
    PHY 183B
    4 credits
    2nd Semester: Electricity & MagnetismPHY 232C
    3 credits
    PHY 234B
    2 credits
    PHY 184B
    4 credits
    Modern Physics & Thermodynamics  PHY 215B
    3 credits

    When can I take it?

    These courses can be taken at different times during the academic year:

     Fall SemesterSpring SemesterSummer Semester
    First Half
    Second Half
    PHY 231C (algebra)Regular full semesterRegular full semesterIntensive 
    PHY 232C (algebra)Regular full semesterRegular full semester Intensive
    PHY 233B (bridging)Regular full semesterRegular full semesterRegular full summer term
    PHY 234B (bridging)Regular full semesterRegular full semesterRegular full summer term
    PHY 183B (calculus)  Regular full summer term
    PHY 184B (calculus)  Regular full summer term
    PHY 215B (calculus)  Regular full summer term

    In particular, this means that the algebra-based sequence can be completed during a single summer term.

    What do these courses involve?

    You can take these courses from anywhere in the world, and you can take them without ever coming to campus. The online physics courses offer both online course materials and online homework, based on the LON-CAPA system. There are also typically four exams in the regular full semester courses: three midterms and a final. The intensive half-semester summer courses may vary from this pattern, with either one midterm and one final or three to four shorter exams. These are only general practices; as always, consult a course’s own documentation for details during a given session (as examples, you can check out the syllabi for PHY231C and PHY232C intensive non-calculus-based introductory physics courses).

    If you are living far from our campus or traveling with an MSU-sponsored program (like Study Abroad), you need to arrange for proctoring well in advance. If you are living close to campus, you can simply take the exams in an on-campus venue.

    What costs are involved?

    For information on tuition rates, methods of payment and other cost-related aspects of taking courses at MSU, see the relevant links on the Student Accounts Office website ( ).

    Can I take these even if I am not an MSU-student?

    You can take these courses as a life-long learner. See for details. Registration as a life-long learner is easy. You will be required, however, to pay a slightly higher tuition. You can use the tuition calculator at to figure out cost, using "lifelong education student-undergraduate" as "Your level."

    • If you are a high school student, the courses qualify for dual-enrollment. See for information about this program.
    • If you are a teacher, the courses may qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Talk to us to explore options!
    • If you are a student from another college or university, credits will likely transfer. See to figure out course equivalencies.


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