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Physics for Life Sciences II

Course Code: PHYS 1208
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Physics
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Partially Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This is a physics course for life sciences students. All the topics covered will be illustrated with applications takes from the life sciences. Topics will include waves and optics; electricity and magnetism; modern physics emphasizing radioactivity.

Course Content

The course content will include but not be limited to
  1. Electrostatics: Forces and Fields
  2. Electrostatics: Potentials
  3. Direct Current Electricity
  4. Circuits
  5. Magnetism
  6. Electromagnetic Induction
  7. Electromagnetic radiation
  8. The Propagation of Light
  9. Geometrical Optics
  10. Physical Optics
  11. Nuclear physics
  12. Radioactivity


Methods of Instruction

Lecture with an emphasis on in-class assigments and small group work.  

Some assignments may be done on-line. 

Means of Assessment

Assignments        10 - 20%

     On-line assignments are an option

Midterm              15 - 25%
Quizzes               10 - 30%
Final Exam          30 - 40%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will demonstrate their ability to solve problems with applications taken from the life sciences involving the following topics. 

  1. waves
  2. optics
  3. electricity
  4. magnetism
  5. electromagnetic induction
  6. modern physics
  7. radioactivity

course prerequisites

PHYS 1107 or PHYS 1108


Students are enouraged to take the laboratory course PHYS 1308 at the same time as PHYS 1208.


curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.