Academic Catalog

Physical Science (SCI)

SCI 105  Physical Science I (GS)  (3 credits)  

Physical Science I is a development of physical science for nonscience majors. Insight into the methods of scientific investigation is stressed. Topics include motion and force, energy and energy transfer, properties of matter, heat, electricity, magnetism, and light. Emphasis is on building process skills and content understanding using a "hands on" inquiry based teaching methodology. Insight into the structure, the beauty and the power of the physical sciences is stressed throughout the course. Course meets AAT (Associate of Arts in Teaching) degree requirements.

SCI 106  Physical Science Course Observations and Investigations: Matter (GL)  (1 credit)  

An introductory laboratory course in the basic techniques of measurements and analysis of the motion of bodies, heat properties of bodies and the characteristics of waves. Usually offered in fall semester. SCI 105 may also be taken concurrently. The course meets for a total of 30 laboratory hours per semester. Course fee.

SCI 107  Physical Science II  (3 credits)  

Physical Science II is a development of physical science for nonscience majors. Insight into the methods of scientific investigation is stressed with emphasis on the electromagnetic spectrum, nuclear phenomena, the nature of solid matter, and the impact of science, computer and technology on twenty-first century humans. Forces in matter, moving charges, atomic models, crystal structure, chemical reactions and environmental consequences are studied. Usually offered in spring semester.

SCI 108  Physical Science Course Observations and Investigations: Energy  (1 credit)  

This is an introductory laboratory course in the basic techniques of measurements and analysis of the electrical properties of bodies and the properties of atoms. Usually offered in spring semester. The course meets for a total of 30 laboratory hours per semester. Course fee.

SCI 109  Introduction to Energy & Sustainability (GS)  (3 credits)  

This course introduces students to the essential principles and fundamental concepts of energy necessary to build an energy literate society. Topics include the history of energy use, energy science and mechanics, electricity, sources of energy and use of energy, energy conservation and efficiency, environmental impacts, health effects, economics, policy, and future technology. Field experiences may be required; a reasonable alternative to the field trips will be available. Pre-requisite: Test into college level reading or successfully complete ENG 003; MATH 023 or MATH 024. This course meets for a total of 45 lecture hours. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 002 or MATH 010 or MATH 023 or MATH 024) or (ENG 003 and MATH 002 or MATH 010 or MATH 023 or MATH 024)

SCI 263  Special Topics:  (3 credits)  

This couses is designed to serve as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professional development for in-service K-12 teachers. Discipline-specific tracks (such as engineering, biology/chemistry, earth/environmental science) will focus on active learning of currently relevant topics and the development of best teaching and learning practices in STEM.