PHYSICAL SCIENCE (PHSC)
PHSC-ELEC ELECTIVE (3 Credits)
PHSC-101 EARTH SCIENCE (3 Credits)
A survey of physical properties and processes of the Earth. The content is drawn from geology, atmospheric science and oceanography. Topics may include the motion of the Earth, atmospheric circulation, plate tectonics and igneous activity and physical properties of the oceans. This course will not satisfy the natural science requirements for science majors.
PHSC-102 PHYSICAL SCIENCE (3 Credits)
An introductory level course for non-science majors. Physical principles are discussed at the conceptual level with minimum use of mathematics. The application of these principles to everyday experiences is stressed. Among the topics covered are: motion, forces, energy, momentum, structure of atoms and molecules, liquids, gases, temperature and heat. This course will not satisfy the science requirement for science majors.
PHSC-105 GEOLOGY (3 Credits)
A survey, with emphasis on physical geology, considering processes at work on the Earth's crust, such as glaciation, weathering, mass movement, water, diastrophism and consideration of rocks and minerals composing the crust.
PHSC-106 STARS AND STELLAR SYSTEMS (3 Credits)
A survey of the universe beyond our solar system: stars and multiple star systems, nebulae, galaxies, quasars, pulsars and black holes. Models of the universe's origin and modern observing techniques will also be discussed.
PHSC-107 THE SOLAR SYSTEM (3 Credits)
How do the planets move through space and indeed what are the planets like? How did our solar system come into existence? What is our sun like? These and other questions will be treated in depth in the introduction to the astronomical aspects of our star system.
PHSC-108 PHYSICS FOR POETS (3 Credits)
This course is intended for non-science majors. It investigates the basic theories of modern physics after a brief discussion of those classical ideas that are relevant. Historical, philosophical and social implications of developments in modern physics are also considered. The course requires no college mathematics as a prerequisite. This course will not satisfy the natural science requirements for science majors.
PHSC-109 PHYSICS OF SENSORY PERCEPTION (3 Credits)
The physical and biophysical principles of sensory reception will be covered. Emphasis will be given to the visual and auditory systems. Mechanisms of neural transmission and information coding will be covered. This course will not satisfy the natural science requirement for science majors.
PHSC-113L ASTRONOMY LABORATORY (1 Credit)
Basic experiments in astronomy illustrating how information is derived about stars and planets, etc.
PHSC-115 ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES (3 Credits)
This course is intended for the student who has had an exposure to the rudiments of science and who is interested in exploring the topic of energy sources. This course will deal with energy sources which are state of the art or near state of the art. Each energy will be examined from the point of view of the physical principles involved and the practical limitations of the utilization. Discussions where pertinent will also include hazard analyzes.
PHSC-116 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY (3 Credits)
General principles and the origin of the earth. Attention will be directed primarily to the nature of physical conditions and the record of life during the geologic history of the continent of North America. Some treatment will be given to the areas of Europe, because most major divisions of the rock succession were first recognized and defined there. Students having physical geology as an introductory course will be able to tie into a time sequence many previously associated facts in relation to the age of the Earth.
PHSC-191 INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SCIENCE (3 Credits)
An introduction to what we know about the physical universe and how we have discovered it. The process of scientific discovery is explored using major discoveries in the history of science as examples. Topics include the fundamental properties of matter and energy, the nature of chemical reactions, the use of energy by living things, the nature and property of DNA and biological evolution among others. The course includes a combination of lecture and classroom discussion.