PHY 130 KEY CONCEPTS IN PHYSICSCampus:
An introduction to concepts in physics encountered in everyday life. It is designed for personal growth and career enrichment, especially for elementary school teachers, through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on opportunities stemming from key ideas in mechanics, optics, heat, electricity, magnetism and sound. This course is for non-science majors. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered when there is sufficient student demand. Lab fee-$30.
PHY 150 GENERAL PHYSICS I – MECHANICS, MOLECULAR PHYSICS, HEAT, SOUNDCampus:
Newton’s laws of motion, mechanics and properties of matter, mechanics of rigid bodies, work and energy, fluids in motion, molecular and atomic theory, special properties of matter due to molecular forms, elasticity, temperature, quantity of heat, work and heat, transfer of heat, wave motion and sound. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$60.
PHY 151 GENERAL PHYSICS II – MAGNETISM, ELECTRICITY, OPTICS, ATOMIC PHYSICSCampus:
Magnetism, electrostatics, electric circuits, electromagnetism; conduction through gases, radioactivity; nature of light propagation, photometry, reflection, refraction, lenses, optical instruments, interference, diffraction, polarization. Prerequisite: PHY 150. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$60.
SCI 150 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL SCIENCECampus:
An investigation into the physical sciences designed for the non-science major. This course, which provides insights into modern developments in the areas of physics and chemistry, is specifically designed for students whose professional goal is education. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall, spring and summer. Lab fee-$30.
SCI 165 Energy and the Environment
A general introduction to scientific definition of energy and an investigation of fuels and technology used to provide the energy we use every day. This course will explore the impact of fossil fuels, nuclear power, solar and other alternative forms of energy on the environment and provide a framework for considering the social, economic and political implications of our future energy choices.
ESC 110 INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMYCampus:
A study of the universe from the super-immense to the subatomic, emphasizing the moon, planets, comets, meteors, asteroids, stars and galaxies. The origins of the contemporary universe and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe will also be considered. A constellation study and a planetarium experience will be an integral part of the course. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Lab fee-$30.
ESC 111 INTRODUCTION TO THE SOLAR SYSTEMCampus:
A detailed introduction to the solar system. Topics include the historical development of astronomy, the formation of the solar system, characteristics of its planets, moons, comets and asteroids. Current findings of planetary probes and the identification of celestial objects will be an ongoing study, by way of evening observations and planetarium presentations. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Lab fee-$30.
ESC 112 INTRODUCTION TO STELLAR ASTRONOMYCampus:
An introduction to the study of the universe beyond the solar system. The focus includes the role of electromagnetic radiation in discovering the tremendous distances to the stars, the classification and study of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, white dwarfs, black holes, neutron stars and pulsars. Theories such as the evolution of the universe, possibility of space travel and potential for life elsewhere will be discussed. Evening observations, planetarium trips will enhance these theories. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Lab fee-$30.
ESC 120 INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGYCampus:
A study of the earth with a view to understanding the mysteries of its forests, fields, glacial valleys, rocks, minerals, waterways and fossils. Laboratory experiences provide opportunities to investigate these secrets of our planet. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.