Physical Science

PHS-120 - Exploring Physical Science

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

This is a combined lecture and lab course where lab/lecture are directly integrated. Topics covered come from physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology and meteorology. Course intended for non-science majors. Prospective elementary and middle school teachers may find this course especially helpful. 

PHS-151 - Introduction to Astronomy

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

A survey of astronomy including historical considerations, the solar system, the universe and special topics. Topics may include the laws, the methods and current research. Each planet will be studied as well as major stars and galaxies. Special topics include: cosmology, cosmogony, nova, pulsars, quasars, relativity, space travel, black holes and other space mysteries. Lab to include: experiments, observations, slides and movies.

PHS-165 - Introduction to Meteorology

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Introduction to atmospheric sciences and meteorology. Includes physical elements and process of weather, climatic types and regions, forecasting and associated activity.

PHS-185 - Introduction to Earth Science

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introduction to geologic processes that have generated and continue to alter the surface of the earth. Covers: major types of rocks and the rock cycle; rock deformation, weathering, transport and deposition by fluid agents; plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, orogeny; absolute and relative time and the geologic column. Includes segment on the history of geology.


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