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Physical Science

Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  


Physical Science

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) Placement into or completion of a college level math course

Course Types: GPHSC

This course presents basic concepts of science and technology and explores the social and environmental impact of resource use.


Introduction to Astronomy

3 credit hours

Course Types: GPHSC

This course introduces the tools, techniques and concepts used in modern astronomy and uses them to present and understand current theories for the past, present and future of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe.


Introduction to Meteorology

3 credit hours

Course Types: ESS,GPHSC

This is an introductory course on the science of the atmosphere, weather and climate. The emphasis is on conveying meteorological concepts while at the same time providing students with a comprehensive background in basic meteorology. Lecture and demonstrations cover topics directly related to one's everyday experience and stress the understanding and application of principles. Offered fall odd years and spring even years.


Earth Systems/Geology

3 credit hours

Course Types: GPHSC,ESS

This course introduces students to the study of the planet Earth, including its physical composition, geologic time, surficial processes and tectonic activity.


Physical Science for Elementary School Teachers

4 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120 MATH 112 or MATH 226 or consent of the instructor and C: PHSCL-201 (RQ)

Course Types: GPHSC

This course covers physical science concepts such as forces and motion, energy, waves and electromagnetic radiation, chemical reactions, and the structure and properties of matter. These topics are explored using hands-on activities appropriate for use in the elementary or middle school classroom. Integrated Lecture and Laboratory 6.


Earth and Space Science for Educators

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PHSCI-201 or PHYS-201 or consent of the instructor

This course surveys space and earth systems so that students can understand the interconnected nature of these systems. Topics include the universe and its stars, earth and the solar system, history of planet earth, earth's materials and systems, weather and climate, and the human impact on each of these systems. Special emphasis is placed on the application of technology to problems within these fields of study. Lecture 3. Offered spring.