Physical Science (PSCI)

PSCI-130  Introduction to Physics I  3 Credits  
PSCI-130C  General Physics I  3 Credits  

This is a trigonometry based course in mechanics and heat. Topics include kinematics, Newton's Laws, rotational motion, fluid mechanics, and laws of thermodynamics. Three hours of lecture. This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in natural sciences.

Prerequisite: MATH-117 or MATH-170

Co-Requisite: PSCI-130CL or PSCI-130CR

PSCI-130CL  General Physics I Lab  1 Credit  

Laboratory experiments will demonstrate principles studied during lecture sessions. These experiments demonstrate principles in the areas of rotational motion, momentum, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, friction and conservation of mechanical energy. This course fulfills the core curriculum laboratory requirement in the natural sciences. Laboratory three hours. Lab fee.

Prerequisite: MATH-117 or MATH-170

Co-Requisite: PSCI-130C

PSCI-130CR  Gen Physics I Recitation  1 Credit  

This course reinforces the basic tenets of physics introduced in the lecture course. This course encourages practical and analytical thinking about kinematics, Newton's Laws, rotational motion, fluid mechanics, and laws of thermodynamics. One hour problem-solving session per week; credit/fail course.

PSCI-131  General Physics II  3 Credits  

This is a trigonometry based course in electricity, magnetism, sound and light. Topics include mechanical waves, sound, Coulomb's Law, electrostatics, electric circuits, introductory electronics, magnetic fields, induction, wave mechanics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction and polarization. Three hours of lecture. This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in natural science.

PSCI-131L  General Physics II Lab  1 Credit  

Laboratory experiments will demonstrate principles studied during lecture sessions. These experiments demonstrate principles in the areas of electrical current, electrical potential, electrical circuits, magnetic fields, optics, wave motion, and optics. This course fulfills the core curriculum laboratory requirement in the natural sciences. Laboratory three hours. Lab fee.

PSCI-131R  Gen Physics II Recitation  1 Credit  

This course reinforces the basic tenets of physics introduced in the lecture course. This course encourages practical and analytical thinking about mechanical waves, sound, Coulomb's Law, electrostatics, electric circuits, introductory electronics, magnetic fields, induction, wave mechanics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, and polarization. One hour problem-solving session per week; credit/fail course.

PSCI-215  Fundamentals of Earth Sci  4 Credits  

Earth science including physical and historical geology, meteorology, and descriptive astronomy; the economic, social, and philosophical aspects of the subject matter. Lab fee. (meets Natural Science/Math requirement)

PSCI-215C  Fundamentals of Earth Science  3 Credits  

Earth Science including physical and historical geology, oceanography, and descriptive astronomy; economic, social, and philosophical aspects of the subject matter. A three-day field trip is required. This course is recommended for Liberal Studies majors. Lecture three hours each week. This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in the natural sciences. Fee for the field trip for those not concurrently enrolled in PSCI 215CL.

PSCI-215CL  Fundamentals of Earth Science Lab  1 Credit  

Co-Requisite: PSCI-215C

PSCI-216  Fundamentals of Physical Sci  4 Credits  

This course in physical science presents materials in physics, chemistry, and astronomy that are conceptual in nature with minimal reliance on the quantitative rules of mathematics as a tool for understanding. A strong emphasis is placed on proper use of vocabulary words to understand and explain topics in the fields of mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and light. Classroom demonstrations and videos are used to assist the student in learning the everyday principles of nature. Lab fee. (meets Natural Science/Math requirement)

PSCI-216C  Fundamentals of Physical Sci  3 Credits  

This course in physical science considers topics in physics, chemistry, and astronomy that are conceptual in nature with minimal reliance on the quantitative rules of mathematics as a tool for understanding. A strong emphasis is placed on proper use of vocabulary words to understand and explain topics in the fields of mechanics, properties or matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and light. This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in the natural sciences. Lecture three hours per week.

PSCI-216CL  Fundamentals of Phys Sci Lab  1 Credit  
PSCI-223C  Mechanics and Heat  3 Credits  

Kinematics, Newton's Laws, rotational motion, fluid mechanics, and laws of thermodynamics. Three hours of lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH-180

Co-Requisite: PSCI-223CL or PSCI-223CR

PSCI-223CL  Mechanics and Heat Lab  1 Credit  

Laboratory experiments will demonstrate principles studied during lecture sessions. These experiments demonstrate principles in the areas of rotational motion, momentum, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, friction and conservation of mechanical energy. Laboratory three hours. Lab fee.

Prerequisite: MATH-180

Co-Requisite: PSCI-223C

PSCI-223CR  Mechanics and Heat Recitation  1 Credit  

This course reinforces the basic tenets of physics introduced in the lecture course. This course encourages practical and analytical thinking about kinematics, Newton's Laws, rotational motion, fluid mechanics, and laws of thermodynamics. One hour problem-solving session per week; credit/fail course.

PSCI-225  Electricity, Magnetism/Light  3 Credits  

Mechanical waves, sound, Coulomb's Law, electrostatics, electric circuits, introductory electronics, magnetic fields, induction, wave mechanics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction and polarization. Three hours of lecture.

PSCI-225L  Electricity/Magntsm/Light Lab  1 Credit  

Laboratory experiments will demonstrate principles studied during lecture sessions. These experiments demonstrate principles in the areas of electrical current, electrical potential, electrical circuits, magnetic fields, optics, wave motion, and optics. Laboratory three hours. Lab fee.

PSCI-225R  Electricity, Magnetism/Light Recitation  1 Credit  

This course reinforces the basic tenets of physics introduced in the lecture course. This course encourages practical and analytical thinking about mechanical waves, sound, Coulomb's Law, electrostatics, electric circuits, introductory electronics, magnetic fields, induction, wave mechanics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, and polarization. One hour problem-solving session per week; credit/fail course.

PSCI-227  Modern Physics  3 Credits  

Relativity, photoelectric effect, quantum theory, Bohr model of the atom, photons and matter waves, atoms, nuclear physics, energy from the nucleus, quarks, leptons, and cosmology.

PSCI-291  Special Topic:  1 Credit  

Study of a special topic in physical science. May be repeated for credit. May have a lab fee.

PSCI-292  Special Topic:  2 Credits  
PSCI-293  Special Topic:  3-4 Credits  
PSCI-294  Special Topic:  4 Credits  
PSCI-470  Special Topic:  3-4 Credits  

Special topics in physical science. May be repeated for credit. May have a lab fee.