Independent Study in Science

Independent Study in Science is an opportunity for a student to enroll in a higher-level science class to explore focused topics in science. Some suggested topics might be the Biology of Cancer, Neuroscience or Environmental Microbiology. This course includes a lab component. (Prerequisites: Permission of department chair, matriculated with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, […]

College Physics II

This course completes the sequence for a year-long algebra-based physics course and includes an integrated laboratory. Continuing the approach used in the previous course, this course promotes student development of thoughtful problem-solving strategies by explicitly identifying and consistently applying methods to obtain solutions while considering a broad variety of problems. Course topics include oscillations and […]

College Physics I

This algebra-based course with integrated laboratory component is designed to help students develop thoughtful problem solving strategies in tandem with the coverage of the course material. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, thermodynamics, and the properties of matter. (Prerequisite: MATH137L or MATH211L with a C or better or Permission of Instructor)

Introduction to Physical Sciences

This fast-paced course covers the major concepts of physics and uses them in explaining how our world actually works. These concepts are developed through demonstrations and experiments, and require a minimum of mathematics. What is required is the ability to conceptualize the big underlying ideas, the ability to overcome notions about what we think we […]

Technical Physics

This course is an introduction to the principles and concepts of physics. Math review, vectors, motion, Newton’s laws, work, power, energy, friction, equilibrium, torque, concurrent forces, mechanical advantage, simple machines, and the properties of matter are covered. (Prerequisite: MATH129L or MATH137L or MATH211L with a C or better or competence as demonstrated on math placement […]

Astronomy and Space

An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the wonders and complexity of the universe. Topics covered include Earth’s place in the universe, the day and night skies, the origins of modern astronomy, gravity and orbits, telescopes, the solar system, newly discovered planets around other stars, types of stars, the birth and death of stars, […]

Introduction to Geology

This course provides an introduction to the geologic processes that make the Earth a very dynamic and active planet. The focus of this course is on discovering why processes such as volcanoes, landslides and earthquakes occur and how these processes shape the Earth’s surface on a daily basis. Major themes examined include understanding the Earth’s […]

Environmental Science

This course introduces environmental science as a complex, interdisciplinary, scientific area of study. The focus of this course is on the scientific and ecological principles basic to understanding environmental issues. Major themes examined include water quality, human population, sustainability, biodiversity, and the relationship between human society and the natural world. Coursework will include lecture, laboratory […]

Energy and Sustainability Laboratory

In this lab companion section of the Energy and Sustainability course, students conduct hands-on activities that apply the principles in the classroom section. The lab uses scientific inquiry as a means to understand energy flows, commercial energy use and human sustainability. Students also have the opportunity to design and carry out their own research project. […]

Energy and Sustainability

In this course energy will be examined holistically and scientifically. As a foundation, this course will first trace how the sun’s energy flows through physical matter and all life forms. The interrelationship between energy flows and the earth’s climate will also be examined. The course includes an investigation into commercial energy use and conservation. Using […]

General Chemistry II

This is the second course in a full-year sequence examining the core concepts of chemistry; further expanding upon the content in General Chemistry I. Topics include kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, properties of representative elements and transition elements, and an introduction to organic chemistry. The laboratory component is strongly connected […]

General Chemistry I

CHEM138L General Chemistry I CL3 L3 CR4 This is the first course in a full-year sequence examining the core concepts of chemistry. Students considering this course must have previous exposure to chemistry concepts, and must be prepared to work to develop their problem solving skills. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, types of reactions, […]