SCI - Science

SCI 101 The Planet Earth

Course Description: This course focuses on the earth, its motion about the sun, and its interior structure. Topics in physics and chemistry, including wave motion, energy, states of matter, magnetism and crystallographic structure, will be introduced to provide background for the concepts covered in the course. Laboratory experiments enhance the lecture material and provide students with instruction in the scientific method.

Course Rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 credits

SCI 110 The Physical World

Course Description: Basic physical science will be introduced from a broad historical and social perspective. The technological innovations and applications based upon this material will be discussed, with emphasis on their impact on societal changes. Laboratory experiments will correlate with lecture material and the student will be provided with modern computational methods for analysis of experimental data.

Course Rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 credits

SCI 110S The Physical World - Learning Community

Course Description: This learning community will examine the role and place of science in society. The course will focus on such issues as the acceptance of science and scientific principles in society and representations of science and the scientist in Western literature. Among works that will be discussed are New Atlantis (Francis Bacon); Brave New World (Aldous Husley); Frankenstein (Mary Shelley); Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson); Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift); Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne); War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells); When Worlds Collide (Philip Wylie).

0 - 3 credits

Corequisites

ENG 120S

SCI 120 History and Philosophy of Science

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: An extensive study of the origin, development and contribution of science to society. Hypothesis in physics, chemistry and biology. The theory of relativity and causality in physics.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring and Summer. PLV: Spring.

3 credits

SCI 130 Elements of Environmental Science

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: A scientific examination of the environment and man's impact on it. Among topics considered are: protection and/or decay of our air, water and mineral resources, population growth and control, the urban environment, solid waste, and alternative value systems.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PLV: Fall and Summer.

3 credits

SCI 142 Geology of Metropolitan NYC

3 credits

SCI 145 Environmental Geology

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: An investigation of the relationships between man and his geological environment. Discussion of population, hydrology, mineral resources, fossil fuels, geologic hazards, mining, construction and land use. Practical experience in topographic map interpretation.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring - Even years. PLV: Fall - Odd years.

3 credits

SCI 150 Astronomy

Course Description: The mechanics of celestial movement and stellar behavior with an understanding of the universe in the past, present and future; seasonal variations of the evening skies and stellar configurations. Consideration given to the historical and structural development of astronomical bodies.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PLV: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

SCI 150A Astronomy

Course Description: This course focuses on the mechanics of celestial movement and stellar behavior and provides an understanding of the universe in the past, present, and future. Seasonal variations of the evening skies and stellar configurations will also be covered and consideration given to the historical and structural development of astronomical bodies. Online labs will be included.

4 credits

SCI 150S Astronomy - Learning Community

Course Description:This course combines the beauty and fascination of astronomy with the logical reasoning and problem solving techniques of mathematics. Students will learn connections between science and mathematics and study real-world problem solving processes, as well as customary topics in both subjects. Students will interactively learn to use an astronomical telescope to take measurements and obtain a practical understanding of astronomy. Typical problems in astonomy will be presented to students who will then in turn learn to solve them in the mathematics portion of the course. Field trips: Hayden Planetarium. Field work: 6-8 sessions outside with telescopes.

0 - 3 credits

Corequisites

MAT 111S

SCI 160 Meteorology

Course Description: A study of the composition of the Earth's atmosphere, weather maps, high and low pressure systems, air masses, cold and warm fronts, atmospheric circulation, storms and world weather patterns. Discussion of past and present world climates. Reading meteorological instruments, weather analysis and forecasting will be included.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PLV: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

SCI 170 Oceanography

Course Description: A descriptive course entailing study of the oceans and their topography, geology, and geophysics; physical and chemical properties of seawater, ocean currents, tides, and shoreline processes; marine organisms and their ecology; survey of oceanographic instruments and techniques.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PLV: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

SCI 171 Coastal Oceanography

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: An introduction to the scientific study of the coastal environment. Discussion of forces which help to shape the shoreline, including waves, tides, and surf. Topics also include beach and shoreline features, shore ecology, and the role of man. An all-day field trip is included.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

SCI 226 Geographical Information Systems

Course Description: Students will be taught to visualize, explore, query and analyze geographic data. The popular desktop GIS program arcview will be used.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring, PLV: Spring.

3 credits

SCI 230 Environmental Science

Fulfills lab science requirement.

Course Description: This course is for students who have a high interest in the environment, but little background in science. Through readings, online discussions, videos and reading The New York Times, the students will gain an understanding of the science behind environmental topics in the news. Exercises to conduct in their backyard or community will reinforce the relevance of assigned readings. After successfully completing this course, the students will be able to describe and explain the major environmental issues in the public forum. Each student, through examining their own contribution to environmental problems, should be able to map their own path towards creating a sustainable lifestyle.

4 credits

SCI 240 Physical Geology

Prerequisite: SCI 101 or equivalent.

Course Description: An introductory course including topics in structural geology and geomorphology. Topics will include geologic time, crustal deformation, mountain building, weathering, erosion and mass wasting. The work of streams, ground water, wind, glacial ice, waves, and coastal currents will also be considered. An introduction to the interpretation of topographic maps and aerial photos will also be part of the course. A field trip or museum visit will be included.

Course Rotation: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

SCI 101 Minimum Grade of D

SCI 243 Historical Geology

Course Description: An introduction to the history of the earth. Topics include origin of the earth, geologic time, development and interpretation of ancient environments, geologic principles, evolution, fossil organisms and survey of geologic history of North America.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring - Odd years. PLV: Fall.

3 credits

SCI 296B Topic: Observational Astronomy

3 credits

SCI 296F Climatology

Course Description: Scientific principles applied to the study, the analysis and the interpretation of climates and climatic changes. Topics will include: The atmospheric environment and the impact of weather and climate on economic and ecological systems; The world distribution of climatic elements; Methods of arranging climatic data; Climatic classifications and worls distribution of climatic types; General circulation; Climatic change and climatic fluctuations.

3 credits

SCI 296G Topic: Weather Forecasting and Analysis

Prerequisites: SCI 160

Course Description: This course will focus on the analysis of National Weather Services products and Forecast Models. Students will learn the various procedures and techniques used in constructing short-range and medium range weather forecasts. Materials will come from the MWS and include: Satellite and Radar imagery, Surface Weather Maps, Upper Air Charts, Skew-T Diagrams, Temperature Progs, Quantitative Precipitation Forecast Charts and the GFS Forecast Model. Students will also work on the preparation and delivery of radio weather reports.

3 credits

Prerequisites

SCI 160 Min Grade D

SCI 296H Topics in Science: Introduction to the Science of Air Pollution

Course Description:This course is an introduction to air quality science, including current topics in the news involving public exposure to air toxics, adverse health effects particularly affecting the very young and old, industrial emissions, proposed regulations to combat these environmental problems, and climate change and greenhouse gases. Topics cover what are air pollutants, their regulation and control, how the public is exposed to them, public health and other effects, and what can be done to reduce such effects.
Course Rotation:PLV:Spring

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENV 222 Min Grade D or CHE 101 Min Grade D or CHE 110 Min Grade D or CHE 111 Min Grade D

SCI 296K Topics: The Physics of Music

Course Description: This is an introductory course in acoustics that explored the physical principles of music for the non-science major. This course will cover such areas as: simple harmonic motion, wave motion, resonance, interference, standing waves, and the overtone series. Fourier and spectrum analysis, the human ear and voice, musical instruments including temperament, pitch, percussion. No background in physics needed but high school algebra will be used.
Course Rotation: PL: Summer.

0 - 3 credits

SCI 340 Climatology

3 credits

SCI 345 Environmental Applications in Geology

Prerequisite: Junior standing and a minimum cqpa of 3.00.

Course Description: An investigation of the relationships between man and his geological environment. Discussion of population, hydrology, mineral resources, fossil fuels, geologic hazards, mining, construction and land uses. Practical experiences in topographic map interpretation.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Even years.

4 credits

Prerequisites

CHE 110 Minimum Grade of D or CHE 111 Minimum Grade of D orENV 222 Minimum Grade of D or SCI 101 Minimum Grade of D

SCI 395 Independent Study in Physical Science

Prerequisites: Junior standing and a minimum of CQPA of 3.00.

Course Description: With the approval of an appropriate faculty member, the department chairperson, and the academic dean, students may select a topic for guided research that is not included in the regular course offerings. The student meets regularly with the faculty member to review progress. A research project or paper must also be submitted.

Course Rotation: TBA.

1 - 9 credits