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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 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