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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.

3credits

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 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