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Physical Science (PHSC)

105: Elemental Physics. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: MATH 098 or ACT math score of 18 or higher.
Survey of concepts in physics, which includes basic concepts in motion, gravitation, energy transformation, heat, waves, sound and electricity. Graphic and algebraic solutions in problem solving are emphasized.

105L: Elemental Physics Laboratory. (1-0-3)
Prerequisite: Previous credit or current enrollment in PHSC 105.
Laboratory exercises that support and reinforce concepts taught in PHSC 105.

106: Elemental Chemistry. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: MATH 098 or ACT math score of 16 or higher.
A one semester "terminal" survey of general chemistry concepts and principles for teacher education programs and non-science majors.  Foundations of chemistry are presented and applied to real-world issues concerning the environment, energy, and public health. This course will also focus on improving the student's ability to understand and communicate scientific topics as an informed citizen.

107: Environmental Science. (3-3-0)
This course includes an introduction to organism-environment interaction, especially humans and their environment. Exploration of contemporary issues in environmental science with an emphasis on man’s interaction with the Earth’s biological and physical resources.  This course is also listed as BLGY 107. Students cannot receive credit for both PHSC 107 and BLGY 107.

110: Astronomy. (3-3-0)
A non-mathematical, descriptive introduction to astronomy, with emphasis on the solar system and related topics.

111: Physical Geology. (3-3-0)
A descriptive, non-mathematical introduction to physical geology. Concepts covered include the dynamic and physical nature of the Earth’s processes, as well as such topics as minerals, the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, rivers and availability and extraction of earth’s natural resources.

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