Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.
SCI 104C Astronomy and Space 3-2-4
This is an introductory course designed to acquaint students with the complexities of the universe. The theoretical portion of the course is divided into four topics: The history of astronomy and telescopes; the planets and moons of our solar system; the birth, life, and death of stars; and galaxies and the large scale structure of the universe. The lab portion of the course consists of in-class activities, outdoor observations during class, and independent labs in which the student makes observations of objects in the night sky. (High school Algebra I or equivalent highly recommended.)
SCI 107C Introduction to Meteorology 3-2-4
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of weather and climate. Topics include: observing weather; physical properties and processes of the atmosphere; weather systems; hazardous weather (thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes); basics of forecasting; clouds; air pollution; climate change. The lab component consists of group exercises, hands-on experiments, and use of the Internet to explore the topics of weather. This course requires regular student access to the Internet.
SCI 110C Alternative Energy Fundamentals 3-2-4
Energy systems play a critical role in everyday life. This lab-based course will serve as an introduction to alternative energy systems. Students will study key concepts, terminology, and definitions used by all energy systems, as well as typical energy consumption patterns and their environmental and economic consequences. In addition, alternative energy sources will be studied along with their benefits and challenges. Laboratory exercises will include power and energy measurements, power conversions, and investigations into various energy sources such as wood, bio-fuels, wind, solar, water, and fuel cells. (High school Algebra I or equivalent recommended.)