Science Course Descriptions

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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
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the complexities of the universe. Topics covered include: stars and planets; nebulae; galaxies; black holes; origins of the universe; past and current contributions of the space program. The lab component consists of frequent outdoor observations, use of telescopes, and scheduled trips to astronomical sites and planetariums.

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 recommended.)

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