SCI 104C               Astronomy and Space

Acquaints 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 recommended)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 2    Credit Hours: 4

 

SCI 107C               Introduction to Meteorology

Introduces 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, and 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.

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 2    Credit Hours: 4

 

SCI 110C               Alternative Energy Fundamentals

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. Lab 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)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 2    Credit Hours: 4

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