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Physical Science


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

PHSCI 101

Physical Science

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) Placement into or completion of a college level math course

This course presents basic concepts of science and technology and explores the social and environmental impact of resource use.

PHSCI 102

Introduction to Astronomy

3 credit hours

This course introduces the tools, techniques and concepts used in modern astronomy and uses them to present and understand current theories for the past, present and future of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe.

PHSCL 102

Astronomy Lab

1 credit hour

Pre-requisite: C (RQ) PHSCI-102

In this course experiments are performed to give students experience with the scientific method and to enhance their understanding of topics presented in the astronomy lecture. Conditions permitting, outdoor observations of celestial objects will be made using Saint Xavier University telescopes. Laboratory 2.

PHSCI 103

Introduction to Meteorology

3 credit hours

This is an introductory course on the science of the atmosphere, weather and climate. The emphasis is on conveying meteorological concepts while at the same time providing students with a comprehensive background in basic meteorology. Lecture and demonstrations cover topics directly related to one's everyday experience and stress the understanding and application of principles. Offered fall odd years and spring even years.

PHSCL 103

Meterology Lab

1 credit hour

Pre-requisite: C (RM) PHSCI-103

The laboratory's main emphasis is on conveying meteorological concepts in a visual and practical manner. Experiments are intended to provide the students with direct observation in the area of measurement and monitoring of the atmospheric environment. Laboratory 2.

PHSCI 104

Earth Systems/Geology

3 credit hours

This course introduces students to the study of the planet Earth, including its physical composition, geologic time, surficial processes and tectonic activity.

PHSCL 104

Earth Systems/Geology Lab

1 credit hour

Pre-requisite: C (RQ) PHSCI-104

In this course students are introduced to maps, methods of identifying geological specimens and geologic time exercises. Laboratory 2.

PHSCI 150

Special Topics: Physical Science

3 credit hours

This course includes formal courses covering topics not regularly scheduled and not covered in other courses. Suggested topics include: nuclear science, forensic science and interdisciplinary environmental science. NOTE: A college-level course in science or consent of instructor.

PHSCI 201

Physical Science for Elementary School Teachers

4 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120, MATH 112 or MATH 226 or consent of the instructor and C: PHSCL-201 (RQ)

This course covers physical science concepts such as forces and motion, energy, waves and electromagnetic radiation, chemical reactions, and the structure and properties of matter. These topics are explored using hands-on activities appropriate for use in the elementary or middle school classroom. Integrated Lecture and Laboratory 6.

PHSCI 202

Earth and Space Science for Educators

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PHSCI-201 or PHYS-201 or consent of the instructor

This course surveys space and earth systems so that students can understand the interconnected nature of these systems. Topics include the universe and its stars, earth and the solar system, history of planet earth, earth's materials and systems, weather and climate, and the human impact on each of these systems. Special emphasis is placed on the application of technology to problems within these fields of study. Lecture 3. Offered spring.

PHSCI 237

Criminalistics

3 credit hours

This course introduces students to the basic concepts and methods of the physical sciences that are used in the forensic laboratory. Laboratory work, including using instruments, is integrated into the course. Integrated Lecture and Laboratory 3. Cross Reference: CJ 337. Offered spring even years.