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SCI 101 - Principles of Physical Science

Description: This is an introductory course designed to involve the non-science oriented student in an investigation of some of the basic concepts and processes of science. There will be an introduction to measurement and information gathering techniques used by scientists, along with an examination of basic principles of phenomena such as motion, gravity, energy, and heat. Laboratory experiments will enable the students to investigate scientific principles as they apply to the world. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Laboratory fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 102 - Material Science

Description: The course is designed to continue the investigation of physical science principles with a focus on chemical aspects. Such topics as electricity, atomic structure, chemical nature and behavior, ionization, reactions, and compound formation will highlight the study. Laboratory experiments will enable the students to investigate scientific principles as they apply to the world. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Lab fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 103 - Physical Geology

Description: This course presents principles of the study of the earth outlining how the science began in the late 1700s from natural curiosity progressing to our present knowledge of the earth as a dynamic entity. Students will study its surface features and processes and then can appreciate how patterns observed have allowed for interpretations of what is going on within the interior. Such aspects include but are not limited to earthquakes, volcanism, origin and deformation of mountain belts and ocean basins, the work of running water, glaciers and wind. In lab, students are provided a hands-on approach to the study of minerals, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and will learn how to use a topographic map. A one-day field trip may be offered to illustrate and reinforce the concepts introduced. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Lab fee applies. A special section of Physical Geology may be offered each semester through the College of the Air program. This distance-learning course uses DVDs, the internet, computers and other electronic media to complete the course assignments. Therefore, students must have access to a computer and a DVD player. Students will occasionally meet with the instructor on campus to perform laboratory experiments and to take exams. Special sections of Physical Geology may be offered which cover most of the topics above but which present the popular field of gemology, allowing the students to work with professional instruments to identify a large suite of gems, both natural and synthetic. Lab fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 104 - Historical Geology

Description: This is a problem-oriented approach to the study of the geologic history of the planet earth. Laboratory methods are emphasized in conjunction with the fundamental tools of geology. The origins and evolution of the continents and ocean basins are examined both from a classical perspective, and through the utilization of the theories of continental drift and plate tectonics. The histories of select areas will be examined with an emphasis placed on the techniques used in the interpretation of the ancient environments in which the rock record was formed. A one-day field trip may be offered to illustrate and reinforce the concepts introduced. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Laboratory fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 105 - Solar System Astronomy

Description: The historical development of the physical laws and theories basic to the study of the solar system is studied. Physical characteristics of the earth, moon, planets and sun are discussed including findings of unmanned planetary exploration. Students are required to attend at least two evening observation sessions during the semester. Students gain a working knowledge of the operation of a telescope. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Lab fee applies. Note: A special section of Solar System Astronomy may be offered each semester through the College of the Air program. This distance-learning course uses DVDs, the internet, computers and other electronic media to complete the course assignments. Therefore, students must have access to a computer and a DVD player. Students will occasionally meet with the instructor on campus to perform laboratory experiments and take exams. Lab fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 106 - Stellar and Galactic Astronomy

Description: The student is introduced to the historical development of theories basic to understanding the concepts of the universe beyond the solar system and studies the evolution of stars and galaxies in terms of observations. Included are discussions of quasars, pulsars, black holes and the Big Bang Theory. Students are required to attend at least two evening observation sessions during the semester. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Lab fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 107 - Meteorology

Description: To understand the daily and seasonal weather, students will be introduced to basic weather elements such as temperature, pressure, and humidity. Real-time weather maps from the Internet are often used in class to enhance the study of particular topics. After a good foundation in the basic principles of meteorology, various atmospheric phenomena will be discussed, including the formation of rainbows, thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes. Many of these phenomena are illustrated on videotape. Laboratory exercises include the study of weather instruments, analysis of surface and upper air maps, analysis of soundings on Skew-T diagrams, and weather forecasting. A special section of meteorology may be offered each semester as a hybrid online course. This distance-learning course uses real-time weather data to study the principles of meteorology. Students must have access to a computer and the internet in order to download or print the weekly lessons. Communication between the instructor and student is through the course website. Students will occasionally meet with the instructor on campus to do laboratory experiments that require equipment and to take exams. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Lab fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 108 - Climatology

Description: Meteorological elements such as temperature, precipitation, pressure, and wind will be studied to provide an understanding of the different climates around the world. Students will learn how climate can influence agriculture, clothing, housing, and transportation in different parts of the world. The interdisciplinary nature of this course is evident in the study of how scientists have used biology, meteorology, geology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, oceanography and computer modeling to determine the climates of the past and predict the climates of the future. The study of climate change will include astronomical theories, the ocean conveyor belt, ozone depletion, global warming and El Nino and La Nina. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Lab fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 109 - Environmental Science

Description: Some Saturday field trips may be required of evening students. This course offers an introduction to the basic principles of ecology, population and food production problems. The course also examines the basic principles concerning air and water pollution. Laboratory exercises are designed to measure the local air and water quality. The modes of detection and prevention of environmental pollution will be investigated and discussed. Field trips and laboratory exercises are a required part of the course. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the field trip sites. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Lab fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 110 - Environmental Resources

Prerequisites: SCI 109 is recommended but not required.

Description: The course involves the investigation of current problems in our environment. The areas which will be discussed will be the problems of solid waste and various methods of its disposal; the effects of pollutants from present and future energy sources; noise pollution and the effects of radiation on people and the environment. Field trips and laboratory exercises are a required part of the course. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the field trip sites. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Lab fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 115 - Beaches and Coasts

Description: This course introduces the study of beach and coastal processes and environments. It examines coastal morphology such as barrier islands, spits, dunes and marshes and introduces the effects of plate tectonics, glaciers, and rivers on beaches and coasts. It also examines tidal currents, wave action, longshore currents and transport, and estuarine circulation. Human activities and the effects of man-made (anthropogenic) structures will also be emphasized. Students will also study the various methods used for study of coastal environments. Field trip(s) required. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-ASC, NSCI Offered: Fall, Winterim, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 116 - The Universe

Description: This course introduces the study of the Universe through cosmology. It examines theories of the history of the universe, the nature of dark matter and dark energy, and the origin of elementary particles and ordinary matter on the large-scale structure. Emphasis will be placed on space and time as basic concepts in physical science and how modern measurements and discoveries allow us to determine the size, age, and future fate of the universe. Other topics include theories of parallel universes and time travel. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-ASC, NSCI Offered: Fall, Winterim, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 119 - Oceanology

Description: (Dual listed with BIO 119). This is a three-credit course and does not fulfill the laboratory science requirement needed for graduation. There will be no waivers issued under any circumstances. One field laboratory during the term. The course is designed as an overview of the structure, origin, and evolution of the world's oceans. Investigations will include analysis of abiotic factors such as sediments, coastlines, water properties, and movement. Students will take a close look at general water circulation, tides, currents, waves, and the effects of weather and climate. Further investigations will focus on biotic factors such as marine organisms, food chains, resources, and man's relationship to the sea. (3 lecture hours) SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-NSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 120 - Environmental Issues of Metropolitan New York

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.

Description: This is a limited enrollment course that runs during select intersessions for a period of 10 days. Special fees for transportation are required. This course is an intensive investigation of the current environmental problems facing society using the greater metropolitan area of New York as the focal point. Students will receive firsthand experience with current environmental problems through field trip observations and surveys. Problems dealing with the physical treatment of oil spills, the scientific formulation of environmental impact statements, and the effects of heavy industry on air quality will be some of the issues under consideration. The field trips and laboratory activities will be designed to reinforce the topics discussed during lecture. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: May Special

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 141 - Metascience

Prerequisites: Student must be either currently enrolled in and/or have taken and passed ENG 101.

Description: This course presents a study of enigmatic phenomena, both historic and contemporary, which have aroused popular interest and which present a paradox to modern science. Topics covered in the course are extraterrestrial intelligence, ancient "super cultures" (including Atlantis), the Bermuda Triangle phenomenon, the U.F.O. phenomenon, psychic phenomena (including "spirits" vs. "ghosts") and cryptozoological phenomena (from Loch Ness to Bigfoot). Emphasis is placed upon the critical evaluation of available data (written articles and videotapes) using the scientific method. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 150 - Environmental Mapping GPS/GIS

Description: This beginning level course is designed to introduce non-science as well as science oriented students, to the latest concepts and technologies in mapping science. The course covers the theories and concepts of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students acquire a fundamental hands-on understanding of the technologies and systems used in the GIS field. The course will include problem solving activities through laboratory and field work. Off-campus field trips are required. Laboratory fee applies. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-LSCI Offered: Fall, Winterim, Spring

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 203 - Field Laboratory Geology

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.

Description: This is a limited enrollment course that runs during select intersessions for a period of 10 days. Special fees for transportation are required. This is an activity-oriented approach to the study of some of the regionally accessible geologic features: their processes, history and beauty. The participants in this course will be introduced to a varied curriculum of the regional physical, historical, economic and environmental geologic phenomena. A brief sampling of some topics open to investigation are: post glacial features, coastal barrier beach problems/dynamics, the identification of major rock outcrop features, mining operations, and mineral and fossil collecting. Laboratory and field equipment will be used for the gathering of specimens and data to help develop an understanding of the gross geologic aspects of a particular location. A portion of the time needed to accomplish these goals will be spent as preparation and review on campus in the laboratory/lecture room. Field sites will be reached primarily through the use of chartered transportation. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: May Special

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 209 - Fundamentals of Environmental Safety and Health

Description: This course is designed for anyone interested in understanding what constitutes a safe and healthy environment. The course first discusses the methodologies that enable one to understand why and how exposure to various hazards, to which persons may be exposed to at home, outside and in the work environment, are dangerous. Along with a general understanding of the hazards, the course presents basic concepts and methods used to recognize, evaluate, control and mitigate these hazards. Some of the hazards that will be explored are food safety, herbicides, radiation, indoor/outdoor air pollution (including carbon monoxide and cleaning products), noise pollution, transportation, water quality, pesticides, dangers facing children along with both solid and hazardous waste. The concept of sustainability is introduced and becomes a central theme is discussing the mitigation of various hazards. Some of the regulations promulgated by authorities will be considered including how one can use MSDS (Safety Data Sheets) documentation to learn about the dangers presented by various materials we use in everyday life. Some of the basic course concepts as well as the fundamental skills of critical thinking and problem solving will be taught using active learning exercises. Additionally the course provides students with an opportunity to research topics of special interest to them. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-ASC, NSCI. Offered: Fall, Winterim, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Physical Sciences