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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 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 141 - Metascience

Prerequisites: Student must be either currently enrolled in and/or have taken and passed ENG 100 or 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 200 - Experimental Research Methods

Prerequisites: Completion of all English, reading, math remediation courses and a Natural or Physical Science sequence: AHS131 and AHS132 or, BIO109 and BIO110 or, CHE151 and CHE152 or, PHY101 and PHY102 or, PHY151 and PHY 152.

Description: (Dual listed with BIO 200) This course introduces processes involved in completing the scientific method during experimentation and presentation of related research findings. Students will review theories and facts using prior works and identify literature which leads to further questioning and modification of original ideas. Students will explore the fundamentals of planning research experimentation including time management, theoretical frameworks, and logic of inquiry. Students will learn scientific thinking and writing skills necessary to communicate research findings. The course wil also examine effective measures for presenting learned information (either via literature review or experimentation) including abstract writing, verbal presentations and written representations of works as a publishable work, thesis, or dissertation. It will also examine safety guidelines and ethical standards. Laboratory work will include explorations into the scientific method, experimental design and data collection. With an emphasis on applied learning, students will conduct research in the area of their choosing. NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

SCI 295 - Independent Study-Science

Description: SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-ASC, LSCI. Formerly 699. Students who have completed SCI 699 will not receive credit for SCI 295.

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Physical Sciences