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Apparel, Merchandising, Design, And Textiles (AMDT)

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210 [PSCI] Textiles 4 (3-3) Examination of basic textile components including fibers, yarns, structure, coloration, and finishes relative to performance standards and expectations for intended use.


Astronomy (ASTRONOM)

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135 (Effective through Summer 2022) [PSCI] Astronomy 4 (3-2) Overview of the solar system, stars, galaxies, cosmology, and the history of astronomy. Includes a lab component with occasional evening meetings. Credit not granted for both ASTRONOM 135 and 150.

135 [PSCI] Astronomy 4 (3-2) Course Prerequisite: ENGLISH 101 or HISTORY 105. Overview of the solar system, stars, galaxies, cosmology, and the history of astronomy. Includes a lab component with occasional evening meetings. Credit not granted for both ASTRONOM 135 and 150.

138 (Effective through Summer 2022) [PSCI] Planets and Planetary Systems 3 Formation and dynamics of planetary systems; major planets: interiors, surfaces, atmospheres; minor planets: moons, asteroids, comets; science missions; extrasolar planets.

138 [PSCI] Planets and Planetary Systems 3 Course Prerequisite: ENGLISH 101 or HISTORY 105. Formation and dynamics of planetary systems; major planets: interiors, surfaces, atmospheres; minor planets: moons, asteroids, comets; science missions; extrasolar planets.

390 [PSCI] The Night Sky 1 (0-3) Course Prerequisite: Science [BSCI] or [PSCI] UCORE course. Star names, magnitude scales, constellation identification, astronomical coordinates, solar, lunar and planetary motions, practical astronomy. Some outdoor evening time required.


Chemistry (CHEM)

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101 [PSCI] Introduction to Chemistry 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 103 or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 45%, or credit for or concurrent enrollment in MATH 105, 106, 107, 108, 140, 171, 172, 182, 201, 202, ENGR 107, STAT 205, or 212. Atomic and molecular structure, elementary organic nomenclature and reactions, quantitative relationships, periodicity, states of matter, solutions, acids, bases, pH, equilibrium, applications to life sciences. Not recommended as preparation for CHEM 105.

105 [PSCI] Principles of Chemistry I 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in one of the following courses: MATH 106, 108, 140, 171, 172, 182, 202, or ENGR 107, or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 80%. Atomic and molecular structure, states of matter, quantitative relationships, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, periodicity, bonding. Recommended preparation: One year rigorous high school chemistry or CHEM 103.


Physics (PHYSICS)

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101 [PSCI] General Physics 3 Course Prerequisite: PHYSICS 111 or concurrent enrollment; MATH 108 with a grade of C or better, a minimum ALEKS math placement score 75%, or passing MATH 140, 171, 202, or 206. Algebra/trigonometry-based physics; topics in mechanics, wave phenomena, temperature, and heat; oriented toward non-physical science majors.

111 (Effective through Fall 2022) [PSCI] General Physics Lab 1 (0-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 108 with a grade of C or better, a minimum ALEKS math placement score 75%, or passing MATH 140, 171, 202, or 206; PHYSICS 101 or concurrent enrollment. Algebra/trigonometry-based physics labs; topics in mechanics, wave phenomena, temperature, and heat; oriented toward non-physical science majors.

111 [PSCI] General Physics Lab 1 (0-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 108 with a grade of C or better, a minimum ALEKS math placement score 75%, or passing MATH 140, 171, 202, or 206; PHYSICS 101 or concurrent enrollment. Algebra/trigonometry-based physics lab; topics in mechanics and oscillations; heavy emphasis on group work; oriented toward non-physical science majors.

137 [PSCI] Physics and Society 3 Course Prerequisite: Minimum ALEKS math placement score of 45% or MATH 103 or higher with a C or better. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for PHYSICS 408. Interactions of physics with society; energy; air and water pollution; recycling; communications and computers; physics and war; physics and art. Credit not allowed for students who have earned credit for PHYSICS 408. Recommended preparation: UCORE [QUAN].

150 [PSCI] Physics and Your World 3 Survey of physics as found in everyday phenomena; including many hands-on activities and home experiments.

201 [PSCI] Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 3 Course Prerequisite: PHYSICS 211 or concurrent enrollment; MATH 171 with a C or better, or credit for or concurrent enrollment in MATH 172, 182, 273, or 315. Calculus-based physics; topics in motion and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, vibrations, wave phenomena, and the laws of thermodynamics.

205 [PSCI] Physics for Scientists and Engineers I - Honors 5 (3-5) Course Prerequisite: MATH 171 with a C or better, MATH 172 or concurrent enrollment, MATH 182 or concurrent enrollment, MATH 273 or concurrent enrollment, or MATH 315 or concurrent enrollment. Calculus-based physics, honors section; mechanics, sound, and thermodynamics.

211 (Effective through Fall 2022) [PSCI] Physics Lab for Scientists and Engineers 1 (0-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 171 with a C or better, MATH 172 or concurrent enrollment, MATH 182 or concurrent enrollment, MATH 273 or concurrent enrollment, or MATH 315 or concurrent enrollment; PHYSICS 201 or concurrent enrollment. Calculus-based physics lab; topics in motion and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, vibrations, wave phenomena, and the laws of thermodynamics.

211 [PSCI] Physics Lab for Scientists and Engineers 1 (0-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 171 with a C or better, MATH 172 or concurrent enrollment, MATH 182 or concurrent enrollment, MATH 273 or concurrent enrollment, or MATH 315 or concurrent enrollment; PHYSICS 201 or concurrent enrollment. Calculus-based physics lab; topics in motion and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, vibrations, waves; heavy emphasis on group work.

322 [PSCI] Sound Waves and Music 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 103 or higher with a C or better or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 45%. Multi-disciplinary introduction to the acoustics of musical sound with a hands-on approach, including human hearing and perception.


Science (SCIENCE)

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101 [PSCI] Integrated Science: Origins in the Natural World 4 (3-3) Interdisciplinary approach to science in the modern world for non-science majors. Field trip(s) may be required.


School Of The Environment (SOE)

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101 [PSCI] Welcome to the Earth: An Introduction to Geology 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for SOE 102. Introductory physical geology for non-science majors; emphasis on western US. Credit not granted for both SOE 101 and 102.

103 [PSCI] Other Worlds: Comparative Planetology of our Solar System 3 Study of the geological processes and environments on planets and moons of our solar system.

105 [PSCI] Natural Resources and Natural Hazards 3 Survey of key natural resources, the physical processes by which nature and society produce those resources, and the processes of related natural hazards. Recommended Preparation: MATH 103 or higher with a C or better, or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 45%.

210 [PSCI] Earth's History and Evolution 4 (3-3) Introduction to earth's history and evolution through observations, data collection and analysis, readings and writing exercises.

230 [PSCI] Introductory Oceanography 3 Interdisciplinary study of ocean systems: marine geology, chemistry, physics and biology; oceans' influence on climate and response to human activity.

250 [PSCI] Introduction to Earth System Science 3 Course Prerequisite: SOE 110 or BIOLOGY 106, each with a C or better. Earth's fundamental systems (the geo-, atmo-, hydro-, and bio-spheres) in the context of global change. Recommended: CHEM 101 or 105.

280 [PSCI] How the Earth's Climate System Works 3 Understanding how the Earth's climate system works to provide a scientific foundation for making informed evaluations about management and policy.

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