Physical Science (PHSC)

PHSC 101 5 Credits/Units

44 hours of lecture / 22 hours of lab

How the world around us behaves depends on the nature of matter and energy. Physical laws are presented in this course that describe the interaction of matter and energy. These laws are used to help explain experiences from daily life. For the non-science major, with little or no science background. [NS, SE]

PHSC 102 5 Credits/Units

44 hours of lecture / 22 hours of lab

A chemistry-focused physical science class, in which we will explore practical applications of chemical reactions. Different branches of chemistry such as inorganic, organic, biochemistry and green chemistry will be discussed as they pertain to the real world. For non-science majors with little or no science background. No prerequisites are required. [NS, SE]

PHSC 104 5 Credits/Units

44 hours of lecture / 33 hours of lab

Introduction to the engineering method of problem solving through guided Engineering design projects. Focus on developing group skills, understanding the effects of different learning styles, producing strategies for innovation, and fostering creativity in problem solving. Cannot receive credit for both PHSC 104 and ENGR 104. [NS, SE]

PHSC 106 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in ENGL 098, or eligibility for ENGL 101.

Introduction to basic chemical concepts using cooperative learning and the backdrop of environmental science. This course is writing-intensive, requiring weekly essays discussing select chemical applications in the world around us. Topics include: energy and nutrient flow through the ecosystem; chemical hurdles facing agriculture; chemical, physical, and nuclear reactions of energy production; ramifications of chemical pollution; green chemical solutions. Intended for non-science majors with little or no scientific background. [NS, SE]

PHSC 110 5 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture / 44 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 096.

Introduction to the Scientific Method and the principles of Physics, and Chemistry though the investigation of Science Fiction. Learn to distinguish between science and pseudoscience. Through the investigation of science fiction TV shows and films we will establish and investigate both accepted scientific principles and examine and invalidate others. [NS, SE] [PNP]

PHSC 199 3 Credits/Units

99 hours of clinical

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructional Unit.

Supervised work experience in an approved job. Completion of specific learning objectives and employer evaluation. Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, HDEV 195, 198, or 200 required. [GE]