PHYS 101 Astronomy

An introduction to modern astronomy, including the celestial sphere; Solar System planets and exoplanets; stellar classification and evolution; galaxies; and cosmology.

Corequisite: PHYS 102 Astronomy Laboratory

PHYS 102 Astronomy Laboratory

Observations of the Moon, planets, stars, and nebulae,using the naked eye and telescopes.  Familiarity with small telescopes.  Laboratory exercises (computer-based and hands-on) involving astronomical data and concepts when the weather is poor.

Corequisite: PHYS 101 Astronomy

PHYS 105 Physics of Sound and Music

An introduction for non-science majors to the physics of sound with applications to sound production by musical instruments. Topics include the physical behavior of sound, musical scales, human perception of sound, and sound production by acoustic instruments. As part of the course, students are required to fabricate and demonstrate a musical instrument of their own design. The course and its integrated laboratory are normally scheduled for two consecutive class periods.

CHEM 105 Topics in Chemistry

Chemical principles and information will be studied through the examination of thematic topics in the chemical sciences. Designed for students majoring in disciplines other than science and mathematics. Includes a laboratory experience.

PHYS 107 Topics in Physics

Topics, designed for the non-science major, in physics, astronomy, and interdisciplinary subjects, including modern developments in physics and closely allied fields, atmospheric processes, nanotechnology, biophysics, geophysics, and science writing.

CHEM 107 Chemistry and Archaeology

The scientific analysis and study of ancient materials has greatly enhanced our understanding of the past. In this course for non-science majors, we will undertake a survey of archaeological materials and the science that is pertinent to the development of an understanding of such materials. Minimal prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed, and only basic math skills are required. Three lecture periods and one laboratory experience each week.

CHEM 108 Chemistry and Art

The materials available to artists and the properties of those materials have greatly affected the type of artistic work that has been produced. In this course for non-science majors, we will explore the intersection of chemistry with the visual arts. The chemistry of ceramic materials, glasses, and metals will be considered, along with the chemistry of pigments and painting. Minimal prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed, and only basic math skills are required. Three lecture periods and one laboratory experience each week.

PHYS 109 Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences I

Suitable for life science students, this algebra-based physics course is the first in a year-long sequence covering the classical fields of physics. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, including rotational motion, and wave motion. Must be taken concurrently with Physics 113.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.

PHYS 110 Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences II

Suitable for life science students, this algebra-based physics course is the second in a year-long sequence covering the classical fields of physics. Topics include thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and the optical properties of matter. Must be taken concurrently with Physics 114.