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General Education: Course Descriptions

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ARTH 313. Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance (Semester in Florence Only) 3 credits
A survey of Italian Renaissance painting and sculpture (1280-1550), including the works of Giotto, Donatello, Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Weekly visits to the Uffizi, Sam Marco, the Accademia and other Florentine museums. Contact the Studies Abroad Office for more information.

ARTH 314. Masterpieces of Spanish Art (Semester in Salamanca Only) 3 credits
A survey of art in Spain from prehistoric cave painting through 20th-century art. Emphasis is given to 17th/18th-century Baroque and modern artists including El Greco, Velasquez, Goya, Gaudi and Picasso. Visits to Altamira, the Alhambra, the Prado, Toledo Santillana del Mar and other sites. Contact the Studies Abroad Office for more information.

ARTH 315. Masterpieces of British Architecture (Semester in London Only) 3 credits
This history and theory of British architecture from prehistoric to modern times. Weekly visits to the British Museum, Hampton Court, Avebury, Bath, Chiswick, the Victoria Albert Museum and other monuments. Contact the Studies Abroad Office for more information.

ARTH 316. Masterpieces of British Art (Semester in London Only) 3 credits
Survey of painting and sculpture in Britain (1530-1860) concentrating on 18th/19th-century painting. British art is viewed in the context of European civilization. Weekly visits to London museums including the Portrait Gallery, Sir John Soane's House, the Wallace Collection and the Tate Gallery. Contact the Studies Abroad Office for more information.

BIO 114. Organisms (3, 3). 4 credits
An exploration of how diverse life forms carry out fundamental processes that sustain life including acquiring and using essential molecules, growing and reproducing, responding to environmental stimuli, and maintaining a stable internal environment. Labs will introduce students to the scientific method in a series of investigative lab and field experiences.

BIO 222. Interdisciplinary Biology for Engineering and Physical Sciences. (3, 0) 3 credits. 

Case studies and an issues-based approach will provide a framework to understand the science of biology, to stimulate critical thinking, and to appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of biological investigations. This interdisciplinary biology course is intended for students who have at least sophomore status and who are physical science, engineering or mathematics majors. This course is not available for credit toward the major or minor in biology or biotechnology. Prerequisite: MATH 231 or MATH 235

BIO 270. Human Physiology (3, 2). 4 credits
Study of the function of major organ systems of the human body. Credit may not be earned in both BIO 270 and 370. Not for major credit. Prerequisite: A course in freshman biology or chemistry.

CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry. 3 credits
A one-semester introduction to the fundamental principles, laws and applications of chemistry. Examples relating to the health sciences are emphasized. (Not available for major or minor credit in chemistry.)

CHEM 131. General Chemistry I. 3 credits
The first of a two-course general chemistry sequence for science majors. It is designed to introduce students to basic chemical concepts including atomic structure, periodic properties of the elements, nomenclature, basic stoichiometry, theories related to reactivity and bonding and the behavior of materials. (The laboratory and lecture portions of CHEM 131 must be taken concurrently. Chemistry majors take 135L rather than 131L.)

CHEM 131L. General Chemistry Laboratories. 1 credit
This laboratory course is designed to complement and supplement the CHEM 131lecture course. (The laboratory and lecture portions must be taken concurrently.)

GAMST 200. Introduction to American Studies. 3 credits
This interdisciplinary course examines representations of America and American identity in philosophy, literature and the arts. We investigate conflicts in values and beliefs as shaped by class, gender, race, landscape, and "progress." Students will articulate an informed understanding of their own position in the development of America's national and international identity.

GANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology. 3 credits
An introduction to the nature of culture and its relationship to language, economics, politics, kinship and other institutions in diverse cultures. The course also provides an overview of the theories, methods and ethical responsibilities involved in the study of cultural systems and ethnographic writing.

GANTH 196. Biological Anthropology. 3 credits
An introduction to the study of humans (Homo sapiens) as part of the natural world, with important relationships with other species and subject to the natural laws that influence all life on earth. Human ecology is the study of humans in their environmental context and this course examines the ways that ecosystems, both natural and human-modified, have profoundly affected human biology both in the past and in the present. Interactions between human biology and the myriad environments in which they live (and have lived) are driven by the forces of evolution, and the emphasis here is on the ways that humans have adapted to environmental change. Prerequisites: GMATH 115 and MATH 103, MATH 205, MATH 220, MATH 231 or MATH 235.

GANTH 205.  Buried Cities, Lost Tribes: The Rise and Fall of Early Human Societies. 3 credits. 
This course takes an archaeological and comparative perspective on the origins of human institutions, including art, architecture, religion, centralized political formations and urban life. The development and collapse of early societies in multiple world regions, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, Mesoamerica and the Andes will be explored.

GART 200. Art in General Culture. 3 credits
An exploratory course which aims to develop a non-technical, general, cultural understanding of the space arts, such as architecture, painting, sculpture and industrial design. Emphasis is on the contemporary.

GARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance. 3 credits
An introduction to the art and architecture of the world from cave painting through European Pre-Renaissance art. Includes ancient through medieval art in Europe and the Near East as well as Asian and African arts.

GARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern. 3 credits
An introduction to the art and architecture of the world from the Renaissance through Modern ages. Includes European Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, 19th and 20th centuries as well as Asian and African art.

GBIO 103. Discovering Life (3, 0). 3 credits
An introduction to major concepts in biology, with an emphasis on understanding science as a method for obtaining knowledge. Relationships between some biological and geological processes are also considered. Prerequisite: GSCI 101.

GBUS 160. Business Decision Making in a Modern Society. 3 credits
This course introduces the concepts of basic technology literacy, information retrieval via electronic and hard copy; along with critical thinking skills. Basic business principles will be introduced to reinforce these concepts and their relationships. The course provides opportunity for applying the skills of oral and written communication to a variety of learning activities.

GCOM 121. Fundamental Human Communication: Principles and Practices. 3 credits
Offered fall and spring.Study of human communication as a process. Emphasis on examining the role of self-concept, perception, culture, verbal and nonverbal dimensions in the communication process, using power and managing conflict, applying critical listening, practicing audience analysis within informative speech making. Overview of the principles and practices of interpersonal, small group, and public communication.

GCOM 122. Fundamental Human Communication: Individual Presentations. 3 credits
Offered fall and spring.Study of human communication as a process. Emphasis on examining the role of self-concept, perception, culture, verbal and nonverbal dimensions in the communication process, using power and managing conflict, applying critical listening, practicing audience analysis, constructing informative and persuasive speeches with an emphasis on individual public speaking contexts.

GCOM 123. Fundamental Human Communication: Group Presentations. 3 credits
Offered fall and spring.Study of human communication as a process. Emphasis on examining the role of self-concept, perception, culture, verbal and nonverbal dimensions in the communication process, using power and managing conflict, applying critical and interpersonal listening, understanding group dynamics and problem solving, practicing audience analysis, and constructing informative and persuasive group presentations.

GECON 200. Macroeconomics. 3 credits
Behavior of economic systems at the national and international levels. Topics include the methodology of economics as a social science, supply and demand, definition and measurement of important macroeconomic variables and theoretical models of growth, inflation, interest rates, unemployment, business cycles, stabilization policy, exchange rates and the balance of payments. 

GENG 221. Literature/ Culture/Ideas. 3 credits.
This course will take a thematic approach to literature by examining multiple literary texts that engage with a common course theme concerned with the human experience. Themes address cultural, political, social, religious, or philosophical aspect ideas through literature. Specific topics will vary.

GENG 222. Genre(s). 3 credits.
An examination of representative works in a literary genre, in a set of related literary subgenres, or in both a literary genre and one or more closely connected genres in other humanities disciplines.

GENG 235. Survey of English Literature: From Beowulf to the 18th Century. 3 credits
A general survey presented chronologically.

GENG 236. Survey of English Literature: 18th Century to Modern. 3 credits
A general survey presented chronologically.

GENG 239. Studies in World Literature
Introduction to masterpieces of world literature with emphasis on non-Western literature.

GENG 247. Survey of American Literature: From the Beginning to the Civil War. 3 credits
A general survey presented chronologically.

GENG 248. Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Modern Period. 3 credits
A general survey presented chronologically.

GENG 260. Survey of African-American Literature. 3 credits
Survey of literature by African-American authors from the 18th century to the present.

GGEOL 102. Environment Earth (3, 0). 3 credits
A study of geological processes causing global change and their impact on human thought. The relationship between some geological processes and life on the Earth is also considered. Prerequisite: GSCI 101.

GEOL 110. Physical Geology (3, 2). 4 credits
A systematic study of earth materials including the internal and external processes that affect earth structure and landforms. Topics include the genesis/properties of rocks and minerals, plate tectonics and the agents of change that drive surface processes and land-form development.

GEOL 211. Introduction to Oceanography. 3 credits
An introduction to the oceanography of coastal environs including barrier islands, estuaries and tidal marshes. The physical, geological and biochemical characteristics of coastal waters will be discussed in the context of the economic and social pressures brought to bear on theses areas by an increasing global population.

GGEOG 200. Geography: The Global Dimension. 3 credits
This course promotes global understanding through the study of humans, their institutions and processes and the resulting interactions between humans and the environment. The course will include the study of western and non-western peoples and their social, cultural, political and economic relationships.

GHIST 101. Global Culture to 1650. 3 credits
A survey of important historical developments from pre-historic times to the mid-17th century. Emphasis is given to the rise and decline of great global civilizations and to their lasting contributions to humanity.

GHIST 102. Global Culture Since 1650. 3 credits
A survey of important historical developments from the mid-17th century to the present. Emphasis is given to the growth of nationalism, the development of colonialism and to global events, problems and conflicts of the present century.

GHIST 150. Critical Issues in Recent Global History. 3 credits
This course examines issues in recent history as a means to introduce, develop and enhance critical thinking skills and to supplement writing, oral communication, library and computing skills objectives for General Education Cluster One. A seminar format allows for careful examination of issues in both oral and written formats. The course emphasizes the development and articulation of well reasoned arguments in organized and grammatically acceptable prose.

GHIST 225. U.S. History. 4 credits
A survey of U.S. history from the colonial period to the present, emphasizing the development of American civic life, the involvement of the U.S. in world affairs and the cultural richness of the American people. This course stresses the analysis and interpretation of primary sources.

GHTH 100. Personal Wellness. 3 credits
Emphasizes lifestyle behaviors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention. General areas affecting health status are identified and suggestions made as to how health-related behaviors, self-care and individual decisions contribute to wellness and influence dimensions of health. A one-hour weekly individual physical wellness lab is included.

GHUM 102. God, Meaning and Morality. 3 credits
A study of the ways in which various communities perceive and understand the basis of knowledge, reality, meaning and purpose, ethics and aesthetics. Students will explore religious and nonreligious approaches to these issues.

GHUM 200. Great Works. 3 credits
An intensive examination of great literary works that focus on key issues of knowledge and reality, meaning and purpose, ethics and aesthetics. Discussion, analysis and intensive writing are required. Texts will vary by section and instructor.

GHUM 250. Foundations of Western Culture. 3 credits
An interdisciplinary study of the forces that shaped a major early culture or civilization (such as Greek, Medieval or Renaissance). Students will examine the interrelationships among history and the literary works, fine arts, music, philosophy, religion and the intellectual ideas that formed that culture.

GHUM 251. Modern Perspectives (Enlightenment or Romanticism or Modernism). 3 credits
An interdisciplinary study within the modern period of arts and humanities. Students will examine the interrelationships among history and the arts, philosophy, religion and the intellectual ideas of the time. Topics will vary by section.

GHUM 252. Cross-Cultural Perspectives (East Asian or Western African or Native American). 3 credits
An interdisciplinary study to broaden awareness of one's own culture and that of others. Issues raised will show how people have responded to the human condition in varied ways throughout history, from different religious or philosophical points of view or from different artistic media.

GISAT 100. Issues in Energy and the Environment. 3 credits.

This course focuses on developing students’ interest and understanding of issues in energy and environment.  The course will develop the background chemistry and physics knowledge and apply it to air quality, water quality, conventional and alternative energy sources.  We will also interweave issues of the social context of these science and technology issues. 

GISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Technology (2, 2). 3 credits
This course integrates the study of biology, chemistry and statistics within the context of environmental issues that include ozone depletion, acid rain, global warming, waste management and biodiversity. Corequisite: GISAT 141, or permission of instructor.

GISAT 113. Issues in Science and Technology: Living Systems (2, 2). 3 credits
This course introduces current topics in the life science technologies through lecture and laboratory exercises. Topics include focus on advances in genetic engineering, the hierarchy of life and the rise of infectious diseases. Prerequisite: GISAT 112.

GISAT 151. Analytical Methods I: Applied Calculus. 4 credits

This course introduces the concepts of differential and integral calculus and ordinary differential equations to model real-world problems in the sciences, business, and economics. Includes a laboratory component emphasizing numerical applications on the computer. Course assumes familiarity with algebra and trigonometry.

GISAT 160. Problem Solving in Science and Technology, 3 credits (experimental course 2005/2006)
This course examines issues in modern science and technology as a means to introduce, develop, and enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills. Current scientific and technological research and workplace-related problems will be introduced to reinforce problem solving, instruction in systems thinking, and critical inquiry. The course provides opportunities for using both oral and written communication in a variety of learning activities.

GISAT 251. Analytical Methods III: Introduction to Statistical Reasoning and Data Analysis. 3 credits

This course introduces statistical thinking-the discipline and methods for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data for making decisions, doing science, and understanding our world. Topics covered include an introduction to: data analysis methods; probability and chance; statistical reasoning and inference; and experimental design. The course includes a laboratory component emphasizing hands-on analysis of data taken from a variety of applications in ISAT sectors and health related fields.

GJUST 225. Justice and American Society. 3 credits.

This course introduces the student to the concept and reality of justice in America. It is a broad-based, interdisciplinary consideration of justice: What it is, what it means, and how it intersects with society and social institutions in American. Philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the notion of justice and the historical context of justice in American society will be considered.

GKIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (2, 2). 3 credits
This course is designed to help students adopt and maintain the behaviors associated with an active and healthy lifestyle. Through this course students will learn the importance of maintaining wellness through a physically active lifestyle. Through lectures and labs, students study and develop the behavioral patterns consistent with the current knowledge base in fitness and wellness.

GMAD 150. Mediated Communication: Issues and Skills. 3 credits
Study of how mediated communication shapes the content, meaning and impact of spoken, written and pictorial messages. Emphasis on the skills required to integrate speech, text and imagery into mediated presentations. Consideration of issues involving the critical evaluation of mass-mediated communication, their effectiveness and influence.

GMUS 200. Music in General Culture. 3 credits
Designed to increase the student's perceptual ability in listening to music and to encourage an interest in both familiar and unfamiliar music. Primary study will be on music from the classic, western heritage. Folk, jazz, popular and non-Western music may also be considered.

GMUS 203. Music in America. 3 credits
Knowledge and skills to increase the student's perceptual ability in music listening with a survey of American music; examining relationships between popular and classical music styles.

GMUS 206. Introduction to Global Music. 3 credits
A survey of various world music traditions, including those of Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. The course will focus on aesthetics, musical forms and styles, and the relationship between music and other arts. Emphasis will be placed on historical, religious, and cultural events and their influence on the creation and development of music.

GPHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy. 3 credits
An introduction to the basic problems and concepts of philosophy-the nature of man and the self, ethics, theories of knowledge, philosophy of religion, etc. as revealed in the writings of the major philosophers.

GPHIL 120. Critical Thinking. 3 credits
An introduction to the techniques for analyzing and evaluating information in everyday experience. The functions of language will be discussed. Techniques for judging the strengths of arguments and the probable truth of the arguments' premises will be examined.

GPHIL 150. Ethical Reasoning. 3 credits

An introduction to the principles and techniques of rational decision making in ethics, including analysis of arguments and fallacies, ethical theories, and applications of moral principles to moral issues.

GPOSC 200. Global Politics. 3 credits
An exploration of political, social and economic issues and structures existing within and between states in the contemporary global community. Students are introduced to alternative approaches to analyzing these issues in diverse cultures and political settings.

GPOSC 225. U.S. Government. 4 credits
An examination of institutions, processes and intellectual concepts which structure American political activity. The interaction of the political system with the changing American society and America's changing role in world affairs are also treated. The course provides an introduction to quantitative methodology.

GPSYC 101. General Psychology. 3 credits
A study of the nervous system, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, life span development, personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, social psychology and the scientific method.

GPSYC 122. The Science of Vision and Audition (3, 1). 3 credits
A study of human interaction with sound and light waves. Topics include basic neuroanatomy, anatomy of the auditory and visual systems, visual perception (color vision, object perception, perceptual illusions), auditory perception (pitch, loudness, sound localization), visual deficiencies. The course will include outside-of-class experiential activities. Prerequisite: GSCI 121 and either MATH 103, MATH 107, MATH 205, MATH 220, MATH 231 or MATH 235.

GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development. 3 credits
An introduction to human development. Emphasis is on life span processes within physical, emotional, cognitive, psychosexual, social, personality and moral development.

GREL 101. Religions of the World. 3 credits
An investigation of the world's major religions which will give attention to their origin, history, mythology and doctrines.

GSCI 101. Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience (3, 0). 3 credits
A survey of the fundamental concepts, principles and ideas of chemistry and physics. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the development of the principles and their application in understanding the world around us. Prerequisite or corequisite: One of the following. MATH 103, MATH 107, MATH 205, MATH 220, MATH 231 or MATH 235.

GSCI 104. Scientific Perspectives (0, 2). 1 credit
A study of topics selected to allow students to participate in mathematical and scientific problem solving approaches to knowledge. Prerequisite or corequisite as indicated in the schedule of classes.

GGEOL 115. Earth Systems, Cycles and Human Impact. 3 credits
Earth System science views the Earth as a single system consisting of processes operating at time scales from seconds to the age of the Earth. Earth System science integrates aspects of geology, meteorology, oceanography and biology in which humans are an integral part of the system. Earth System science provides an important tool for understanding the relationship between humans and the Earth. From the Earth Systems perspective, humans are a part of the Earth System, dependent on it, impacting it and responding to its variability. The systems of the Earth have been in dynamic equilibrium for billions of years, cycling matter, gases and energy through a set of complex reservoirs (atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, lithosphere and near space environment). During the last few thousand years, humans have assumed an even larger role in Earth processes. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 103, MATH 205, MATH 220, MATH 231, or MATH 235.

GSCI 121. The Physical Nature of Light and Sound (3, 1). 4 credits
A study of the physical properties of light and sound waves. Topics include production, propagation and spectral analysis of waves. Applications to be covered include musical instruments, sound reproduction, room acoustics, optical instruments (cameras, projectors, lasers) and color in art and nature. The course will include outside-of-class experiential activities.

GSCI 161. Science Processes 1 credit
Observing, classifying, measuring, inferring, communicating, predicting and experimenting in all science disciplines. This course will introduce core science process skills for all science disciplines in a hands-on, integrated laboratory block.

GSCI 162. The Science of the Planets 2 credits
The course will focus on the Earth and her neighbors, including the formation, evolution and dynamics of the Solar System. Students will also explore the similarities and differences of different solar system bodies (stars, planets, asteroids, comets) and the possibilities for finding life elsewhere. Prerequisite: GSCI 161.

GSCI 163. The Matter of Matter 1 credit
This course will focus on the topic of matter: particle theory, forms, characteristics, properties, atomic theory and models, conservation of mass and energy, nuclear reactions, heat transfer within matter, chemical bonds and chemical structures.

GSCI 164. How Things Work 2 credits
A hands-on conversation on how technology, science and engineering come together to produce the tools and devices we use. The course will cover many of the traditional concepts presented in an introductory physics course by probing the way things work. The course will treat coordinate systems and their use in describing motion, forces and energy conservation, thermodynamics (temperature, pressure, heat), light (color, ray model, wave model), waves (sound), magnetism, and electricity. The course will indirectly reinforce skills developed in other courses in the package including scientific tools (mathematics, graphing, diagramming, experimenting, and analyzing data) and using informational resources. Prerequisite: GSCI 163.

GSCI 165. The Way Life Works 1 credit
Patterns, energy, information, life's machinery, feedback, community and evolution. These are major themes in how life works. This course will use these themes as a backdrop for looking at the way life works.

GSOCI 110. Social Issues in a Global Context. 3 credits
An examination of current global social issues, such as industrialization, economy, work, inequality, social movements and socio-political change. Addresses questions of definition, nature, history, patterns and consequences of various issues, using sociological perspectives to examine and critique proposed social policies.

GSOCI 140.  Microsociology: The Individual in Society. 3 credits
Explores the relationship between ourselves, as individuals, and society. Examines major contributors to the social science tradition including Freud, Marx, Hegel and Mead. Issues of personal and family relations, occupational aspirations, political organization, personal discipline and religious commitment are examined.

GTHEA 210. Introduction to Theater. 3 credits
Study of the theater as an art form. Emphasis on introducing students to a broad spectrum of theatrical activity and opinion. Consideration of the components that comprise a theater event including acting, directing, design, costuming, lighting and playwriting.

GWRTC 103. Critical Reading and Writing (formerly GWRIT 103 Critical Reading and Writing)
The course emphasizes the process of constructing a focused, logical, coherent, well-supported thesis, or point of view. The students will employ research and formal documentation to produce writing stylistically appropriate to its audience, purpose, and occasion. The course also places emphasis on editing for clarity and control of conventions. Instruction in writing and research includes critical analysis of primary and secondary sources through a series of reading and writing assignments. Students are prepared to use reading and writing in their personal, academic, and civic lives. GWRIT 103, or its equivalent, fulfills the General Education Cluster One writing requirement and is a prerequisite for all WRIT courses numbered 200 or above.

MATH 103. The Nature of Mathematics. 3 credits
Topics such as geometry, computing, algebra, number theory, history of mathematics, logic, probability, statistics, modeling and problem solving intended to give students insight into what mathematics is, what it attempts to accomplish and how mathematicians think.

MATH 107. Fundamentals of Mathematics I. 3 credits
Sets, logic, numeration systems, number theory, probability and statistics, measurement, geometry and an introduction to computers.

MATH 205. Introductory Calculus I. 3 credits
Topics from differential calculus with applications to the social, behavioral or life sciences and business or management. Prerequisite: Demonstration of strong preparation in algebra. Not open to mathematics or physics majors or to students who have already earned credit in MATH 235. Not recommended for chemistry majors.

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics. 3 credits
Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, sampling, estimation and testing of hypotheses, regression, correlation and an introduction to statistical analysis using computers. Prerequisite: Demonstration of strong preparation in algebra. Not open to majors in mathematics or computer science.

MATH 231. Calculus with Functions I. 4 credits
MATH 231 and MATH 232 form a sequence that combines first-semester calculus with algebra and trigonometry. The sequence is designed for students whose pre-calculus skills are not strong enough for MATH 235. Calculus material in MATH 231 includes limits and derivatives of algebraic functions and their applications. Prerequisite: Sufficient score on the Mathematics Placement Exam. NOTE: MATH 231-232 together are equivalent to MATH 235 for all prerequisites.

MATH 235. Calculus I. 4 credits
Differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable. Sequences and infinite series. Prerequisite: MATH 135 or equivalent.

PHYS 140. College Physics I. 3 credits
The first semester of a noncalculus sequence in general physics. Topics include principles of mechanics, thermal properties of matter, wave motion and sound. Prerequisite: MATH 135 or equivalent. Corequisite: PHYS 140L.

PHYS 140L. General Physics Laboratories. 1 credit
This laboratory course is designed to complement and supplement the PHYS 140 and PHYS 240lecture courses. The laboratory and lecture portions must be taken concurrently. Corequisite: PHYS 140 or PHYS 240.

PHYS 215. Energy and the Environment. 3 credits
Energy use, sources and trends; fossil fuels, heat-work conversions, thermodynamic restrictions and electric power production; nuclear fission reactors and fusion energy; solar energy and technologies; alternative energy sources; energy storage; energy conservation; issues of waste and safety. Environmental, social and economic aspects will be discussed. Not open to ISAT majors scheduled to take ISAT 212 as part of their degree requirements. Prerequisites: Two college courses in science and one in mathematics.

PHYS 240. University Physics I. 3 credits
Kinematics, dynamics, energy and momentum conservation, oscillatory motion, fluid mechanics and waves. Corequisite: MATH 235 and PHYS 140L. A student may not earn credit for both PHYS 202 and PHYS 240.

ASTR 120. The Solar System. 3 credits

An introductory course in astronomy, which includes the following topics: motions of celestial objects, eclipses, historical development, the nature of light, telescopes, properties and evolution of the solar system.

ASTR 121. Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology. 3 credits

An introductory course in astronomy which includes the following topics: the Sun, stellar properties, stellar evolution, black holes, the Milky Way, galactic evolution, quasars, cosmology.