Physical Science Courses 2013-2014

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

PSC 140
Physics of Sports
4 credits

Examines basic concepts of physics as they apply to the performance of Sports. Newtonian Mechanics including force and motion, thermodynamics, energy conservation, momentum, statistics, and biophysics will be explored through various sports such as baseball, football, hockey, track, basketball, soccer, and skiing. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Introductory. Lab fee.

PSC 161
The Solar System
4 credits

Explores relationships among worlds in our solar system. Communicates accurate picture of structure and processes at work within the solar system. Integrates fundamental concepts from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. Technology use occasional. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Introductory. Lab fee.

PSC 184
Science Inquiry and the Earth
4 credits

Examines relationships between science and other creative endeavors while exploring the natural world. Reviews elements of scientific process as well as humanistic aspects such as morality, expertise, and motivation. Utilizes lectures, labs and internet-based activities to investigate the materials and processes of the Earth. Includes semester long study of the Muddy River. Moderate use of technology. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Introductory. Lab fee.

PSC 185
Discovering Planet Earth
4 credits

Studies and integrates physical and life science relating to processes of planet and earth including scientific exploration, astronomy, ecology, earth systems, plants and animals, food chains, and technology. Includes experimentation, related readings, report writing, simulations, models and technology. Technology use occasional. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Life Science and Physical Science. Introductory. Lab fee.

PSC 191
The Physical Universe
4 credits

A laboratory focused course that uses laboratory experimentation to develop skills in data gathering, representation, analysis, and interpretation while considering topics such as motion, heat, light, waves and sound, and geological structure. Technology use occasional. General Education: Fulfills Self and Society or Investigations in Science and Technology. Introductory. Lab fee.

PSC 251
Principles of Chemistry
4 credits

Introduces concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry. Topics include structure, behavior and reactions of molecular matter, and identification and classification of matter. Has extensive laboratory component. Technology use occasional. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Prerequisite: Completion of General Education Math. Intermediate.

PSC 255
Natural Disasters
4 credits

To understand the geological and physical processes that affects the human environment in catastrophic ways. Natural disasters are commonly exacerbated when intensive human activity expands into hazardous zones prone to natural disasters. Hazards will be examined in terms of science prediction, mitigation, avoidance, and public policy/safety issues. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Intermediate.

PSC 256
Investigating Green Energy
4 credits

Investigates solar, wind, hydro, tidal and geothermal energy via physics and the carbon cycle, nuclear and fuel cell energy via chemistry. Uses laboratory experimentation, readings, real and virtual field trips to learn about Green Energy through the lens of physics and chemistry, developing skills in representation, analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: Introductory level PSC or LSC course, or by permission of the instructor. Intermediate.

PSC 301
Meteorology
4 credits

Investigates various aspects of meteorology, including solar radiation, global circulation, environmental issues, winds, stability, precipitation processes, weather systems, and severe weather. Basic physical principles, meteorological terminology, societal impacts, and weather analysis will be explored. Prerequisites: PSC 185 or PSC 255 and one of the following PSC 184 or PSC 161 or PSC 191 or PSC 251. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Advanced.

PSC 399
Field Studies in Environmental Studies
4 credits

Provides Junior and Senior Math-Science majors with direct experience applying concepts and theories in professional settings. Students work with a professional at a field sit and a faculty member to implement a program of study or research protocol. Technology use extensive. Prerequisite: 200/300 level MAT course, 300 level science course in field of study. Advanced. 

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