Physical Science Courses

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This course is a survey of the elementary aspects of the astronomical universe. Topics include the history and growth of astronomy, instrumentation, solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Star-gazing sessions and planetarium trips are included to identify the prominent constellations and stars. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This course is a survey of the elementary aspects of the astronomical universe. Topics include the history and growth of astronomy, instrumentation, solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Star-gazing sessions and planetarium trips are included to identify the prominent constellations and stars. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This is a basic astronomy laboratory for those registered in Introduction to Astronomy. Laboratory work will include constellation identification, telescope work, use of the planetarium and an introduction to the basic experimental techniques used in astronomy. Lab fee required.
In this course, topics of current interest are presented in group instruction. This course may be taken four times for credit.
This is a travel/study course combining preparation on campus, foreign travel, and study abroad in the discipline of Astronomy. Variable content depending on the program in which the student enrolls and the specific topics to be covered. Students must be 18 years of age on or before day of departure. Department consent is required for registration.
This is a one-semester course for the non-science major designed to meet the General Education requirement for the A.A. degree. Presumes no chemistry or mathematics background. Basic chemical principles are covered and related to larger topics that may include the chemistry of water and the atmosphere, energy sources, natural and man-made materials and environmental issues. Laboratory exercises during the lecture may be used to complement course material. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This is a one-semester course for the non-science major designed to meet the General Education requirement for the A.A. degree. Presumes no chemistry or mathematics background. Basic chemical principles are covered and related to larger topics that may include the chemistry of water and the atmosphere, energy sources, natural and man-made materials and environmental issues. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This is a one-semester course for the non-science major designed to meet the General Education requirement for the A.A. degree. Presumes no chemistry or mathematics background. Basic chemical principles are covered and related to larger topics that may include the chemistry of water and the atmosphere, energy sources, natural and man-made materials and environmental issues. Laboratory exercises during the lecture may be used to complement course material. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This is a one-semester course designed to introduce the principles of chemistry to nursing and allied health students. It assumes no prior chemistry background. The course can also be used as a preparation for CHM 2045C. Topics will span general, organic and biological chemistry and cover problem-solving, atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, bonding, gas laws, radioactivity, an introduction to organic chemistry, carbohydrates, acids/bases and other selected topics. Lab fee required.
This course serves as the first semester of the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Topics covered include problem-solving, atomic and molecular structure, chemical formulas and nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding models, gas laws, solutions and other selected topics. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This course serves as the first semester of the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Topics covered include problem-solving, atomic and molecular structure, chemical formulas and nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding models, gas laws, solutions and other selected topics. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This course serves as the first semester of the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Topics covered include problem-solving, atomic and molecular structure, chemical formulas and nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding models, gas laws, solutions and other selected topics. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
An introduction to experimental chemistry, including separation techniques, qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques, stoichiometry, titrations and spectroscopic analysis. Students will become proficient in a variety of laboratory techniques and data acquisition. Students must have already completed or be taking concurrently CHM 2095.
This course serves as a continuation of CHM 2045. Topics covered include chemical bonding models, properties of solutions, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. The course stresses integration of chemical knowledge.
This course serves as a continuation of CHM 2045C. Topics covered include chemical bonding models, properties of solutions, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. The course stresses integration of chemical knowledge. The laboratory is primarily qualitative analysis. Lab fee required.
This course serves as a continuation of CHM 2045C. Topics covered include chemical bonding models, properties of solutions, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. The course stresses integration of chemical knowledge. The laboratory is primarily qualitative analysis. Lab fee required.
This course covers the basic principles of chemistry with applications of these principles to everyday phenomena. Lectures will include hands-on activities and demonstrations. Topics will vary to fit the specific needs of the teachers enrolled.
This course provides a basic introduction to all organic functional groups and nomenclature followed by detailed treatment of the relationship between structure and reactivity of organic molecules. Other topics include stereochemistry and synthesis. Lab fee required.
This course provides a continuation of CHM 2210C. Topics covered include the chemistry and reactions of alcohols, ethers, sulfur compounds, aromatic compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and amines. Various types of spectroscopy will be covered. Emphasis will be on reactivity, mechanisms and synthesis. Lab fee required.
In this course topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course will introduce students to the Earth as a complex and dynamic system. Focus will be on the solid Earth, the oceans, the atmosphere and interactions among these subsystems. Students will learn of the Earth's origin and place within the solar system. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree-seeking students.
This is a three-credit-hour General Education course with no prerequisites. Students will study the impact of human systems on the physical and biological environment as well as discuss possible solutions to today's environmental problems. Topics include ecology, natural resources, energy, pollution, population growth, urbanization and sustainability. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This is a four-credit-hour General Education course with no prerequisites. Students will study the impact of human systems on the physical and biological environment as well as discuss possible solutions to today's environmental problems. Topics include ecology, natural resources, energy, pollution, population growth, urbanization and sustainability. The laboratory will give students an analytical learning experience in environmental science, as well as teach them to apply the learned concepts to real world problems and issues. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This is a three-credit hour General Education course. Students will study the impact of human systems on the physical and biological environment as well as discuss possible solutions to today's environmental problems. Topics include ecology, natural resources, energy, pollution, population growth, urbanization and sustainability. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This course combines on campus lectures and preparation with travel to, and study of, unique ecosystems and the impact humans have upon them. Course content is focused on the region visited. Student must be 18 years of age on or before departure. Departmental permission is required for enrollment.
This beginning course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of Earth. Emphasis is on Earth materials, geologic hazards, the water cycle and plate tectonics. This course satisfies a natural science requirement and provides background knowledge for further courses in Earth sciences.
This course provides an introduction to the fossil record of life on Earth. Focus will be on modes of preservation, identification of fossil material, evolution and the fossil record of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. A field trip may be required.
This course provides an introduction to the dinosaurs and the physical environment of the Earth during the Mesozoic era in which nonavian dinosaurs lived. Students will engage with the processes of fossilization and discover how we have learned about these ancient species. Important topics include dinosaur groups, interrelationships and evolution, the skeletal and trace fossil record, inferred lifestyles and behaviors, the origin of birds, Mesozoic paleoclimate, sedimentary paleoenvironments, plate tectonics and the supercontinent cycle. Hypotheses explaining mass extinctions of dinosaur lineages will be reviewed and evaluated.
This course provides a survey of introductory ideas in physical geology, including Earth materials, geologic hazards, plate tectonics, the water cycle and surficial landforms. Laboratory work will consist of identification of minerals and rock specimens, interpretation of stratigraphic units and work with topographic, physiographic and geologic maps and imagery. Field trips may be required. Lab fee required.
This course will introduce the student to the geological and biological history of Earth. Focus of study will be on sedimentary rock formation and stratigraphy, interpreting ancient sedimentary environments, the historical progress of plate tectonics and orogenic events, paleoclimatic interpretations and the fossil record of life on Earth. A field trip may be included. Lab fee required.
The purpose of this course is to expose students to some of the different types of research being done in the Central Florida area and the way by which research is presented in a scientific context. Each student will write and present a research paper on an approved science topic.
This course will focus on careers in science. Various scientific professionals from the community will present information about their work followed by a question and answer period. Research into a variety of scientific careers will be required.
The purpose of this course is to expose students to the relationship between science and the environment. Students will be required to participate in field trips and/or service projects.
In this course topics of current interest in interdisciplinary earth sciences are presented in group instruction. This course may be taken four times for credit.
This beginning course is designed to acquaint students with the elementary characteristics of the atmosphere. Students with an interest in aviation would especially benefit from many units taught in the course. Units include a study of atmospheric structure, heat budget, winds, air pollution, local and regional weather forecasting and more. Weather products are downloaded from the Internet and used throughout the course. Optional field trips included.
This beginning course is designed to acquaint students with the elementary characteristics of the atmosphere. Students with an interest in aviation would especially benefit from many units taught in the course. Units include a study of atmospheric structure, heat budget, winds, air pollution, local and regional weather forecasting and more. Weather products are downloaded from the Internet and used throughout the course. Laboratory work will focus on the extracting of information from online weather resources and the use of other weather-related tools. Optional field trips included. Lab fee required.
This course explores the scientific principles that govern the Earth's climate, climate change and variability and its implications for society. It will also examine the relationship between climate and human activities. Topics include global warming, sea-level changes, past climates, types of climate, climate policy and more.
This beginning course is designed to acquaint the student with the elementary physical, chemical, biological and geological characteristics of the world ocean system. Emphasis is on Florida and its unique relationship with the ocean environment.
This beginning course is designed to acquaint the student with the oceans, Earth's most dominant feature and their importance to all planetary systems. Focus will be on their physical, chemical, biological and geological characteristics. Emphasis is on Florida and its unique relationship with the ocean environment. Field trips may be included.
This honors level introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the oceans, Earth's most dominant feature and their importance to all planetary systems. Focus will be on their physical, chemical, biological and geological characteristics. Emphasis is on Florida and its unique relationship with the ocean environment. Field trips may be included. Honors level content. Permission required from Honors director.
This course introduces students to the quantitative and qualitative descriptions of the fundamental physical principles used in construction and architectural design. Topics include vectors, forces, static equilibrium of point particles and rigid bodies, torque, center of gravity and moment of inertia, stress-strain relationships, torsion and shear stress, as well as some basic electrical principles, such as Ohm's Law, power and resistor circuits. Applications to construction and design will be discussed. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is for non-science majors. Fundamental concepts of physics with application of everyday experiences are covered. Topics include kinematics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism and special topics. This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the physical factors in our environment. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This course is a laboratory complement of PHY 1020. Experiments will be selected to illustrate and reinforce the physics concepts introduced in the Conceptual Physics class. Lab fee required.
This course contains a descriptive and quantitative study of kinematics, mechanics, energy and application of mechanics. This course meets the requirements for professional and technical students needing an algebra-based physics course. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This course contains a descriptive and quantitative study of kinematics, mechanics, energy and applications of mechanics. This course meets the requirements for professional and technical students needing an algebra-based physics course. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This course is the same laboratory as contained in PHY 1053C. Topics covered include mechanics, harmonic motion and sound. This course is intended for students who are currently taking an advanced placement physics lecture course and will take this course as dual enrollment.
This course contains the descriptive and quantitative study of electricity, magnetism and applications of electromagnetism. This course meets the requirements for professional and technical students needing an algebra-based physics course. Lab fee required.
This course is the same laboratory as contained in PHY 1054C. Topics covered include electricity, magnetism, optics and heat. This course is intended for students who are currently taking an advanced placement physics lecture course and will take this course as dual enrollment.
This physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied are kinematics, mechanics and applications of mechanics. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This honors physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied are kinematics, mechanics and applications of mechanics. Lab is included. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This course is the same laboratory as contained in PHY 2048C. Topics covered include mechanics, harmonic motion and sound. This course is intended for students who are currently taking an advanced placement physics with calculus lecture course and will take this course as dual enrollment.
This physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied include electricity, magnetism and topics of electromagnetism. Lab fee required.
This honors physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied include electricity, magnetism and topics of electromagnetism. Lab fee required.
This course is the same laboratory as contained in PHY 2049C. Topics covered include electricity, magnetism, optics and heat. This course is intended for students who are currently taking an advanced placement physics with calculus lecture course and will take this course as dual enrollment.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is an overview of local, regional and global sustainability with the goal of helping students recognize and engage with the interplay between environmental, socio-cultural and economic forces that affect our ability to achieve sustainability. Topics will include the science of climate change, pollution, environmental ethics and politics, renewable energy and sustainability in the built environment.

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