General Science Courses
GSC 103 Astronomy - 4 credits
A study of what is known about our place in the observable universe. The sun and the solar system, the nature of stars, stellar life cycles, galaxies and the structure of the universe are discussed. Information concerning how to view the heavens, phases of the moon, eclipses, etc. as amateur astronomers do each night is also covered. Laboratories consist of observations through a telescope, using a planisphere, comparative planetology, the Messier list, constellations, extra solar planets, and life on other worlds. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.
GSC 105 A Guide to Earth’s Energy Resources: Wise Use and Future Prospects - 3 credits
Energy is a fundamental physical concept and plays an increasingly important role in society. This course will focus on describing what energy is and how the various forms of energy interrelate and can be converted to other forms. The properties of energy sources in current use will be examined with respect to supply and environmental impact. The entire range of alternative sources of energy will be discussed and critically examined, with a view towards determining the practicality of increasing societal use of one or more of them. Lecture three hours.
ENS 101 Matter, Energy, and the Environment - 3 credits
This course is for non-science majors and considers the interrelationships between science and the environment occurring in the world around us. It provides an overview of air quality, energy use, water quality, and some uses of chemicals in modern society.