Physical Science Course Descriptions
PS 100 Physical Science (3)
Description: An introduction to physics, astronomy, chemistry, and geology with emphasis on their importance to humans.
PS 120 Introduction to Physical Geography (3)
Description: Covers the world’s physical environment, with emphasis on weather, climate, vegetation, soil, water, landforms, and their relationship to humans.
PS 130 Introduction to Meteorology -- web-enhanced course (3)
Description: An authentic learning-based introduction to meteorology and weather forecasting. Competencies include understanding the composition and structure of the atmosphere; the flows of energy to, from, and through the atmosphere; and the resulting motions produced from small to planetary scales. The physical principles of atmospheric phenomena are stressed in the understanding of the weather’s impact on humans, particularly with severe weather. Methods of analysis are developed through the study of current weather as meteorological data are delivered via internet. Weekly preparation is completed online through the American Meteorological Association website.