PSCI 130C  • Introduction to Physics I (3 units)

Prerequisites: MATH 117. Co-requisite:  PSCI 130L.  This is a trigonometry based course in mechanics and heat.  Topics include kinematics, Newton’s Laws, rotational motion, fluid mechanics, and laws of thermodynamics. Three hours of lecture.  This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in natural sciences.  Alternate years.

PSCI 130CL • Introduction to Physics I Laboratory (1 unit)

Prerequisite: MATH 117.  Co-requisite: PSCI 130.  Laboratory experiments will demonstrate principles studied during lecture sessions.  These experiments demonstrate principles in the areas of rotational motion, momentum, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, friction and conservation of mechanical energy.  This course fulfills the core curriculum laboratory requirement in the natural sciences.  Laboratory three hours.  Lab fee.  Alternate years.

PSCI 131 • Introduction to Physics II (3 units)

Prerequisite:  Math 117, PSCI 130, and PSCI 130L.  Co-requisite: PSCI 131L.  This is a trigonometry based course in electricity, magnetism, sound and light.  Topics include mechanical waves, sound, Coulomb’s Law, electrostatics, electric circuits, introductory electronics, magnetic fields, induction, wave mechanics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction and polarization.  Three hours of lecture.  This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in natural science.  Alternate years.

PSCI 131L • Introduction to Physics II Laboratory (1 unit)

Prerequisite: MATH 117, PSCI 130, and PSCI 130L.    Co-requisite:  PSCI 131.  Laboratory experiments will demonstrate principles studied during lecture sessions.  These experiments demonstrate principles in the areas of electrical current, electrical potential, electrical circuits, magnetic fields, optics, wave motion, and optics.  This course fulfills the core curriculum laboratory requirement in the natural sciences.  Laboratory three hours.  Lab fee.  Alternate years.

PSCI 215 • Fundamentals of Earth Science (3 units)

Prerequisite: One year high school chemistry, biology or physics. Earth Science including physical and historical geology, oceanography, and descriptive astronomy; economic, social, and philosophical aspects of the subject matter. A three-day field trip is required. This course is recommended for Liberal Studies majors. Lecture three hours each week. This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in the natural sciences.  Fee for the field trip for those not concurrently enrolled in PSCI 215L.

PSCI 215L • Earth Science Laboratory (1 unit)

Co-requisite:  PSCI 215. Classification of rocks, visiting various geological sites, use of topographic and geological maps, oceanographic sampling and techniques, climactic patterns, meteorological measurements, and the use of an astronomical telescope.  This course fulfills the core curriculum laboratory requirement in the natural sciences.  Lab and field trip fee.

PSCI 216  • Fundamentals of Physical Science (3 units)

Prerequisites: Three years of high school mathematics. Co-requisite:  PSCI 216L.  This course in physical science considers topics in physics, chemistry, and astronomy that are conceptual in nature with minimal reliance on the quantitative rules of mathematics as a tool for understanding. A strong emphasis is placed on proper use of vocabulary words to understand and explain topics in the fields of mechanics, properties or matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and light. This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in the natural sciences.  Lecture three hours per week.

PSCI 216L • Physical Science Laboratory (1 unit)

Co-requisite: PSCI 216. An introduction to laboratory practice and procedure in physical science, and exercises in mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and light. This course fulfills the core curriculum laboratory requirement in the natural sciences.  Laboratory fee.

PSCI 223 • Mechanics and Heat (3 units)

Prerequisite: Math 180. Co-requisite:  PSCI 223L.  Kinematics, Newton’s Laws, rotational motion, fluid mechanics, and laws of thermodynamics. Three hours of lecture.  This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in natural sciences.  Alternate years.

PSCI 223L • Mechanics and Heat Laboratory (1 unit)

Prerequisite: MATH 180.  Co-requisite:  PSCI 223.  Laboratory experiments will demonstrate principles studied during lecture sessions.  These experiments demonstrate principles in the areas of rotational motion, momentum, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, friction and conservation of mechanical energy.  Laboratory three hours. This course fulfills the core curriculum laboratory requirement in the natural sciences.  Lab fee.  Alternate years.

PSCI 225 • Electricity, Magnetism, Sound and Light (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSCI 223, MATH 181.  Co-requisite: PSCI 225L. Mechanical waves, sound, Coulomb’s Law, electrostatics, electric circuits, introductory electronics, magnetic fields, induction, wave mechanics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction and polarization. Three hours of lecture.  Alternate years.

PSCI 225L • Electricity, Magnetism, Sound and Light Laboratory (1 unit)

Prerequisites: PSCI 223 and MATH 181.  Co-requisite:  PSCI 225.  Laboratory experiments will demonstrate principles studied during lecture sessions.  These experiments demonstrate principles in the areas of electrical current, electrical potential, electrical circuits, magnetic fields, optics, wave motion, and optics.  Laboratory three hours.  Lab fee.  Alternate years.

PSCI 227 • Modern Physics (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSCI 223 and PSCI 225. Relativity, photoelectric effect, quantum theory, Bohr model of the atom, photons and matter waves, atoms, nuclear physics, energy from the nucleus, quarks, leptons, and cosmology.

PSCI 291, 292, 293, 294 • Special Topics (1, 2, 3-4 units)

Study of a special topic in physical science. May be repeated for credit. May have a lab fee.

PSCI 470 • Special Topic (1-4 units)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Special topics in physical science. May be repeated for credit. May have a lab fee.

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.