SCI 101 The Planet Earth (3 credits)
This course focuses on the earth, its motion about the sun, and its interior structure. Topics in physics and chemistry, including wave motion energy, states of matter, magnetism and crystallographic structure will be introduced to provide background for the concepts covered in the course. Laboratory experiments enhance the lecture material and provide students with instruction in the scientific method.
SCI 110 The Physical World (3 credits)
Basic physical science will be introduced from a broad historical and social perspective. The technological innovations and applications based upon this material will be discussed with emphasis on their impact on social changes. Laboratory experiments will correlate with lecture material and the student will be provided with modern computational methods for analysis of experimental data.
SCI 130 Elements of Environmental Science (3 credits)
A scientific examination of the environment and the human's impact on it. Among topics considered are: protection and/or decay of air, water and mineral resources, population growth and control, the urban environment, solid waste, and alternative value systems.
SCI 140 Physical Geology (3 credits)
An introductory course including topics in structural geology and geomorphology. Topics will include geologic time, crustal deformation, mountain building, weathering, erosion and mass wasting. The work of streams, ground water, wind, glacial ice, waves and coastal currents will also be considered. An introduction to the interpretation of topographic maps and aerial photos will also be part of the course. A field trip or museum visit will be included.
SCI 145 Environmental Geology (3 credits)
An investigation of the relationships between humans and their geological environment. Discussion of population, hydrology, mineral resources, fossil fuels, geologic hazards, mining, construction and land use. Practical experience in topographic map interpretation.
SCI 170 Oceanography (3 credits)
A descriptive course entailing study of the oceans and their topography, geology and geophysics; physical and chemical properties of seawater, ocean currents, tides and shoreline processes; marine organisms and their ecology; survey of oceanographic instruments and techniques.
SCI 171 Coastal Oceanography (3 credits)
An introduction to the scientific study of the coastal environment. Discussion of forces which help to shape the shoreline, including waves, tides and surf. Topics also include beach and shorelines features, shore ecology and the role of humans. An all-day field trip is included.
SCI 226 Geographic Information Systems in the Environment (3 credits)
This course teaches students how to use spatial information to create maps that illustrate environmental and social features and how they interact in recognizable patterns. Data from many sources, such as Westchester County and the census data, will be used to analyze demographic patterns, land-use patterns and environmental justice issues.
SCI 230 Principles of Environmental Science (4 credits - WWW course)
This course teaches the basic principles of ecology, natural selection, wildlife preservation, population issues, wastewater treatment, air pollution, solid waste, alternative energies, fossil fuel consumption and associated problems and toxicology. It is taught fully online.
SCI 345 Environmental Applications in Geology (4 credits)
An investigation of the relationships between humans and their geological environment. Discussion of population, hydrology, mineral resources, fossil fuels, geologic hazards, mining, construction and land uses. Practical experiences in topographic map interpretation.
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