Science (SCI)

Note: Some courses listed here may run only once per academic year, or every other academic year. Not all courses are available on both campuses. The catalog is constantly changing. Visit the pace website to view the most current class schedule, class descriptions, and required or suggested prerequisites.

 

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 societal 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 man's impact on it. Among topics considered are: protection and/or decay of our 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 involving an elementary survey of the origin of rocks and minerals; weathering, plate tectonics, erosion, and landforms; rock deformation, structures, mountain building. Practical experience in rock and mineral identification.

SCI 145 Environmental Geology (3 credits)
An investigation of the relationships between man and his 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 shoreline features, shore ecology, and the role of man. An all-day field trip is included.

SCI 180 Fundamentals of Technology (3 credits)
A survey of those major scientific developments which have made modern technology possible. Topics will be selected from the concept of energy, electric power generation, fuels, communications systems and transmission, the implications of thermodynamic laws on energy and communications systems, the development of petrochemicals and solid state devices, social-ecological effects on technology.

SCI 199T Topic: Geology of the National Parks (3 credits )
No description available.

SCI 226 Geographic Information Systems in the Environment (3 credits)
Students will be taught to visualize, explore, query and analyze geographic data. The popular desktop GIS program ArcView will be used.

SCI 230 Environmental Science (4 credits)
This course is for students who have a high interest in the environment, but little background in science. Through readings, online discussions, videos and reading The New York Times, the students will gain an understanding of the science behind environmental topics in the news. Exercises to conduct in their backyard or community will reinforce the relevance of assigned readings. After successfully completing this course, the students will be able to describe and explain the major environmental issues in the public forum. Each student, through examining their own contribution to environmental problems, should be able to map their own path towards creating a sustainable lifestyle.

SCI 296A Topic: How Competitive Technology Works (3 credits)
No description available.

SCI 296F Climatology (3 credits)
Scientific principles applied to the study, the analysis and the interpretation of climates and climatic changes. Topics will include: The atmospheric environment and the impact of weather and climate on economic and ecological systems; The world distribution of climatic elements; Methods of arranging climatic data; Climatic classifications and works distribution of climatic types; General circulation; Climatic change and climatic fluctuations.

SCI 296H Topics in Science: Introduction to the Science of Air Pollution (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to air quality science, including current topics in the news involving public exposure to air toxics, adverse health effects particularly affecting the very young and old, industrial emissions, proposed regulations to combat these environmental problems, and climate change and greenhouse gases. Topics cover what are air pollutants, their regulation and control, how the public is exposed to them, public health and other effects, and what can be done to reduce such effects.

SCI 345 Environmental Applications in Geology (4 credits)
An investigation of the relationships between man and his geological environment. Discussion of population, hydrology, mineral resources, fossil fuels, geologic hazards, mining, construction and land uses. Practical experiences in topographic map interpretation.

 

Note: Some courses listed here may run only once per academic year, or every other academic year. Not all courses are available on both campuses. The catalog is constantly changing. Visit the pace website to view the most current class schedule, class descriptions, and required or suggested prerequisites.