Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description.  Prerequisites are also listed.  A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number
Course Name
Semester Credit Hours
Course Description
Cross Listed Course
Prerequisite
PHS 201Physical Sciences I3An inquiry-based course based on federal and state education standards covering the basic
principles of motion, optics, sound and vibration, motion in the heavens, and important environmental
topics.
Not ApplicableEither completion of or testing out of remedial courses.
PHS 202Physical Science II3An inquiry-based course based on federal and state education standards covering the basic
principles of electricity, electrical circuits, magnetism, heat and energy, Earth internal processes, the
surface of the Earth, and important environmental
topics.
Not ApplicableEither completion of or testing out of remedial courses.
PHS 211Earth and Environmental Science3An inquiry-based course covering topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Topics include internal and surface processes, the oceans, the atmosphere, and human interaction with the environment.Not ApplicableEither completion of or testing out of
remedial courses.
PHS 221Introduction to Weather Studies3This course discusses the causes of
weather, the interactions between the atmosphere and
the sun and the oceans. It also discusses weather instruments.
Satellite and radar weather maps will be
analyzed. Also discussed will be climate and climate change. This is a lecture/laboratory course that will
meet about 5 hours per week.
Not ApplicableEither completion of or testing out of
remedial courses.
PHS 231Introduction to Astronomy3This course is an inquiry-based introduction
to astronomy including an understanding
of the physical laws governing the Universe. Topics include optical instruments, laws governing astronomy,
a detailed assessment of the solar system including current understanding of the formation and evolution of the solar system.
Not ApplicableEither completion of or testing out of remedial courses.
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