Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Introduction to Physical Science

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO PHYSICAL SCI

 Department:    NASC

 Course #:    100

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    300101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

A survey of the physical sciences designed to give the non-science major a basic understanding of mechanics, heat, waves, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and atomic theory. Includes topics in astronomy and earth science. Lab included.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Believe that scientific literacy is possible for any person.
  2. Recognize that science is fun and interesting.
  3. Find that an understanding of the scientific world is easier if physical principles at work are also understood.
  4. Be motivated to make science a lifetime interest.
  5. Appreciate that science is a universal language that transcends race, cultures, and geography.
  6. Relate to different learning styles through group work in discussion and laboratory activities.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Scientific methods.
  2. History of science.
  3. Newton's Laws (kinematics, dynamics), energy, machines
  4. Waves and sound
  5. Atomic theory, radioactivity, heat, chemical activity
  6. Electricity and magnetism
  7. EM spectrum and light
  8. Topics in Earth Science:
    • plate tectonics
    • solar system
    • planetary motion
    • cosmology
    • stars
    • atmosphere
    • seasons
    • tides