NSCI 162 Astronomy

Professor: P. Skiff

CRN: 92345

Distribution: A/E

Time: Tu Th 1:20 pm - 2:50 pm HEG 102

An introductory course in astronomy and astrophysics, developing the current status of knowledge and theories of the solar system, individual stars, galaxies, and the interstellar medium. Theories of particular unique objects (quasars, pulsars, supernovae, X-ray stars, and black holes) will be discussed in terms of models of stellar, galactic, and cosmic evolution.

NSCI 181 A Light and Color

Professor: B. Brody

CRN: 92346

Distribution: E/G/Q

Time: Tu Th 10:30 am - 12:30 pm ROSE 108

NSCI 181 B Light and Color

Professor: B. Brody

CRN: 92347

Distribution: E/G/Q

Time: M Th 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm ROSE 108

An introduction to light, optical phenomena, and related devices, including some historical perspective; classical and modern models of light; light and color in nature, and vision; the geometrical optics of lenses, mirrors, and related devices; the physical optics of interference and diffraction; spectroscopy and polarization; color science, lasers, and holography. Without assuming either prior knowledge of physics or heavier mathematics, we will develop models in class and explore them in weekly labs. Prerequisites: high school algebra and trigonometry (certified at registration).

NSCI 205 Introduction to Environmental Science

Professor: Miller

CRN: 92348

Distribution: E/Q

Time: M W 8:30 am - 10:20 am ROSE 108
Lab: Tu 1:20 pm - 5:00 pm HEG 350

The course is designed for the non-science major interested in ecology and in contemporary environmental issues. It is intended to introduce the student to quantitative thinking and to the way scientists do business. The course will focus on the following: basic principles of ecology (energy flow, nutrient cycling, organism interactions); hypothesis making and testing; data gathering and analysis; the complexity of environmental problems (political, social, economic, geographical, etc.). The course will be conducted in a lecture-discussion format based on text or essay readings and might include short oral presentations of library, community, laboratory, or field research projects by the participants. There will be weekly lab or field exercises. Requirements in the course will include exams, lab reports, one term paper, and an oral report. Prerequisite: sophomore status or higher; permission of the instructor.

NSCI 207 Oceanography

Professor: Miller

CRN: 92349

Distribution: E

Time: M W 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 205
Lab: Th 1:20 pm - 5:00 pm HEG 350

This class is designed for students with one year of college level laboratory science and will introduce students to the world's oceans, coastal zones, and estuaries. It will first describe in some detail the physical, geological, and chemical properties of the oceans and associated processes. Next it will describe how those properties control biological processes in the oceans. Many of the principles described in this class are easily applicable to freshwater systems, especially lakes. The lab portion of this class will involve mostly laboratory work, but will also include field work in nearby aquatic habitats. Prerequisites: Biology 101-102 or Chemistry 101-102.

NSCI 223 History of Science after Newton

Professor: P. Skiff

CRN: 92350

Distribution: A/E

Time: Tu Th 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm HEG 102

Cross-listed: Victorian Studies
A survey of major agendas of physical science since 1750. Characteristic episodes include Lavoisier and the theory of elements; Maxwell and the mathematization of physics; arguments about light from Newton, Young, Michelson, and Einstein; twentieth-century atomic theory; and the emergence of "big science." Prerequisite: Natural Science 222.