Physical Science

Physical science, the study of the nature and properties of energy and nonliving matter, is an interdisciplinary field that includes astronomy, geology, physics, and chemistry. Students take physical science courses to explore the discipline and to satisfy general education requirements.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Pierre Goueth

Dean: Carlos Lopez

www.miracosta.edu/PHSN

Department: Chemistry

Office: Building OC3600, 760.795.6844

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Courses

PHSN 101: Fundamentals of Physical Science

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (1901.00)

This physical science survey course includes astronomy, geology, physics, and chemistry. It emphasizes an understanding of the fundamental principles, procedures, and methods in science. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: No credit if taken after college course in astronomy, chemistry, geology, or physics.

PHSN 106: Energy, Motion, and Matter: An Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (1901.00)

This course introduces the non-scientist to the fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry. Physics topics include motion, force, work, energy, gravity, electricity, magnetism, and light. Chemistry topics include chemical and physical properties of elements and compounds, the periodic table, atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, and nuclear structure and processes. This course also teaches students how to analyze and solve problems using critical thinking and the scientific method. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: No credit if taken after college course in chemistry or physics.

PHSN 108: Climate Science and Climate Change

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in PHSN 108H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1901.00)

This course explores the principles underlying the interdisciplinary and rapidly growing field of climate science and climate change. Topics include the Earth's climate system and climate history, the physics and chemistry of greenhouse gases, and evidence for climate change. The course investigates human influences on the climate system, including greenhouse gas emissions and potential impacts of climate change. It also considers various possible responses to climate change, including alternative energy production, policy responses, and adaptation.

PHSN 108H: Climate Science and Climate Change (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in PHSN 108.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (1901.00)

This course offers highly motivated students an enriched opportunity to explore the principles underlying the interdisciplinary and rapidly growing field of climate science and climate change. Topics include the Earth's climate system and climate history, the physics and chemistry of greenhouse gases, and evidence for climate change. The course investigates human influences on the climate system, including greenhouse gas emissions and potential impacts of climate change. Students investigate and evaluate various possible responses to climate change, including alternative energy production, policy responses, and adaptation. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for PHSN 108 or PHSN 108H.

PHSN 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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