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Courses with the above icons fulfill Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education Core Requirements.


Core Requirement Courses in Physical Sciences

IAI Physical Sciences

ASTR 121: Introduction to Astronomy

Prerequisite:
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

This is an introductory course in astronomy intended for students who desire a physical science understanding of topics such as: the earth as a planet, the sun and the solar system, stellar systems, stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology. Laboratory activities supplement the lecture material, and may include evening astronomical observing. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 906L

IAI Physical Sciences

CHEM 120: Fundamentals of Chemistry

Prerequisite:
-Completion of MATH 092 OR
-Placement at MATH 093 OR
-Completion of a college level math course
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This is a one-semester survey of general, organic, and biological chemistry for students who plan to pursue a health-related profession or who have an interest in chemistry. An emphasis is placed on the relationship between chemistry and life through issues and examples from the health, medical, and environmental fields. A two-hour laboratory exercise each week is used to reinforce the lecture material. Credit will not be given for both CHEM 120 and CHEM 161 (or equivalent). 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 902L

IAI Physical Sciences

CHEM 161: General Chemistry I

Prerequisite:
-High school or college level chemistry course within the last five years OR
-Completion of CHEM 099 with a grade of C or higher
AND
-Completion of MATH 109 OR
-Placement at MATH 128 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English and reading

An introduction to the basics of chemistry for those students who are concentrating their studies in the sciences. Those fundamentals concepts of chemistry included are chemical formulas, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, structure of molecules, chemical bonding, and the behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. A three-hour lab each week will reinforce the lecture material. 5 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 902L
IAI Major Code - CHM 911

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 101: Introduction to Geology

Prerequisite:
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

Study of the origin and types of earth materials and the processes at work in our physical environment. Topics include earthquakes, erosion, mountain building, minerals, rocks, volcanoes, and glaciers. A two-hour lab each week will emphasize lecture material. Field trip required. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 907L

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 102: Historical Geology

Prerequisite:
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

Focuses on the history of the Earth since its formation. Includes analysis of sedimentary rock systems, evolution and life history, plate tectonic changes through time and age determination methods. Emphasizes the origin and evolution of life, illustrating changing faunas and floras through time; the effects of an evolving atmosphere, changing climate and continental drift. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 907L

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 111: Environment Earth

Prerequisite:
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

This is a course for non-science majors who desire a physical science understanding of environmental concerns. Topics may include: ground water, air quality, land management, nuclear energy, and solid waste disposal. An optional lab (EASC 122) will apply physical science principles to lecture material. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 905

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 121: Introduction to Earth Science

Prerequisite:
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

This is an introductory physical science class that surveys the fields of geology, oceanography, atmospheric science and astronomy. An optional lab (EASC 122) will apply earth science principles to lecture material. Environmental concerns will be discussed in this class. This class is suitable for students with minimal course work in the sciences and mathematics. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 905

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 122: Introduction to Earth Science Lab

Prerequisite:
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in EASC 111 or EASC 121
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

A beginning college-level laboratory science course that will present basic applications with problem-solving challenges and discovery methods in the physical sciences. 1 credit hour
IAI GEC Code - P1 905L

IAI Physical Sciences

EASC 151: Introduction to Weather

Prerequisite:
-Completion of MATH 092 OR
-Placement at MATH 093 OR
-Completion of a college level math course
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course is a survey of atmospheric processes, structure, and composition. A two hour lab each week will focus on variables that influence day-to-day weather conditions. Atmospheric environmental concerns will also be discussed. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 905L

IAI Physical Sciences

PHYS 110: Physics in Everyday Life

Prerequisite:
-Completion of MATH 092 OR
-Placement at MATH 093 or higher OR
-Completion of a college level math course
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course is designed for non-science majors. The fundamentals of physics are introduced by emphasizing a conceptual understanding of the material rather than computational problem solving. Numerous demonstrations and discussions of the applications of physics to everyday phenomena and experiences are used to present the material. Topics include mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and light. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 900

IAI Physical Sciences

PHYS 161: College Physics I

Prerequisite:
-Completion of MATH 109 with a grade of C or better OR
-Placement at MATH 128 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

The first semester of a year-long general physics course, based on mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, but not including calculus. Topics include mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion, and sound. Laboratory activities stress development of measurement, observational, and analytical skills, and are based on lecture topics. 5 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 900L

IAI Physical Sciences

PHYS 171: Mechanics

Prerequisite:
-Completion of MATH 161
AND
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 162
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

First course in a calculus-based physics sequence for students in engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Topics include Newton’s Laws, work and energy, oscillations, transverse waves, systems of particles, and rotations. Laboratory activities stress development of measurement, observational, and analytical skills, and are based on lecture topics. Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 171 and PHYS 161. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P2 900L