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Physical Sciences

Discipline description

The purpose of the College’s physical science discipline is to provide:

  • Postsecondary instruction that builds a firm foundation in the physical sciences that will be of sufficient rigor to challenge intellect and produce knowledgeable and capable learners
  • A firm foundation in the physical sciences that ensures the ability to grasp more complicated concepts in any baccalaureate institution's major science programs
  • State-of-the-art course content and educational methodologies designed to keep students abreast of modern developments in many fields of science
  • Opportunities to enhance interest in the sciences by attending seminars, exhibitions and presentations that are related directly to course content
  • Training in laboratory techniques that will encourage them to develop skills in observation, scientific reporting and decision making
  • An environment that is learning centered and student focused
  • An opportunity for students to appreciate interrelationships among the sciences and the relationship between the sciences and the other liberal arts disciplines

Learning objectives:

  • Grasp and apply complicated concepts in the physical sciences
  • Develop critical thinking, observation, scientific reporting, decision-making and problem solving skills in analyzing scientific problems and models
  • Understand and demonstrate the scientific method of inquiry and application of scientific principles
  • Distinguish between theories constructed using scientific methodology and those with a pseudo-science basis
  • Develop practical applications of scientific principles