The earth science courses offered at Gadsden State fall into two categories. Physical Science studies the behavior and phenomena specific of the physical world that we live on – Earth. Astronomy takes some of those same principles but begins to expand our understanding out beyond just our world – looking at other star systems and planets, and the behavior of the universe as a whole.
The goal in teaching these courses is not to prepare students to necessarily enter these fields, but to give students a deeper appreciation of how scientists reach the conclusions that they do. Scientists strive to reach a consensus understanding of the history of the Earth and Universe and the forces shaping them. It seems that today’s society constantly exposes us to new technologies and research that affect our everyday lives – sometimes in new and unusual ways. In having a deeper appreciation for what scientists do, we hope that you become more prepared to engage and participate in this world.
Both of these courses are designed specifically for students who are pursuing non-science major academic degrees (e.g., a degree in business, education, history, English, etc.). Most of these degrees require at least 2 natural science courses with lab components, and these courses will fulfill those requirements for most degree programs. The courses do not comprise a natural science "series". Students can take one or the other, or both courses.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses will transfer to any college or university to fulfill basic academic requirements for a general or natural science course. But always check with an advisor first. None of these courses have any pre-requisites.
AST 220 Introduction to Astronomy
This is a one semester survey course of the astronomy of the universe including the history of astronomy, astronomical instruments and methods, the solar system, stars, galaxies and modern cosmology.
PHS 111 Physical Science I
This course is a one semester survey course of Earth Science including geology, meteorology, and some astronomy.
For more information on course descriptions refer to Gadsden State’s current Catalog & Student Handbook.