Science, Mathematics, and Technology

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

 

Contact Person:

Ken Ganezer

Department of Physics, (310) 243-3376

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Upper Division

SMT 310   Science and Technology (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education.

An assessment of the interrelationships of Science and Technology. Study of the development of technological advances and the scientific principles behind them.

SMT 312   Natural Disasters (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education.

Impact of natural events on human activities and vice versa. Mankind’s uneasy relationship with atmosphere, oceans and not-so-solid Earth.  Will include study of earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides, tsunamis, climate change, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires.

SMT 314   Introduction to Cosmology (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education.

An introduction to the major theories of the origin and structure of the universe and the evidence for them, with attention to the way earlier ideas have been incorporated in modern thought. The “Big Bang Theory” will be examined in depth.

SMT 416   Earth Sciences for Teachers (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education.

Study of planet Earth including such topics as geology, volcanoes, earthquakes, fossils, oceanography, weather, and astronomy as appropriate for elementary and junior high school teachers. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.