Science, Mathematics, and Technology

Science, Mathematics, and Technology

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Kenneth Ganezer, Program Coordinator

Department of Physics, (310) 243-3591

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 410         Development of Scientific Thinking and Theories (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education and CHE 108, PHY 122, PHY 132 or consent of instructor.

Reviews the processes that have led to the development of significant theories in science. Historical and scientific look at such developments, illustrating the adaptability of the scientific method. Addresses the philosophical implications of such developments and their impact on society.

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.