Inquiry in the Physical Sciences [PSCI]: Course List
Science is an approach to asking and answering questions about the natural world that values empirical observation as a key foundation for developing theories that explain observations. It helps us make sense of the physical processes that underlie the world around us. Inquiries that use a scientific framework draw upon empirical observations (including experimentation), draw logical conclusions supported by the evidence, and articulate evidence-based arguments to advance those conclusions. For conclusions to be accepted, they must be corroborated by others and make accurate predictions. And yet, scientific inquiry is an ongoing cycle, constantly developing more useful, accurate and comprehensive models and methods.
To fulfill part of the UCORE Inquiry: Ways of Knowing requirements, students choose one course (3 credits) in Biological Science [BSCI] and one course (3 credits) in Physical Science [PSCI] such that either the BSCI course or the PSCI course has a 1 lab credit. Courses that fulfill the lab requirement are marked with a (L). College of Arts and Sciences students take one additional credit of Lab (L).
Student Learning Outcomes
Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete a [PSCI] course should be able to:
- Draw conclusions based on scientific methods or evidence, as appropriate to course level (scientific literacy).
- Apply quantitative methods and principles to solve scientific problems or explain scientific observations (quantitative reasoning).
- Identify how science informs societal developments and issues (critical thinking).
- Evaluate scientific claims or information based on the sources and the methods used to generate it, as appropriate to course level (information literacy).
- Communicate effectively scientific information or findings in written forms appropriate to the discipline (written communication).
- Understand fundamental knowledge and concepts in biological or physical science (breadth of learning).
Revised outcomes approved Spring 2022.
Available PSCI Courses
|Course Prefix||Course Number||Course Title||Credits||College||Status|
|AMDT||210||Textiles (L)||4||VCEA||Submit for renewal S23|
|ASTRONOM||135||Astronomy (L)||4||CAS||Renewed S20|
|ASTRONOM||138||Planets and Planetary Systems||3||CAS||Renewed F19|
|ASTRONOM||390||The Night Sky (L)||1||CAS||Submit for renewal F22|
|CHEM||101||Introduction to Chemistry (L)||4||CAS||Renewed S21|
|CHEM||105||Principles of Chemistry I (L)||4||CAS||Renewed S21|
|PHYSICS||101||General Physics||3||CAS||Renewed S21|
|PHYSICS||111||General Physics Lab I (L)||1||CAS||Approved F20|
|PHYSICS||137||Physics and Society||3||CAS||Submit for renewal S24|
|PHYSICS||150||Physics and Your World||3||CAS||Submitted for renewal F22|
|PHYSICS||201||Physics for Scientists and Engineers I||3||CAS||Submitted for renewal F22|
|PHYSICS||205||Physics for Scientists and Engineers I - Honors (L)||5||CAS||Submitted for renewal S22|
|PHYSICS||211||Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab I (L)||1||CAS||Approved F20|
|PHYSICS||322||Sound Waves and Music (L)||4||CAS||Approved S20|
|SCIENCE||101||Integrated Science: Origins in the Natural World (L)||4||CAS||Renewed S20|
|SOE||101||Welcome to the Earth: Introduction to Geology (L)||4||CAS / CAHNRS||Renewed F20|
|SOE||103||Other Worlds: Comparative Planetology of Our Solar System||3||CAS / CAHNRS||Submit for renewal F22|
|SOE||105||Natural Resources and Natural Hazards||3||CAS / CAHNRS||Submit for renewal S24|
|SOE||210||Earth's History and Evolution (L)||4||CAS / CAHNRS||Renewed F20|
|SOE||230||Introductory Oceanography||3||CAS / CAHNRS||Renewed F20|
|SOE||250||Introduction to Earth System Science||3||CAS / CAHNRS||Renewed S21|
|SOE||280||How the Earth's Climate System Works||3||CAS / CAHNRS||Approved F19|
View PSCI courses in the WSU catalog.
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