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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 PrefixCourse NumberCourse TitleCreditsCollegeStatus
AMDT210Textiles (L)4VCEASubmit for renewal S23
ASTRONOM135Astronomy (L)4CASRenewed S20
ASTRONOM138Planets and Planetary Systems3CASRenewed F19
ASTRONOM390The Night Sky (L)1CASSubmit for renewal F22
CHEM101Introduction to Chemistry (L)4CASRenewed S21
CHEM105Principles of Chemistry I (L)4CASRenewed S21
PHYSICS101General Physics3CASRenewed S21
PHYSICS111General Physics Lab I (L)1CASApproved F20
PHYSICS137Physics and Society3CASSubmit for renewal S24
PHYSICS150Physics and Your World3CASSubmitted for renewal F22
PHYSICS201Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3CASSubmitted for renewal F22
PHYSICS205Physics for Scientists and Engineers I - Honors (L)5CASSubmitted for renewal S22
PHYSICS211Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab I (L)1CASApproved F20
PHYSICS322Sound Waves and Music (L)4CASApproved S20
SCIENCE101Integrated Science: Origins in the Natural World (L)4CASRenewed S20
SOE 101Welcome to the Earth: Introduction to Geology (L)4CAS / CAHNRSRenewed F20
SOE103Other Worlds: Comparative Planetology of Our Solar System3CAS / CAHNRSSubmit for renewal F22
SOE105Natural Resources and Natural Hazards3CAS / CAHNRSSubmit for renewal S24
SOE210Earth's History and Evolution (L)4CAS / CAHNRSRenewed F20
SOE230Introductory Oceanography3CAS / CAHNRSRenewed F20
SOE250Introduction to Earth System Science3CAS / CAHNRSRenewed S21
SOE280How the Earth's Climate System Works3CAS / CAHNRSApproved F19
 

View PSCI courses in the WSU catalog.

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