High School Mathematics Courses A and B or the equivalent, and
one year laboratory science are required. Chemistry and Physics
are recommended. For students seeking a career in physics, the
following specific courses should be taken to prepare for the upper
Goals & Outcomes
To prepare graduates to successfully transfer to a four-year institution in a related field of study.
Graduates of the program will transfer with full junior lever status to a four-year institution in a related field of study.
At the end of the first year of transfer, the GPA of graduates transferring will be similar to those of students who were initially enrolled at four-year institutions.
Graduates¡¦ MVCC overall GPA maintained/improved at a SUNY transfer institution.
To prepare graduates to effectively use technology to collect, analyze, and display data.
Students will access transducers and computer hardware to collect data.
Students will analyze and read the information from computer software packages.
Students will interpret and discuss the said results.
Students will employ analysis techniques and computer based circuit simulation tools.
To prepare students to develop scientific documentation skills necessary for physics programs.
Students will maintain lab records hand-written and electronically.
Students apply a qualitative and scientific approach to problem solving.
Students demonstrate techniques for the creation, retrieval, and graphic analysis of scientific databases.
Effectively interact in a group environment.
The student will work as part of a group to complete laboratory assignments and projects.
Students will demonstrate their ability to function effectively within a group.
Students will demonstrate the ability to interact with the members of the group in a give and take manner.
Students will demonstrate an ability to respect diverse opinions within the group and effectively compromise to develop workable solutions.
To enable students to develop analytical problem solving skills.
Students will develop theoretical hypotheses, collect experimental data, and reach logical conclusions as to why some discrepancies exist for a variety of problems from the sciences.
To prepare students to communicate effectively in the field of Physics.
Students will be part of a group and write laboratory reports in their lab based computing and science classes.
Students will write appropriately documented programs in their programming course.
Students will make oral presentations as required in physics courses.
To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
EN101 English 1:Composition
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee.
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EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
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MA151 Calculus 1
This is the first in a sequence of three courses in analytic geometry and calculus for students intending to transfer to programs requiring a thorough background in calculus. Topics include limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions, and indefinite and definite integration. Applications are included. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA150 Precalculus. See when this course is offered ...
MA152 Calculus 2
This is the second in a sequence of three courses in calculus for students intending to transfer to programs requiring a thorough background in calculus. Topics include the integration of trigonometric functions, the differentiation and integration of the logarithmic, exponential, and inverse trigonometric functions, further techniques in integration, L’Hopital’s Rule, improper integrals, and infinite series. Applications are included. Prerequisite: MA151 Calculus 1. See when this course is offered ...
MA253 Calculus 3
This is the third in a sequence of three courses in calculus for students intending to transfer to programs requiring a thorough background in calculus. Topics include polar and space coordinates multiple integration, partial differentiation, and the algebra and calculus of vectors. Applications are included. Prerequisite: MA152 Calculus 2. See when this course is offered ...
MA260 Differential Equations
This course introduces the concepts and theory of ordinary differential equations. Topics include existence and uniqueness of solutions, and separable, homogenous, exact, and linear differential equations. Methods involving integrating factors, undetermined coefficients, and variation of parameters, power series, numerical approximation, and systems of differential equations using differential operators are covered. Applications are drawn from geometry, chemistry, biology, and physics. Prerequisite: MA152 Calculus 2. (Spring Semester only) See when this course is offered ...
CH141 General Chemistry 1
This course introduces to the field of chemistry for science and engineering students. Topics include dimensional analysis, stoichiometry, periodicity, atomic structure and bonding, the states of matter, solutions, and acid and base concepts. The laboratory exercises exemplify chemical principles and develop individual problem-solving abilities. The laboratory experience includes preparation of the laboratory report and notebook. Prerequisites: High School Chemistry; and an appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1, or MA139 College Algebra or a corequisite of MA125 College Algebra and Trigonometry. See when this course is offered ...
CH142 General Chemistry 2
This course is a continuation of CH141 General Chemistry 1. Topics include chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical and solution equilibrium, descriptive organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and descriptive chemistry of elements. Prerequisites: CH141 General Chemistry 1 and MA122 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 2.
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ES161 Intro Engr & Science
This introductory course provides a look at engineering as well as an introduction to the computational and data analysis skills necessary for a scientific and/or engineering career. Topics include computer organization, structured engineering and scientific programming, scientific word processing, spreadsheet and graphical analysis, and presentation techniques. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1, or MA125 College Algebra & Trigonometry. See when this course is offered ...
ES271 Engineering Statics
This calculus-based course uses the vector approach to deal with the three-dimensional resolution of forces and moments on rigid bodies in equilibrium, centroids, moments of inertia, and virtual work. Prerequisites: MA152 Calculus 2, and PH261 Engineering Physics 1. See when this course is offered ...
ES272 Engineering Dynamics
This calculus-based course uses the vector approach to deal with kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Prerequisites: MA253 Calculus 3 and ES271 Engineering Statics. See when this course is offered ...
ES291 Electrical Circuits 1
This course presents a calculus-based introduction to linear circuit analysis. Topics include electrical laws, quantities, and DC and AC circuits. Analysis techniques include mesh and nodal approaches, Thevenin, Norton, superposition, and source transformation, as well as phasor analysis. Balanced three-phase and transformer circuits are presented, analysis techniques are discussed, and computer-based circuit simulation tools are introduced. Corequisites: MA253 Calculus 3 and PH262 Engineering Physics 2. See when this course is offered ...
PH261 Engineering Physics 1
This is a calculus-based physics course for mathematics, physics, and engineering students. Topics include translational motion, particle dynamics, work and energy, momentum and impulse, rotational kinematics, rigid body motion, gravitation, vibrational motion, wave motion, and acoustics. Prerequisites: MA151 Calculus 1. See when this course is offered ...
PH262 Engineering Physics 2
This calculus-based physics course in electricity, magnetism, geometrical optics, and physics optics is for mathematics, physics, and engineering students. Topics include Coulomb’s Law, the electric field, potential, capacitance, Ohm’s Law, DC circuits, the magnetic field, charged particle ballistics, induced EMF, inductance, Maxwell’s Equations, alternating current circuits, geometrical optics, and physical optics. Prerequisites: MA152 Calculus 2; PH261 Engineering Physics 1. See when this course is offered ...
PH263 Engineering Physics 3
This standard calculus-based physics course in optics and modern Physics is for physics and engineering students. It covers topics in electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, physical optics, relativity quantum physics, atomic physics, wave mechanics, solid state physics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisites: MA253 Calculus 3; PH262 Engineering Physics 2. See when this course is offered ...