Physical Science Courses - Physical Science Department

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A sampling of courses for this discipline includes (not a complete list):

Skip list of courses.

  • PHS-135 Physical Science
  • PHYS-108 Survey of Physics
  • ASTR-101A General Astronomy of the Solar System
  • ASTR-101B General Astronomy Beyond the Solar System
  • ASTR-102 General Astronomy Lab
  • CHEM-101A General Chemistry
  • CHEM-106A Principles of Chemistry
  • CHEM-108 Survey of Chemistry
  • GEOL-101 Introduction to Geology
  • GEOL-102 Introduction to Oceanography

Textbooks, Online Access Codes, Other Supplies and Resources

Most Ohlone College classes require the purchase of a textbook, and some classes require the purchase of online access codes (also known as keys) or other supplies. Most of these purchases are available at the Ohlone College Bookstore.

Students may go to the Ohlone College Bookstore website to find the textbook(s), access codes (keys), or supplies for their class(es). Students may be required to pay additional fees for access to online resources that are not available through the Ohlone College Bookstore. Please check with your instructor.

More at Textbooks: Information and Purchasing, including Online Orders, Newark Center Textbooks and Supplies, Book Buybacks, and Textbook Costs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the courses in this discipline, the student will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • Demonstrate a comprehension of physical and environmental reality by understanding how fundamental physical principles underlie the huge variety of natural phenomena and their interconnectedness.
  • Demonstrate a comprehension of biological reality by understanding how physical principles are at work in living organisms.
  • Demonstrate a comprehension of technology by understanding how things work on a fundamental level.
  • Build critical thinking and quantitative skills by gaining insight into the thought processes of physical approximation and physical modeling, by practicing the appropriate application of mathematics to the description of physical reality, and by searching for a physical interpretation of mathematical results.
  • Demonstrate basic experimental skills by the practice of setting up and conducting an experiment with due regards to minimizing measurement error and by the thoughtful discussion and interpretation of data.
  • Demonstrate basic communication skills by working in groups on a laboratory experiment.
  • Retain information from course to course by aiming at proficiency in the correct use of all the fundamental laws and equations to solve integrated problems.