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Departments & Courses

Sciences

The Science Department seeks to educate and inspire all students in a dynamic environment that recognizes individual student needs and interests while teaching a college-level curriculum. LSMSA provides all of its students with access to standard college-level laboratory equipment and activities. These laboratories are important tools that the Science Department uses to help students gain hands-on experience and reinforce important concepts. In Biology, students are able to use a state-of-the-art genetics lab, examine bone models, and study ecology outdoors. Many biology labs utilize Vernier laboratory sensors to collect and analyze data. In Chemistry, both weekly labs and independent student research projects are aided by a new Infrared Spectrophotometer, a UV VIS spectrophotometer, gas chromatography, a rotary evaporator, and a bomb calorimeter.  In Physics, students have access to two labs equipped with PASCO Science Workshop 750 computer interfaces together with measuring instruments & sensors. Our Astronomy equipment includes binoculars, telescopes, and Virtual Astronomy (a program containing many computer-based Astronomy labs).

At LSMSA, students can take exciting electives like: Modern Genetics, Animal Behavior, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Thermochemistry, Biochemistry, Quantum Mechanics, Modern Physics, Mathematical Physics, Electrodynamics, and Astronomy. In addition to the Future Scientist Program, the Science Department assists students interested in a particular scientific field by suggesting courses that best fit with the students' college goals. Course offerings are presented through college/career paths such as Medicine, Environmental Science, Genetics, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, and Physics.
 
The Science faculty looks for opportunities to mentor students in individualized work and
research, as does the entire LSMSA faculty. Speak with our faculty about the following special
science opportunities:
  • Future Scientist Program
  • LSMSA Science Fair
  • Science Speaker Series
  • Science Clubs and Competitions like Envirothon, Science Quiz Bowl, and Science Olympiad
  • Student Research Projects
  • Summer Research Opportunities may be available as we actively work to match up students with opportunities to participate in research laboratories and science programs during the summer
  • BI110 CL Intro Biology (pt. 1)

    One semester (½ unit of credit). The first semester of a two-part general biology course, exclusively for students without prior credit in an introductory-level biology. Students will learn how to apply the scientific method to understanding principles and major processes of biology including cell biology, genetics, systematics, and the human body. Includes a one and one-half hour laboratory (BI111L).
  • BI120 CL Intro Biology (pt. 2)

    One semester (½ unit of credit). The second semester and a continuation of BI110. Includes a one-half hour laboratory (BI121L). Prerequisite: Completion of BI110.
  • BI210 CL Cell and Genetics

    Fall semester (½ unit of credit). The first semester of a two-part upper level biology course designed for students who have already taken biology prior to enrolling at LSMSA. This course will cover advanced topics in biology including introductory biochemistry, cell structure and physiology, and advanced genetics. Includes a one and one-half hour laboratory (BI211L). Prerequisite: One unit of biology prior to enrolling at LSMSA. Students will not earn credit for both BI110L/BI120L and BI210L/BI220L.
  • BI211L CL Cell and Genetics Lab

    One semester (1/4 unit of credit). This is a one semester course that accompanies BI210L. Students will perform experiments each week to support the concepts taught in BI210L.
  • BI220 CL Evolution & Biodiversity

    Spring semester (½ unit of credit). The second semester and a continuation of BI201L. This course will cover advanced topics in biology, including the emergence and maintenance of biodiversity, mechanisms of selection in evolution, and systematics. Includes a one and one-half hour laboratory (BI221L). Prerequisite: Completion of BI210L.
  • BI221L CL Evolution & Biodiversity Lab

    One semester (1/4 unit of credit). This is a one semester course that accompanies BI220L. Students will perform experiments each week to support the concepts taught in BI220L.
  • BI231L CL Microbiology/Lab

    One semester (½ unit of credit). An introduction to the science of microbiology including the historical development and future challenges of the discipline, as well as the classification of microorganisms, bacterial cultivation techniques, environmental microbiology, and the control of microorganisms. Includes a two-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: One half unit of biology at LSMSA, or biology pre-test score, or consent of Department Chair.
  • BI233 CL Bioethics

    One semester (½ unit credit). Discussions and readings in Bioethics.   Topics will include genetic testing, genetic modification, cloning, stem cells, vaccinations, etc. This course will utilize materials from NIH, in addition to many other resources. Note that this class does not have a lab component and thus will not satisfy course requirements for science (elective only). Prerequisites: One half unit of biology, appropriate pre-test score, or consent of instructor.
  • BI241L CL Botany/Lab

    Spring semester (½ unit credit). Introduction to the study of plants. Includes plant cell biology, morphology, physiology, photosynthesis and classification. Ecology, food production, wood production and ornamental plants will be discussed. Includes a 1.5 hour lab that will meet weekly. Prerequisites: One half unit of biology at LSMSA, or biology pre-test score, or consent of Department Chair..
  • BI251L CL Ecology/Lab

    One semester (½ unit credit). Discussions and readings in the inter-relationships of organisms and their environments. Topics will include population growth, demography, predator-prey interactions, aquatic ecology and biodiversity. Includes and 1.5 hour laboratory that will emphasize ecological principles through a combination of field and laboratory exercises. Prerequisites: One unit of biology at LSMSA or biology pre-test score, or consent of Department Chair; and one unit of chemistry.
  • BI261L CL Zoology/Lab

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Survey of the major taxa of the animal kingdom. Emphasis on evolutionary relationships, structure and function, reproduction and development. A one and one-half hour laboratory once per week will include dissections to examine similarities and differences across the major phyla. Prerequisite: One unit of biology at LSMSA.
  • BI270 CL Human Anatomy (pt. 1)

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). A systemic approach to the study of the human body at the molecular, cellular, histological, organ, and system levels. Homeostasis and relationships between structure and function are emphasized. This course will be of value to students interested in the medical profession as well as those who simply wish to understand more about how the body functions. This semester covers the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Must be accompanied by a one and one half hour laboratory (BI271L). This course must be taken with BI280L/281L in spring semester to count as a one unit of Human Anatomy and Physiology).   Prerequisites: One unit of biology at LSMSA, or biology pre-test score, or consent of Department Chair; and one unit of chemistry.
  • BI271L CL Human Anatomy Lab (pt. 1)

    One semester (¼ unit of credit). This is a one semester course that accompanies BI270L. Students will conduct experiments that reinforce the concepts taught in BI270L.
  • BI280 CL Human Anatomy (pt. 2)

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). A systemic approach to the study of the human body at the molecular, cellular, histological, organ, and system levels. Homeostasis and relationships between structure and function are emphasized. This course will be of value to students interested in the medical profession as well as those who simply wish to understand more about how the body functions. This semester covers the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Must be accompanied by a one and one half hour laboratory (BI 281L). This course must be taken with BI270L/271L in fall semester to count as a one unit of Human Anatomy and Physiology).   Prerequisites: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory I.
  • BI281L CL Human Anatomy Lab (pt. 2)

    One semester (¼ unit of credit). This is a one semester course that accompanies BI280L. Students will conduct experiments that reinforce the concepts taught in BI280L.
  • BI290 CL Special Topics: Emerging/Infectious Disease

    One semester (1/2 unit).  In the past several decades infectious disease emergence has increased rapidly by both newly acquired human infectious agents and by microbes that were previously under control but are now a resurging threat. This class will cover the history of disease outbreaks and how they were handled (Pre- and post-germ theory), epidemiology, factors responsible for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, controlling the spread of infectious diseases, the microbial disease process and our immune response, treatment options for infectious microbes, and will look at specific emerging and re-emerging bacterial, viral and prion, and protozoan infectious diseases (Including but not limited to: AIDS, Ebola, Zika, Influenza, Mad Cow, Tuberculosis, Pertussis, MRSA, Lyme, and Malaria). Prerequisites: At least one semester of a 200-level or higher biology course at LSMSA.
  • BI320 CL Principles of Genetics

    One semester (½ unit of credit). The science of genetics has changed. The introduction of the personal genome will forever change the method we identify ourselves as. This course will cover the basic aspects of genetics; cytogenetics, Mendelian genetics, DNA structure/function and eukaryotic replication, transcription and translation. Note that this class does not have a lab component and thus will not satisfy course requirements for science (elective only). Prerequisites: One unit of a biology course at LSMSA; SC300, or consent of instructor or department chair.
  • BI321L CL Modern Genetics/Lab

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This course will cover complex topics such as the molecular basis of mutations, human diseases, techniques of molecular genetics etc. This class will have a laboratory associated with the lecture to reinforce the topics. Prerequisites: Students must have a sufficient understanding of genetics and one of the following: Principles of Genetics or previous genetics course, Cells and Genetics, or consent of instructor and/or department chair.
  • BI330 CL Embryology

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Discussions and readings in Embryology. Both invertebrate and vertebrate animals will be studied, with a focus on mammals. Topics will include a reproductive anatomy, endocrinology, gamete formation and fertilization along with embryo development. Classic and current scientific literature related to topics covered in class will be included. Note that this class does not have a lab component and thus will not satisfy course requirements for science (elective only). Prerequisites: one unit biology at LSMSA, SC300, one unit of Chemistry; or consent of Department Chair.
  • BI340 CL Molecular/Cellular Bio

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Discussions and readings in DNA structure and replication; protein synthesis; photosynthesis; respiration; and cellular organization and function. Note that this class does not have a lab component and thus will not satisfy course requirements for science (elective only). Prerequisites: One unit biology at LSMSA, one unit chemistry, SC300; or consent of Department Chair.
  • BI350 CL Animal Behavior

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This course will examine the adaptive significance of animal behavior. Topics will include communication, reproduction, foraging, predator avoidance, and sociality. A wide taxonomic spectrum, from invertebrates to vertebrates will be covered. Note that this class does not have a lab component and thus will not satisfy course requirements for science (elective only). Prerequisites: one unit biology at LSMSA, SC300; or consent of Department Chair.
  • BI411 CL Independent Biology Research

    One semester (¼ - ½ unit of credit). Any independent project to be contracted between the student and a biology faculty member. The project can be of any form (field, laboratory, written, or combination of these) that is decided upon by the student and faculty member. Prerequisites: One unit of biology and consent of contracting faculty member.
  • CH100 CL Chemistry Recitation

    One semester (¼ unit of credit). This course is designed as accompaniment to Accelerated Chemistry I & II Lecture & Labs. The course will review and expand on topics discussed in chemistry lecture and labs. Students will have the opportunity to work additional problems and get help with writing lab reports.
  • CH110 CL Acc Chem I (pt. 1)

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This is the first semester of an introductory chemistry course offered at LSMSA. Topics to be covered will include measurements, atomic theory, stoichiometry, the concept of energy, quantum chemistry and bonding.   This course will be accompanied by a one and one-half hour laboratory (CH111L) that must be satisfactorily completed.
  • CH111L CL Acc Chem I Lab (pt. 1)

    One semester (¼ unit of credit). This is a one semester course that accompanies CH110L. Students will perform experiments each week and learn how to write laboratory reports to support their data. Experiments will be chosen in line with the concepts taught in CH110L.
  • CH120 CL Acc Chem I (pt. 2)

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This course is a continuation of CH110L. Topics to be covered include properties of gases, intermolecular forces, physical states, solution properties, chemical kinetics, and equilibria. This course will be accompanied by a one and one-half hour laboratory (CH121L) that must be satisfactorily completed.
  • CH121L CL Acc Chem I Lab (pt. 2)

    One semester (¼ unit of credit). This is a one semester course that supports CH120L. Students will perform experiments each week to support the concepts taught in CH120L. Laboratory reports will be written each week by the students to support their data. Experiments will be chosen in line with the concepts taught in CH120L.
  • CH160 CL Acc Chem II (pt. 1)

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This is the first semester of a two-part intermediate level chemistry course. Placement of students in this course is dependent on scores from LSMSA math and science pretests. Topics to be covered include measurements, atomic theory, mass-mole relationships, thermochemistry, bonding theories, and quantum chemistry. This course will be accompanied by a one and one-half hour laboratory (CH161L) that must be satisfactorily completed. Prerequisite: Placement from math and science pretest scores and/or consent of Department Chair.

    Students will not earn credit for both CH110L/CH120L and CH160L/CH170L.
  • CH161L CL Acc Chem II Lab (pt. 1)

    One semester (¼ unit of credit). This is a one semester course that accompanies CH160L. Students will perform experiments each week and learn how to write laboratory reports to support their data. Experiments will be chosen in line with the concepts taught in CH160L.
  • CH170 CL Acc Chem II (pt. 2)

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This course is a continuation of CH160L. Topics to be covered include molecular structure, gas theories, intermolecular forces, chemical kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. This course will be accompanied by a one and one-half hour laboratory (CH171L) that must be satisfactorily completed. Prerequisite: ½ unit of CH110L or CH160L and consent of Department Chair.

    Students will not earn credit for both CH110L/CH120L and CH160L/CH170L.
  • CH171L CL Acc Chem II Lab (pt. 2)

    One semester (¼ unit of credit). This is a one semester course that accompanies CH170L. Students will perform experiments each week to support the concepts taught in CH170L. Laboratory reports will be written each week by the students to support their data. Experiments will be chosen in line with the concepts taught in CH170L.
  • CH211L CL Organic Chemistry I / Lab

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This is the first semester of a college-level organic chemistry course covering nomenclature, physical and chemical properties, functional groups, mechanisms of reactions, and spectroscopy. The course is accompanied by a seventy-five minute laboratory. Prerequisites: one unit of chemistry at LSMSA and consent of instructor.
  • CH221L CL Organic Chemistry II / Lab

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This is the second semester continuation of CH221L. Topics to be covered include functional group transformation, aromaticity, oxidation-reduction and advanced synthetic strategies. The course is accompanied by a seventy-five minute laboratory. Prerequisites: CH211L Organic Chemistry I.
  • CH244 Special Topics in Chemistry/Lab

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This is a one semester (Chemistry elective lab science course), 3 hour lecture, 1.5 hour lab course with the main objective to prepare students for the AP Chemistry test, CLEP tests, and other standardized tests students are likely to encounter. It is also a gateway course to other Chemistry electives that require previous chemistry, but the student’s home high school may not have adequately prepared them to take it to the next level. One of the intentions is to expose and drill the student to standardized multiple choice and free response style exam questions, rapid time trial, and extraneous Chemistry lecture and lab topics. The majority of the topics will focus on thermodynamics, advanced equilibria, electrochemistry, organic, and nuclear. An AP practice test will be used as the Final Exam. Prerequisites: 1 year of previous chemistry or may be taken concurrently with Accelerated Chem I or II with consent of instructor. Survey of Chemistry
  • CH251 CL Analytical Chemistry

    (½ unit of credit). This course will survey the qualitative and quantitative analysis of chemical compounds and the changes they undergo. Such topics may include: precipitation, gravimetric, titrimetric, spectroscopic, melting point, physical and chemical properties, basic statistics, chromatography, electrochemistry, extraction, and complexation. Labs are incorporated into lectures, but note that this class does not satisfy lab science course requirements for graduation. Prerequisite: 1 year of chemistry, completion of precalculus, and consent of Department Chair.
  • CH310 CL Polymer Chemistry

    (½ unit of credit). This course will study both the physical and chemical properties of polymers (plastics). It will begin with an investigation of the general characteristics of polymers, especially physical properties such as molecular weight distributions, crystallinity, moduli, and solubility. The structure of the polymer itself will be analyzed so that it can be categorized according to precursors, conformation, and bulk morphology. Various methods of synthesis will be discussed and how they influence the polymer’s physical properties. Lastly, novel polymer applications will be explored to envision the future of polymer chemistry. Labs are incorporated into lectures, but note that this class does not satisfy lab science course requirements for graduation. Prerequisite: 1 year of chemistry at LSMSA, College Algebra, and consent of Department Chair. Organic Chemistry is a useful prerequisite, but not required.
  • CH330 CL ThermoChemistry

    Spring semester (½ unit of credit). This course covers the key concepts of two of the principal topics in undergraduate physical chemistry: thermodynamics and kinetics. Topics to be covered will include the three laws of thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, reaction thermodynamics, the kinetic theory of gases, elementary chemical kinetics, and an introduction to statistical thermodynamics. Note that this class does not have a lab component and thus will not satisfy course requirements for science (elective only). Prerequisites: one year of chemistry at LSMSA (or consent of instructor), Calculus I, and Calculus II (may be taken concurrently).
  • CH340 CL Inorganic Chemistry

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Topics to be covered will include Atomic Structure and Bonding, Symmetry and Group Theory, Molecular Orbital Theory, Coordination Chemistry, Crystal Field/Ligand Field Theory, Organometallics, and Catalysis. Note that this class does not have a lab component and thus will not satisfy course requirements for science (elective only). Prerequisite: one year of chemistry at LSMSA or consent of instructor.
  • CH350 CL BioChemistry

    One semester (½ unit of credit). A survey of biological molecules. Chemistry of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids will be covered, with an emphasis on the chemistry and function of enzymes. Protein structure will be considered. Note that this class does not have a lab component and thus will not satisfy course requirements for science (elective only). Prerequisites: 1 unit of chemistry and 1 unit of biology.
  • CH411 CL Independent Chemistry Research

    One semester (¼ - ½ unit of credit). Any independent project to be contracted between the student and a chemistry faculty member. The project can be of any form (laboratory, written, or both) that is decided upon by the student and faculty member. Prerequisites: 1 unit of chemistry and consent of faculty mentor and Department Chair.
  • PH100 CL Practicing Physics

    One semester (¼ unit of credit). In this course students will solve physics problems and learn organized problem-solving techniques. This course can serve as preparation for tests in physics courses at LSMSA, for AP exams, and/or for the National Physics Olympics. Problems are selected by the instructor. No Prerequisites
  • PH108 CL Numerical Modeling in STEM

    1. One semester (½ unit of credit). Real-world problems are generally much more complicated than the simplified problems that we teach STEM lecture courses that illustrate the main concepts and problem-solving strategies. Almost all real-world practical problems of primary interest to the professional STEM community involve numerical solutions, modeling, and simulations. We will explore various techniques of numerical approximations and solutions, such as root-finding, and the basic ideas of numerical modeling and simulation. We will also consider numerical errors and error growth and consider the limitations of numerical work. Many of the assignments can be completed using Excel; programming experience is not required. Prerequisites: None.
  • PH110 CL Acc Physics I (pt. 1)

    Fall semester (½ unit of credit). PH110L is a first-semester course in college physics that emphasizes problem-solving skills and fundamental concepts in the areas of vectors, kinematics, Newton’s laws, conservation of energy, collisions, and rotation. This course will be accompanied by a one and one-half hour laboratory (PH111L). Prerequisite: Trigonometry or trigonometry may be taken in the fall semester as a co-requisite.
  • PH111L CL Acc Physics Lab (pt. 1)

    Fall semester (¼ unit of credit). This is a one semester laboratory that accompanies PH110L. Students apply concepts taught in PH110L to conduct experiments and analyze the results thereof, closely following the college model. Suggested prerequisite: CS101 or fluency with Microsoft Excel.
  • PH120 CL Acc Physics I (pt. 2)

    Spring semester (½ unit of credit). A continuation of PH110L with additional topics including oscillations, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and optics. This course will be accompanied by a one and one-half hour laboratory (PH121L). Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of PH110L.
  • PH121L CL Acc Physics Lab (pt. 2)

    Spring semester (¼ unit of credit). This is a one semester laboratory that accompanies PH120L. Students will conduct experiments each week, which apply concepts learned in PH120L. This is a continuation of PH111L.
  • PH210 CL Acc Physics II (pt. 1)

    Fall semester (½ unit of credit). A college-level physics course, at a level between PH110L and PH310L, focused on problem-solving and fundamental concepts in the areas of vectors, kinematics, Newton’s laws, conservation of energy, collisions, and rotation. This course will be accompanied by a one and one-half hour laboratory (PH211L). Prerequisite: Calculus I (may be taken concurrently).

    Physics I, II, and III are not a sequence of courses.  Students will not earn credit for more than one of the following series: PH110L/PH120L, PH210L/PH220L, and PH310L/PH320L except under unusual circumstances requiring permission of the Department Chair.
  • PH220 CL Acc Physics II (pt. 2)

    Spring semester (½ unit of credit). A continuation of PH210L with additional topics including oscillations, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and optics. This course will be accompanied by a one and one-half hour laboratory (PH221L). Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of PH210L.

    Physics I, II, and III are not a sequence of courses.  Students will not earn credit for more than one of the following series: PH110L/PH120L, PH210L/PH220L, and PH310L/PH320L except under unusual circumstances requiring permission of the Department Chair.
  • PH230L CL Intro to Astronomy/Lab

    Fall semester (½ unit of credit). This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about the universe. Topics will include the history of astronomy, key physics concepts that are used in astronomy (including development of the telescope), an overview of the solar system (including how it formed), stellar evolution (including star formation and death), how galaxies are formed, and the fate of the universe. This course includes one and one-half hour lab that will meet weekly. Prerequisite: College Algebra. 
  • PH240L CL Astrobiology/Lab

    Spring semester (½ unit of credit). This course focuses on the search for life outside of Earth. Topics will include the origin and evolution of life on Earth, the environmental conditions required for life elsewhere in the universe, the potential for life on other planets and their moons in our solar system, extrasolar planets, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and interstellar travel. This course includes one and one-half hour lab that will meet weekly. Prerequisite: Biology and Introduction to Astronomy/Lab.
  • PH250 CL Medical Radiology Physics

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This course will cover the fundamentals of radiation and the application of radiation in medicine, science, and industry (with the focus being the application in medicine). Topics will include the different types of radiation and how they interact with matter (including radiation dose and biological effects), radiation detection and protection, CT/PET scans, MRI, and treatment of diseases like cancer. Prerequisites: one unit of college algebra, one unit of biology, and one unit of chemistry (chemistry may be taken concurrently).
  • PH310 CL Acc Physics III ( pt. 1)

    Fall semester (½ unit of credit). A calculus-based physics course for solving problems in the areas of vectors, kinematics, Newton’s laws, conservation of energy, collisions, and rotation. This course will be accompanied by a one and one-half hour laboratory (PH311L). Prerequisites: Calculus I and Calculus II (Calculus II may be taken concurrently).

    Physics I, II, and III are not a sequence of courses.  Students will not earn credit for more than one of the following series: PH110L/PH120L, PH210L/PH220L, and PH310L/PH320L except under unusual circumstances requiring permission of the Department Chair.
  • PH311L CL Acc Physics III Lab (pt. 1)

    Fall semester (¼ unit of credit). This is a one semester laboratory that accompanies PH310L. Students apply concepts taught in PH310L to conduct experiments and analyze the results thereof, closely following the college model. Suggested prerequisites: CS101 or fluency with Microsoft Excel.
  • PH320 CL Acc Physics III (pt. 2)

    Spring semester (½ unit of credit). A continuation of PH310L with additional topics including oscillations, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and optics. This course will be accompanied by a one and one-half hour laboratory (PH321L). Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of PH310L.

    Physics I, II, and III are not a sequence of courses.  Students will not earn credit for more than one of the following series: PH110L/PH120L, PH210L/PH220L, and PH310L/PH320L except under unusual circumstances requiring permission of the Department Chair.
  • PH321L CL Acc Physics III Lab (pt. 2)

    Spring semester (¼ unit of credit). This is a one semester laboratory that accompanies PH320L. Students will conduct experiments each week, which apply concepts learned in PH320L. This is a continuation of PH311L.
  • PH330 CL Classical Mechanics

    Spring semester (½ unit of credit). This problem-solving course covers chaos, the calculus of variations, the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations, noninertial reference frames (including rotational motion), the central force problem, and numerical simulations. Prerequisites: Physics 310L and Calculus II.
  • PH340 CL Quantum Mechanics

    Fall semester (½ unit of credit). The postulates and mathematical procedures of quantum mechanics are covered. Topics include the double slit experiment involving light and electrons, wave equations for strings and particles, the Schroedinger equation, eigenfunctions and eigenvalues, Hilbert space and probability, operators for observables, uncertainty relations, commutators, Ehrenfest’s principle, square well potentials, barriers and tunneling, the harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom. Pre-requisites: Consent of Instructor
  • PH350 CL Mathematical Methods/Physics

    Fall semester (½ unit of credit). A one semester course to introduce the student to the mathematics needed for the study of advanced physics. Topics include vector analysis, coordinate systems, matrices, infinite series, and complex variables. Prerequisites: Students should be enrolled in Calculus II or above.
  • PH360 CL Electrodynamics

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). Electrodynamics is a study of the physical and mathematical properties of electric and magnetic fields. Topics include electrostatics, boundary value problems, multipole expansion, dielectric media, magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations and principles of relativity. Prerequisites: MA303 Calculus I and MA403 Calculus II (may be taken concurrently).
  • PH370 CL Introductory Nuclear Physics

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This course covers basic concepts of nuclear physics with emphasis on nuclear structure and interactions of radiation with matter. Topics include nuclear forces; shell structure of the nucleus; alpha, beta and gamma radioactive decays; interactions of nuclear radiations (charged particles, gammas, and neutrons) with matter; nuclear reactions; fission and fusion. Prerequisites: Physics II or III; one unit of chemistry.
  • PH380 CL Thermodynamics

    One semester (½ unit of credit). A problem-solving course covering topics from thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; fluids may also be covered. Prerequisites: MA303 Calculus I and MA403 Calculus II(may be taken concurrently); PH210L or PH310L.
  • PH390 CL General Relativity

    One semester (½ unit of credit). A highly mathematical physics course devoted to Einsteins’s theory of general relativity, covering the equivalence principle, Einstein’s famous equation, spacetime curvature, gravitational redshift, the physics of black holes, and other topics from gravitation as time permits. This course features a very strong mathematical component, especially with tensor analysis, in addition to fascinating physics concepts, such as those associated with the event horizon. Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in Calculus II or higher.
  • PH410L CL Modern Physics/Lab

    Spring semester (½ unit of credit). A problem-solving course covering topics from special relativity, quantum mechanics, and selected topics from one or more of the following areas: atomic physics, particle physics, and nuclear physics. Includes a one and one-half hour laboratory. Prerequisites: PH210L or PH310L and Calculus II, or consent of Department Chair.
  • SC101 CL Physical Science (pt. 1)

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). Part 1 of a yearlong introductory course sequence for students who have not yet taken a previous physical science course. The course will cover topics such as measurements, the nature of matter, atomic structure, chemical reactions, matter, forces, motion, energy, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Appropriate laboratory topics will be explored as needed. Students taking this course must be in their first year at LSMSA and may not take this course if they have already taken Chemistry.
  • SC102 CL Physical Science (pt. 2)

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). Part 1 of a yearlong introductory course sequence for students who have not yet taken a previous physical science course. The course will cover topics such as measurements, the nature of matter, atomic structure, chemical reactions, matter, forces, motion, energy, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Appropriate laboratory topics will be explored as needed. Students taking this course must be in their first year at LSMSA and may not take this course if they have already taken Chemistry.
  • SC115 CL Survey of the Atmosphere: Intro to Meterology

    One semester (½ unit of credit).  This course is designed to introduce the student into the atmosphere and its basic components, leading into meteorology.  We will survey up-to-date topics including weather, ozone depletion, climate concerns, effects of air pollution and more!
  • SC210 CL Introduction to Engineering

    Course Description: 1/2 Credit course, Elective - This course provides an introduction to fundamental engineering principles through collaborative learning, discussion, projects, independent research, and interviews.  Students will study characteristics of different disciplines within the engineering field.  Students will work in groups and in teams.  Students will document their design processes.  Students will prepare and execute professional interviews.
  • SC244Z CL Robotics

    (½ unit of credit). Students assemble the Mindstorm NXT Robot in various configurations and program it to do specific tasks. Basic tasks include maneuvering the robot, following lines, gearing, making sounds and screen displays, and programming the distance, sound, and light sensors using loops, if-then statements, and arithmetic and logic comparisons. Students create designs and choose from an endless list of projects including etch-a-sketch, xerox, art, motion detector, drag racer, crane, guitar, Sumo wrestler, paper-scissor-hammer, catapult, worm, dinosaur, mousetrap, gymnastics, ballerina, and blue-tooth control. There are no prerequisites for the course. May be crosslisted with CS244Z CL Robotics
  • SC300 CL Science Research Methods

    SC300 Science Research Methods One semester (1/4 unit of credit). This course will providestudents information and direct experience on fundamental, basic methods in research. Tasks include performing a simple experiment, writing an abstract, performing basic statistics, writing an experimental, creating a simple resume, and research the requirements for a science degree from a university program of their choice. This course is open to all students performing research and a graduation requirement for students in the Future Scientist Program (FSP).
  • SC302 CL Science Research Seminar

    SC302 Science Research Seminar One semester (1/4 unit of credit). This course will provide students information and direct experience on fundamental scientific presentation skills. Tasks include performing a series of progressively longer power point presentations that will include student background information, tables, graphs, photographs, and other graphics that are related to their summer research experience or a research topic of their choice. Techniques on verbal presentation, body mannerisms, appropriate attire, appropriate formatting will be included. This course is open to all students performing research and a graduation requirement for students in the Future Scientist Program (FSP).
  • SC704VZ CL Intro to Visualization

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This course is for students that have an interest in applying cross disciplinary skills from Math, Visual Arts, Science and Computer Science. The course will involve discussion of data sets (arrays), how they can be manipulated, visualized, and extraction of experimental or computer modeling information. The student will gain a basic working knowledge of how the following freeware: ImageJ, VisIt, Sage, LAAMPS, and VMD can be used to create and visualize data sets. A small amount of Python programming will be employed to create arrays and manipulate them. And, if possible, high performance computing (HPC) will be used to run molecular dynamic simulations. Furthermore, the student will be exposed to learning from an iBook format (w/teaching Widgets), possibly authoring their own lesson plans. Prerequisites: Strong proficiency in basic algebra and trigonometry, an eye for art, access to a laptop that has an operating system that is capable of supporting the desired freeware. An iPad is not required but extremely convenient.

Department Faculty

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    Allison Landry

    Principal Lecturer of Biology, Department Chair
    318-357-2557
    Louisiana State University - Doctor of Philosophy
    Louisiana State University - Bachelor of Science
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    Jason Anderson

    Lecturer of Biology, BOD Faculty Representative
    318-357-2556
    Southern University and A&M College - Bachelor of Science
    Texas A&M University - Master of Science
    Texas A&M University - Doctor of Philosophy
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    Scott Atkins

    Associate Lecturer of Physics
    318-357-2562
    Louisiana Tech University - Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Nebraska--Lincoln - Master of Science
    University of South Dakota - Bachelor of Science
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    Stephen Costin

    Associate Lecturer of Chemistry
    318-357-2530
    University of Missouri-St. Louis - Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Wyoming - Bachelor of Science
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    Robert Dalling

    Principal Lecturer of Physics
    318-357-2543
    New Mexico State University - Doctor of Philosophy
  • Photo of Mauricio Escobar

    Mauricio Escobar

    Associate Lecturer of Physics
    318-357-2581
    University of Rhode Island - Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Puerto Rico at Mayag├╝ez - Master of Science
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    Christina Hillesheim

    Instructor of Chemistry
    318-357-2574
    Mississippi State University - Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Florida - Master of Science
    Louisiana State University - Bachelor of Science
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    Margaret Hodge

    Lecturer of Biology
    318-357-2550
    University of Cincinnati - Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Georgia - Master of Science
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    Chris Hynes

    Senior Lecturer of Chemistry, Student Research Advisor
    318-357-2551
    Oklahoma State University - Doctor of Philosophy
    Cameron University - Bachelor of Science
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    Ken Stevens

    Science Lab Technician
    318-357-2572
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    Karen Stirrett

    Instructor of Biology
    318-357-2548
    University of Georgia - Doctor of Philosophy
    Wake Forest University - Bachelor of Science
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    Michele Stover

    Associate Lecturer of Chemistry
    318-357-2535
    University of Alabama - Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Alabama - Master of Science
    William Carey University - Bachelor of Science
    Jones County Junior College - Associate of Arts