DEPARTMENTAL COURSES
Formal MC Catalog Course Descriptions for all Astronomy courses.
AS 101  Introductory Astronomy
A four credit course in elementary astronomy for a general audience. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Primarily intended as a labscience distribution course. No formal prerequisites. Some elementary math and algebra is introduced as needed. Laboratory exercises include field trips and occasional REQUIRED afterdark projects using our campus observatory facilities. Topics include the solar system, stars, nebulae and galaxies; celestial coordinates; origin and evolution of the universe.
Typically offered both day and evening sections, in both Fall and Spring semesters. A webbased version of this course was introduced for the first time in Fall'00.

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AS 102  Introduction to Modern Astronomy
A four credit course in astronomy, somewhat more intensive than AS101, and primarily intended for those with some personal interest in the subject. No formal prerequisites. CAN be taken by people who have not taken AS101. Does count as a labscience distribution course. Covers many topics not treated in AS101, including black holes, pulsars, planetary structure, galactic structure, radio and xray astronomy. More emphasis on independent lab work using the campus observatory facilities.
Typically offered only as an evening class, and only in the Spring semester.

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NOTE: The EE prefix appears on several courses that are required only for the Electrical Engineering Option. ES is used for all the remaining engineering courses, most of which are required in more than one of the engineering program options. Also PH 161262263 is the sequence of physics courses appropriate for any program in engineering.
Electrical Engineering Courses  MC Rockville Campus
Formal MC Catalog Course Descriptions for all Electrical Engineering courses
EE 140  Introduction to Programming Concepts for Engineers
2 credits  Principles of software development, highlevel languages, input/output, data types and variables, operators and expressions, program selection, repetition, functions, arrays, strings, introduction to algorithms, software projects, debugging, and documentation. Programs will use the C language. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Two hours lecture, one hour laboratory each week.
Prerequisites: MA180

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EE 150  Intermediate Programming Concepts for Engineers
3 credits  Principles of software development, highlevel languages, input/output, data types and variables, operators and expressions, program selection, repetition, functions, arrays, strings, introduction to algorithms, software projects, debugging, and documentation. Programs will use the C language. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Two hours lecture, one hour laboratory each week.
Prerequisites: MA180

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EE 207  Electric Circuits
4 credits  Design, analysis, simulation, construction and evaluation of electric circuits. Covers basic concepts of electrical engineering such as terminal relationships; applications of Kirchhoff's laws to simple resistive circuits; solution of resistor networks using mesh and node analysis and Thevenin and Norton's theorems; transient analysis of first and secondorder circuits; DC and AC steady state analysis; frequency response and transfer functions; ideal opamp circuits and diode and transistor circuits. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory each week.
Prerequisite: PH 262, MA 282.

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EE 222  Elements of Discrete Digital Analysis
4 credits  3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab per week. Introduction to discretetime and continuoustime signals. Topics covered include sampling, linear transformations, discrete Fourier Transform and its properties/applications, Fourier Series, and discretetime linear filters and their applications. Example problems in the context of electrical engineering applications are solved using a variety of software tools, including structured programming and highlevel computational packages such as MATLAB.
Prerequisite: EE 140, Pre or Corequisite: MA182 (Calculus II), or higher.

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EE 244  Digital Logic Design
3 credits  3 hours lecture per week. Introduction to basic building blocks of digital circuits. Required of all intended majors in electrical engineering.
Prerequisite: ES 100, or consent of instructor.

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EE 245  Fundamental Digital Circuits & Systems Laboratory
2 credits  Introduction to basic measurement techniques and electrical laboratory equipment such as design, construction, and characterization of digital circuits containing logic gates, sequential elements, oscillators, and digital integrated circuits; introduction to digital design and simulation with the Verilog Hardware Description Language (HDL). One hour lecture, three hours laboratory each week.
Prerequisite: PH 262, EE 204, and a grade of C or better in EE 150 or CS 204.

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Engineering Science Courses  MC Rockville Campus
Formal MC Catalog Course Descriptions for all Engineering Science courses
ES 100  Introduction to Engineering Design
3 credits  2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab each week. Basic tools and techniques for engineering design and graphic communication. Topics include CAD, spreadsheet, presentation graphics & report preparation. End of semester group project REQUIRED. Required of ALL intended majors in engineering.
Prerequisite: MA100 (Intermediate Algebra) or higher.

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ES 102  Statics
3 credits  3 hours lecture per week. (formerly numbered ES212) Statics of rigid bodies, systems of forces, analysis of structures. Required of intended majors in aerospace, chemical, civil and mechanical engineering. All others should carefully check their own program requirements AND the requirements at their intended transfer institution.
Prerequisite: MA181 (Calculus I)

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ES 120  Biology for Engineers
3 credits  Introduction to the functions and interactions of biological systems from a quantitative perspective. Topics including concepts in molecular and cellular biology, mechanisms of concepts in molecular and cellular biology, mechanisms of thermodynamics, genetics, gene expression and regulation. Introduction to the modern biological experimental techniques, methods of data analysis and biostatistics. An overview of role of bioengineers. Three hours each week.
Prerequisite: CH 102 or CH 135 , and MA 181.

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ES 220  Mechanics of Materials
3 credits  3 hours of lecture per week. Mechanical and thermal stress/strain relationships for engineering materials. Elementary applications to beams, columns, shafts, tanks, trusses & connections. Required of all intended majors in civil or mechanical engineering.
Prerequisite: ES102 (Statics). Corequisite: MA182 (Calculus II).

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ES 221  Dynamics
3 credits  3 hours of lecture per week. Kinematics and kinetics of particles and of rigid bodies in a variety of coordinate systems. Forces and acceleration, impulse and momentum, work and energy. Required of all intended majors in aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering. All others should carefully check their own program requirements AND the requirements at their intended transfer institution.
Prerequisites: ES102 (Statics), MA182 (Calculus II), and PH161 (former 130)

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ES 232  Thermodynamics
3 credits  3 hours of lecture per week. (formerly numbered ES217). Properties, characteristics and fundamental equations for substances in the solid, liquid and vapor states, as well as the basic laws of work and heat transfer. Applications to heat engines, refrigeration systems, gas mixtures, and reactions. Required of all intended majors in aerospace and mechanical engineering. Others should carefully check their own program requirements AND the requirements at their intended transfer institution.
Prerequisite: PH161 (former 130).

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ES 240  Scientific and Engineering Computation
3 credits  2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab each week. Introduction to fundamental methods of numerical analysis including roots of equations, linear systems, interpolation, curve fitting, integration, and ordinary differential equations. Applications to sample engineering problems using a variety of software techniques, including structured code and highlevel tools such as Matlab. Required of intended majors in aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. All others should carefully check their own program requirements AND the requirements at their intended transfer institution.
Pre or Corequisite: MA182 (Calculus II) or higher.
This course involves extensive individual practice with the use of the computer as a tool in the solution of engineering problems, and is taught in the department's multistation computer classroom. MATLAB is the principal tool used to implement these solutions, and the early weeks of the course are heavily devoted to gaining familiarity with its capabilities. Many powerful features of this language allow for the performance of quite sophisticated tasks with a surprisingly small number of lines of code.
The primary goal of the main body of this course, however, is to develop an understanding of certain general techniques of numerical analysis that are of great importance in all fields of science and engineering. The MATLAB language serves here simply as a tool for efficient investigation and experimentation with these numerical methods, and is no longer itself the primary subject of study. In other words, this is NOT simply a computer programming course for the MATLAB language.
Laboratory activities include the completion of several required computational projects which count significantly in the overall grading. Examinations, particularly in the second half of the course, require computations to be performed on the computer during the test, and are therefore scheduled to allow an extended time block in the lab for their completion.

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Formal MC Catalog Course Descriptions for all Geology courses
GL 101  Physical Geology
A four credit course in the fundamental physical aspects of the earth. Three hours lecture and three hours lab each week. Primarily intended as a labscience distribution course. No prerequisites. Topics include minerals, rocks, soils, landforms, maps, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, erosion and weathering.
Typically offered both day and evening sections, in both Fall and Spring semesters. Also regularly offered during the Summer session.

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GL 102  Historical Geology
A four credit course in the principles and interpretation of earth history. Three hours lecture and three hours lab each week. Primarily intended as a labscience distribution course. Prerequisite of GL101 can be waived if certain basic knowledge has been acquired from some other source  requires consultation with the instructor before attempting to register. Topics include evolution of continents, oceans and mountain systems; glaciers; stratigraphy; correlation of the fossil record; geologic aspects of organic evolution.
Typically offered daytime only, in both Fall and Spring semesters.

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Formal MC Catalog Course Descriptions for all Meteorology courses
ME 100  Weather & Climate
Covers local and global weather phenomena. Topics include identification and explanation of cloud and optical phenomena (rainbows, mirages); sunearth interaction (energy balance, seasonal changes, global climate); and catastrophic occurrences (tornadoes, hurricanes, floods). Using realtime maps and data available via the Internet, students forecast local weather. The course offers an optional field trip. Students may receive credit for either ME 100 or ME 101, but not both.

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ME 101  Meteorology: An Introduction to Weather
This course is designed for college students who have an interest in the weather. It is one of a very few regularly scheduled, basic level (minimal prerequisites) college meteorology courses taught in the Washington, DC region. The course will be accepted by any Maryland System University as satisfying the state's general education labscience requirement for Bachelor's degrees.
ME101 surveys the major topics of weather including local as well as national and global phenomena. Specific topics include clouds, optical effects (rainbows, mirages), sunearth relationships (seasonal changes), wind (both local and global circulation), water (as a modifier of climate, precipitation, fog, and relative humidity), environmental concerns (global warming, ozone depletion), winter storms (frontal), summer storms (convective), tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. Emphasis is on understanding the basic scientific principles responsible for weather phenomena  including density, buoyancy, radiation, atmospheric pressure, phase changes (ice, water, vapor), temperature, and heat.
Labs include sunearth relationships, physical concepts, forecasting, and climate (field trip). Emphasis in lab is on forecasting local weather using realtime data available via the internet.
No mathematics beyond elementary algebra (MA015 equivalent) is required, but some math is used in the course. The equivalent of a high school physics or physical science course is not necessary, but will make the course easier in that you will not be learning the basics for the first time.
This course is for any student interested in the weather. It has been particularly popular with outdoors types (pilots, sailors,...) and with those presently working in, or aspiring towards, careers in elementary or earth science education, geology, geography, television broadcasting, architecture and, of course, meteorology.
The course is normally offered in two 3hour segments per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. An evening session is generally offered during the Fall semester.

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Formal MC Catalog Course Descriptions for all Physical Science courses
PC 101  Physical Science I
First of a pair of fourcredit courses intended to provide a broad general understanding of basic science concepts for nonscience majors. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory and two hours of small group discussion each week. Does satisfy the labscience distribution requirement. No prerequisites. Strong emphasis on the unity of the scientific method across many disciplines, and on the broad applicability of many laboratory techniques. Includes topics from all of the physical sciences including astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physics  and hence considered particularly appropriate background for students planning careers in education.
PC101 is typically offered during the day in the Fall semester, and in the evening in Spring. PC101 is also a frequent option in the Summer session.

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PC 102  Physical Science II
Second of a pair of fourcredit courses intended to provide a broad general understanding of basic science concepts for nonscience majors. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory and two hours of small group discussion each week. Does satisfy the labscience distribution requirement. No prerequisites. Strong emphasis on the unity of the scientific method across many disciplines, and on the broad applicability of many laboratory techniques. Includes topics from all of the physical sciences including astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physics  and hence considered particularly appropriate background for students planning careers in education.
PC102 is typically offered during the day in the Spring and evening in the Fall.

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Formal MC Catalog Course Descriptions for all Physics courses
PH 105  Conceptual Physics
Satisfies the University of Maryland CORE distribution category of three credit, nonlaboratory course in the physical sciences.
This is a 3credit, nonlaboratory course. There are no formal prerequisites. The course introduces fundamental concepts of physics with emphasis on applications to the world around us. The course is concept oriented, and does not make extensive use of mathematics. Does NOT count as a labscience, and does not satisfy any programmatic requirement for any degree in science or engineering.

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PH 110  Sound & Light in the Arts
Originally designed to provide a science distribution option with obvious direct relevance to students majoring in Art, Music, Theatre, TV/Radio, etc. this course has expanded to include any students with interests in these topics independent of their major.
This is a 4credit, labscience course. It meets for 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab each week. There are no formal prerequisites. All the necessary math will be introduced and reviewed during the first two weeks in the laboratory sessions.
Lecture topics include general properties of waves, keyboard theory, sound and hearing, light and vision, lasers and holography, photography, color theory, electricity, and sound recording and reproduction. Frequent demonstrations, slides and video are used to add to the understanding of these topics. Laboratory work consists of further exploration of lecturerelated topics by individuals or small groups.
PH110 is typically offered both Fall and Spring in the daytime. An evening section is typically available only in the Fall. It is not taught in the Summer.

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PH 203  "College Physics I" (noncalculus)
PH203 includes the topics of Motion, Energy and Momentum, Heat, Sound, and Mechanical Waves. First of a pair of general physics courses primarily intended for students majoring in certain preprofessional programs, however they DO meet the requirements for a labscience distribution course, and it is not unusual for student to occasionally select them for this purpose. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is expected.
A fourcredit, noncalculus, general physics course involving three hours of lecture, one hour of discussion, and three hours of laboratory  a total of seven classroom hours each week. Group and individual laboratory experiments help to reinforce many of the lecture topics, but also serve to develop essential skills related to laboratory and clinical practice across all disciplines. Lab quizzes are frequently used so that each student can demonstrate their proficiency in a laboratory setting.
Typically available in both the Fall and Spring semesters. In the daytime, either MonWedFri or TueThur lecture patterns are generally available, with a variety of scheduling options for the lab and discussion hours. Evening classes are scheduled to meet only two nights per week. Both courses are routinely taught in Summer session(s) as well.

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PH 204  "College Physics II" (noncalculus)
PH204 is a continuation of PH203 and includes the topics of Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Relativity, the Quantum Physics Foundations of Modern Chemistry, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Second of a pair of general physics courses primarily intended for students majoring in certain preprofessional programs, however they DO meet the requirements for a labscience distribution course, and it is not unusual for student to occasionally select them for this purpose. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is expected. It should be noted that PH203 is an absolute prerequisite for PH204.
Typically available in both the Fall and Spring semesters. In the daytime, either MonWedFri or TueThur lecture patterns are generally available, with a variety of scheduling options for the lab and discussion hours. Evening classes are scheduled to meet only two nights per week. Both courses are routinely taught in Summer session(s) as well.

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PH 161  "Engineering Physics I" (calculus)
First of a sequence of three courses in general physics primarily intended for students majoring in engineering or the physical sciences. Mathematics majors may also find these courses interesting. They are mathematically very rigorous, with extensive use of the calculus. Moreover, PH161 has no laboratory component and therefore DOES NOT satisfy the requirements for a labscience distribution course.
3 credits  3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of small group discussion each week. Fundamental concepts of mechanics and heat. Quantitative description of motion in rectangular coordinates; vectors; force and acceleration; work and energy; momentum; rotation of rigid bodies; heat transport & introductory thermodynamics.
Prerequisite: MA181 (Calculus I). Pre or Corequisite: MA182 (Calculus II).

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PH 262  "Engineering Physics II" (calculus)
Second of a sequence of three courses in general physics primarily intended for students majoring in engineering or the physical sciences. Mathematics majors may also find these courses interesting. They are mathematically very rigorous, with extensive use of the calculus. Moreover, PH262 has a laboratory component and therefore DOES satisfy the requirements for a labscience distribution course.
Almost from the beginning, Physics II relies much more heavily upon the usage of the integral calculus than was the case in Physics I. The corequisite of MA280 is very serious, because the techniques of multivariable calculus are applied with increasing frequency in the middle portion of the physics course.
This course is designed as an integrated presentation, with the laboratory exercises coordinated as closely as practical with the topics currently under discussion in lecture. As the semester goes on, there are times when lecture and lab must drift apart to some degree  but physical concepts are almost never encountered in a lab setting before they have been covered in lecture. By the same token, it is a common occurrence for lecture presentations to build upon information and examples recently encountered in the lab. In other words  each is indispensable to the other. These are not two independent learning experiences that have been tacked together for administrative convenience.
The laboratory grade is based upon the writing of several extended professional reports, and at least one "practical" exam where individual understanding of lab techniques and equipment must be demonstrated in a testing environment.
4 credits  3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab, and 1 hour of small group discussion each week. Fundamentals of Electricity and Magnetism Forces and fields; DC & AC circuits; energy transformations; electromagnetic radiation.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PH161 and MA182 (Calculus II). Pre or Corequisite: MA280 Multivariable Calculus).

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PH 263  "Engineering Physics III" (calculus)
Third of a sequence of three courses in general physics primarily intended for students majoring in engineering or the physical sciences. Mathematics majors may also find these courses interesting. They are mathematically very rigorous, with extensive use of the calculus. Moreover, PH263 has a laboratory component and therefore DOES satisfy the requirements for a labscience distribution course.
4 credits  3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab, and 1 hour of small group discussion each week. Waves, Optics & Modern Physics. Unifying concepts of all types of wave behavior including mechanical waves, sound and light; resonances; reflection and refraction; interference and diffraction phenomena; phasor algebra; fundamental quantum concepts; nuclear reactions; energy resources.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PH262 and MA280 (Multivariable Calculus). Pre or Corequisite: MA282 (Differential Equations) or consent of department.

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