Matter and Motion


Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

Taught by

chemistry, instrumental analysis
physics, biomedical engineering, optical imaging and microscopy


This is a lower-division science program that is open to students of all class levels. Precalculus (algebra and trigonometry) is a prerequisite.  Background in chemistry and/or physics is desirable.  Students must complete a mathematics assessment test , available on the program website, to evaluate their level of preparation for the program.

Modern science has been remarkably successful in providing understanding of how natural systems behave. Such disparate phenomena as the workings of cell-phones, the ways in which we detect supermassive black holes in the galactic core, the use of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of disease, the effects of global carbon dioxide levels on shellfish growth, and the design of batteries for electric cars are all linked at a deeply fundamental level. This program will introduce you to the theory and practice of the science behind these and other phenomena, while providing the solid academic background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics necessary for advanced study in those fields as well as for engineering, medicine, and biology.

We will integrate material from first-year university physics, chemistry, and calculus with relevant areas of history and scientific literature.  The program will have a strong laboratory focus using computer-based experimental control and analysis to explore the nature of chemical and physical systems; this work will take place in a highly collaborative environment.  Seminars will provide the opportunity to explore the connections between theory and practice and will provide opportunities to enhance technical writing and communication skills. The program is intended for students with solid high-school level backgrounds in science and mathematics, but the key to succeeding will be a commitment to work, learn, and collaborate.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, medicine and health-care fields, engineering, and teaching.

Academic Website

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

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Required Fees

$150 Fall quarter for data collection software and supplies.  Students are encouraged to have a computer (ideally a laptop) with a USB2 port and common operating system such as Mac OSX, or Windows XP/Win7/Win8 PC.


Date Revision
April 30th, 2013 Fall fee has increased from $100 to $150.
March 25th, 2013 New program added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 36


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10256
So - Sr (16 credits): 10259

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Admission will be based upon 1 quarter of calculus, college-level physics and general chemistry. Please contact Clyde Barlow for additional information.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20210
So - Sr (16 credits): 20211

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Admission will be based upon 2 quarters of calculus and college-level physics. Please contact Neil Switz  for additional information.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 30188
So - Sr (16 credits): 30189

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