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Pre-Engineering (PET)
Program Course Descriptions


CHE103 General Chemistry 1
Pre:Communication Proficiency or PSAT Evidence based Reading and Writing of 550 or above (taken in 2016 or later), or, SAT Evidenced based Reading and Writing of 550 or above (taken in 2016 or later), or ACT English of 22 or above and CEAR 82 or above, or PSAT Math 560 or above or SATM 530 or above (if taken prior to 2016) or SATM 560 or above or ACT 24 or above or MAT 003 or MAT 062 or MAT 094 or MAT 131 or MAT 135 with a C or better or Math Module 12.
This is a descriptive and quantitative general chemistry course designed for science and engineering majors. Topics include: introduction to measurement/significant figures/dimensional analysis/classification of matter, atomic structure/naming ionic and covalent compounds/nuclear processes, stoichiometry including molarity and balancing chemical equations, ionic equations including precipitation, acid-base, and oxidation-reduction reactions, gas laws, thermochemistry, quantum theory/electronic configurations/periodicity, chemical bonding/Lewis structures/resonance/valence bond/hybridization and molecular orbital theory (introductory), molecular geometry (VSEPR)/electronegativity, and other topics as needed. Laboratory work reinforces lecture concepts, and is intended to give students hands-on experience that will help them understand, appreciate, and apply chemical concepts. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and laboratory science electives. (3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week)
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
HUM-ELECTIVE Humanities Elective
MAT151 Precalculus 1
Pre: MAT092 or 094 or 131 or 135 w/C or better,or place exam score
First of a two-course sequence which prepares students for the study of Calculus. A study of advanced topics in algebra including: equations, inequalities, circles, functions, properties of functions, zeros of polynomial functions and complex numbers, graphs of functions including polynomial and rational functions. Conic sections and advanced topics in systems of equations will be included as time permits. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and mathematics electives. (Formerly titled College Algebra 1)
CHE104 General Chemistry 2
Pre: CHE103 with grade of C or better
Co: Continuation of General Chemistry 1.
This course is a continuation of General Chemistry 1. Topics include: intermolecular forces as applied to condensed phases of matter: solids and liquids, solution properties including colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, acid-base theory/Brønsted-Lowry reactions/acid-base equilibria including hydrolysis and buffers, thermodynamics/enthalpy/entropy/Gibbs free energy/link to equilibria, electrochemistry, and other topics as needed. Laboratory work reinforces lecture concepts, and is intended to give students hands-on experience that will help them understand, appreciate, and apply chemical concepts. This course fulfills open, liberal arts, and together with CHE103, laboratory science sequence electives. (3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week)
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
MAT152 Precalculus 2
Pre: CCMR 40-55, or MAT 151 with a C or better.
Second of a two-course sequence which prepares students for the study of Calculus. Topics include: trigonometric functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, inverse trigonometric functions, applications of trigonometry, vectors and polar coordinates. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and mathematics electives.
SS-ELECTIVE Social Science Electives
EGS102 Introduction to Engineering
HUM-ELECTIVE Humanities Electives
MAT251 Calculus 1
Pre: MAT152 with 'C' or better, or CPT/CEAR of 82 or higher and CPT/CCMR of 56 or higher
A study of differential calculus. Topics include: functions, limits, differentiation of algebraic, trigonometric and inverse trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, applications including related rates, curve sketching and optimization problems. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and mathematics electives. (4 hours of lecture per week)
PHY201 Physics 1: Mechanics
MAT252 Calculus 2
Pre: MAT251 with 'C' or better
A continuation of the study of calculus. Topics include: the antiderivative, the definite integral, applications of the definite integral, methods of integration, numerical integration methods, hyperbolic functions, improper integrals, sequences, infinite series and power series. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and mathematics electives. (4 hours of lecture per week)
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective
PHY222 Physical Properties of Matter
SS-ELECTIVE Social Science Elective
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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