The Chemistry and Geosciences Department is excited to return to teaching many of our courses on both the Brighton Campus and the Downtown Campus! Courses in Chemistry, Geography, and Geology will all have opportunities for in-person, on-campus instruction. We will continue to serve students who prefer online and/or remote courses as well.
A sampling of introductory courses, all fulfilling SUNY Gen Ed Natural Science requirements, planning to return to on-campus instruction include:
- Physical Geology (GEO 101)
What controls the locations of volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountains? Where does our drinking water originate? What forces shape landscapes to create caves, glaciers, and landslides? What natural resources are used to create the technology we love and the resources we need? How does this impact people, both locally and globally? This course answers these questions and more while investigating plate tectonics, the rock cycle, and the Earth as a system. Two field trips [in person or virtually] to study local geology are incorporated into lab each semester.
- Physical Geography (GEG 100/101)
Physical Geography is the science concerned with the spatial aspects and interactions of the physical elements and processes that make-up the environment. GEG 101 is an introductory course presented through two of Earth’s major spheres: the atmosphere and hydrosphere. Topics include Earth/Sun relations, Earth’s energy budget, atmospheric temperature, moisture and precipitation, winds, weather, climate, and Earth’s water.
- Preparatory Chemistry (CHE 100)
This course meets the pre-admission chemistry requirement for selected health related programs. It is also recommended to students with limited mathematics and/or science background who plan to take higher level chemistry courses such as CHE 124 or 145. Topics include dimensional analysis, atomic structure, nomenclature, bonding, reactions, chemical calculations, periodicity, states of matter, solutions, acids, bases, and the pH concept.
Do you have an interest in chemistry? Find out about Chemistry Club. All are welcome- both chemistry and non chemistry majors!
How is your chemistry class going? Do you have questions relating to your homework or laboratory write ups? Will you be ready for your final exam? Check out the Natural Science Education Center (NSEC). Both faculty and student tutors are available to help answer your chemistry questions!
The observatory has been built on the roof of building 8, which will serve students in GEO 105 - Astronomy and GEO 115 - Introductory Astronomy Lab.
MCC has a new weather station and interactive touch screen found on the 3rd floor of building 11. The weather station will serve GEG 100, 101, 104, 252, and 253.
MCC's Weather Web Online
Students in GEO 195 (new field course) visited the southwest United States, including the Grand Canyon to learn more about the its fascinating geology!
The department has received grant funding to establish MCC’s own observatory.
A grant has allowed for the purchase of a new weather station, interactive touch screen, and weather web site. Students in Physical Geography (GEG 100 and 101), Weather and Climate (GEG 104), and anyone interested can access the interactive touch screen on the 3rd floor of building 11 (Brighton campus). The web site will be available soon.