The courses in the Department of Physical Sciences are all accessible to the future science major and non-science majors alike. Department facilities include six laboratories with specialized equipment for all of the physical science courses.
Meteorology students have access to the NCC Weather Center and computers in the weather
center receive the McIDAS data stream via the Internet and they collect, store and
graph current weather data at NCC as measured by various instruments on the roof.
Geology students may have the opportunity to learn more about the geology of Long Island and the Metropolitan area through field trips and may also be able to participate in special research projects that investigate real issues affecting their local environment. For Geology students interested in the area of gemology, special sections are offered in which instruction utilizing optical identification instruments and real gems is provided in the lab. Field trips provide Environmental Science students with direct observation of environmental phenomenon.
Students wishing to major in Physical Science or who are considering pursuing study in these subjects at the baccalaureate level should see departmental advisors.
The Physical Sciences Department has a planetarium with an 18-foot diameter dome which is utilized in astronomy courses and during "Open House" astronomy nights. State-of-the-art telescopes are used in the lab as well as for observations of the evening sky.
The Physical Sciences Computer/Lab Center is a department resource that provides a range of reinforcement and tutorial services for students.
The department's facilities include six laboratories with specialized equipment for all of the Physical Sciences courses being offered. Computers with Internet access are available for student use in the lecture rooms and laboratories as well as two special computer rooms. The facilities offer students an opportunity to work with laboratory equipment and computers for tutorial work, experiment simulations, special projects, word processing, databases and spreadsheets in addition to developing presentations using presentation programs and computer projectors.