352 Medieval Philosophy (3)
This course will trace the development of philosophy from late Antiquity through the High Middle Ages. Texts will be drawn from medieval Christian, Jewish, or Muslim authors. May be registered as Philosophy 352. Credit not allowed in both Religion 352 and Philosophy 352.
362 Modern Christian Thought (3)
Selected movements and figures that have shaped the Christian theological tradition in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Alternate years.
366 Goddess Traditions (3)
A cross-cultural survey of major goddess traditions of wide geographic distribution, this course addresses implications of what it means to talk about deities using female terminologies and associations. The seminar format involves reading, discussion, writing, and original research. May be registered as Womens Studies 366. Credit not allowed in both Religion 366 and Womens Studies 366.
369 Satanism, Witchcraft, and Spirit Possession (3)
Witchcraft and Satanism refer to occult bodies of traditional knowledge enabling practitioners to manipulate and/or respond to postulated superhuman forces. Spirit possession refers to perceived invasion of the human body by benign or malign supernatural forces. This course seeks to understand the corss-cultural range of these reported phenomena and of the conditions under which these reports occur.
417 Mysticism East and West (3)
The place of mysticism in the Eastern and Western religious traditions; discussion of the writings of major historical and contemporary mystics. On demand.
467 Contemporary Religious Issues (3)
Analysis of selected issues, such as church-state relations, fundamentalism, and debates over abortion, that are central to contemporary religious life. Primary attention to the American scene and some cross-cultural comparisons. Alternate years.
470 Psychology of Religion (3)
Analysis of empirical data and psychological theories involving religious beliefs, practices, and experiences. Every semester. Prerequisites: 6 units psychology or philosophy-religion. May be registered as Psychology 470. Credit not allowed in both Religion 470 and Psychology 470.
484 Holocaust and Genocide (3)
Examination of the Holocaust, the state-sponsored effort of the Nazi regime to destroy the Jewish people between 1933 and 1945, and the relationship between the Holocaust and the more general category of genocide. Consideration of the causes of genocide and the Holocaust and their persistent presence in contemporary society. Alternate years.
491r Studies in Religion (3)
A seminar or tutorial for the intensive consideration of one problem, movement, or figure in the field of religion. On demand.
492r Studies in Western Religious Thought (3)
A seminar or tutorial for the intensive consideration of one problem, movement, or figure in Western religious thought. On demand.
493r Studies in the History of Religions (3)
A seminar or tutorial for the intensive consideration of one problem, movement, or figure in the history of religions. On demand.
495r Departmental Honors
(1-3 hours per term, 4 hours for the two terms)
Every semester. See Departmental Honors. Student Must submit an Individual Studies/Research Contract to the Records Office at the time of registration.
497r Research (1-4)
On demand. Prerequisite: approval of department head. Student Must submit an Individual Studies/Research Contract to the Records Office at the time of registration.
498r Individual Studies (1-4)
Must be taken for at least 3 hours in one semester by all majors. Every semester.
Prerequisite: approval of department head. Student Must submit an Individual Studies/Research Contract to the Records Office at the time of registration.
499r Group Studies (1-4)
On demand. Prerequisite: approval of department head.
Professor Habte Churnet, Head
The Department of Physics, Geology, and Astronomy offers two degree programs for its majors: the B.S. in physics, and the B.S. in geology. The department also contributes to programs leading to degrees in other sciences, engineering, and professional areas. In addition, the department offers minors in geology and physics.
The geology program emphasizes hands-on experience. Many courses are supported by field examination of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks.
The geology curriculum is designed to train students to pursue graduate degrees or enter the work force, particularly in the area of environmental geology.
As a fundamental science, physics is required for the education of students in many disciplines. The physics program emphasizes mathematics, but to accommodate students in less quantitative disciplines the department also offers introductory algebra-based physics. Physics majors are qualified to seek opportunities in graduate school, education, government, and industrial research.
The astronomy program is augmented by specialized equipment for astrophotography. The off-campus UTC Clarence T. Jones Observatory provides astronomy presentations to the community at large.
The department offers several introductory courses which fulfill the natural science requirement with lectures and corresponding laboratories: Physics 103/183, 104/184, 230/280, 231/281, Geology 111/181, 112/182, General Science 111/181, and Astronomy 101/181, 102/182 all contain a strong laboratory emphasis, and are excellent choices to increase ones appreciation of nature and the physical universe. Geology 116, 225, General Science 115, and Astronomy 101 are approved non-lab courses in Natural Science.
- General Education (see list of approved courses)
- Rhetoric and Composition: Two approved courses in rhetoric and composition (6 hours)
- Mathematics: One approved mathematics course (3hours; approved related courses below will apply)
- Statistics: One approved statistics course (3 hours)
- Natural Sciences: Two approved natural science courses, at least one including a laboratory component (7-8 hours)
- Humanities and Fine Arts: Two approved humanities and fine arts courses, one from fine arts and one from either (6 hours)
- Cultures and Civilizations: Option A: Western Humanities I and II and Non-Western Cultures and Civilizations OR Option B: World Civilization I, II, III (9 hours total)
- Behavioral and Social Sciences: Two approved behavioral or social science courses in two different disciplines (6 hours)